Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Crossroads Presents: Linda Joy Singleton

Linda Joy Singleton joins The Book Swarm on the second day of The Crossroads Blog Tour! Linda's the author of both the Dead Girl Series (books 1-3) and The Seer Series (books 1-6). Welcome to The Book Swarm!

Can you tell us about your latest novel, BURIED (due to release in March 2012)?
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Buried is a spin-off from The Seer series, starting Goth Girl Thorn. She's the opposite of Sabine: snarky and anti-social. Her character grew so strong in Book 2 of The Seer sereis that I had to push her to the background of #3 and #4. I loved getting a chance to write a book all about Thorn. My editor wanted this separate from The Seer series, so Thorn's family lost job and house and moved to Reno. K.C., a homeless kid they took in, comes with them. Thorn immediately befriends the only other two Goth girls at school -- Rune and Amerie. Thorn has a gift of psychometry and, when she touches a necklace, she gets the image of a buried body, which leads her to an unsolved murder. She meets a dangerous guy who wears a mask and, after some hate between them, they work together to solve the mystery. This is the first book I've written in pretense, and I'm really proud of it. It has one of my best first lines, too.

As my students and I join thousands of other writers in National Novel Writing Month, do you have any advice for teen writers?
I did NaNoWriMo last November. I am a re-writer, and it usually takes months so my first draft isn't rough. But I challenged myself to write eight pages a day, and I managed to do this for two weeks. Then I went back to my usual style of rewriting as I go along -- but, by then, I'd written 100 pages, which felt good. So, this was a success for me. I don't compare myself by other writers' success but by what I accomplish.

What's your biggest distraction when writing?
Email. Reality shows. Twitter. Facebook. I am easily distracted but I'm also determined to finish each book I start. So I don't let myself leave the computer until my daily goal is done.

How do you refill your creative well?
I love to read, walk, go to movies, travel, and spend time with my family.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
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3 comments:

  1. great interview

    thanks you for the giveaway

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. The idea of this spin off sounds really interesting! :D Thanks for sharing such an awesome interview.

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  3. I like the idea of having a daily goal. I would do that with my school assignments as well, because otherwise I would get nothing done with checking my email and Twitter every two seconds.

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