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Here's a little more info on Linda, her book and the answers to my GCC questions:
Do you (or did you ever) have a writing group? Who are the first people to read your book once it's completed?
Yes! I have a phenomenal writing group. We've been together for over six years. They are the first to see the finished product, along with my two daughters.
What writers do you consider your "sisters"? Are there any published writers that you hang out or tour with a lot? Call? Email? IM?
I absolutely consider my crit group to be my sisters. My agency also has an "agency sistahs" listserv where we can talk and support each other. I also have gotten close to several members of my TFC blog group. Speaking for myself, I'd be lost without the understanding and support of these smart, fabulous women.
Who do you find yourself being compared to or are often put together with in reading lists or book clubs?
I've been pleased to see my name on the same lists as Jenny O'Connell, Meg Cabot. Perhaps my favorite list was the "must, must, must reads for teens" on the Tyra blog along with Melissa Walker and Stephenie Meyer. Yeah, I'll take it. and
What writers do you wish would be in your "clique"? (It doesn't have to be in your genre….doesn't even have to be living! For example, I'd pick Alice Hoffman, , Sarah Dessen, Oscar Wilde, Stephenie Meyer, Meg Cabot, Stephen King and Joan Didion).
Oh, man! How big can my clique be? I'd pick , Marcus Sakey, Lee Child, Brad Meltzer, Stephen King, Lisa, McMann, Melissa Walker, Sarah Dessen, Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Libba Bray and sooo many more.,
If someone was going to join your book club, what would be a "must read" in order to join?
It would probably change as I found new favorites. I think right now it would be Sisters of Misery…
[[Awwww....you get brownie points for that answer!!! xoxoxoxox - mkh]]
What was your "initiation" to writing?
Waaay back in fifth grade, I wrote a story for my teacher's birthday. As a gift. He corrected it and handed it back. Totally deflated me. But it did show me that I loved writing enough to stick with it, even in the face of disappointment.
When did you first feel that you'd officially joined the "published writers' club"?
Wait. There's a club? Seriously, getting published used to be the one true goal, and now it's all about getting starred reviews, making the lists and winning awards. I'm not sure when I'll ever feel I'm 'in.' I'm just having fun doing what I love to do.
What was your best/worst memory of high school?
Best: Friday night football games. They were a social event at my school, better even than dances. Worst: Squeezing into Sasson jeans.
In SISTERS OF MISERY, the last place new members want to go to is Misery Island. But if you had the choice, what island would you go to and what would you take with you?
Kauai is the only Hawaiian island I haven't been to yet, so I would go there and I would take a suitcase full of books!
[[I've been there!!!--one of the few islands I've ever been to and it's amazing!!! Not to mention that Josh "Sawyer" Holloway films LOST there. *****sigh******* If you go, I'm going to sneak into your suitcase of books!) - mkh]]
Finally, what can you tell me about your book? Give me a quick run-down about why I'd want to pick it for my own book club.
Death by Latte is a quick read. It's fast-paced and lean, but suspenseful with a touch of romance and a lot of action - something for everyone!
Thanks for stopping by my blog to answer my questions, Linda. Here's some additional info on her latest book, Death by Latte. It makes me want to run right out to Starbucks right now to get my caffeine fix (and yet, protect myself at the same time). Thanks, Linda!!
DEATH BY LATTE
by Linda Gerber
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Puffin (September 18, 2008)
Following on the heels of this summer’s killer YA mystery, DEATH BY BIKINI, DEATH BY LATTE (Puffin Paperback; September 18, 2008; $9.99) is a modern-day romantic mystery/suspense in the tradition of Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr.
DEATH BY LATTE Aphra Connolly, who had been living a quiet existence on her father’s secluded island resort, until Seth Mulo turns up and steals her heart… and provides information that leads her to find her mom in
Praise for DEATH BY LATTE:
“Great characters, plot twists, and non-stop action and excitement.”
“Full of action, suspense, and mystery, Death by Latte is a thrilling edition to the Death by series!”
“Death by Latte is a compelling read for those who like mystery, action, and adventure with a little romance and humor thrown in for good measure.”
“Enjoyed quite thoroughly!”
“This exciting installment features non-stop thrills and leaves you guessing right up to the end.”
“High action and suspense.”
Praise for the DEATH BY series:
“Will capture mystery fans.”
G. Engberg - Booklist
“Strong writing and plenty of plot twists.”
“Fast-paced, fun, and maybe just a little scary.”
Just “the right amount of intrigue, suspense, humor and romance.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Linda recently returned to life in the Midwest after four years in