It’s lovely to be here today with Stephanie for many reasons, not least because although we’ve probably only known each other a little over a year, so much has happened in that time. I first met Stephanie shortly after my debut novel Touched By The Light had been released and Stephanie was part-way through writing The Star Child. Well, we can both say it’s been an amazing year and hearty congratulations to Stephanie on her recent signing with Inkspell Publishing! I knew from the start that here was a very special lady and an amazing author.
[SK]: Thanks Linn! Also, thanks for joining me for this series!
I’m also delighted to be wrapping up Stephanie’s Spring Author Series and taking us into summer … so what to write? Well, in the summer of our ‘lives’ for most of us it’s the time when we discover true love. It’s a time that gives meaning to everything else we do, a time when we begin to learn what love is all about.
As an author and a true romantic I cannot write a story that does not have a feel good and positive quality to it. Why? Because I am ever the optimist and my instinct is to think well of people. There is a lot of good in the world, but often it is the negative things that attract the biggest headlines. So when I write I want to lift my spirits and celebrate the love that I have found in my own life. There are people falling in love every minute of every day and many relationships will fail. But many survive and that love develops into a much deeper thing; where one becomes more than a lover – a trusted friend, confidante, someone to lean upon in times of trouble – where mutual respect validates that love. It isn’t as rare as some people perceive it to be, but true love has to be ‘self-less’ and if you are both prepared to put the other person first and give your love honestly and openly, then you get so much more back in return.
Perhaps that’s why I write – to create my own perpetual summer. Writing these days is all about having a brand and recently this caused me to stop and give thought to what reflects the essence of my writing. It didn’t take long to come up with a simple one-liner “Life, love and beyond … but it's ALWAYS about the romance…”. No matter how many years roll by, whether it includes an element of the psychic, or links with astrology (my two passions), my focus will always be celebrating the good things in life. Love, good food, a good wine and the fact that life is what you make it! So make it a perpetual summer…
[SK]: Linn, for many of us, we're just seeing the change as Spring edges into Summer. What signs do you look for?
I am a spring/summer person Stephanie, I love each little bud and leaf as it appears. I love watching the blue tits in the nesting box in the garden rearing their young and keeping a watchful eye that my cat, Tiggs, leaves them in peace. I love blue skies, even when a chilly breeze makes it too cold to sit comfortably outside; I love the feeling that nature is renewing itself and presenting something fresh and new.
[SK]: What's makes this summer stand out for you?
What is rather extra special this summer, is that it heralds the launch of my second novel The Quintessential Gemini by Sapphire Star Publishing on June 7, 2012. This is a fun, romantic read about a young woman named Katherine Dale, who IS the quintessential Gemini, so let me introduce her to you:
“I’m an avid follower of the renowned astrologer Mark Ainsley-Thomas. I regard him as a friend—I know he isn’t, but it’s my little fantasy. I haven’t checked my stars for today yet, perhaps that will give me inspiration. I read his forecasts every day and he keeps me heading in the right direction. As a stereotypical Gemini, I think he knows me very well and it feels
like he’s writing just for me. Of course, there are days when I don’t want to accept what he’s trying to tell me. If I don’t see it at the time though, when I look back I have to grudgingly admit he’s right at least 95 percent of the time. In my opinion, that puts him on a par with pure genius……..”
Katherine lives her life according to her forecasts, but what happens when leading astrologer Mark suddenly jets off to the USA and a guy named James Kingman is interpreting her star chart? Things don’t go well and Katherine’s life begins to fall apart. Will she find her happy ending? Find out on June 7th!
[SK]: Thanks Linn! It looks fabulous. I can't wait to pick up my copy!
About the Author
Linn B Halton lives in the UK, in the small Gloucestershire village of Arlingham on the banks of the River Severn, with her adorable husband and cat with attitude – Mr Tiggs! She writes romantic fiction with a psychic or astrological theme and many of the paranormal events that feature in her books are real life experiences.
Linn is also a featured loveahappyending.com author and Editor of the feature Author & Associate Catch-Ups on the website's magazine-style blog.
Twitter Account @LinnBHalton