1) Why children’s books? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by
I still love reading children’s and young adult’s fiction. I remember being totally absorbed in books as a child and so the world of children’s literature is a wonderful one to enter.
2) Is there a children’s author, living or dead, who inspired you
I loved a range of books from Heidi by Johanna Spyri to fairy stories. There are so many fabulous stories out now for young adults and children.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future
My most recent book was Hate at First Bite for 7 – 9 year olds published by Flame Lily Books. (ISBN 9780956 610805)
Soon my teenage fiction, My Dad’s a Drag will be out with Solstice publishing. Both are humorous, with twists and tense moments in the plots.
Hate at First Bite is narrated by Dude, a rescue dog who is proud of his unique intermingling of breeds. He is scared of sticks, but he can’t resist shoes, especially sleek, soft shiny ones with looping laces. Dude is happy that his owner, Robin has responded so well to his training. Then Droopy Daisy drapes herself into their lives like a soggy sock, only not nearly as tasty. It doesn’t get any better when she introduces her cat with its superior grin, the sort that makes Dude want to chase it up a tree.
The cat and dog strike up a shaky alliance which takes them on an adventurous journey, using Dude’s dodgy Nip and Tuck technique to find their dinner. They accidentally join a circus, when Dude climbs up the wrong kind of trunk to get a better view. After taking refuge in a lighthouse, they manage to escape across some rocks at night, diving from the lighthouse beams. They both need Robin to see through Daisy’s simpering smiles in time.
A brief synopsis of My Dad’s a Drag by Linda Flynn.
Forget Tinsel Town, this is Sequin Surrey.
Sindy Winger’s father is a drag queen and she is determined to keep his frilly, frothy little secret safely in the closet. He is Don by day, Donna by night.
Sindy’s first sight of her dad in drag, coincides with the time that her Worry-Vision first crackled into life. All of her fears would flicker across the screen inside her head.
Life does not get any easier when her volatile and flirtatious mother flits off to Benidorm. Nor is it helped by the bullying from the sneaky, yet sophisticated Sandra, who shares Sindy’s infatuation with Adrian Needles, Adonis.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get
It was a rather bumpy ride at times, with terrible disappointments when book deals fell through. I found several agents who were interested, the hardest part was finding a good one. The main lesson I learnt was the importance of perseverance.
5) What’s your opinion about this E-book revolution? Would you consider
the indie route?
I like the idea that fixed boundaries can be broken with the E-book revolution as it makes publishing more divergent and less prescriptive. The main concern seems to be one of copyright.
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use social media a lot
to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to
write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are
I might have to succumb but I have resisted so far. The trouble is that it can become very time consuming, when I would much rather be writing.
Info about the author:
Linda Flynn has had eight educational books published, six with the Heinemann Fiction Project. Her children’s fiction, Hate at First Bite won Best First Chapter in the Writers’ Billboard competition. In addition she has had a number of newspaper and magazine articles printed. Linda is a member of the Society of Authors.
Linda also works as a Head of English and as a Public Relations Officer. In that capacity she has been interviewed on the television, radio and newspaper. This has included: The Times, BBC Breakfast with Bill Turnbull and Kate Silverton and Five Live with Nicky Campbell, as well as being seen very briefly on The One Show.
Linda lives in Hertfordshire and when she isn’t writing she particularly enjoys reading, visiting the theatre or cinema, swimming and walking her two rescue dogs.
To know more, please visit her website: http://lindaflynn.com/
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