HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Linnea Sinclair


Linnea Sinclair

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Hmm, that really depends on the mood I’m in. Chaz (Gabriel’s Ghost) Bergren is one I enjoy playing with a lot but that might be because the book is written in first person POV so it’s a more intimate experience for the writer. I’m looking forward to getting back to her in CHASIDAH’S CHOICE (Bantam, 2008). But I’m really enjoying Detective Sergeant Theo Petrakos, because I’ve placed him in such an untenable situation in The Down Home Zombie Blues (November 2007 from Bantam). He’s a Florida homicide cop who suddenly finds himself the partner—and prisoner—of an intergalactic zombie hunter, who also happens to be one hot space-babe. And then there’s Sass—Captan Tasha Sebastian in Games of Command. She has attitude. I can relate to that.

2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee. Gevalia, any dark roast. Black with one Splenda. Café Cubano is my all time favorite though. Rocket fuel.

4. What else can you do besides write?
Well, I’m a former news reporter, including a stint as a TV news anchor. And I’m a retired private investigator. Used to carry a badge and a gun but believe me, never “pretended” to be a cop. I have the utmost respect for those in law enforcement and have no desire to get shot at. As a PI I worked in the field of civil law predominantly. The gun was strictly self-protection. Yes, I received death threats.

I also play piano, organ, guitar and harp (way out of practice on the last two). I make a terrific Caesar salad and apricot-glazed Cornish Game hens. A great Coq-au-Vin, too.

5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
Any scene where the hero and heroine are emotionally at odds with each other is tough for me. Since I write to an HEA (Happily Ever After) it pains me when they’re pained. There’s a scene in Gabriel's Ghost (RITA award winner!) in Chapter 16 where Chaz—really for the first time—tells Sully to stay completely out of her life. That’s it. Over. He tries to apologize. She’ll have none of it. That was killer for me to write. I could feel his shame, his desolation. And I was writing in HER POV! It killed me.

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Everywhere. Anywhere. My mind never stops. It’s always “what-iffing”. It can be a song. It can be something I overhear while waiting in line at the SweetBay supermarket. It can be a news story. Anything. Gee, what would happen if…?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Thai. Love red and green curry. Love the Thai mixture of curry and coconut. When we go on a Holland America cruise (they have Indonesian and Philippino crew) I eagerly await the “local” buffet where they feature the dishes of one or the other. Curried eggs…ummm!

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Linnea Sinclair is a former news reporter and retired private detective who yearns for more adventure than 'Hold the presses!' and stacks of case files can provide. The role of starship captain was her dream long before James T ever uttered "Beam me up!". Writing stories is her way of living that dream.

When she's not tinkering with a recalcitrant sublight drive, you can find her in southwest Florida living with her very patient husband, Robert Bernadino, and two thoroughly spoiled cats, Daq and Doozy.

This week she will be a guest at Romantic Times BOOKLovers Convention in Houston, TX. Visit her at these events:

Tues April 24 – Advanced Writer Program: Characterization Workshop

Wed April 25 – Intergalactic Bar & Grille Readers’ Party

Thurs April 26 – Starships and Sword Fights: Writing Sci Fi Romance Workshop

Thurs April 26 – Faery Ball!

Fri April 27 – Hijinks and Hot Kisses: Writing Action-Adventure Workshop


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