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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Author Interview & Contest with Linda Wisdom!!

Author Linda Wisdom is practically a regular guest here on Amberkatze's Book Blog. So when I got to read an advance copy of her new release I couldn't resist asking her back on to the blog.

A Demon does it Better is, like all Linda's witchy books, a super read. I can only highly recommend Linda's books and hope that you will give them a go. Actually why not check out this interview and get a feel for the author and the books. Maybe even win a copy of the new release?


Amber - Welcome back to Amberkatze's Book Blog! It is great to have you here again as a guest! Could you start things off by telling us a little about your second book in the Demon Series, A Demon Does It Better?

Linda – Readers met Lili in wallmails in previous books. It was time for her story. With her being a doctor I wanted to show what the medical field would be like for pretenaturals. From the beginning I knew the asylum would be a part of it. I would have loved to have input more of the medical part, but with a romance you have to concentrate on the main characters. Who knows, maybe a novella will come out of it.

Amber - How did you come up with the idea for A Demon Does It Better? Was it a long process or did it just come to you?

Linda – One of my favorite movies is Boris Karloff’s Bedlam. A sign of my demented mind. I always thought using an old hospital in a book would be interesting. Lili’s story worked perfectly for it. I wanted to show an asylum of the past mingled with a hospital of the present. Also an alternate plain where the supernaturals had their own community. And a hint of mystery to go with it. I can’t say it all clicked in my head, but it settled in scene by scene.

Amber - I like how you keep visiting or mentioning the characters from your previous demon/witch books. Will any of them ever come back into the limelight again?

Linda – Yes and not just flash fiction on my blog. I hope to write some novellas for them and who knows, maybe even another book if the right idea comes to mind.

Amber - There were a few new characters in A Demon Does It Better. Will we see any of them again in future books?

Linda – Oh yes. I love bringing characters back in ‘cameo’ roles. Plus it gives the readers a glimpse into what they’re doing now.

Amber - Cleo was a hoot! Is it hard to come up with new fun sidekicks for your witches?

Linda – Sometimes I think that’s the easiest part. Perhaps because I’m such a critter person. You have to admit that Cleo is no clich├ęd witch’s familiar. Nor would I even suggest it to her. She has attitude like Fluff and Puff.

Amber - A Demon does it Better had some medical and magical aspects to it. Do you research these areas or use your imagination?

Linda – It was a combination of research and my imagination. I researched Bedlam for the asylum and tried to mix modern and the old togethere.

Amber - Will there be more books in the series? Which witch will lead the next book?

Linda – Absolutely! Do you think the witches will let me stop now? I will be putting Thea’s book titled Guns ‘N Hexes up myself and Jazz and Nick will have an e-novella, Hotel Hex.

Amber - Are you working on any other projects? Do you want to try writing Young Adult like so many other authors?

Linda – I have written a YA urban fantasy. While the editors loved it, sadly, they didn’t love it enough, so I’ll be putting the book up myself. I’ve put up some of my backlist books as ebooks and more will be going up on a weekly basis. They’re found on Amazon, BN and Smashwords along with www.joyridebooks.com

Amber - How do you pick the names for your characters? Do they have any special meanings?

Linda – Sometimes I think they name themselves. The hardest part is coming up with their birth name. Then I look for the name and meaning that fits their personality.

Amber - How do you come up with the titles for your books? Do you always go with the first title or is it hard to come up with the right one?

Linda – Actually, my publisher comes up with the titles.

Amber - How long on average does it take you to write a book? Do you have a process you follow? Or do you just start at page one and see what happens?

Linda – I’ve always been a pantser writer. I start at page one but many times I might be a third of the way through the book and know how the ending has to be, so I’ll write it then.

Amber - Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job? If yes, how do you divide your time?

Linda – I’ve been a full time writer since 1980. My boss fired me when I sold my first two books. Talk about incentive to keep on writing!

Amber - What have you been reading, watching and listening to lately? Any recommendations?

Linda – I’m reading Faith Hunter’s Raven Crossed and then on to Yasmine Galenorn’s. My latest TV addiction is The Big Bang Theory. I can’t imagine I haven’t watched it all this time! Love the show and even have a Soft Kitty t-shirt. Plus I enjoy Grimm and Once Upon A Time for new shows. I’m always looking for new Celtic and Zydeco music. Both tend to spice my imagination.

Amber - Who has been your biggest inspiration in life?

Linda – I would say my mom. She was always a cheerleader. Funny story. When I first sold I was telling everyone “I’m an author.” Mom told me I need to be careful, that it could be considered bragging. A few years later we were having lunch out and Mom looked across the restaurant. She saw a woman reading my book and next thing I knew she was out of her chair and telling the woman “My daughter wrote that book. Do you want her to sign it?” Obviously, it’s okay for moms to brag. :} A Demon Does it Better is dedicated to her memory and a longtime friend, Beverly Barton.

Amber - If you could live anywhere in the world. Where would you live?

Linda – Hm, that’s a toughie since there’s a few places I’d love to go to. My Irish roots seem to call to me more and more, so I think Ireland.

Amber - Thanks for stopping by again!

Linda - Thank you for having me! It’s always fun here.



A madhouse is not place for a curious witch…

After more than a century, Doctor Lili Carter, witch healer extraordinaire, has returned to San Francisco and taken a job at Crying Souls Hospital and Asylum, where something peculiar and wicked I shappening. Patients are disappearing, and Lili wants to know why.

And double dangerous for a demon…

Lili finds herself undeniably attracted to perhaps the most mysterious patient of all—a demented but seriously sexy demon named Jared. What’s behind the gorgeous chameleon demon’s late-night escapades?

Before long, Lili and Jared are investigating each other—and creating a whole new kind of magic.


Linda Wisdom has published more than 70 novels with 13 million copies sold worldwide including traditional, paranormal, humor, action/adventure romance, and romantic suspense. Her bestselling books have been nominated for RT Book Reviews awards and the Romance Writers of America Rita Award. She lives with her husband in Murrieta, California. For more information, please visit her website.

Jazz Tremaine Series

# 1 - 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover
# 2 - Hex Appeal
# 3 - Wicked By Any Other Name
# 4 - Hex In High Heels

Demons Series

# 1 - Demons Are A Girl's Best Friend
# 2 - A Demon does it Better


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Birgit said...

Ohhh maybe I'm too old or maybe I'm too nostalgic, but I always liked Samantha in Bewitched!

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Stephanie said...

My favorite witch is Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison.

I'm a gfc follower.


Victoria said...

Samantha Stevens is my favorite TV witch. To wiggle my nose and have all my house work done - oh the dream :).
GFC/Facebook?Twitter/email I follow you every where ;).

Thanks so much.


felinewyvern said...

Goth from James H Schmitz book The Witches Of Karres is one of my favorutie witches.

GFC: ilona (also email & FB follower)
felinewyvern at googlemail dot com


Sullivan McPig said...

Chess Putnam from Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series! She rocks!


Cheryl said...

I like Lily Parker from Chloe Neill's YA Dark Elite series.


Alicia0385 said...

Rachel from the Hollows!!

gfc follower alicia0605

Brenda Demko said...

My favorite witch would probably be Paige Winterbourne from Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. But I have a fondness for Morgan Riordan from the Sweep series too, she was one of the first witches that I read about. I'm in the US.

Linda Wisdom said...

Hi Birgit. Samantha is still fun to watch

Linda Wisdom said...

I love that series, Stephanie.

Linda Wisdom said...

I've tried that, Victoria. Wish it worked for me!

Linda Wisdom said...

That's new for me, ilona. I'll have to look for it.

Linda Wisdom said...

Another favorite, Sullivan.

Linda Wisdom said...

Hi Cheryl, I enjoy those books too.

Linda Wisdom said...

Hi Alicia. Oh yes.

Linda Wisdom said...

Always good to have more than one, Brenda

Pamk said...

as far as tv goes it would be tabatha samantha's daughter. and I love your Jazz cause she funny. and I love Chessie from the Downside books cause she's flawed but still fighting for all she's worth.

Linda Wisdom said...

Hi Pamk!

Wasn't Tabatha a cutie?

I just adored Endora. She played by her own set of rules.

miki said...

For me it's Rachel Morgan from the kim harrison books




Mary Preston said...

I grew up as a teenager watching SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH. I totally wanted to be a witch, without the magic back-firing part.

FB: Mary Preston



Dovile said...

My favorite is Prue from the Charmed TV series.


Aurian said...

Great interview again ladies, thank you. My favourite witch is Camille D'Artigo by Yasmine Galenorn.

auriansbooks at gmail dot com

I am a follower, and a subscriber by email, and I have your blog posted on my own.

SandyG265 said...

Samantha from Bewitched.

sgiden at verizon.net

Diane said...

I used to watch Samantha from the show Bewitched many years ago; I even went to watch the movie a few years back though it wasn't even close to he show!

I'm from Canada

dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

Julie S said...

Willow from Buffy is my favorite witch :)

Thanks for the giveaway.


Linda Wisdom said...

Hi Miki, it says a lot that Rachel is so popular.

Hi Marybelle, the backfiring part is never fun!

Doville, I loved that show!

Hi Aurian, Yes! Camille is fantastic. I'm a big fan of Smokey.

Hi Sandy and Diane, I adore Nicole Kidman and loved her more in Practical Magic.

Julie S, and great to see how Willow grew.

Laura said...

Favourite Witch in...
TV - Tabitha Stevens
Film - Glinda, the Good Witch of the North
Book - Hermione Granger

I'm a FB Fan and posted link and answers on my wall - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589470394 (Laura Albert)

Also posted answers on Twitter: @LauraEAlbert

I'm also a gfc follower: laurea852@gmail.com

US/Can (Canada)

Thanks Amber and Linda, this was a fun question!

Tore923 said...

Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Barbara said...

I like Christine Feehan's Drake sisters....all 7 of them.

I follow via GFC, email and FB


wade2121 said...

It would be a tie between Samantha in Bewitched and the Aunts in Practical Magic.

Jemmy said...

Have to go with Willow Rosenberg....loved the Buffy series.

Linda Wisdom said...

Hi Laura, that's a great variety of witches.

Hi Tore, and Willow grew so strong.

Hi Barbara, the Drake sisters are great.

Hi Wade2121I'd love to celebrate Midnight Margaritas with the aunts.

Hi Jemmy, I agree.

trichie said...

My favorite witch is Piper on the tv series Charmed

Linda said...

My fav is Samantha from Bewitched too. It's the nose wiggle!



slb3334 said...

Hermione from Harry Potter.


parakiss25 said...

This is hard. I think its a tie for me between Paige from Kelley Armstrong's books and Hermione of Harry Potter


jwx4 said...

My favorite witch is Rachel Morgan from The Hallows series by Kim Harrison.

The Sunshyn said...

Savannah Levine (Kelley Armstrong books)

chainmail (at)iwon dot com

Unknown said...

Definately Rachel from The Hollows!! She is one kick butt chick!

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Mirela said...

Rachel Morgan from the Hollows
gfc: mirela_8923
e-mail: lulu_mirela90@yahoo.com

DANIELA said...

My favorite witch is any of the sisters of the Charmed series.
Thanks for the giveaway

dany7578 at hotmail dot com

blackroze37 AT yahoo.com said...

willow ,from buffy show, tara from buffy show ... im loving the new sreies, the secret circle

off2europe2005 said...

Loved Bewitched---Samantha

Kim (Randominities) said...

Bewitched is my favorite tv show and Uncle Arthur was my fave on it!

Unknown said...

Sally from practical magic. The Movie, not the book. It doesn't happen often that i prefer a movie over the book, but well for anyone else, that's read that book, knows what i'm talking about!

michedt said...

My favorite witch is Claire from Witch Heart by Anya Bast. I really love her. Good series btw, if anyone wants to read it:)

Unknown said...

My favourite witches are the Halliwell sisters in Charmed, and especially Prue :-)

And I LOVED Samantha in Bewitched :-D

Thank you!

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clynsg said...

Probably Samantha in Bewitched, although Endora comes in a close second!

cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

alainala said...

i love the girls of charmed.. not quite a witch but i love the magic users of the tv show Merlin as well!!

gfc - alainala

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

I like the Sabrina the teenage witch
vmkids3 at msn dot com

AEKZ2 said...

My favorite witch movie is Hocus Pocus.


Mirela said...

a forgot to say...Euro