My guest today is Linda Heavner Gerald. Hello, Linda! Welcome back to Writing in the Modern Age!
It’s such a pleasure to have you again. Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can
we get it?
Confessions of an
Assassin was released on March 17th. It is currently for sale on Amazon
and other fine bookstores worldwide. This is definitely the best book that I
have ever written. I finally have learned the art of telling a great story and
it causes such pleasure.
Great! Is there anything specific that
inspired you to write Confessions of an Assassin?
As I was looking through Architectural Digest about a year ago, I saw an article
about a house of one of our friends in Bali, Indonesia. We have visited his
home in the Bahamas so I knew of the style that he loves. Truly this was the
inspiration but God had already put "that" feeling of a new book in
If this book was made into a film, who would you cast in it?
If it was a film, I
would love to see Catherine Zeta Jones as my Catherine. Other than that, I'm
Okay. Let's tackle some general questions. When reading, do you prefer traditional printed books or ebooks? And why?
I love my Kindle just for the convenience.
So, what are you reading now?
Currently, I am reading Gray Mountain by John Grisham.
Let's try another question.
you get an idea for a book, what comes first usually? Dialogue, the
characters, a specific scene? Or do you plot it out before you write?
When I get an idea for a
book, it truly varies. I never plot. I am a pantster which means that I write
by the seat of my pants. It may be a specific scene or just a feeling about a
certain subject. It doesn't seem important for my writing to do outlines and
plotting. I write from the heart and the words flow so quickly that I can
barely keep up.
So, what do you have planned next, Linda? Or is that a secret?
I already have my next book ready to go but am waiting to hear from a
Good to hear!
Is there anything you'd like to add? Any advice for new writers?
I want everyone to know
that I believe all of my inspiration comes from God. My brand is: WRITING
WITH A PURPOSE; THAT'S WHAT I'M ABOUT. By that I mean that I always
give God the credit. I start my writing with a prayer that I will write as he
leads. Then I sit back and write. Hopefully, my readers will feel some of
the inspiration that I do. Ask me for advice for others when I have written a
Best Seller. Until then, I would say, "Write from your heart."
Write from the heart! That's great advice, Linda. Thank you!
Here is the blurb for Confessions of an Assassin.
Confessions of an Assassin is the story of Catherine
Carnegie. Although she was born to a
wealthy, prestigious family from New York, her dream was all things southern. “Cat” finally obtained everything that she
dreamed of since childhood. Once established in the loveliest home in Eufaula,
Alabama, she meets a vaguely familiar man from her college days who changes her
life. What begins as a fun diversion
attending state dinners in Washington, soon immerses her in a dangerous unknown
government agency. Despite attempts to
withdraw from their clutches, she realizes that they are ruthless and unwilling
to ever let her leave. Her assignments become
more dangerous; sent to various places all over the globe. Eventually, she is given her most heart-wrenching assignment in Bali, Indonesia which will change her life forever.
Here is an excerpt.
slept the night before my departure for UA. All through the night, I felt
racked with guilt for the disappointment I caused my family. No matter that
“my” university ranked among one hundred public universities as one of the top.
It just was the wrong location. Still, I reasoned I was fulfilling my dream;
nothing could stop me. When the alarm clock finally sounded, I had been looking
steadily at it for over an hour. Filled with excitement and longing, I bounded
from bed. A quick shower helped invigorate me as quietly I pulled on the
clothes lying on my chair. No makeup was needed; I would be driving all day
with an occasional stop for gas. My goal was to take my time since leaving
early, time was on my side so to speak.
university facility took care of many details. Our attorney made some of the
final arrangements as far as waving visitation. My arrival would be my first
glimpse of my new home. Set for sorority visitation on Fall Formal Recruitment,
plans were confirmed. The university sponsored eighteen of the national
sororities. My family would not make the September Family Weekend yet I
understood their desire to be with Nat at Harvard. No worries, there would be
plenty of friends, I was sure.
Dad had always been early risers. When Dad rushed off for his commitments, Mom
always was up with him. Together, they planned their day over coffee and funny
comments from Nellie. Now they had retired, most days, they slept a little
later. Because of that, I didn’t expect them to be up early for my send off.
They surprised me by rising from their station at the dining table with their
cups of coffee as I entered the room.
surprising, seeing you both so early. You really didn’t have to get up for me.
My plan was to grab a cup on the road. I am really anxious to get an early
nonsense. You sit yourself down and have a proper cup with your folks or you
will be sorry. You are all going to miss each other.”
physically pushed me back into my chair and popped a cup of coffee in front of
me. I wished my departure was earlier. Still, I smiled and picked up my cup
from the saucer. Mom sadly returned my smile.
we are going to miss you so much. I know that we have made a fuss over
Nathaniel, but you know we are just as proud of you.” Having no such idea, I
smiled and nodded just the same.
Cat, you must promise to drive carefully. You have plenty of time since leaving
a little early.” I didn’t even realize that he was aware of my schedule.
continued, “Please phone us along the way on our cell phone. We will be on pins
and needles till you arrive.” I doubted if “pins and needles” described the way
that they felt. More sheer delight at “the darling’s” Harvard bound destiny.
to be away from their anxious gaze. Gulping my coffee loudly, I stood to leave.
Silence shrouded the room. Tears dropped from Nellie’s large, brown eyes.
Hugging each of them, no word was spoken. As I walked to the door, I turned to
see them huddled together. At that moment, I realized this was not just a rite
of passage for Nat and me, but for our parents as well. First, retirement
signaled their aging now watching their only two children leave the nest at the
same time. Briefly, I envisioned the lonely rooms and quiet dinners with only
each other and Nellie. The pangs of emotion pulled at my heart. Running back to
them, I hugged each again. A stronger hug with profuse kisses and tears;
walking quickly, I exited my home of eighteen years then closed the door of my
new graduation gift quietly.
drove from the long, rambling driveway, out the gates, I stopped briefly. They
were great parents. I had really been unfair in my constant criticism of them
lately. I would miss them. I prayed at that moment God would keep them safe and
be with me as I made my pilgrimage to UA. Yes, that was THE moment of passage.
My parents would always be loved but I longed for a different sort of life. My
desire was indeed strange. I desired a life of solitude. No one that I knew
lived the life which was beckoning me. It wasn’t a noble calling; just a desire
to be alone. That desire may have had a very strong influence over the choices
which I was about to make. A strange life but mine; that was what mattered most
Thanks again for stopping by, Linda! This sounds like an exciting book! :)
Linda is retired and lives with her
husband on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.
Currently she has six published novels with another thriller on the
way. Her goal is to demonstrate that
regardless of our actions, God is always there to welcome us back. The books which she writes are books of
substance with something to challenge or encourage. A medical background encourages her to
incorporate facts that may help readers seek professional help for various
situations or the provision of latest facts.
Linda has one son and one grandson
who reside in Dallas, Texas. She and her
husband love to take long walks on the Gulf of Mexico and bike on the trails by