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Exclusive Interview with

Linda Rawlins

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When did you start writing?

In 5th grade for fun and then seriously in 2010.

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What makes writing your passion?

I enjoy bringing stories to life. I write character based stories based on my life experience.

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How long have you been writing?

Seriously - since 2010

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

Ecstatic. I ran around the house so excited!

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

My first series was about a trauma surgeon who works with a psychologist priest to protect a young orphaned teenager from a killer. My next series takes place on a beach!

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

Time is an enemy plus a slow process toward publishing.

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

Music! I listen to music which stimulates scenes!

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

I love the feeling of knowing someone enjoyed reading my words!

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

Start writing sooner! ( Like 30 years earlier)

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

I do not read every review but I try to learn from them when I do.

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

Ecstatic

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Yes, but not exactly. I incorporate more of the emotions surrounding an event.

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

It is easiest for me to identify with a character who is a physician as that is my “working life.”

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

Absolutely!! It draws the reader and gives the first impression.

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

I speak to them All the time - through email, social media and other means.

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

So excited!

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

Heather Graham, James Patterson - I like the “flow” of their work! Very fast, easy reads.

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

Mary Higgins Clark , James Patterson, Heather Graham

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

Only to improve editing

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If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?

It would be interesting to switch with another physician author - Tess Gerritsen, Robin Cook, Michael Crichton

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What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.