*This issue’s featured author is Linda M. White. Her debut book, Yella Gal: Queen of the Montclair was recently published by Pen It! Publications. Please read more about Linda below:
How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
Although I was a voracious reader as a kid, I never had any inclination to be a writer until one of my first visits to St. Augustine, Florida during my 20s. Being the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine is soaked with history and would spark my creativity. However, the demands of a full-time job and taking care of my family put my literary aspirations on hold for a couple of decades. Then, after I retired a few years ago, my husband pointed out that I no longer had any excuses to not start writing. So I did!
Who are your favorite authors?
The late, great Irish author, Maeve Binchy. I loved how she would tell a story in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner from different characters’ points of view. It adds much more depth to a narrative and makes it easier to read – something I tried to incorporate into my own novel.
What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
My lifelong struggle with racial identity was the driving force behind Yella Gal: Queen of the Montclair. Like the story’s multi-racial protagonist, Birdie Fairfax, I also had problems identifying with one race or another. To this day, I still hesitate whenever I have to fill out the “race” field on a form!
What genre(s) do you write?
I like to write historical fiction, preferably stories which take place over a long period of time. Although I don’t consider myself a romance writer, there is definitely a romantic element in my book. But I prefer to refer to it as a period drama, as the story also involves many other characters and their respective situations.
Do you have any current or future projects?
At the moment, I am having fun converting Yella Gal: Queen of the Montclair into a screenplay. I also am working on a preliminary storyline and gathering research for a sequel based on one of the auxiliary characters.
Do you have an author website?
Yella Gal: Queen of the Montclair
Do you have any blogs?
I have an author’s blog page on Goodreads under Linda M. White.
Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)
Yella Gal: Queen of the Montclair is currently available in both paperback and Kindle e-format on Amazon and from Pen It! Publications.
If you could feature just one title, what would it be?
That’s easy, as I have just written one book so far! Yella Gal: Queen of the Montclair.
Do you have any pseudonyms?
I create my visual art and graphic designs under the name “Chakkuri.” But I use my real name for my writing endeavors.
Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
Crochet, baking, cake decorating, sketching, yoga, tai chi, nature walks, volunteer work
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Let’s see…I once co-piloted a small aircraft. I can still turn a halfway decent cartwheel at the age of 54, and I am currently involved in a prisoner correspondence ministry offering spiritual guidance to the incarcerated.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
It feels strange referring to myself as an author. I just see myself as a woman who finally wrote the story that had long laid dormant inside me.
by Jen Selinsky