Nov 25, 2015

Interview With Linn B. Halton & Giveaway


Interview

1) Could you introduce yourself to my readers?

Hi Readers! My name is Linn B Halton and I began writing in March 2009. It was rather like opening the floodgates when I (finally) found myself in front of the computer with one aim – to realise my dream of becoming an author. I wrote five manuscripts, literally one after the other without stopping. I edit as I go, usually focusing on about fifty pages at a time, before moving on, and then do a full edit/review once it’s complete. I then look at it again after about three months, when I can see it with a fresh set of eyes!After a few months I thought I’d better find out what you actually do once you write ‘The End’ and that involved a lot of very late nights on the computer. But it meant that while I was on my writing marathon I did at least submit my first manuscript - which was accepted. By the time it was published (Feb 2011 in hardcover only) I had put down my writing pen for a while to set up my first website

2) You have a website called Loveahappyending and you write romance, what do you like so much about it?

Loveahappyending Lifestyle emagazine has a group of contributors, of which the vast majority are authors. It has a wide range of life and style articles - everything from film reviews and gardening tips, to relationship advice and – of course - books! For me life is about celebrating the positive things, in a world where negativity seems to grab the headlines all too frequently. Yes, bad things are happening all the time, but there’s also a lot of GOOD being done out there on a daily basis. Kind acts and deeds, people taking the time out of a busy day to listen to someone in need of a shoulder to cry on, so the online magazine celebrates the good things in life. As a former interior designer, my regular column is ‘Home by Design’ and I write about projects that can be done around the house that are relatively inexpensive. It’s fun to do!

I am in incurable romantic – I think love really does ‘make the world go around’ and most people begin dating in the hope of finding their one, true soulmate. I found mine and discovered that love is so much more than just that first flush of instant attraction. It deepens as the years go by, and I know that, with my husband by my side, no matter what life throws at me I can cope. I suppose that’s why I write about the pursuit of love, because I want my characters to find that same intensity, passion, and sense of fulfilment that true love can give you.

3) Your main characters often have psychic experiences. I love that little bit of magic. What makes it so special for you?

Even when there is no psychic element involved in the storyline, I usually find a little reference creeps in, often without realising it. Feeling spirits around me is so much a part of my daily life that it’s as natural to me as talking about the weather. Psychic experiences have been a part of my life since I was a very young child. It took me many years to accept it and ‘believe’, simply because it’s far easier not to believe. It took a shared experience with my husband to make me realise it wasn’t ‘imagination’ or ‘wishful thinking’. Now it’s a great source of comfort. I love that readers write to me to share their own experiences, often for the first time, after reading one of my psychic romance novels. And that IS a very special connection.

4) You write about horoscopes in Under The Stars and Quintessentially Yours. Do you follow any professionals and have you ever had a personal horoscope made? If so, what were the two best things about it?

I’ve followed Jonathan Cainer for many years and am a 5-star member of his website. He’s uncannily accurate and told me back in 2009 that I would be pursuing a new career utilising my creative side more fully – he even gave ‘writing a book’ as one example! He has done my full birth chart and it covers a period of 15 years. One of the main things that stood out for me is that there would be times when I was going to be under a lot of pressure, but with the caveat that I would cope. I will admit that this year has been a testament to that, as I literally haven’t stopped! The other thing was that the planetary alignments would be giving me a lot of help at various times throughout that long span of time. We are going through one of those very positive phases now and last week A Cottage in the Country, published by Harper Impulse, hit the top 100 Kindle chart on Amazon.co.uk. While I believe very firmly in the power of astrology, I also know that it’s the readers and reviewers who help spread the word. So while I’m thankful to the planets, I’m equally as thankful to the lovely people who have supported me every step of the way! In truth I’m feeling blessed.and the rest is history!

5) In A Cottage in the Country you write about a house that needs a lot of work, but that’s well loved. Why have you chosen this topic?

While it is a work of fiction, and the characters are ALL fictitious, the basis of the renovation ‘story’ reflects what happened when we moved into our cottage in December 2013. The cottage wasn’t flooded, but most of the area around us was affected and we did, literally, spend the first night sleeping on the floor, as indeed, Maddie did in the story! It was such a comedic situation at the time – the central heating wasn’t working, deliveries couldn’t get through … and Christmas day with no kitchen, not even a sink to wash up in – well, I spent the day painting and my husband took down a wall. We laughed so much through that period, even though we were freezing most of the time and covered in dust – eating mainly sandwiches and takeaways! It was the perfect setting for Maddie, Lewis and Ryan’s story – which is about discovering who you are and being brave enough to step outside your comfort zone.

6) Several of your novels have been published this year. What’s the best thing about that?

It’s literally a dream come true. Any writer who receives a ‘yes’ from a publisher will know what a HUGE thrill it is! As I write across a couple of genres it has worked really well this year, as I feel each one published has the ‘right’ home. It’s also invaluable for me, as a fairly new writer, to work with different editors. I believe it is helping me to grow and take on board a lot of sound advice from some amazing people with a wealth of experience behind them.

7) What’s your romantic novels top 3?

If you are talking all-time favourites then:

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

The Angelique Series – Sergeanne Golon

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

8) What are the three most important characteristics your main characters should definitely have?

A. First and foremost the desire to love and be loved.

B. Honesty – I wrote from multi points-of-view to allow the reader to share what’s going on inside a character’s head – which might be very different to the words they would choose to share with anyone.

C. A happy ending – I want a story to be uplifting, even if (and it’s only happened once so far) the ending can’t be the traditional fairytale one …

9) What’s the most romantic thing that ever happened to you?

My husband planned a trip to Paris without telling me and even contacted my boss (at that time) to book a week off for me! We had the most amazing time, which involved a trip to the very magical Palace of Versailles. Looking back on it I remember picnics alongside the river with wine, cheese and fresh fruit, a lot of laughter and seeing the Sacre-Coeur under a starlit sky. We stayed in a hotel on the edge of Montmartre and could see the outline of the Eiffel Tower from the balcony!

10) What can we expect from you in the future?

January 2016 sees the launch of my first Choc Lit book, with a second due out later in the year. There will be a Christmas 2016 novella … and two more works in progress to keep me busy! So watch this space ha! Ha!

Linn B. Halton's Books 

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And more!

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of my blog will receive a fantastic prize:


A signed copy of Under The Stars will be for the winner of this giveaway. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

50 comments:

  1. Lovely interview with a lovely author. Enjoyed it immensely.

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    1. Thanks, Kit! Some questions that made me stop and think ha! ha! Loving the autumnal background Suze has at the moment, winter is here at last!!

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  2. Waves to you Suze and thank you for some great questions ... it's always lovely to be here and thanks so much for all of your support! Lxx

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    1. I loved doing the interview and reading your answers! And likewise :). xxx

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  3. I like the happy endings in romantic books.

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    1. Me, too, Rita! What would the world be like without a sprinkling of romance ....

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  4. I woke in the middle of the night,when I was 13, and saw a young lady standing next to my bed, she smiled and disappeared.About a year later my Dad was showing me some photos that his sister had given him and the young lady was my Grandmother who died of TB at 24.

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    1. What a lovely experience, Judy. As children we tend to be much more open-minded and, therefore, receptive. I wish I'd realised a lot earlier in life what was happening as I'm sure I missed so much thinking it was imagination. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Waves, Rhonda! It's the newness and the discovery ... like the anticipation before opening a Christmas present - love it!

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  6. Loved the interview! from your answers I can read that you are such a positive and loving person. People like you make the world a better place. Great questions and Great answers! I love a happy ending especially in romantic books and I LOVED Twilight too!

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    1. Ah, thank you! I'm a hopeless romantic and I firmly believe that life is too short to let negativity get to you. I hate to see people bogged down, worrying whether they are 'good enough' to do something, or if they dwell on something when it goes wrong. Goodness, I've fallen flat on my face numerous times but if the only damage is losing one's pride - well, that's not the end of the world! I've found that working hard and not worrying about the results is the key to being happy. IF the results come, then that's a bonus! I have to say Twilight ranks among the greats for me - it touches a chord!

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  7. When I was younger I had multiple psychic experiences. In the house I grew up in I heard doors close when there was nobody near them and I saw a teenage boy standing in the doorway. Never found out who he was thou.

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    1. As long as you didn't feel uncomfortable about it, then I regard these incidents as blessings. Little glimpses of what lies beyond ...

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  8. Romantic books help me fantasize about a wild love I never have in real life.

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    1. Ah - a 'wild love' ... sometimes that's better experienced through words I think! But tomorrow is always another day ...

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    1. Life's too short not to have one ha! ha!

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  10. I remember seeing my grand father dressed all in white. I was 7 until now I don't know if it was real or not. I love romantic books as it makes you feel warm and happy inside.

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    1. That's lovely, Leila - what a wonderful memory to have! All of these things make us happy - whether it's knowing a loved one is there beside us, reading a book, listening to music ... so much to enjoy!

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  11. I love to fell in love along with the characters!!

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    1. I think that's why romance writers are as hooked writing them, as readers are reading them! It certainly leaves me feeling happy after a day helping characters to fall in love!

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  12. I've never had a psychic experience, and I love romantic books because they give a glimpse in other people's minds in a way other genres cannot xx

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    1. A great way of looking at it, Ruth. I think being curious is the first step, if I'm honest. Though, for some people, it's not something they would feel comfortable experiencing, anyway. It's wonderful that we're all different!

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  13. Thankfully I have never had psychic experiences, I get pretty scared when I watch movies with protagonists who have them, I don't want to know what it feels like. The part that I love most about romantic books it the hope of an happy ending and the effort that the characters make in order to have it!...and the love scenes as well! =P

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    1. Ironically I've probably had less than a dozen psychic experiences that have been scary and when that happens I'm literally the first person out of the door! Usually, it's a loved one and I love it when that happens - it's like a virtual hug! I like to think my characters try hard to get that ultimate soul mate moment, simply because it reflects life. Aren't we all just trying/hoping/wishing to find our Mr Right? I found mine ... and he's a keeper!

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  14. I do love the HEA you get with romantic reads.

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    1. That moment when you read the last page and close the ereader/book with a smile on your face ... Me, too, Mary!

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    1. Romance will always be popular because it's feelgood and uplifting - but, like life, it's usually quite a twisting path to travel along to get to the happy ever after!

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  16. Romance novels make me feel good, and they always lift my mood when I'm down. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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    1. Hoping it will bring a smile to someone's face, Kristia! Good luck!

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  17. I don't think I have psychic experiences personally, but I used to sew for several people who worked as psychics. One lady, her daughter has the ability and would say things to me and they always happened. Romance, I love reading them, I like some angst and action.

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    1. I've been to psychics who have told me things they simply can't have known and that always astounds me. The number of times I've been 'given' an idea, or a solution to a problem - from out of the blue - is something that leads me to believe those around me are helping me even when I can't see them. And, yes, there has to be angst as love is rarely straightforward. If it were I think it would actually be easy to take it for granted - and that's something that should NEVER happen!

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  18. I've not had a psychic experience perse. Does it count if you see things from the corner of your eye or things are moved and you didn't do it?
    And I enjoy romance stories because I'm always looking for a happy ever after. Makes me smile:)

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    1. That often happens, Laura. A bit like you've missed the action but can still see the effects of the movement. It was a long time before I realised that things were being moved to attract my attention, though. So well spotted, but yes, spirits move things to get your attention. It often makes me laugh, although for a long time it left me puzzled!

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  19. I like romance stories because they remind me all the romance journey with my husband through many years until today.

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    1. Ah, that's how life should be for EVERYONE! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I only read romantic and uplifting books! Makes me feel happy!

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    1. Doing things that make you feel happy is so important, Petra, as it reinforces the positive side of life. We should have a 'be happy' day as it might just remind people to let go of negativity - a world hug day!

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  21. I like reading romantic books because they usually have happy endings.

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    1. Speaking as a writer of romance I, too, love a happy ending ... it never fails to leave that warm glow!

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  22. No I've never had a psychic experience; not that I know of, lol I just like reading, period :)

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    1. Sounds like that's perfect for you, Jan. I never sought it out, it's just always been there ever since I can remember. I can't imagine life without it, though. It's a good job we are all different or life would be kind of boring!

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  23. I've never had a psychic experience. I love romance novels because they make you feel good. Love is what matters in this sometimes cruel world. I really enjoyed the interview. It's great learning about authors and their take on things! Linn is new to me and from the sounds of things she's an author I will enjoy.

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    1. Ah, thank you Donna! You hit the nail on the head - if we all chose to give out good vibes, be a listening ear when someone needs it and generally not get caught up in the negativity of life, the world would be a better place. It's not that bad things wouldn't still continue to happen - that's life - but positivity and love is infectious. Well worth spreading in my opinion!

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  24. I've had a psychic experience and not just once. But I really don't want to talk about it. Let me just say it was ghost related.

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    1. It can be very scary, Irma. If anything ever happens and you don't feel comfortable just talk to it and tell it to go away, that you can't help it and it's making you feel uncomfortable. That usually works. The 'bad' experiences I've had, where I've literally felt terrified - I just get away from it as fast as I can and don't try to fathom the reason. The worst was a basement in an old mill. Suddenly I couldn't breath and I felt I was being held back - horrible, horrible experience as running away was like running in slow motion. But fortunately I've had thousands of wonderful, uplifting experiences that make the tiny few negative ones pale into insignificance.

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  25. I read this interview and its tell me a teacher how learning teaching skills thanks for share it uc personal statement prompt 1 .

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