Welcome back to a Blog Tour of Glass House Press! I promised you a third interview last time and with a little delay, you’re going to be able to read it today. Linda Foster will tell you about her upcoming short story, book and her live as an author. Enjoy!
Hi Linda, I’m happy to have you on my blog today! Please, describe yourself in three words and tell us a bit about yourself!
Wow, three words. Dreamer, Overthinker, and Passionate. I live in Colorado with my wonderful husband, two loveable ferrets, and the cutest dog in the world. I work at a middle school, where I fit in quite nicely because I’m still a kid at heart. I love to do anything artistic and creative. Painting and writing are my favorites. When I’m not working or writing I really just enjoy hanging out with my family and friends.
“Unnatural Soul” is a prequel to your forthcoming series “The Realm of the Claimed” with “Soul Bound” releasing early 2017. Please, could you introduce us to the world of the protagonists Kali and Ash?
Ash was just another high school student, intent on living life to the fullest, winning his next lacrosse game, and making it to this weekend’s party in time. Until he was forced to sell his soul to a demon to save his sister’s life. Kali was an angel who fought in the first war in Heaven against the now-king of Hell, Adrian, who dragged her down with him when he was cast out. Now she’s a demon trying to earn redemption and get back home by working with the angels, and making up for the sins she’s committed while in Hell.
Unnatural Soul is the story of Grace, Ash’s sister. She is just trying to save her brother’s soul before the demon he sold it to comes to collect. By the end of her story, she becomes unwittingly responsible for putting her brother in an even worse position—working with Kali in a desperate fight for freedom, and an angel revolution that could lead to salvation … or the end of the world. Essentially, Grace’s story is what leads into Soul Bound, and creates that partnership.
Do you have a favorite genre to write? Or do you write any genre, depending on the ideas you get?
YA is my favorite. There is so much you can do with Young Adult books, and so many ideas yet to be written for this market, which is always thirsty for something new and exciting. Which pushes me, as a writer, to come up with something unlike anything else out there. As far as my sub-genre, I like to believe I mix drama, mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and romance together in one nice little package.
Have you always wanted to become an author and how did you become an author?
I have always, always, always wanted to write a book! I honestly started writing for myself, for the simple fun of it and because I had a story in my head that I wanted to read. I never even thought I would someday become a published author. Once I finished the manuscript, though, I thought why not try and get a publisher. With each rejection I grew a little more determined to actually make it happen. I just want to share my stories with the world, and hope that I bring some of the same joy I’ve gotten from other authors over the years to my readers. I got very lucky when submitted to Carrie White-Parish and Glass House Press. She saw something in my writing and signed me. The rest is history.
How is your writing process? Are you a pantser or a plotter? And how well do you plan your characters and story before you start writing?
I think writing is always a little bit of both of these. I find freewriting to be especially helpful when I have writer’s block, but my publisher has taught me it is always good to have a solid outline to keep a sense of where I am going next. I do basic plot outlines, character descriptions, and settings, but having an outline doesn’t mean some things don’t change as I’m actually writing the story. It’s a roadmap, but sometimes, when I’m lost in the creative world of writing, I like to take detours.
Thank you for answering my questions! Good luck for the future!
Thank you for having me!
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About the author
Linda Foster was born and raised in Colorado, where she still lives with her (very patient) husband, two (very spoiled) ferrets and (equally spoiled) dog. Linda became an avid reading enthusiast the moment she picked up her first book, and has grown steadily worse. By the time she was fifteen years old, her library had become too big for her shelves, and she was forced to donate all her books to the local school, just to make room for new ones. She started writing short novellas for her friends in middle school, and expanded into full-length novels several years later.
The Realm of the Claimed novellas are her first published work.