Interview with author Linda Nielsen

Novelist Linda Nielsen joins me today to chat
about her new humorous romantic suspense, Because
I’m Worth It
Welcome, Linda. Please tell us a little bit
about yourself.
My characters have been
influenced by years of work and play. I’m now retired and live on top of a
mountain in the Sierra Foothills with my husband and seven furry
Please tell us about your current release.
Because I’m Worth it is a fictional,
multi-generational saga that will have you laughing out loud with the idea of a
proposed marriage of convenience. The silly, but obnoxious character of Terri
Sue Ellen Covington, an alcoholic southern belle, who is the
mother-in-law-to-be, uses her annoying, but hilarious mannerisms in an attempt
to control two families.

Polar opposites meet when Skye Topple’s Big
Sur relatives, a group of people who enjoy a creative and meaningful life
style, try to understand his obsession for wealth and his choice of Delaney
Covington for his bride-to-be.

With witty dialogue and a hefty dose of humor
the characters engage each other on many levels, setting free a roller coaster
of emotions. A secret emerges changing everyone’s life so that a baby’s future,
a grandmother’s love and a man’s career hang in the balance.
How far will people go to get what they want?

I’m Worth It
expresses the human condition through hilarious parody.”
–Kimberly Coghlan, Coghlan Professional Writing

What inspired you to write this book?
Inspiration came from years
of interactions with folks in all walks of life. Let’s face it, people have some
unusual notions. It’s part of what makes life interesting. I usually have a new
example every week that I can share. In the grocery store parking lot, I saw a
woman carefully beep the locks on her car but leave the windows down. Now the
question was; do I tell her or not? I did and she thanked me and told me she
had her keys in her purse and the windows were lowered to keep her car cool. I
knew there was no more to be said.
In Because I’m Worth It, I created several characters, introducing
them as family members with different values. Some were up to the challenge; they
actually jumped out in front, while others preferred the background.
I originally had an
experienced angel and a dysfunctional angel directing the two families in a
humorous way on how to make better decisions with their lives but after the
first draft, when I had associates read the work, it seemed that the families
had enough personality quirks going on that they could hold their own. I decided
to save the angels for another idea.
I tried a couple more drafts
where I turned the characters loose to see how they would behave. They were all
over the pages and needed to be reined in. I added a story board to keep the
plot on point and created separate outlines for each character’s traits. I’m a
big fan of bullet points and stick ‘em notes for clear focus. With those tasks
complete, I reorganized the story line and got back to work.
Many, many drafts later I
had a book that was fun and functional with families who would be remembered.
Excerpt from Because I’m Worth It:
Monterey, California
The private jet taxied to the terminal.
Charles breathed a sigh of relief when Terri Sue Ellen surrendered her drink.
“Are we finally here? Thank goodness! Now ah
can deal in person with this hodgepodge calamity that ah have been sucked into.
Call for the car. Ah want to visit this stone castle as quickly as possible.”
“It’s a house,” Charles replied patiently.
“Whatever. Bring my bottle of Stolichnaya
Celebrated. I can’t imagine that a family living in a stone shed would have
anything decent to drink.” She brushed peanut shells off her blouse. “Lookee
here, mah fingers are all salty. Someone get me a tidy-up.”
“I’ll be driving us, so you can’t approach
the counter with me to rent the car. Your breath is…”
Ruth arrived with a warm towel, and Terri Sue
Ellen wiped her hands then faced her husband. “Now help me up.”
“Are you alright, sugar?” He pulled hard, and
she popped out of the seat, dropping the towel as she tottered down the aisle.
Glancing at her feet, he held her arm and asked, “Aren’t you going to put your
shoes on?”
“Of course, ah am! Do you think ah was born
in a barn?” She pulled loose. “Call the flight worker to shove mah feet into
Ruth appeared and bent over while Terry Sue
Ellen sat down and pushed. “See there. Fit as a fiddle. Thank you so much,
Lorraine.” She nodded at the young woman who looked up at her.
“My name is Ruth.”
“Well then, you’d best print it out and stick
it on your uniform. And while you’re thinkin’ about doing that, pick up the
dirty towel ah left and see to it that it’s laundered.” Raising her wrist in a
dramatic gesture, she placed it on her forehead. “Oh! What a burden ah
bear…always tellin’ others how best to do their jobs. Where was ah? Oh yes.
Ah think ah’ll wait in a chair inside the airport and coordinate my thoughts.
Ah’m tellin’ ya, Chucky, all this waddle’ around a surprise baby has made a
jumble of mah life. And do note, ah am a finely organized person.”
She opened her crocodile handbag. “You there,
Lorraine, put the rest of the peanuts in mah Hermes purse. Be careful ‘cause
it’s expensive. Chuck, help me down the steps and be so kind as to point me in
the direction of where ah’m goin’.”
What exciting story are you working on next?
There’s a possibility of a sequel that challenges
the characters and their self-created dilemmas, inserts new dimensions and
introduces fresh people who add positive impact to the future.
When did you first consider yourself a
My mother was a writer but
kept it a secret. She wrote fanciful tales of faires in the garden who rode on
butterflies and frogs who could sing country songs and cats who had tea
parties. I recall how she would open a cardboard bound book and select a story
to read. After she passed away, I found that book in a bottom drawer in her
bedroom and realized the stories were in her own hand writing! I was
She always encouraged me to
write and I started in the 6th grade and have never stopped even though I had
to get a “real” job to earn a living. I’ve always felt good telling a tale plus
I find people to be fascinating.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like?
If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I do not write full time
but, even when I’m engaged in other activities, I find that ideas pop up and
I’m a big note taker. When I am writing a book, I am full time at the computer.
When I’m promoting a book, well, that’s like a full time job.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
My computer is in the
laundry room. One of my cats, I have several of them, will sit in a drawer next
to me by the keyboard and I will talk out loud to him/her about dialog, ideas,
cat nip mice, readers thoughts, cat treats, just about anything that comes to
mind. My husband usually quietly closes the door so others can’t hear me.
As a child, what did you want to be when you
grew up?
A dancer, a writer, an
artist . . . I was open. One day I would want to live in the big city and run a
company; the next I wanted to live on a farm and feed chickens. My parents
encouraged everything so I felt no limits. But eventually life settled in
around me and I got a job. It was dull so I moved to California and founded a
company and met a man with shoulder length silver hair who had designed many
homes in the area. My girlfriends held an intervention and told me he had a
reputation for being fast with the ladies. I thought I hope so ‘cause I’m not
getting any younger. After a few years we got married, semi-retired and moved
to an old gold mining town in the Sierra Foothills.
Anything additional you want to share with
the readers?
I hope my story will take
you away from daily cares, allow you to experience the lives of other families,
good and bad, serious and amusing and give you reason to laugh. Happy reading!
Thanks for
joining me today!

2 thoughts on “Interview with author Linda Nielsen

  1. Unknown says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I realize there are many writers out there so thanks for asking me to do your Author Interview!

    Happy Reading all summer long!

    Linda Nielsen

  2. Unknown says:

    The book is delightful! Being from the Monterey Bay area, I have met and want to stay around many of the people in the book! We are all a little "crazy at times, but as long as our crazy is out of love and hope for a better future – more power to us.

    Linda captures all of it! May you keep writing for years to come!

    Gael Gallant Owens

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