Linda Lattimer Interview

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Linda Lattimer. Thanks for being here today Linda, welcome to FAR!
Hello Tammy. It is a pleasure to be with Fallen Angel today.

In your opinion, what are the three most essential ingredients of an excellent romance novel?
I think the chemistry between the hero and the heroine, a well-crafted plot and just the right sprinkling to touch the readerís heart and have them cheering on the main characters as they spring to life.

If you weren't a writer, what would you be?
Probably a psychologist.

What is the one thing you've always wanted to do but never had the courage / opportunity to try?
Learning how to swim. My dad tried to teach me one time when we were visiting St. Petersburg, FL, and he had heard just throw a person in sometimes and they will quickly learn. It only scared the you-know-what out of me, which made me never want to get around water again. Then after I saw the movie, Jaws, that shot water completely out of my system in learning how to swim. But I wish that I could get the nerve to give it a try.

Could you tell readers a little bit about your current release, Cheyenne and her Prince Charming?
Cheyenne is the dedicated lawyer who falls literally into the arms of the love of her life. Trey is a rancher with respectful ways, and he is falling for a city girl with small town charm.

Cheyenne has always been the dependable one in their tiny family since their parents' death, while lovely Virginia is forever marrying and divorcing men as often as people change underwear. Leaving her office she falls literally into the arms of a Cowboy. Cheyenne knows she has met her Prince Charming. However Trey Rainwater Mitchell needs a divorce lawyer in the worst way. Somehow he had been duped into marrying a woman in Las Vegas, with no recollection of the event. Upon first sight of Cheyenne Maddison, he is instantly attracted to the lovely lawyer. It is just his luck that out of all of the lawyers in Los Angeles, he would have to hire his Ďwifeísí sister!

Cheyenne tries to put her feelings aside so they can get down to business, but Virginia is being difficult. Trey, meanwhile, begins to think he married the wrong sister.

Cheyenne and Her Prince Charming is a contemporary romance with Tree Press and can be found at www.treepress.net

What can your fans look forward to in the next twelve months from you?
I have some books that are due to be released in the next 12 months, Tammy, and below is a list of them, along with a blurb.

A Man For Mom, an Encore LíAmour Romance from Wings ePress has a tentative date of September 2006
When a widow remarries after ten years, she finds it hard to get rid of the ghost of her late husband and the painful memories.

Fear An Anthology from Whiskey Creek Press, - tentative release date Ė October 2006 My story, Frieda Mae, is part of an Anthology with some other Whiskey Creek Press authors.

When a widower remarries to give his two young sons a mother, the new wife isnít what she appears. After she starts to dominate the household, a ghost from the past returns making sure those she left behind do not fall in harms way.

Hope An Anthology from Whiskey Creek Press, - tentative release date Ė November 2006, I have two stories in the Anthology, No More Mr. Lonely and with some other Whiskey Creek Press authors.

No More Mr. Lonely
Jack Meyers does not like rejection. He often feels clumsy and a klutz around women, but after Sandra Clairmont enters his life has he finally found his one soul mate or is it just another disappointment?
And

A New Beginning
Painful memories disturb Nicole around the Christmas holidays but when a stranded stranger knocks at her door and opens her eyes to the blessings in her life, will she be able to overcome the rocky past?

The Last Journey, a Contemporary Romance from By Grace Publishing Ė Tentative Release Date Ė September 2006
Karen Walker wishes to fulfill her husbandís last request; one last western adventure. The only problem is Jasonís ashes are inside an urn and her children do not know how to react when their mother carries their dadís ashes from Atlanta to the Grand Canyon. But along the way Karen meets someone that begins opening new doors for her.

One Lane Bridge, a mystery from Wings ePress Ė January 2007
This is a book that I share with my middle daughter Suzanne Lattimer-Weaver.
When a New York couple transfers to Utah, neither expects one is carrying a secret and a psychopathic killer is on their trail.

Rain Dancer, a Paranormal Romance from Whiskey Creek Press Ė June 2007
Rain Dancer killed Jacqueline then placed a curse on her to wander always through time desiring love but never finding it. She in turn cursed him with her last breath. Now 155 years later, the two are trapped in a world needing release. Can they finally find a way to travel back into time and correct the torture they have caused or will it only stir up more chaos?

Life With Apache Ė Young Adult from Whiskey Creek Press Ė September 2007
A new home in a new frontier offers promise but even before the covered wagon arrives to its destination, tough choices have to be made and when Elizabeth Garret finds herself alone with only an Apache and his family, she is left with only one decision.

Almost every author at some point or another suffers from writer's block. Have you ever had that problem? How do you deal with it?
Yes, once. I had just taken a trip and when I got home, it was like my mind went dead. I was surprised since that had never happened to me. I just more or less rested for a day then I was back at the keyboard.

Trio of Discontent is a mystery due out this month (August) from Wings ePress. Can you tell us more about it?
Trio of Discontent is a romantic mystery set in the hills of Nevada. Monique and Colby split from their once good friend, Vincent, a year prior because of a misunderstanding. At the time Monique and Vincent was a hot item but Colby seemed to always be in the picture and Vincent misunderstood the relationship. It was only a friendship between Colby and Monique but something triggered in Vincentís mind making him think otherwise. Monique tried to help both men since they suffer from a rare form of depression and she was more or less there go between. But when Vincent departed the way he did, she suffered much heartache. He was her one true love and even though she might have thought Colby would eventually even try to steal a kiss from her, she never could feel for Colby the way she did Vincent.

Now a year later, Vincent plans to get Monique back anyway he can and ruin Colby in the process. He sends them a package with tickets to come to Nevada for a fun-filled week. Colby is ecstatic to be reuniting with his good buddy after a huge apology arrives in the mail with the package but Monique is skeptical. Reluctantly, Monique gives in when she hears Vincent may not have much time to live. She hopes that he is not deceiving her.

When Monique and Colby arrive in Nevada, Vincent appears to be a changed man, and the little embers of flame seem to ignite between her and Vincent again. There is more to this little adventurous week that meets the eye and when strange things begin happening to Monique where she continues to be visited by a spirit of an Indian, Vincent doesnít know if he can continue part of his plan to get even.

What would we find on your bookshelf?
Stephen King, Carolyn Brown, Rebecca Goings, Phyllis Campbell, many of the Wings, Whiskey Creek and By Grace Authors and Tree Press Author books, just to name a few.

What quality(ies) do you most admire in a person?
Honesty, Humor, and being a team player.

When did you start writing? How long did it take you to get published?
I canít recall when I first starting writing. I know it was young. I enjoyed reading immensely and wanted to be a writer. When it was time for book reports, the teacher always called on me because she knew of the whole class I didnít mind reading or composing a review on the book. I started composing different stories and kept them in a box for fear others would ask what I was doing. For some reason sewing, to some, seemed more meaningful than writing, but I didnít have any desire to sew. And even today I really donít have any desire. I tried to instill to my daughters to do what they feel comfortable with, not what I want them to do, if that makes sense. It seems each English teacher that I encountered, even in College, told me that they loved my stories that I had to turn in for some project and that I should think seriously about being a writer. I started sending stories off in 92 then things took a turn in our home life and I had to cease until 2002 when I de! cided to give it a go again. But if I had to do it over, I would have continued to pursue in 92 and found a way to work through the health obstacles that were in our life at the time. It was in 2003 when I contracted my first contract with Avalon.

What is your favorite part of a book to write?
Hmmm, probably the beginning, but it is a toss up with the beginning and the end.

What is your favorite type of genre to write?
I think it is mysteries. I have tried my hand at contemporaries, paranormal, general fiction, inspirational etc, but I think perhaps the mystery is what I like best, then again, it could change in a momentís notice.

Is there a genre that you havenít tried and would like to?
I have a gothic started but stopped it. I am not sure about it, even though I like the way it is going. I think I may pull it out one day and finish it.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Just thanks to Fallen Angel for taking time to interview me. I think everyone there is nice and care about the authors.

Thank you, for taking time to answer my questions today, Linda. Readers can learn more about Linda and the stories she creates on her website and http://coffeetimeromance.com/Boards/index.php

Interviewed by: Tammy


Tammy