Welcome to the August 13th edition of Word-Slingers here at Tory Michaels’ World. Today’s guest is Linda Andrews, a tour brought to you by Sizzling PR.
I’ve been writing for publication since 1997 and received my first contract in 2001 from Zumaya Publications. I still write for Zumaya but now am published with 3 other small presses.
I work full time, have three children and a husband in addition to writing. It helps that my children are mostly adults and independent and that my husband supports my writing, but I still manage to drop a few balls now and then. Of course, balls bounce so I can usually scoop them back up and try again.
Brianna was the most fun to write. I got to travel to Victorian Egypt and play with the mythos of Imhotep and the goddess, Sekhmet. Like most of my books, I added a unique twist to the story. You see, Brianna isn’t the average Victorian heiress. She’s just finished recovering from Consumption (Tuberculosis, to us modern folks) and she has far fewer inhibitions that is good for Duncan’s, the hero, sanity.
The Victorians were far more accepting and open about the idea of preternatural (paranormal) beings. They actually studied it just like other sciences and such ideas were accepted and the norm among all levels of society. While the first three books of the series deal with ghosts, I decided to do something different with Brianna and give her an immortal cat that is the physical manifestation of the Egyptian goddess, Sekhmet. Brianna also has the ability to touch an object and pick up images from it. The talent isn’t good for her safety when there’s a murderer afoot.
I actually write science fiction and have an apocalyptic novel out. I’m one of those writers who writes the story that calls to me the strongest. And while the genres may seem odd, I was a few credits shy of graduating with dual Bachelor degrees in history and biology. I ended up with just Biology, but hey, I never lost my love of history. It comes in pretty handy for my writing now.
Vanilla, but I love strawberry best.