Linda David is a single mother of two and currently work as a college lecturer in childcare. She was born in Cyprus in 1967 to parents who both hail from the Caribbean island of Nevis, and has also lived in Germany as well as St Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies.
The idea for the book, The Firestone Crystal, came about 10 years ago when she was on maternity leave, and started off as a short story that she would be able to read to her children when they were older. It continued to grow as she occasionally added a chapter here and there as the years went by, eventually turning into full-length novel.
She has always enjoyed reading and was encouraged to do so from a very early age, and that is partly what inspired her to write. Even today, she can remember the excitement and wonder she used to experience as a child when reading fantasy and adventure stories, and she hopes that through her writing, she will be able to inspire and encourage other children’s interest and pleasure in reading as well.
What inspires you to write?
I’m not really sure – I wrote my first book based on my love of science fiction and fantasy adventure, combined with memories of the school stories I used to read as a child, so my books hopefully, put a new spin on those genres. My second book came about because I didn’t feel that Thea, the main character’s adventures were over. There was still more to tell, so I will continue to write until I feel her tale is over.
I enjoyed writing as a child and I want other young children to enjoy it too. It’s a really fun way of expanding your vocabulary and improving your own literacy skills, and if I can do that for others, then that’s great.
Tell us about your writing process
I constantly have new plots and ideas unfolding in my head, and I have to write them down or they continue to occupy my mind until I do. This, of course, makes room for more of the same!
I rarely write during the week, but usually at weekends (once the household chores are over), and during holidays (I’m a college lecturer), I can be found glued to my laptop as I try to get as much information down as possible. I only write when I feel inspired though because I’ve found if I try to force myself to write, the results aren’t as good.
I guess I am what you call a ‘seat of the pants’ writer at times. On a good day, when I’m writing, the ideas will flow thick and fast, however, if I’m in the bath, or just waking up, and an idea presents itself, I am quick to jot it down and will use it where I can in the story and this applies to plot ideas and character descriptions.
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
I have two books and both are suitable for ages 9 years and over. Since I write for both audiences, I have to try to ensure that the language I use is not overly complex, but at the same time, is mature enough to keep adults interested. In that same vein though, I want to be able to extend the vocabulary of my younger readers. I also always ensure that my books contain no bad language and are not overly-graphic when it comes to writing about scenes where a character might be hurt, or in danger.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think I do, mostly because the main character, Thea, is loosely based on myself and my sister when we were children, so it’s quite easy to know how she will feel in a given situation or how she will react to other characters. I guess there’s still a little of her in me even now!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried for a number of years to go the traditional publishing route, and while I would get the occasional encouraging feedback, I could never get my foot in the door. I joined a writer’s website and that’s when I first heard about e-books and self-publishing. I got straight on the Amazon website and the rest is history!
I think I prefer this way because I have full control over my writing and I don’t have to work to any deadlines (except those I set for myself), but one thing I know is that I cannot write under pressure, so this route is the best for me. It is important for any new writer to know what they are getting into, whichever method they decide to use, especially in terms of self-marketing and so on, which can be hard.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Well, let’s just say I hope to be able to continue to self-publish as an indie-author for a long time to come. It gives us all a chance to share out creativity, without having to jump through hoops or meet some unknown person’s approval. There are a lot of really good writers out there and we all deserve a chance to have our work read and enjoyed by the public at large.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Young adult fiction, Fantasy fiction, Science fiction, Fantasy adventure, Action adventure, Children’s books
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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