Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Warm Welcome to Linda Rondeau

It's my pleasure to host Linda today. Readers, you'll enjoy reading Linda's books. I just finished her debut book, The Other Side of Darkness. Now, her interview:

Is there a story behind [book title]?
America II trilogy follows the development of the original thirteen colonies. Just as the colonies wanted to rectify their differences with England, in the first book of the trilogy, The Reformation, the Western American Outland desires to heal the differences they have with the global government, The Constitutional Government.

What distracts you from writing the easiest? 

Noises, music, sunny days, and my cat.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading anything that is written well. I recently finished a memoir by Marilyn Fowler,
http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Echoes-Marilyn-Fowler/dp/1432749498/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1345339682&sr=8-6&keywords=silent+echoes one of the best memoirs I’ve read in a long time. Marialyn demonstrates how her mother’s life impacted her own, and how she overcame the hardships of her life to find a satisfying career, starting college at the age of 47, becoming the director of social work for a large criminal justice system.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
My favorite character is Ahmed Farid, second governor of Western America Province and second president elect. Ahmed, a Muslim by birth, orphaned at the age of 8, was adopted by a Christian household. Ahmed is the pivotal character around whom all other characters are pitted. Ahmed is a man of peace in a world gone amuck. He desperately tries to prevent civil war by trying to bridge the outland and the global government.

What is your strangest habit? (you pick which one—just something to have fun with and show some personality.)
I have to have symmetry. If there is one picture on the wall, there has to be another same shape and similar colors and theme. My kitchen cupboards have a ledge and I have to have equal arrangement of colored and clear colored vases.

What is your favorite season of the year?
When I lived in Northern New York, I loved summers and spent a great deal of time on the golf course. Now that I live in northern Florida, my favorite season is fall. The days are still very warm but not uncomfortably warm. Best time of year to golf.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
My grandmother made the best doughnuts ever. When we were kids, I loved doughnut day. She made special treat for my brother and me by frying up the holes.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Ironing and similarly, mending.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about? 
In my first book, The Other Side of Darkness (available NOW), I dealt with forgiveness issues, mainly the inability of two main characters to forgive themselves. In America II the spiritual take away is that God is control. He created the world and He will continue to involve Himself in the affairs of mankind until the judgment day.

(Is America II available now? Available in print Sept 7 now available in ebook.)

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)  
At this writing, I am facing another great challenge in my life….cancer. My prognosis is good, but it will require time and commitment to reach wholeness. In advance of the finding out my diagnosis, God gave me this passage of scripture:

“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
    all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth, 
and have carried since you were born. 
Even to your old age and gray hairs 
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:3 – 4 NIV

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it.
My next book is another Adirondack Romance. It Really is a Wonderful Life, about an Iraq War widow, relocated to Norther New York from a southern climate, who finds romance when she joins a community theater production of It's a Wonderful Life. It's due is due to be released in October.


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Linda is giving away a copy of America II. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Teela said...

My dad was in WWII and the Korean conflict. I would like to read this book, b/c of the stories daddy used to tell me. Thanks, Teelayoung@hotmail.com http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Linda's book, "America II: The Reformation" would be a wonderful addition to the church library.
Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.
My prayers are with her and her family.
Janet Estridge

Anonymous said...

I want to try to win Linda's book. She is a new author for me. Thanks for the interview.
Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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