Paperback Writer is pleased to announce today’s author interview with Linda Kay Silva, author of Across Time as she continues on her virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion.
Hi Linda Kay Silva,
Welcome to Paperback Writer
PBW: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
LS: I used to write a cop series, but now I am in the newly defined category of urban fantasy. I’m not quite sure what that means, but it?s allied somewhere with the fantasy genre. I write them because I have to, because I have fallen in love with the idea of soul mates, of time travel. I have always been fascinated by past lives. Past lives fascinate me. Love at first sight, five year olds who can play Beethoven, people who come out of comas fluent in a foreign language, past lives at work. What other explanation is there when we meet someone for the first time, yet they feel so familiar, so comfortable to us? Where do our phobias come from? How is it we know some of the things we know, yet have never learned? Those questions drove me to the first of the series, which is Across Time.
PBW: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
LS: Good question…whenever you’re writing a series, you HAVE to plan. You HAVE to drop seeds in book one and two that will blossom in books 3-whenever. That’s part of the process I LOVE. It’s so much fun when you get back to that seed and you know your readers are going to say, “I remember that wolf in book two! Now I get it!” I have to do a scene by scene outline and I have to keep notes of character issues such as description, speech patterns, mannerisms, etc. Continuity is really important to me. I’m one of those people who, while watching scenes from Braveheart, look to see if any of the extras are wearing watches. Nerd.
PBW:Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
LS: Sometimes,I just finished the fifth in the series, and the story got away from me. The characters took it in a direction I hadn’t planned…so the ending needed a rewrite. I know this will sound weird, but whenever I need an ending, I go get a massage. For whatever reason, as I lay there, the story unfolds like magic, and I came home and finished it.
PBW: Do you have a process for developing your characters?
LS: I don’t. Characters are an amalgam of me, of people I know, of my imagination. I have had several novels where I thought a character was just going to be a minor character, but she refused. Connie, who is Delta Steven’s sidekick in my first series, was one such character. Ceara, in Across Time is the other. I love it when that happens. I am usually such a control freak, it’s nice when I don’t have ANY!
PBW: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
LS: In this book, I relate more to Cate, the Priestess who was brave enough to send her soul in search of Jessie. Cate does this to not only save the Druids, but to save her soul mate. That is definitely something I would do. I had a therapist tell me once that I suffered from a hero complex, and since I wrote about a badass cop, a powerful druid, and my latest, as-of-yet unpublished series, an empath, I think she might be on to something! It must be from all of the comic books I read as a kid. Or maybe, I?m just immature. Yeah…that’s probably it. But, seriously, I used to be a cop and I have a warrior tattoo on my back, so there’s probably something to that.
PBW: What is your most favorite part about this book?
LS: I love history and wished I would have majored in that instead of English. Most history teachers are insufferable bores because they fail to focus on what we all want to talk about and that’s THE PEOPLE! So, my favorite part of all the Across Time novels (I just finished the 5th) is when we’re back in Jessie’s old beings I love the craft of druidry, the fight against the Romans. I love the way the rules of life were so different. The second novel takes us to Elizabethan England,
where Jessie is actually a man…a pirate…who bests the greatest Queen who ever lived. It was big fun!
PBW: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
LS: Not until after I finished. I looked for an agent at first, and have found that to be more difficult than getting published. When Spinsterspicked me up, I was thrilled. They are a great group of authors and publishers who have a vision. I like being part of that vision!
PBW: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
LS: I published my first 4 books with a publishing company that closed down when Borders and Barnes and Nobles started running out the independent booksellers. Publishing really changed then. So I had two more publishers, and they folded because publishing was more of a “hobby” for them. (Their words, not mine). Then I had a drought, and went looking for an agent. Got one, and he couldn’t answer my emails, so I fired him. The drought continued until Spinsters picked me up. I have a stack of agent rejections that would make your eyes water….but I have never given up.
PBW: What has been the best part about being published?
LS: Meeting so many different people. I love the book shows, the readings, the signings. I have enjoyed meeting other authors.
PBW: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
LS: What a great question! I want them to look around themselves and wonder who they might have once been…because when you know where you were, it is easier to see where you’re going. And I want my readers to enjoy that journey.
PBW: Do you have plans to write another book?
LS: Across Time is the first is what is already a 5 novel series. Echo, who is the empath series is already 4 manuscripts long. So yeah…I’d day so!
PBW: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you? I have loved every second of it. Dorothy made me a great trailer for the novel, I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with her. I wish everyone else in the world answered emails as quickly as she does! I have recommended this process to ALL of the authors at Bella/Spinster.
PBW: Where can readers find a copy of your book?
LS: They can go to Amazon.com or to Spinsters Ink website.
PBW: Do you have a website for readers to go to?
LS: I do! www.lindakaysilva.com You can purchase my other books there.
You can see about my writing process.
Thank you, Linda Kay for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.