Please welcome Linnea Sinclair, Award-Winning Science Fiction Romance Author.

Her awards include the RITA©, Sapphire, and PEARL awards. Linnea Sinclair's current booklist with Bantam/Random House includes FINDERS KEEPERS, GABRIEL’S GHOST, AN ACCIDENTAL GODDESS, GAMES OF COMMAND and THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES, and scheduled for release in 2008-09, SHADES OF DARK and HOPE’S FOLLY. She is also a John W. Campbell award nominee.

She has been compared to Dianna Gabaldon and Judith McNaught.
Linnea Sinclair books promise kick-butt heroines, science fiction action, steamy romance, and a good dose of fun.

Linnea, how long have you been writing and was it difficult getting your books
published?


I’ve been writing for so long I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. I’m an only child and making up stories in my head was a favorite pastime. I began putting them on paper in junior high school. In my twenties, I was active in Trek fan-fic. But I never took the plunge to write fiction full time until I’d completed successful careers as a news reporter and a private investigator. I sold my detective agency in 2000, which was also the year my fantasy novel, WINTERTIDE, was accepted for publication by LTDBooks, a small Canadian publishing house.

Getting published in small press wasn’t that difficult for me. Getting a major NY
publisher to acknowledge that science fiction romance was an up-and-coming hot genre and that my small press books—and talent—could make the jump to the big time was considerably more difficult. But it was a jump I was determined to make and I concentrated, not only on winning awards with my books, but on promoting my books so that my name was “out there” in front of the reading public. My agent later told me that when Bantam bought me, they commented that I was the most well-known unknown they’d ever heard of.

I suppose it might have been easier if I’d decided to write in a different genre; mystery, perhaps, or pure romance. But science fiction romance is where my heart and soul is. I write what I love, and what I’d love to experience. For that reason, writing is an intense, personal experience for me and I try to bring that same experience to the reader. I have to write what I love, or I couldn’t write it.

How would you define science fiction romance (SFR) and what elements does the reader find in SFR that she can’t find in other stories?

Science Fiction Romance is, at its core, a science fiction/speculative fiction novel that has—equally at its core and in its theme—the romantic question between the main characters. It's written so that if either core element—science/speculative fiction or romance—were removed, the story would collapse. Or at the least, not be the same novel.

That means if the story's setting could easily—and without noticeable changes—be swapped from Port Rumor in Gensiira to Port St. Lucie in Florida, or from the bridge of a Zafharin huntership to the decks of a Carnival Cruise Line's ocean liner, then it's not SFR. And if the emotional relationship—and its eventual HEA— between the main characters could be removed and the plot would not be affected at all, it's not SFR.

The combining of the two genres sometimes boggles people. I'm not sure why. After all, the concept is not all that different from a chocolate cupcake. In order to something to be considered a chocolate cupcake, it must 1) contain chocolate and 2) be in the size, shape and form of a cupcake. Science Fiction Romance is just like that, only less fattening.

I don't know if SFR necessarily provides readers elements not found in other stories as much as it presents two (or more) elements they enjoy in one place. Tastes great and less filling, you know? The reader then doesn't have to sacrifice one favored plot element or genre for the other. Two for the price of one. If I think of any more bad clichés I'll let you know, but that's the gist of it.

Linnea, alpha women in space seems to be a recurring theme in your books, including Finders Keepers and Gabriel’s Ghost. What’s the appeal of the “kickbutt” heroine? Are you living vicariously through your characters?

Is there any other kind of hero in commercial genre fiction other than one who takes charge, forces things to happen? I suppose there is but for the kinds of things I want to read for fun, there isn't. Since everything I've written has to first please my reading tastes, then yes, my readers are always going to find themselves in cahoots with heroines (and heroes) who eventually grab the universe by the, uh, fruit basket and take control.

The appeal? Writing gurus like Dwight Swain, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Jack Bickham, James Frey and others have long pointed out that readers read to experience tension,
conflict; to participate—at a safe distance—in the resolution of a seemingly irresolvable problem. Our cultures' ancient myths and legends have featured powerful female figures (Hera, Freya, Quan-Yin, etc.). The female whose actions can change the outcome or resolve a problem is nothing new. In commercial fiction, it or rather she did go on sabbatical for a while. However, she's definitely back (and in more than one case, pissed!).

So I feel the appeal of the strong female protagonist is something deep inside many of us.

As for my living vicariously through my characters, let's see, I've been an investigative news reporter and a private investigator. Have I ever shot footage in a hurricane? Yup. Put my career on the line for a story? Yup. Forged through the Florida swamps for a story? Yup. Done live television (okay, not life threatening but definitely nerve-wracking when you're doing a live news feed and you're being attacked by wasps...)? Yup. Have I ever received death threats, threats to ruin me financially, illicit propositions, and faced the business end of a loaded gun? Yup.

So, do I live vicariously through my characters? Uh, no. Rather my characters and I share a similar adventurous attitude and a strong desire to survive.

What advice do you have for fledgling writers?


First, read. Read as much as you can in the genre in which you want to write.
Second, realize that writing is both an art and a craft. Yes, the muse must speak to you. But it’s up to you to put that creative inspiration in a grammatically correct form, or you’re wasting your and the muse’s time. Study and understand plot structure, characterization, conflict and dialogue. For all that fiction is freewheeling creativity, it’s also rules and regulations.

There are plenty of books out there to help you do this. My favorite is Dwight Swain’s Techniques of the Selling Writer. When I teach writing, I tell my students that if they can buy only one book, buy that one. It’s essential. Almost every published author I know has a dog-eared copy. From there, look for the how-to books by Jack Bickham, Nancy Kress, Debra Dixon and Renni Browne/Dave King. These books work no matter your genre.

Then find a writers’ group—locally or online—that has at least one published author in its ranks (preferably more than one). Get your work critiqued. Learn to give critiques in return.

Writing a publishable novel is hard work. Blessedly, it’s also a tremendous amount of fun. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing—except, perhaps, piloting a starship.

Please tell us a little about your upcoming 2009 release
.

In February 2009 Bantam will release Hope’s Folly, which is the third book in the Dock Five series that started with Gabriel’s Ghost. Folly is Admiral Philip Guthrie’s story. Philip is Chaz’s ex-husband, and while in Gabriel’s he straddled the fence between being a hero and being an obstacle, in Shades of Dark he has quite a lot happen to him, and as one blogger noted, is starting to sport his hero duds. He’s blossomed into a take-control, very sexy man and in Folly, he faces one of the toughest challenges of his life.

It's an impossible mission on a derelict ship called HOPE'S FOLLY. A man who feels he can't love. A woman who believes she's unlovable. And an enemy who will stop at nothing to crush them both.

Admiral Philip Guthrie is in an unprecedented position: on the wrong end of the law, leading a rag-tag band of rebels against the oppressive Imperial forces. Or would be, if he can reach his command ship—the intriguingly named Hope’s Folly—alive. Not much can rattle Philip’s legendary cool—but the woman who helps him foil an assassination attempt on Kirro Station will. She’s the daughter of his best friend and first commander—a man who died while under Philip’s command, and whose death is on Philip’s conscience

Rya Bennton has been in love with Philip Guthrie since she was a girl. But can her childhood fantasies survive an encounter with the hardened man, and newly-minted rebel leader, who it seems has just become her new commanding officer? And will she still be willing follow him through the jaw of hell once she learns the truth about her father’s death?

By the way, Romantic Times just gave Folly 4-1/2 stars and named it a Top Pick!

website: www.linneasinclair.com
FYI,
Linnea divides her time between Naples, Florida and Columbus Ohio.

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37 comments

  1. Scarlet Pumpernickel // February 17, 2009 at 12:42 AM  

    Linnea, thanks for visiting the Pink Fuzzies! MM another great job! We love all the wonderful interviews you've lined up for us!

    Linnea, tell us about your writing schedule. How do you stay on track? How do you keep yourself motivated and moving forward on you projects?

    Scarlet

  2. Edie // February 17, 2009 at 12:44 AM  

    Great interview! Congrats on the 41/2 star review, Linnea! I love strong women heroines, too -- in real life as well as fiction.

  3. Mary Marvella // February 17, 2009 at 1:43 AM  

    Linda, do you remember where we met Linnea?

  4. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 9:55 AM  

    Hi kids, thanks so much for letting me share your slippers! (I have butter yellow crocs on right now). It's an honor to be here.

    Scarlet Pumps, aaaargh! on the writing schedule. In THEORY I try to answer my emails, blogs, do writing business in the morning when the husband is home. We share a home office and the reality is I just can't get writing done while Mister-Where-Are-My-Socka and Hey-Look-At-This-Joke sits behind me or wanders in and out of the office. So until he hits the golf course--his 'day job'--I do busy work.

    Rainy days are hell.

    Writing hopefully takes place once the garage door hits the driveway around noon. That lasts until dinner and/or when he gets home.

    My most productive writing times are around 2AM. Unfortunately too many of those kinds of nights and I end up with bronchitis.

    Generally, the two months before deadline are all 2AM kinds of nights.

    Motivation is partly provided by contracts and deadlines. But mostly it's by characters. They talk (ie: nag) me constantly. If I didn't write, I'd explode (not a pretty site, I promise).

    Keep the questions coming, kids! Huz is still home, FOX News blaring out of the kitchen TV and in about two minutes he's going to come in here with the newspaper crossword puzzle and ask me if loafer has one f or two...

    ~Linnea

  5. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 9:57 AM  

    Count the typos. Can you tell I've not had coffee yet?

  6. Arkansas Cyndi // February 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM  

    I was fortunate to meet Linnea during book signing at Nationals in Dallas (I was one of the hundreds who stood in line to meet you!) I had already heard about her book from a friend (EC Gray) who is convinced Linnea is the Goddess of SFR. And I agree!

    Do you think storytelling is a talent that you are born with or can it be taught? For example, people can take piano lessons and learn to play, but without innate talent, the music will lack the emotional element that causes listeners to want to listen. Do you think storytelling ability is the same?

  7. MostlyRomance // February 17, 2009 at 10:57 AM  

    Linnea

    I'm anxiously awaiting Hope's Folly. I've always kind of had a soft spot for Phillip.

    One comment you made about the craft of writing really hit home with me. I'm a reader, and have no desire to be a writer, and I really wish authors would take to heart the idea that the story has to be grammatically correct to allow a story to flow through the reader's mind smoothly. I really hate when I'm reading and my mind stops every other page to try to figure out what the author was really trying to say or how a sentence should read to make sense.

    And please figure out when to use that or which; as or so and all of the other words that seem to be misused. I realize sometime an editor may make changes but ...

  8. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM  

    Well, okay, I had this long, really funny reply and blogger burped. Grrrr.

    **Do you think storytelling is a talent that you are born with or can it be taught? **

    As many of you know, I teach writing at confs nationally (and online, galatically) and this question often comes up.

    My experience is that we all have some kind of muse. The trick is knowing which ones you have. I have a storytelling muse but that doesn't include the screenwriting muse. My screenwriting muse ran off with the Brazilian pool boy and was last seen sticking her toes in the sand on the beaches of Fernando de Noronha (Ipanema is so passe...)

    Now the presence of the writing muse isn't heralded just by the desire to put emotions on a page. If emo-keyboarding were the only requirement, then all those angry letters to the editor writers would be NYT bestsellers.

    The novel writing muse comes along with conflict and characterization, with exploding plots and passionate dialogue. It's frequently wearing a T-shirt with WHAT IF? in big bold letters across the front.

    But the storytelling muse, untrained, is dangerous. And unproductive.

    If you've read a bunch of novels and decide to write one "because it looks like an interesting way to make money" then you don't have the storytelling muse (and your financial muse is seriously skewed.) That doesn't mean you wouldn't be able to craft a novel. You might even craft a passable one. But you'd not be able to write novel after novel (and to deadline) without becoming bored.

    The storytelling muse is an addicition. IMHO and IMHE. ~Linnea

  9. Mary Marvella // February 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

    Linnea, I'm glad you're here and I soooo understand the voices and PITA characters who won't leave me alone. If I could just send them to the editors and agents when I send proposals ....

  10. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 11:44 AM  

    **One comment you made about the craft of writing really hit home with me. I'm a reader, and have no desire to be a writer, and I really wish authors would take to heart the idea that the story has to be grammatically correct to allow a story to flow through the reader's mind smoothly**

    Mostly, I hear you but let me take you into my world for a moment (strap in, okay?).

    I'm not sure what books you've been reading where you're seeing grammatical issues. If you consider the sheer volume of pages NY houses deal with, it stands to reason there will be a few errors hither and yon but IMHO not enough to cause huge concern or break the flow of the story. NY editors and copy editors (and the two are NOT the same) are, in my experience, sticklers.

    But there are a couple of ways errors creep in and I'll give you some examples.

    1) Writing to deadline (three or more 120,000 word, 450 page books a year) can make you numb to grammar and spelling. Honest. I spend at least ten hours a day at the computer. Seven days a week. When I have back-to-back book contracts, there are no breaks. Add in to that the time spent on promoting books, blogging, conferences, signings... and at some point waving weakly to the husband and hoping the laundry hasn't yet reached critical mass... It's honestly the most grueling job I've had and I'm a retired private detective and former news reporter.

    2) Editors and copy editors are the next line of defense for the bleary-eyed author. But with editors (substantive) come changes. Move this paragraph here. Change that scene there. Cut-and-paste in computers has made this easy but also prone to errors (ie: lifting incomplete sentences, or wrong words getting piggybacked.) Have I ever lost track of my "current version?" Hell yeah. It's scary. I write on two computers and use a flash drive but there I times I can't tell which is the latest/correct one.

    3) Copy editors sometimes don't know the genre-specific words. I had this happen in THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES (sci fi/ romance/ police procedural-- think "Men in Black" meets "CSI: Miami") where the CE changed "sighted his rifle" to "cited his rifle." As in, my cop was issuing citations to his weapon. Not. I had to go through and STET every instance I could find. Note: I could find (after having spent 6 months writing the book and two months in edits to the point I could damned near quote the book verbatim, meaning I could no longer "see" the words on the page.) Now, you ask, why didn't you use your word processor's Find & Replace?

    Answer: because Bantam does all edits in HARD COPY. PAPER. Yep, paper.

    Which brings us to problem #3.

    3) My publisher takes my perfect ::snort::, pristine, error-free manuscript that I send them electronically and then retype it by hand into their system in order to produce the editing copy. Yes, you read that correctly. RETYPE. That's how in an ARC of FINDERS KEEPERS a line of dialogue that in MY manuscript read something like "Aren't you coming?" instead was printed as "Arnold you coming?"

    There was no character named Arnold in the whole book!

    Now, I corrected that (by hand in purple pencil, which is how I'm required to do things) and I flagged it with a sticky note but after that I DO NOT SEE THE MANUSCRIPT AGAIN. And if the sticky note falls off in transit via FedEx or if the CE misses it or doesn't agree, Arnold is in my book.

    I've taken to reading my edit copies and my first pass proofs first forwards and then backwards to try to catch all errors. Backwards because after spending months with the MS, I am numb to it and my mind fills in things that ought to be there but might not be. Plus it's quite common for an author to be in edits on one book and writing another.

    And you all wonder why we drink... ::evil grin::

    ~Linnea

  11. Anonymous // February 17, 2009 at 1:24 PM  

    Yo Skipper,

    Should I tell everyone how many times you and I said "What if..." during Folly :~)
    I can't wait for you and Folly to win all those awards I know it's going to win.

    Admiral Mikey

  12. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 1:32 PM  

    Yep, what if ranks right up there with BIC HOK for a writer's war cry! And yep, we what-iffed a lot. ;-)~Linnea

  13. Mfitz // February 17, 2009 at 1:47 PM  

    With that schedule do you worry about burnout or just having your head blow up?

    Do you have advice about dealing with scheduling other thatn BICHOK?

  14. vickyb // February 17, 2009 at 2:16 PM  

    You hooked me with Wintertide and I haven't stopped reading since.

  15. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 2:47 PM  

    Mfitz, basically my head blows up. I'm not the most organized person in the galaxy. My desk qualifies at best as organized chaos...with cats. There are other authors who can better tell you how to juggle this stuff. I just flail and moan my way through deadlines.

    ~Linnea

  16. Angi // February 17, 2009 at 3:42 PM  

    "Have I ever received death threats, threats to ruin me financially, illicit propositions, and faced the business end of a loaded gun? Yup."

    Great Interview, Linnea. Thanks for all the information.

    The above statement really got my heart pounding. How did you deal with these situations? And did it impact your writing?

  17. Kathy Heilmann // February 17, 2009 at 4:14 PM  

    Linnea, wow, what great insightful comments! My husband and I are big fans of all your books and are anxiously awaiting the release of Hope's Folly. It's hard to believe that in the 21st century the publishers are retyping manuscripts into their system and managing edits exclusively on paper copies. Hmm, I wonder if there's a technological solution for this problem...

  18. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 4:17 PM  

    Angi, the things I did as a PI may someday show up in my writing. How it impacts my current stories is that I know what duty feels like and I know what fear feels like--in a way a lot of people (thank heavens!) do not. But those things happened over a decade ago and I don't dwell on them. But like any experience (for a writer) they're there when I need them.

    They were also something you somewhat take in stride. They come with the territory, so to speak. And I know colleagues who'd rather face a gun than speak in front of an audience. ;-)

    So it all depends on your point of view. (Certainly the gals who write and belong to RomVets have far more war storie than I have!)

    Vicki, Mary, Edie and anyone else I've missed, thanks for posting! Keep 'em coming kids.

    Now, I have to go 404 for a few hours as the huz got himself into a golf tourney today and there's a little get-together I have to at least put in an appearance at. (Yucky sentence). So I need to go powder my nose and toddle over to the bar at the clubhouse and play Golf Wife. I'll be back in a bit! Don't go away. ~Linnea

  19. Scarlet Pumpernickel // February 17, 2009 at 6:25 PM  

    Linnea, I so understand what you mean when you say you've read it so many times you know what is supposed to be on the paper! I just finished rewriting my current wip for the fourth time. I let it cool for a few days, then found a typo right there on page three! Both MM and I had missed it a zillion times!

    When you are world building how do you keep track of all the neat little details that make it real to your readers? Any special tips or tricks you can share with us?

    Scarlet

  20. Pamela Varnado // February 17, 2009 at 6:52 PM  

    Linnea,
    I love to see that you've mixed SF and romance. It's one area that I've felt been lacking in the romance genre for a while. I love your books and your alpha heroines are my heros.

  21. Mona Risk // February 17, 2009 at 7:56 PM  

    Linnea, I had the pleasure of sitting in the first row during your workshop at the Cruise with your Muse conference. Thanks for the great advice you gave us then and are repeating here.

  22. Tami Brothers // February 17, 2009 at 8:46 PM  

    Wow. These books sound very interesting. I'm going to have find a copy and check them out.

    Thanks for the name of the book by Dwight Swain. I'll be looking for that, also.

    Have a great week.

    Tami Brothers

  23. Nicki Salcedo // February 17, 2009 at 8:48 PM  

    Linnea, thank you for sharing some wonderful insight into what you do. I have to admit that I'm a fan once removed. I gave one of your books to my sister a few years ago. She swore she would never read romance, but she loved your book. I mean loved so much she went out and bought all of your other books.

    Now your books are on the same shelf with all of her favorite Pulitzer and Booker Prize winning books!

    My question is this. As a writer of sci-fi and romance, do you feel the need to try and attract a more mainstream audience? Despite the sales success of romance (and sci-fi) do you think the publishing industry treats genre writers differently?

    Thank you for your time. And thank you for making my holiday shopping easier the past two years. Step 1) Find your books in the bookstore. Step 2) Buy latest your latest release. Step 3) Check my sister off gift list!

  24. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 9:02 PM  

    She's baaack! ;-)
    Kathy said: **Hmm, I wonder if there's a technological solution for this problem...
    **

    Yunno, boggles my mind too. Though that's not difficult. Still I understand computers and coding enough that I can see where not importing code from other programs or systems could be important.

    Not all NY houses do this. I have friends who write for Berkley and HQN and St Martins that work all electronic. Bantam doesn't. *shrugs*

    What you learn in being a published author is you play the game you're required to. You can either whine about the injustices or you can meet deadlines. Me, I drink. ;-) ~Linnea

  25. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 9:05 PM  

    *I just finished rewriting my current wip for the fourth time. I let it cool for a few days, then found a typo right there on page three!*

    Scarlet Pumps, let it cool two weeks and you'll find clunky sentences, misplaced modifiers and entire plot points that belong in another book.

    Four years later you'll re-read your book that won oodles of awards and that reviewers drooled over...and you'll cringe.

    The muse, she is a fickle b*tch. ;-) ~Linnea

  26. Mary Marvella // February 17, 2009 at 9:15 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by, Petit Fours and Hot Tamales. You know who you are. (grin)

  27. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 9:24 PM  

    Nicki: *My question is this. As a writer of sci-fi and romance, do you feel the need to try and attract a more mainstream audience? Despite the sales success of romance (and sci-fi) do you think the publishing industry treats genre writers differently?
    *

    Oh, doll, sing me a song I don't know the tune too.

    Yep, I've been whining...oops, I mean OPINING on just this on Goodreads. I'm not sure SFR is best served by being lumped in with PNR.

    http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/104604.Should_SFR_be_part_of_PNR_?comment_id=4044448

    I'd love for further input there.

    As for sales success, SF has the lowest print runs. Both SF and romance came out of (embarrassing) pulp fiction backgrounds and still suffer some backlash.

    I'm personally not so intersted in getting a mainstream audience--who I don't really think would enjoy SFR--but in pulling in the media audience. The lovers of Battlestar Galactica, StarGate, Matrix, Firefly and the like who have no clue what they like to watch, they can also read. ~Linnea

  28. Anonymous // February 17, 2009 at 9:24 PM  

    Great interview, Mary.

    To Linnea,

    The combination of science fiction and romance is a tough feat, but you pull it off beautifully. I'm also a big time Trekkie.

    I've also lived in Columbus, Ohio. I'm a OSU alumni.

    Connie Gillam

  29. Mary Ricksen // February 17, 2009 at 9:44 PM  

    What a wonderful interview!
    Talent like yours Linnea comes along once in a lifetime.
    I should do 1/10 as well as you and be a very happy camper.
    Loved this blog!

  30. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 10:10 PM  

    Scarlet Pumps asked: *When you are world building how do you keep track of all the neat little details that make it real to your readers? Any special tips or tricks you can share with us?
    *

    Sorry I missed this before. I plead blondeness.

    World building. Lovey doll, I TEACH world building. You gots four weeks? ;-)

    How to keep track of the details: POWER WRITER. That's one program. There are others. I used to write in just plain Word but then I found I had a kazillion docs open and I had paper notes which the cat would subsequently puke up a jellied lizard onto... or the latest hurricane would come and I'd lose my notes (this actually happened...don't laugh.) At any rate, there are now word processing program FOR WRITERS. Power Writer is one. Write Way is another. There are others. They integrate word processing with data. Honest. Awesome. Freebie demos to try it out. Not really all that expensive. If you use PowerWriter, tell the kids there you heard it from me (I annoy them constantly with questions so they might as well get a kudo out of it.)

    --BRB - bidding on a pair of white gold earrings on eBay--gotta see where I'm at---

    Okay, I'm back. I used to do written notes but when I went to write SHADES OF DARK I realized I couldn't find half of what I needed from GABRIEL'S GHOST.

    (7 seconds left on eBay! I'm winning!!!!)

    Anyway, that's when I realized that Organized Chaos with Cats was okay for my desk but sucky for my career. So I got PowerWriter. Saved my patootie.

    You NEED a place for all that info and tacked to your closet door Does Not Cut It. IMHO, IMHE and Your Mileage May Vary.

    (Gotta go pay for some earrings. BRB). ~Linnea

  31. Mary Marvella // February 17, 2009 at 10:13 PM  

    Linnea, your name brought some new faces here today. Cool! You seem like a natural at this.

  32. Mary Marvella // February 17, 2009 at 10:18 PM  

    You are cracking me up! Hope you got the earrings for a good price. I love bargains.

  33. Linnea Sinclair // February 17, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

    Connie, I'm not from Ohio. The brother in law lives there now, so we built a "golf cottage" nearby. But I am enjoying the area. I'm off Stringtown Road (when we're there). Know it?

    All, I have a Yahoo Group.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LinneaSinclair/

    We talk about all sorta of crazy things there, including my books. I have lots of other authors who hang there--we call it the Intergalactic Bar & Grille. If you're a reader, it's a fun place to be. If you're a writer wanting to be published, that's where I'm glad to help you out all I can. If you're a published author in the SF/F/romance area, I encourage you to meet my fans and talk about your books.

    Okay? This wonderful night doesn't have to end. ::sob:: We can continue the insanity.

    Don't be a stranger. But do bring your own corkscrew. (Kidding. We have cyber-beer bottle openers and cyber-corkscrews. We also have a near-nekkid studly bartender named Sin. Yowza! Scarlet, you might need a bucket of cold water...)

    Hugs all, ~Linnea, happy owner of new white and yellow gold earrings courtesy of eBay!

    www.linneasinclair.com

    HOPE'S FOLLY is out 2/24!
    Book trailers on my site!
    Excerpts on my site!
    Who's going to RT in Orlando?

  34. Mary Marvella // February 17, 2009 at 11:50 PM  

    Thanks, tons, everyone.

  35. Scarlet Pumpernickel // February 18, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

    Intergalactic Bar & Grille! Sounds like my kind of place. Can't wait to drop by and sidle up to the bar to meet Sin. I'm a trekkie from the first generation!


    Scarlet

  36. Mary Marvella // February 18, 2009 at 2:40 AM  

    Linda Nightengale and I will be at RT with bells on! I'd love to see the earrings, I'm an earring person.

    Hugs!

  37. DeAnn G. Rossetti // February 18, 2009 at 1:46 PM  

    Great interview and comments, Linnea...as usual, you are a joy to read, whether it is your novels or your interviews.
    You rock!
    DeAnn