Tempis Fugit! It’s even closer to Mystery Thriller Week and #9 up in the series of author interviews running in conjunction with MTW2017 is Linda Lee Kane. Welcome, Linda …
Linda L. Kane, MA in Education, PPS, School Psychologist, and Learning Disability Specialist, is the author of The Black Madonna, Witch Number is Which, Icelandia, Katterina Ballerina, Cowboy Jack and Buddy Save Santa, and Chilled to the Bones, plus 2017 release dates – Clyde: Lost and Now Found, and Bottoms Up, A Daisy Murphy Mysteries. She lives with her husband and three dogs and six horses in California.
Chilled to the Bones may be found here on Amazon.
And The Black Madonna here.
Why do you write?
I can’t help myself. I constantly read, I am always learning something that I feel should be shared. People should be informed and this is my way of contributing.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a historical novel regarding a group of college students in Nazi Germany and their peaceful protests. It’s a story of intelligent, compassionate students, who passed out pamphlets, wrote graffiti on walls all to demonstrate that the madness needed to stop. Their bravery, their philosophy on life amazed and inspired me.
Which writers had the most influence on your decision to write?
What was the last book you read?
Kill the Indian, Save the Man by Ward Churchill.
Do you suffer from writers’ block?
I’m hyper and I find anything and everything interesting. Where I get into problems is shifting from writing one book, than another, top it off with an article or two, volunteer at the Monterey Aquarium, care for my six horses, and my three dogs. And let us not forget, cleaning house, well you get my drift..I can’t stop.
Biggest frustration as a self-published author?
Getting my books sold, marketing is not in my wheel house, and I find it quite difficult to put myself out there.
Reviews for books are vital. Any tips on getting more reviews?
This is what I’m talking about, reviews are vital and yet even though my books have won awards, I get very few reviews. I think in the industry we know how important it is, but the readers have no clue how important it is to an author.
Do you use social media? If so, do you like using it?
I use Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and no I don’t like it. Facebook you’re reaching out to your friends and family. They really don’t want to be bothered. I wish I knew of a way to get out there without being a 50 Shades of Grey.
Who is your biggest fan?
Many people have a bucket list. What is #1 on yours?
To be the best person I can be, the best writer, the best grandmother, the best horse rider, the most caring.
Any special message for your readers?
Please read, be informed, and write a review for all the writers whose books you’ve read.
Thank you, Linda, that was both an informative and interesting interview, and what a talented writer! Linda has written books in various genres. Well done!
Amazon Blurb from Chilled to the Bones:
“What’s up, man?” Joe hollered. “Something in your way?” “Yeah, there’s something in my way all right. I’ve uncovered a pile of bones.” “Bones? What kind of bones?” “Bones, human bones with a skull.” “Oh, my God!” the workers yelled in unison as they scrambled off their paint buckets and slid down the embankment of the hole Warren was peering into. “Should we move them?” Joe asked. “Well, I can’t dig with them there,” was all Warren could muster. Trevor picked up a long tree root and nudged the skull. It rolled over, and empty sockets stared back, vacant and weathered by time. The backhoe had cast the rest of the bones adrift in the dirt. They were a strange dirty tan color, and the hinges of the arms and legs were bulbous. He leaned down to investigate them more closely. Several hundred years and the right soil conditions for the fungus that had settled in the buried bones propagated a walking terror. Trevor was chosen as the new host for that terror. What was left of the other workers’ bodies was disposed of, and darkness fell. Linda Kane takes her readers on an adventurous and chilling ride through the small town of Setauket, New York where four high school friends find themselves embroiled in a historical mystery more than a century old. Secret codes, murder, and lurking evil lead them to the point of almost no return. This page turner is just the beginning of a great series!
Top Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure story.
ByMountoliveon January 21, 2017
Chilled to the Bones is a teen/young adult book about Dealer, a girl who finds a trunk hidden away in the attic of her house. It contains a map, a locket, and letters relating to the American Revolutionary War. It seems one of her distant relations played a part in the war, and may be linked to the missing treasure. Some of the letters are in code, and a key is provided at the back of the book, so it’s very interactive! Dealer also finds a locket which seems to carry the spirit of the woman whose belongings are in the trunk.
She and her friends investigate their families involvement in the war, and also investigate why two of the town members want to gain the land of all the founding members of their town. It all relates to the Culper Spy ring.
Added to this, Dealer has to contend with her alcoholic father who not coping with the death of her mother.
This is a great adventure story, which as well as being a mystery also has supernatural elements, caves, hidden buildings, and treasure, as well as the code, so there’s a lot to keep young readers occupied. It’s based around the real life Culper Spy ring, so has its roots in history and there’s lots of historical detail and real life figures mentioned. It’s a very engaging read, with a gutsy heroine.
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