Earlier this year I welcomed Linda Bradley to come and talk about her Maggie Abernathy & Montana series. At that time, she had recently released book # 2 (“Maggie’s Fork in the Road”). Now book # 3, “Maggie’s Montana”, is available and I have partnered with CPL Book Tours to invite Linda back.
Second, why did you write it?
LB: When I wrote, Maggie’s Way, Montana Bound Series: Book 1, I intended it to be a single title, but when it was time to type “The End” something inside me told me Maggie’s journey wasn’t over. One book morphed into three, each with its own premise. The second book in the series is Maggie’s Fork in the Road, and Maggie’s Montana is the third book.
Third, how long did it take?
LB: It took me about four months to have my first draft.
Can you describe your writing area?
LB: I write at my desk in an office that I share with my husband. I write at our dining room table, in bed, on the sofa. It depends on my mood. When it’s summer, I tend to find myself of on the deck or on our porch with my dog, Maisey. Now that it’s fall, we’re back inside most days.
And what is the hardest part about writing for you?
LB: Keeping my desk organized along with all the ideas that pop into my head.
Yeah, I have the same problem. I try though, to keep it organized. My problem isn’t so much ideas but just juggling all the balls I have up in the air. Okay, how about some ice-breaking questions.
- Most recent movie: Pretty Woman, again.
- Winning the lottery: I’d pinch myself, finish out the school year, and then retire.
- Invisible or x-ray vision: Invisible.
- Typical Day: I teach second grade full time, so it’s a lot of hustle and bustle during the school year. The summer is different. I own that and it’s a time to rejuvenate, get projects done around the house, travel, and write.
- Fall Days: Out walking with my husband and dog.
- Musical Instrument: I played the cello up until college. Some days I wonder if I’d be able to rekindle the connection.
- Foreign Language: None, fluently. I wish I did though. I took German in high school and French in college.
- Four people for dinner: Last time you asked me this question, I said Julianne Moore, Sam Elliott, Robert Redford, and Nicholas Sparks. Since it’s a new dinner party, I’d invite these Downtown Abbey regulars, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nichol. That would be a hoot!
- Growing up, what did I want to be: I wanted to be an artist. I spent many hours drawing and coloring. I took my first college art class when I was fourteen. My dad was an instructor at the local community college and he found an art teacher to take me under her wing. This is a hand-colored photograph I did last summer while working on Maggie’s Montana.
Lovely! You have a hidden talent I see. Okay, now the speed round:
- Favorite Food to Cook: Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Favorite Animal: Maisey, my rescue dog, but I think she really rescued me. (Linda, they always do)
- Favorite Color: Green
- Favorite Book: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
- Favorite Sport: Tennis
- Favorite Music: 70’s
- Favorite Song: There are too many!
- Favorite place to visit: The Peanut Shop in Lansing, Michigan. This store has been there forever. It’s the best place to buy fresh roasted peanuts while enjoying a slice of yesteryear.
- What makes me laugh: A good joke or a classic rerun of Match Game.
- 3 adjectives: Creative, Resourceful, Determined
- Favorite Season: Summer
- Strangest thing I ate: caviar
- Strangest thing I’ve done: Oh boy, not sure I can divulge that information.
- Dance or sing: Definitely not dance, but I can carry a tune on a good day.
- Second home: Mountain cabin for the summer and a beach home for the winter.
- Dessert: Anything chocolate.
- Whom do you admire: My parents. They were married 53 years. Here’s a groovy seventies photo of them on a family trip. Every summer, we’d load up the station wagon and they’d take us on a trek somewhere in the continental United States. Thanks to them I’ve been a lot of places. Thanks to them, I’ve got a lot of great memories!
- Car: Silver Malibu
- Favorite Art: Impressionism
- 3 wishes: 1) Retire early 2) Make a movie 3) Beach house
- Favorite Vacation Spots: Montana, Italy, Ireland, the beach.
Awesome, Linda. I love your answers. Ireland is on my list too. Before we go on to showcase “Maggie’s Montana”, do you have any parting thoughts to share?
- Quote I love: “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” -Ernest Hemingway
- One thing few people know about you: I have stayed in touch with my oldest and dearest kindergarten friend from elementary school all my life.
- Do you believe in love at first sight? – Yes!