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Linda Grimes: Truthfully? Not a whole lot, because I suck at planning, at least when it comes to writing. I'm a total pantser—I write by the seat of my pants, just following where my characters lead—as opposed to a plotter. In a Fix was almost an accident—I saw my protag's name (Ciel) on a license plate, and thought to myself, huh, I know her. The character just popped into my head. So I went home, opened a document, and started typing. Thankfully, Ciel cooperated and told me her story.
CTW: How did you keep everything straight in the fantasy world you created for Ciel?
LG: Ciel's world is basically the same as ours, other than there being some people (like her) who can change their auras to look just like other people. What can be tough to keep straight is exactly who is who at any given time. That can get confusing. I have to concentrate to keep track of which auras the main characters are projecting, so I don't make a reference to the wrong physical description of anyone.
CTW: If you had Ciel's chameleon ability, who would you want to be for a day?
LG: I think I'd have to be a man, just to see what that experience is like. That would probably help me with writing my guys. I suspect it would be just as strange for me as it for Ciel.
As for who, specifically… Jim Butcher, maybe? Because then I could steal a peek at his next Dresden Files book, which I'm dying to read. Same goes for Harlan Coben, and his next Myron Bolitar novel. I have no patience when it comes to waiting for book releases!
CTW: What is your favorite travel destination?
LG: I guess I'd have to say Sweden, because of my Swedish roots. It's a gorgeous country, especially in the summer. There's something about the ultra-long days that I find energizing. Stockholm's Gamla Stan—Old Town—is full of narrow, cobbled streets and old, architecturally beautiful buildings. It dates back to the thirteenth century, and you can just feel history oozing around you when you're there. I love it. (That, and Swedish pastries. Yum!)
For something a bit closer to home, you can't beat the North Carolina beaches. They're not only beautiful and fun, but they have the added advantage of being close enough that I don't have to fly to get there. Air travel is a royal pain these days.
CTW: As a seasoned traveler, what is the No. 1 tip you would give someone preparing for a trip?
LG: Stay home and watch the movie instead. It's cheaper. (Kidding! Well, not about it being cheaper, but it really is no substitute for visiting other parts of the world. Nothing beats full sensory emersion in another locale.)
So, my non-smartass advice is: pack light, and wear comfortable shoes. Travel clothes made from light, fast-drying fabrics are great—you can wash them out in a bathroom sink and they're ready to go in the morning. And if you keep your feet happy, I guarantee your whole travel experience will be a lot more pleasant, no matter where you go.
CTW: What are a few of your favorite most recent reads?
LG: Vicki Pettersson's The Taken is a great paranormal romance/mystery. It has a fabulous "rockabilly noir" sensibility, with one the best hero/heroine match-ups I've read in a long time.
Trisha Leigh's Whispers in Autumn is a gripping YA read—I was sucked in right away by the whole aliens-have-taken-over-world plot, and the characters kept me guessing. I am now anxiously awaiting the sequel.
CTW: What was the biggest lesson you learned writing In a Fix?
LG: Write whatever is fun for you to write, and then it won't feel like work. If it entertains you, it will likely entertain readers, too.
CTW: What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
LG: I think Diana Gabaldon's advice says it best:
1. Read (everything). This is how you develop judgment.
2. Write (a lot). Practice is essential—it's the only way you'll get better at your craft.
3. Don't stop. (Persistence is key.)
CTW: What is next for your writing career?
LG: Book 2 (Quick Fix) will be coming out next July. After that, who knows? I hope to be playing in Ciel's universe for a long while to come.
CTW: Is there anything else you would like to share?
LG: Well, I'd like to share a "nice to meet you" toast with all of your readers, but I guess that wouldn't be practical. So I'll just say I hope they find playing in Ciel's world as much fun as I have.
CTW: Thank you Linda for the great advice and insight. I look forward to reading Quick Fix. Be sure to check out my review of In a Fix here. Also, leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of the book and an autographed bookmark.
About the Author
Linda Grimes is a former English teacher and
ex-actress now channeling her love of words and drama into writing. She
grew up in Texas and currently resides in northern Virginia with her
About the Book
Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an
all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan,
aura adaptor extraordinaire. But when her island resort bungalow is
blown to smithereens and her client’s about-to-be fiancé is snatched by
modern-day Vikings, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is
going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.
from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting as well as a
little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she's
been crushing on for years—both skilled adaptors—step in to help, but
their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is
dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to
saving her client's intended.
View the trailer for the book here: http://www.lindagrimes.com/2012/08/in-fix-trailer.html
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