Wednesday’s Writer with Linda Rondeau

Today I have Linda Rondeau answering some fun questions for us.  Thank you for being here, Linda.

Some people listen to music when they write. Some people write outside, near a window, etc. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I need to clear my mind in order to focus. I have found the best exercise is solitaire. I like the Daily Puzzles, and I have discovered Taptiles. I occasionally play Mahjong.

How long does it take you to write a book?

That varies. I am currently working on a few books that had gone off the market and are finding new life with a new publisher and agent. I consider myself a slow writer.  Normally, it takes three months to construct a new manuscript and three months of revisions and editing before I’m comfortable with hitting the send button to my agent.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Hubs and I love to golf, travel, go for walks, and watch television. I have recently signed on as an editor for Elk. I am a member of Toastmasters International and, on occasion, enjoy speech contests.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

They pop up everywhere. I draw from news articles, biographical anecdotes, and personal experience. Often, I think to myself … this is material! In fact, what does not kill me is good material. If an idea stays with me for a while, I’ll take notes and put it in my “too write someday” folder.

Is there a message in your book you hope readers will relate to?

Absolutely. My theme is: God turns our worst past into our best future. No matter how badly we think we’ve messed up, God still makes a beautiful tapestry of our lives once we surrender our oops to him.

What are your future projects?

I am currently at work on a contemporary paranormal and soon to be published futuristic political thriller, The Fifteenth Article. I will be starting a “blog book” … a non-fiction, entitled Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt. I am developing a suspense series set in the Adirondacks. And I have several books in my que I’d like to develop: a YA Adirondack suspense, a children’s sci-fi, and speculative set in biblical times. I am not a genre writer, as you can tell.

What kinds of research do you do for your books?

Depends on the book. Even contemporaries require much research. Yesterday, I needed to find famous Italian golfers. When it comes to sports, I live with an encyclopedia! What hubs doesn’t know, he looks up for me. He loves doing research. I have a historical thread through my books, and really enjoy learning tidbits of the past. On one recent book I completed, Legacy of Regret, I discovered the minister who led the dedication prayer at the Transcontinental Railroad ceremony, an abolitionist, did much work with runaway slaves in the Adirondack region. I love museums. I sometimes do personal interviews for occupations. I’m fortunate to have friends in various professions I can go to for specific questions such as medical or legal.

Did you always want to be a writer?

From my earliest days, I loved to write stories. In college, I wanted to major in creative writing, however knew I’d need an occupation. Switched to English and secondary education. Taught one year and my life fell apart. After a few years, I found a job with our local social services. I didn’t know then how much this career would prepare me for my greatest love. I am reminded of Romans 8:28. For the author called of God, this truly applies.

Thank you for having me on your blog today.

“Christmas is a time for miracles,” Ryan McDougal tells his mother, when he is told that a long lost cousin, Millie, has resurfaced after nearly forty years, the cousin whose picture his mother clasped the day his father abandoned him. Though they occurred decades apart, he always believed the two disappearances were connected like opposite links of a chain. With Millie’s arrival, perhaps he might finally receive the answers he so desperately sought. However, Ryan has a third thorn in his side, more devastating than any mystery. His wife, the love of his life, has left his arms and his bed. How long before she moves out of the house and takes his beloved son with her? He prays for his own Christmas miracle. Millie’s anticipated visit prompts Ryan’s mother to reveal secrets that bring all to light. However, when past and present collide, the truth is more than Ryan can bear.

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