Please welcome returning Deb LINDA GRIMES, who’s joining us today to take the Deb Interview and tell us a little about her novel, QUICK FIX, which releases this coming week!
QUICK FIX is the sequel to Deb Linda’s wonderful debut novel, IN A FIX, which released last summer.
**Deb Linda will be giving away a copy of QUICK FIX to one lucky commenter, so leave a comment on this post some time between now and Friday, August 23 for a chance to win!**
Linda enjoys reading (anything, including cereal boxes, if desperate), an occasional cocktail (make it a martini or a Manhattan, and she’ll be a friend for life), camels (the animals, not the cigarettes, and only when they’re not spitting), and parentheses.
Here’s a little teaser for QUICK FIX, the second book in Linda’s Ciel Halligan series!
Ciel Halligan, an aura adaptor with a chameleon-like ability to step into the lives of her clients and fix their problems for them—as them—is working a job at the National Zoo with her new maybe-sort-of boyfriend, Billy, and his ten-year-old sister, Molly. It’s supposed to be a quick fix, giving her plenty of time to think over her romantic entanglements. Should she commit to a relationship with Billy, her charming scoundrel of a best friend? Or give longtime crush and CIA agent Mark Fielding a chance to step up to the plate?
But the quick fix turns into an epic disaster when Molly begins to show signs of being an adaptor herself. At ten, she’s young for it, but she’s always been precocious, so it’s not impossible. What is impossible is her taking on the form of the baby orangutan she touches—adaptors can project only human auras. Until now, apparently. It’s adorable but problematic—Molly can’t change back.
Escaping from the zoo with their new baby orang, Ciel and Billy head for New York City and the only person they know can help: Ciel’s brother James, a scientist determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. Somehow Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, while Ciel begins to suspect Molly’s unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who’s been experimenting on Molly, and why? And can Ciel keep everyone safe, under control, and preferably out of jail long enough to find out?
And now, a little more about Linda!
Where do you love to be?
In bed. I know! Sounds totally lazy, doesn’t it? But I really get a lot accomplished in bed. (Oh, get your mind out of the gutter. Not that. Well, not only that.) The quiet time as I’m falling asleep is great for reflecting on my writing. As I drift away from consciousness, my mind is somehow freed up to consider odd characters and wacky plot twists that wouldn’t come as easily to my completely awake—and logical—mind.
Bonus: When I’m occasionally plagued by insomnia, I don’t mind nearly as much as I used to, because now I know I can use the time productively.
Which talent do you wish you had?
I wish I could sing. What a joy it must be to belt out a tune and not have people run the other way, ears covered. Sadly, my singing voice is…underwhelming*. Even my children, as soon as they were old enough to express themselves verbally, said, “Mommy, please don’t sing.” (Before that, they’d put their cute little baby hands over my mouth if I tried to croon them a lullaby.)
Of course, if I’d been able to carry a tune, I wouldn’t have been forced to find my creative voice elsewhere, and likely would have never taken up writing. So I guess everything works out for the best.
*Not that this kept me from auditioning for musicals. Even got cast in them. Of course, the directors either had the whole chorus sing with me—loudly enough to drown out my voice—or it was a role where it wasn’t important for the character to sing well. Chorus girl Flora, for instance. I mean, who’s really going to be critical of your voice when you rip off your skirt and dance around in fishnet stockings singing “If You Wanna Catch a Fish You Gotta Wiggle Your Bait?”
Share something that’s always guaranteed to make you laugh.
The Damn You Autocorrect website (http://www.damnyouautocorrect.com/) gives me a serious case of the giggles every time. “Corrections” made by smart phones are shared there, and most of them are hilarious. Totally inappropriate and sometimes raunchy, yes, but funny. (What can I say? I have a juvenile sense of humor.)
Warning: Don’t visit the site if you are easily offended. Or if you tend to wet your pants when you laugh too hard.
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
RUN! Run while you can!
What? You’re still here? You’re determined? Well, that’s a good sign. If you’re sure writing is what you want to do, don’t give up.
Sounds like the same stale advice, I know, but it’s so true. Because there will be times when you’re sorely tempted to toss all your words in the nearest garbage can and take up something easier, like digging ditches…in south Texas…in August. The thing is, persistence is key in this field. It might not guarantee success, but without it, you’ve almost certainly guaranteed failure.
Addendum: I don’t mean pointless persistence. If you’re not continuing to hone your craft while you’re sticking to your writing—if you stop learning—then you’re just spinning your wheels. So, persist at improving, too.
Which animal would you like to be, and why?
I would love to be an otter. They are strong, fierce, and (best of all) playful. Seriously, don’t they just look like they’re always having fun? Plus, they like to float on their backs and hold hands with their, um, significant otter. Which is, of course, otterly adorable. (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)
Thank you, Deb Linda, for joining us today and CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming release!
Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of QUICK FIX!