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Author Interview – Linda J Pedley

September 21, 2018
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Linda

  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you? Writing is an energy that lives within me and when I cannot do enough of my own creative work, it exhausts me. It sometimes becomes a vicious cycle of building up and letting go. It makes it all worth it in the end – it would just be nice to be in that place that would allow me to go evenly into that good write…

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2. What is your writing Kryptonite? Although it’s a strength in my line of work as a publisher, time spent on others’ work is a weakness toward mine – it always comes second if there is a deadline for someone else.

3. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? Nope. I guess I just figure if you are going to make something of your writing life, what good is it if no one knows it’s you? It would go against my belief of being true to who you really are, and, besides, I like my name. If I write something that I consider might be better under a secret identity, well… should I be writing it at all?

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4. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer? I am so fortunate to have close friends who are authors and an encompassing community of acquaintances who are passionate about words. Everyone contributes to your writing journey in their own way and in different ways – we must be open to learning from our associations and relationships; bringing them closer when it works and letting them go when they don’t. Can’t drop big names here that you might have heard of, but you should know the people I do know – they are fantastic.

5. Do you want each book to stand alone, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? I like to be able to try everything and although I do have related books, like a novella series, I am not trying to connect everything by theme or genre. As long as it is a reflection of who I am and true to my creativity, then it is a part of me and what I am trying to say as an author.

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6. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? Any of the retreats I have been on. It is nice to focus on your writing even for a weekend and having others around who respect why you are there is priceless. You don’t have to go far, and it doesn’t have to be 5-star, but I’ve been on some nice trips: Humber College in Toronto for a summer writing week; Jasper or Hinton holed up in a nice hotel with a writing friend; Strawberry Creek with a group of writing friends spoiled by awesome meal service; and so on. All worthy.

7. What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? Early? Can’t think of one… Maybe when I talked back to my parents about going on a vacation with a friend when I was 18? Perhaps, when my daughter said her first words when I was 30? When I was asked to read one of my poems to a group during Volunteer Week when I was 50? When I accepted an award from my community for my contribution to Arts, Culture & Heritage when I was 55? Or when I gave the eulogy at my mother’s funeral that same year? Language has power in all its derivatives. It expresses emotion. It makes a stand. It says a lot about who we are and even who we were.

8. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel? If it was my favorite, then it was appreciated in some way. We all cannot expect to find appreciation by the masses.

9. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? I go under Wildhorse for many things including email, blog, twitter handle, etc. The wild horse is the epitome of strength and endurance with a wild and free spirit no matter what happens around them. The horse head logo I use is a drawing I did some time ago and, in 2005, I had it tattooed on my left shoulder. Just a little thing, but it means a lot to me.

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10. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Not too many unfinished as I managed to clean up a couple I had sitting for a few years. I guess I have about 3 or 4 books of poetry waiting to be put together in some nice way, but that will be ongoing. Definitely unfinished and on the to-do list.

11. What does literary success look like to you? Many equate success with monetary outcome. I equate success with being a leader, a good friend, and a creative mentor. Seeing others succeed along your own journey is not only inspiring – it feels right – and moving forward together is success to me.

12. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? I like to make sure details in my work are factual and have some basis in reality. But that really depends on the work. Articles require more research than fictional short stories and poetry; my novels require a ton of research especially if they are set in another time / era, or a foreign country.

13. How many hours a day/week do you write? I cannot put a time on it as I could put in 10 minutes one day and 10 hours another. I write for work for a good portion of my job, so it is possible to write many hours a week although it’s not really creative in the same way we write our fiction. It allows me to stay connected and my pen stays fluid.

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14. How do you select the names of your characters? I base it on the story and when it takes place – names are important and have to fit the character, as well as, the time and place of the story. I have researched names and selected them based on what they mean in the country of origin. My novella series is set in Turkey and I used the meaning of names to set them apart. They may be used in other work; they may not be popular; they may sound odd. It is whatever works for my character and my story.

15. What was your hardest scene to write? Not sure any were hard to write. This question could mean hard as in difficult, or hard as in gut-wrenching or tear-jerking or taboo. I guess when it comes to the latter, I don’t write scenes that put me in this dilemma. The former is just based on time and effort; learning how to put something across in the best way possible.

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16. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?  If you write more than one, how do you balance them? There are certain books or short stories or poetry I have written because of the theme or topic or setting. For example, I love Shakespeare so writing a book with a series of poetry simulating the sonnets just fits and An Elizabethan Affair was a long process of fused research and imagination. I like to try all types of writing – if the idea is there and the time is right, I work on whatever the project involves: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s or young adult stories, blog posts, government or industry papers, or merely content for newsletters and web sites. It depends on what’s needed.

17. How long have you been writing? For many years, but seriously focused on funneling all my efforts in the creative writing direction in 2000. I have collections of poetry from the 1980s. I wrote and designed advertising many years for several employers. It’s always been a goal of mine to write a novel. I wrote short verses when I was in elementary school; I wrote longer descriptive short stories in my teens.

18. What inspires you? A word. A feeling. Nature. Sunshine. My love for creativity. My inner muse. My best friend. My daughter. Memories of my mother and father. 

19. How do you find or make time to write? There is always time to do it if you put your mind to it… oh, how poetic :O But, really, you just have to make time if you want to write something. I do make notes and write on scraps of paper or in my notebook. I actually have taken time to sit and write during one of my many solitude-seeking drives to Elk Island Park this summer – I think I have a couple of poems out of that effort. You just make the time.

20. What projects are you working on at the present? At the time this gets posted, I have come off two months of intense concentration on a number of books (12?) being released at a month-end event for authors I publish under my company banner. I am contemplating participating in National Novel Writing Month in November so that will focus at least 50K words on something of my own – I still have to determine what. I have many projects that could be pulled from the archives including several volumes on poetry I have written over the years and a collection of short stories, also written over the past few years.

21. What do your plans for future projects include? I am thinking of writing a sequel to my novella series set in Turkey and changing it from the young adult genre to adult fiction for the follow-up story. The characters age from their teens in the first 3 books, so I can see a definite growth in their story and maturity in the sequel. I would also like to write another story with the old English / Elizabethan / Shakespeare theme – 1590-1600ish.

22. Share a link to your author website.

A work in progress: https://www.albertaauthors.ca/Authors/Pedley/Linda-J.-

Another work ongoing: https://wildhorse33.wordpress.com/

Bio:

Linda writes from her heart and shares words on the page in order to connect with others who have similar stories to share. A lifetime of poetry and other writing has culminated in a collection of published works, including: An Elizabethan Affair, Power Struggle, A Journey of Brothers, A Journey of Truth, and A Journey of Desires (3 book novella series), co-writer of Your Lifetime of Stories workbook for the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, and others. She set up her own publishing company in 2010 to help authors live their dream of seeing their own work published. You can follow her on Twitter @wildhorse33 and find her on Facebook. She blogs – when she has time – at wildhorse33.wordpress.com

 

Interview with my dear friend and mentor, Linda J Pedley…

June 29, 2015
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Before we start, I would like to say without Linda’s solid friendship, belief in my writing ability and encouragement, I, for one, would not be a published author. Her constant drive to enable numerous authors to realize their publishing dreams is not only commendable but a reflection of her generosity of spirit and expertise in making a manuscript become a published work. Linda What inspired you to write your first book? Although other books have been published before An Elizabethan Affair was finished, I am going to speak of EA as my first novel length idea. It was inspired by my love for Shakespeare and deep longing for finding that perfect soul mate. I have always wanted to write a novel – it is on my list of life long goals and/or dreams written some time ago. As a writer, it was an obvious destination for my journey. Elizabethan Affair How did you come up with the title? It is inspired by my secret obsession of falling in love with that which or whom you cannot have… It refers to affair as in not only of the clandestine variety, but of or concerning the Elizabethan era. It puts forth the truth, yet alludes to the impossible, drawing together fact and fiction. Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?  I have contributed submissions (poetry, short stories, and essays) to a number of anthologies, co-authored history books, and contributed to a memoir writing instruction workbook. I am currently ghost writing a 3 book memoir for a client, and a business humor series. I have 2 novels published (An Elizabethan Affair, Power Struggle), 2 novellas of a YA series published (A Journey of Brothers, A Journey of Truth), and have several others in various stages, including the 3rd novella in the YA adventure series (A Journey of Desires). Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? With regard to An Elizabethan Affair – I guess the main message would be to never give up on your dreams no matter how big, how out there, or seemingly impossible they may be. Of course, we know we can never go back and have a time travel affair, no matter how much you wished for it, but the allusion to living for your passion is there. Do what you love. How much of the book is realistic? I did a lot of research and a lot of reading on Shakespeare and Elizabethan times – and based on that, it is my hope that references and descriptions are as realistic as they can possibly be. There are advantages to writing of something so distant that those things we know to be true are usually easy to find – the rest can be left to speculation with imagination playing a huge part in drawing the work together. Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life? I based the book, obviously, on William Shakespeare’s life. The life of co-protagonist, modern day Elizabeth, is fictitious with real characteristics based on my own life – single mom, love of writing, love for the words of the masters of literature, and some of the references were based on my experience of living for a short time during 2005 in Toronto. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Nothing would change in this book. I used part of it to apply for a summer writing program in Toronto at Humber College. The author mentor I worked with suggested cutting all the description to clean up the manuscript. Like all good students, I took her suggestions to heart, but did not have the heart to cut it as suggested – it was the type of book I was going for and the way it is written suits the subject. Always be true to your own spirit in your work. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you for reading and supporting writers/authors and the literary arts. It is this connection that encourages us to continue to share, although a writer will always write, whether publishing or not. Journey I What is your favourite theme/genre to write? There is no one favorite – I like to experience variety in my writing journey. Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it? Anything that exploits children. A recent challenge was to ghost write a book on the topic of abuse to the worst degree – a memoir – so you know it to be true. What book are you reading now? My own novella one to ensure there is continuity in the follow up editions. As an editor and publisher, I am always reading and am privy to new works to be released by my own company. Nothing else at this time from already published works. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Through my company I have read some amazing work and am so appreciative of the chance to share an author’s journey in that way. Do you see writing as a career? Definitely, yes. Part of my journey. In different ways. Where do you see yourself in ten years? Behind the lap top writing. The setting might change (hopefully to mountainous or nature inspired views) – but the passion will not go away. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Focusing on my own work while fulfilling responsibilities to client’s projects. But, a weekend retreat is always welcome on the agenda for writing. Have you ever hated something you wrote? Not really. If it is not for publishing or public, then private it doesn’t matter. I don’t write anything to hurt anyone and there are topics I won’t write on so I cannot end up hating if for one reason or another. What book do you wish you had written? I don’t. I love my own style and writing and never wish to have done what someone else has done – I love the vision that comes from others’ works, such as Shakespeare, Tolkien, poet Frost, et al., and hope that one day something I have created is used in a similar fashion – to inspire others to follow their own journey. What is your best marketing tip?

  1. Don’t sell yourself short.
  2. Don’t oversell yourself.

(Sounds contradictory, but it covers the range from: “be humble, appreciative, proud, and own your work” to “don’t constantly stick in others’ faces with buy my book, buy my book, buy my book…”)

  1. If you don’t know, ask.

What genre is your next project? What is it about? I have not decided what project will be next – I have a novel to edit written a few years ago. I have to format and release on of my novels on EBook, and another vice versa – in print. I have several ideas on file awaiting their turn, and other projects poking their heads into current business. Genre? Not sure. A Journey of Truth Can you tell us about your upcoming book? Novella II is just released, A Journey of Truth, which continues the story of Aaslan and his sister, Aisha, from A Journey of Brothers, released in 2012. Novella III, A Journey of Desires, completes the 3 part YA adventure series set in Turkey. (No, I’ve never been there… research!) How do we find your books, blog and bio? I publish through my own company Dream Write Publishing. You can find my books in print and online, POD and EBook. www.dreamwritepublishing.ca You can follow me on my blog “Freeing the Creative Spirit” for ongoing writing, projects, travel writing & photography, reflections on my writing life, poetry, etc. with links to my social media pages, and for more information about me. www.wildhorse33.wordpress.com

Interview with Linda Pedley…

January 20, 2013
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It is my great, great pleasure to introduce Linda Pedley, my dear friend and mentor. She is an inspiration to many. Today’s word is Principle – Definition: 1) a general or fundamental law 2) a rule of or code of conduct or devotion to such a code. Linda lives by a code and is strong in her principals.

Linda

a) Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
Although one of my favorite characters is the portrayal of William Shakespeare in my WIP “An Elizabethan Affair” it would be unfair to claim him totally as my creation. So, in the interest of fairness, I would choose Udmurt ~ the rough and tumble Russian mountain man in the novella “A Journey of Brothers.” Although he is not the main character, his growth and change through the tale takes you on a secondary path to discover his story while you travel with the other characters.

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b) Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?
I feel, as a writer, you should try your hand at everything there is… after all, to choose means you prefer one type over another, which it totally acceptable if you fancy writing and reading one over another. Experience is not a bad thing.
c) What do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy the ability to go to places I have not gone; to do the things I might not do; to be the person I might not be… everything we write is part of us in one way or another even if it is just in the learning and research we can share it as if we own it.
d) Have you got a favorite place to write?
Why, yes please – a panoramic view of majestic mountains, pristine lakes, or a field of beautiful free running horses… since I have none of those unless we venture out to a writing retreat, I settle for my 4th floor apartment view overlooking a suburban street. It faces south and I welcome the sunshine. You have to make what you have your favorite or it will never be good enough.
e) Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?
I have tried both: outlining and plotting on charts and story lines, drawing out maps and settings, inventing places and crafting time… I have also written pieces that have gone from beginning to end without one thought of how and why – it just did. Both methods produce the desired outcome – a written piece.
f) What inspires your stories?
It could be a word, a phrase, a thought… it could be an inspirational setting or the interaction during the company of other creative people. It could be a memory from deep within or a passing fancy that lights upon my creative muse. I am able to use the prompt writing tool with great ease. I have also written on ideas that I often wonder later, “where the heck did that come from?” I don’t question – I just write.
g) What are you currently reading?
Truth be told – book 3 of the 50 Shades trilogy J ~ I keep “several” choices on the bedside table and if I laid all the books I wanted to read, one after the other, they would take me until I die, surely. Anything Shakespeare has a good chance of being hurried to the front of the line.
h) Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?
In writing or in general? I’ll never tell. Writing – nothing odd just obsessive at times, but that’s a good thing, in my books. I have fond memories of being encouraged to be creative during my childhood that stemmed from school and home influences. Although known at the “artist” when younger, I became the “poet” and “story writer” in junior high. The most significant recollection, one that permeates my experience from early on to now, is the increasing awareness of creativity around me as I grew older ~ with my work as a volunteer in my community, and the connections on the Internet through social media, I am amazed at the number of creative people out there.
i) Do you have any pets?
I would love to have a dog. I would love to have a horse. But as a happy urbanite with an apartment, I am the co-owner of a black and white cat named Squishy. I use the term “owner” loosely because with cats it is apparent who “owns” who and who is indeed in charge around the apartment, at certain times. Other times he is a quiet companion lying nearby to share the moment with his roomie. He is a character; he is loveable; we are happy he is sharing his life with us.
j) Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?
I participate whenever I can in several groups – I am a member of the Get Publishing Society, The Arts and Culture Council of Strathcona County, and as soon as I get my submission together, the Professional Writers Association of Canada. But the most rewarding badge on my writing life achievements > I am a member of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (WFSC); an organization I helped co-found with a mandate to support and promote the literary arts in our community. Over the years, we have become known beyond our own centre and this has opened the doors to many wonderful opportunities. The Strathcona County Writers Circle has been around for 11 ½ years now and is still going strong with old members, new members, and a renewed passion for the written work, ongoing. You can find out more about our group at http://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com

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k) What age did you start writing stories/poems?
I’m finding little tidbits here and there from when I was in elementary school. I loved to write verses especially for greeting cards to family. I have a collection of poetry written in Grade 9 – it’s packed away for safe keeping. It emulated back then the way I look at creativity now. We studied a written piece by a published author and then used our own imagination to create a similar piece. Imitation is the highest form of flattery and a valuable way to learn.
l) Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?
I have two Ebooks published by my publishing company on Smashwords: the first, A Journey of Brothers, came out last summer and is dedicated to my late mother. The second is dedicated to all my fellow writers and was just released on line January 2013. “A Writer’s Life – My Ode to the Bard” recounts some of my own writing experiences the last few years. I give advice and tips to writers by sharing my journey and making suggestions.

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Other books Linda forgot to mention that she is featured in are:

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    Writing Prompt Journey                                                                       From A Solitary Drop

Writing Prompt Journey offers 20 unique writing prompts, and additional challenges for each, to “pump up the prompt.” Samples for each of the prompts are provided by 17 writers from the WFSC and 5 artists provide illustrated accompaniments to each of the prompts. Read them first or read them last… after you’ve had your turn – there is no right or wrong way to inspire your creativity.

From A Solitary Drop recounts the history of the Strathcona County Writers Circle from October 2001 – October 2011, as told by members of the group. The book includes not only the contributing authors’ visions of how the circle affected their writing over the years but includes interactions with others around them who share/shared their writing journey. The book  also provides some points to consider if you are thinking of starting a writer’s group.

Please visit www.dreamwritepublishing.ca for these wonderful books as well as a wealth of others…

m) If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?
Everybody is moaning – omg she’d go back there! Yes, William Shakespeare. I respect the contribution he made to our lives despite the unknowing questions and summations about the truth behind his works. There is no doubt in my mind, me thinks.
n) If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?
I often thought it would be the mountains because of their grandeur and beauty but now realize that they are too close to snow. Then I fancied the ocean because the draw to water seems so natural even though I can’t swim. Historical places are an alternative and I would choose somewhere close to where greatness lies – Stratford Upon Avon. Now, as I stare out at the snow and shiver in the cold, I am saying it is anywhere… warm.
o) What’s your favorite movie of all time?
There are many wonderful movies and it really depends upon the criteria used to rate them. It’s a simple enough question if one is to consider one’s likes or passions. I love Viggo Mortenson, so would willing choose anything Viggo (Hidalgo, LOTR); Robert Downey Jr. is a fav and he has done so many I love, too. Anything horses. Anything “period piece” as long as it is a new version with all the advancements in cinematic artistry allowing one to be right there. Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers is a favorite of the trilogy masterpiece. Very close to the top of the list is… Shakespeare in Love or Passion.
p) Where can readers find you and your blog?
You can check out my blog at http://www.wildhorse33.wordpress.com – I’m on twitter @wildhorse33 and Facebook – Linda J. Pedley
q) Do you have plans or ideas for your next book?
I have a WIP (An Elizabethan Affair) that is chomping at the bit to be done and I have two other novels (Power Struggle and An Italian Son) to review and edit. I have several smaller works including a kid’s book (The Falcon and the Wild Horse) that I would like to tackle. There are always ideas mixing in there but the next to come out will probably be the two follow-up parts to my novella I, A Journey of Brothers. Parts II and III will follow each of the women in the story and continue the journey from their perspective.
r) Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?
Although it is with great sadness I accept that my #1 supporter, my late mother BJ, passed away in early November 2012, it is with happiness I report she is my writing angel muse. Also, with much happiness, I am so lucky to have a daughter, Kelsey, who is so close to me and a dear friend, Mandy: I could not imagine my writing life without her encouragement and sharing.
To all readers and writers, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey.

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