The real life stories told by authors about how they write their books can be as fascinating as the fictional stories they tell. That's why I enjoy hearing from authors every week about their newest books. This week, my author guest is Linda Nightingale.
Time management is #1 on my list. I’m retired. I have all day to write, right? Nope. I need my space—the entire house alone—to write. That might sound selfish, but what the hey, I live alone. Most of the time. Lately, a friend has been spending quite a bit of time here, and that means no writing during that period. There are other life instances that get in the way—errands, doctors’ visits, pouring wine, and other fun stuff. Not complaining, mind you. For the past several months, I’ve had little writing time, and I get cranky. Writing is an escape, a trip to another country, city. or planet. I meet new people and make new friends. Writing keeps me sane. (My friends might dispute the sane part).
How do you come up with plots?
Tell us about your latest book.
A “What if” robots had feelings, the ability to love, and were exactly like human outside while inside a tangle of circuits and wires. This happened in the early 2000s. I thought how close we were to this goal and wanted to get into robotics before someone stole my ideal (I’m as non-scientific as can be). I entered Love for Sale in a contest for short stories and won. Promptly, I filed my pretty certificate away and forgot Love for Sale.
What made you write it?
Mayfair Electronics has created life. But four of their Special Editions -- sentient androids indistinguishable from human have escaped.
Rebel Christian Aquillard and his owner, March, are on the run, but they have a bigger problem than rhis creator's plan to destroy him. They've discovered that one of the renegades has suffered a dangerous malfunction , threatening them with more than just exposure. Trapped on a cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic, March and Christian must stop the insane robot before someone else dies. All the evidence points to March being the killer's next victim.
Sounds like fun! Any a
Sounds like fun! Any advice for beginning writers?
You’ll still need this belief and love of the art/craft when the rejections come or later when you get a bad review. Maybe, you’ll be one of the lucky ones to whom success comes with the first stroke of your pen.
How can readers get in touch with you?