An Interview with Moondance Author: Linda K. Hopkins. Unlike any shapeshifter romance you've ever read! Giveaway

by Linda K. Hopkins
Genre: Clean Paranormal Romance
356 pages

Unlike any shapeshifter romance you've ever read!

Handsome, alluring, and a little dangerous, Melissa Hewitt's boss can barely manage to acknowledge her. But there is something about Leander Garrett that makes him impossible to ignore. He is not the only thing plaguing Melissa’s thoughts, however; a huge panther, as black as night, pursues her relentlessly through her dreams.

As winter turns into spring, Leander’s chilly demeanor begins to thaw, but danger prowls through the mountains, and Lee has a secret that lurks beneath his elegant clothes and rippling physique. Something that compels him to reject what he desires the most.

Can he learn to see the good in himself and finally allow his heart to love, and be loved in return?

˃˃˃ An engrossing and captivating tale of romance, Moondance will keep you enthralled to the very last page.

An Interview with Moondance Author: Linda K. Hopkins

Author Bio

Linda K. Hopkins lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Canada, with her husband, two kids and one dog. Originally from South Africa, she holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the Univerity of South Africa.

Welcome to JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder

What are your top 10 favorite books? 
Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost
The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer
Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

What book do you think everyone should read?
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

How long have you been writing? Since I first learned to write!

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write? I spend a lot of time imagining my books before I start writing, by which time I know my characters, although sometimes they may surprise me along the way!

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book? I do quite a bit of research both before and during the writing process, especially when the book is set in a different time period, as is the case with The Dragon Archives series.

Do you see writing as a career?

What do you think about the current publishing market? I think it is an exciting time to be an author with so many opportunities available to publish; unfortunately, it does come with the down side of many really good books being lost amongst many not-so-good books. As an author, you need to find a way to rise above the crowd, which often comes down to good marketing rather than good writing!

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre? I read continually, and I enjoy many different genres. It’s easier to name the genres I don’t enjoy - horror and sci-fi.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why? I like to write in absolute silence! I find noise of any kind a distraction.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
Typically I write one at a time, but when I’m at the editing stage, I will start researching the next book.

Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer, but I keep pen and paper handy to jot down ideas as they come to me.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
One of my favorite literary characters is Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I love her sense of wit, her slightly cynical outlook on life and her analysis of society in general. Even though we live in a different era, people don’t really change, and her observations about people could be just as true today.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
As a child I was both a reader and a writer, so becoming an author was completely natural for me, although it took a while to get there! I love doing what I do – in fact I sometimes feel a little guilty that I love my work so much when so many others seem unhappy, so was it the right decision? Absolutely!

A day in the life of the author?
My day starts as soon as the kids leave for school. For the first hour or so I will check emails and FB, and focus on marketing, then around 10am I get down to writing. My target is 3,000 words a day, although I will quite often write more, unless I’m in the process of editing. My day ends when the kids come home from school.

Advice you would give new authors?
Don’t give up! Learn from your mistakes and make your next book better than the last.

Describe your writing style. I’d say my writing style is descriptive and somewhat reflective.

What makes a good story? A good story needs tension between characters as well as a few character flaws!

What are you currently reading? Aerenden by Kristen Taber

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
The first step for me in writing a story is spending time lost in my imagination. Before I type the first letter, I will have already created scenes in my mind, imagined the characters, and thought about the conflict. I will know how the story starts, where it will end, and some of the crucial moments in between. Everything else comes as I sit down and begin to write. Because I’m thinking it through as I go along, the first draft is always very rough, with some details coming together later in the story, but by the time I get to the end I will know exactly what is needed to bring the story properly together; this is done in the first round of editing. Once I have the major story elements sorted out, additional edits will work through the details before the manuscript is handed to a professional editor.

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