Interview with Author Linda Lee Williams

My guest today is Linda Lee Williams.  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? most recent novel is Sisters of the Night, the second book in my Blood & Company Series.  The story is about three beautiful, enchanting hybrid-vampire women and the men they love.  It’s filled with plenty of ups and downs, family and friends, and relationship struggles—three love stories in one book.

Emaline, Juliana, and Gretchen are introduced in Book One, Old Town Nights.  Although Sisters can be read as a stand-alone novel, readers would get more out of the story if they read Old Town Nights first.

Sisters of the Night came out last spring.  Both novels in the series are available as Kindle books on Amazon. 

Great!  Is there anything specific that inspired you to write Sisters?

Yes.  The first book dealt primarily with the issues male hybrid-vampires (part human, part vampire) experienced in their love lives.  I decided that their counterparts also deserved a chance.  Plus, two of the three ladies had been in love with two of the Slater men in Old Town Nights before they were cast aside for “regular women.”  These female characters badgered me to tell their side of the story!

LOL.  If this book was made into a film, who would you cast in it?
To be honest, I don’t know.  It’s also something I’ll never have to worry about!
I'm not sure I agree, Linda.  Having read the first book, Old Town Nights, I think it would make a great movie series.  :)

But, let's tackle some general questions.
When reading, do you prefer traditional
printed books or ebooks?  And why?

I love my Kindle.  It contains countless volumes of books in a small device that’s easy to carry around…and is kind to the hands.  Anyone with arthritis will confirm what a struggle it is to hold open books.  Without an e-reader, I wouldn’t be doing much reading these days…

So, what are you reading now? 

Strictly for enjoyment: Nora Roberts’ novel, Dark Witch.  I’m also beta reading for a few author friends.  I’m dying to catch up on a few J.R. Ward novels as well.
I can attest to the talents of both authors as I follow their work.  I have not read Dark Witch, however.  I will have to grab that one!
Let's try another question.

When 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 the idea strikes, characters begin forming in my mind.  As the story starts to take shape, I type up an outline.  For me, I need a clear vision of how I’m going to get from Point A to Point Z.  Yes, I’ll veer from the path now and then, as my characters dictate—but for the most part, I will stick to the plot.

I write “dossiers” on all of the important characters.  I need background information and basic personality traits; otherwise, I won’t understand what motivates my fictional people or how they will react in various situations.  Insight is key to developing believable characters.

It takes months of “mental prep” before I sit down to write the first words.  By then, the story is ready to burst forth.  If only the rest of the writing came that effortlessly!

Oh, I hear you on that one!  For myself, I am part pantser, part planner.

So, what do you have planned next, Linda?  Or is that a secret? 

Me?  Keep a secret?

New England Nights, the third book in my Blood & Company Series, will be available later this month.  I hope to have the fourth and final installment, Brothers of the Night, available by June 2015.  After that I have an idea for a “stand-alone” novel like my first book, Elsewhere.  I also plan to revise Elsewhere.  It needs a good “housecleaning”!

LOL.  Great!  I am eager to find out more about what you're working on.  

So, is there anything you'd like to add?  Any advice for new writers?  

I just have two suggestions for new writers—especially Indies.

First, don’t rush to self-publish.  When I started out a few years ago, the advice was: “Get as many books ‘out there’ as you can.”  Well, take it from me…quantity does not equal quality.  Elsewhere is my first published book.  Yes, the story is good; and yes, it’s received a lot of positive reviews.  Still, it needs more editing and sprucing up, as I did with my subsequent novels.  I know this because I have more experience now…

Second, don’t neglect the technical aspects of your craft.  Brush up on grammar and punctuation; learn the parts of speech; study syntax.  Use beta readers for story content.  Good editors are expensive and hard to find.  If you learn how to write well, you can trust your judgment 99% of the time.  Even traditionally published authors with editors can’t do better than that!

That's great advice.  Thank you, Linda.

Readers, here is the blurb for Sisters of the Night.

Emaline Hoffbrau is a beautiful, confident vampire.  After losing the vampire man she loved, she doubts that her soul mate exists.  When the charming Garrett Thompson comes along, he turns her world upside-down.  Can Garrett accept what Emaline is?  Or will he break her heart in a different way?

Juliana Slater is a gorgeous, manipulative vampire.  She’s married to Chad Browning, a “regular man.”  Although Chad loves Juliana, he’s not sure he wants to be her husband anymore.   Will a tragedy decide their fate?  Or can the two of them forgive each other and learn to trust again?

Gretchen Eberhardt is living with Bertram Fulbright, a sexy vampire and “ladies’ man.”  To complicate matters, he’s slept with her best fang friends.  Can a vampire couple find lasting love together?  Or will Bert abandon Gretchen for another woman one day?

Sounds riveting!  Here is an excerpt from the book.

Best fang friends…

When Emaline returned to their table, Juliana grabbed her arm.  “Guess who I just saw?”
“Garrett,” she said as she sat down.  “I have no idea what he’s doing here, Hilliard.  I told him I never wanted to see him again.”
“He must want to see you, Emaline.”
“He doesn’t have the balls to come over, not with all of us sitting at this table.”
Juliana arched a brow.  “Really?  Well, if I’m not mistaken, that’s him heading our way right now.”
Emaline looked, and sure enough, it was Garrett…long, lean, and just as handsome as ever.  Her heart skipped several beats.  As if right on cue, Hilliard put his arm around her.
“Happy Saint Patrick’s Day,” Garrett said, grinning like a leprechaun.  His gaze drifted from Emaline to the cake.  “Are you getting married, Gretchen?”
Everyone was smiling at him, except Hilliard and Emaline.
Gretchen nodded.  “To this guy right here.”
“Hey, congratulations.”
Bert shook the hand he extended.  He glanced around the table.  “It’s nice to see you again, Juliana.  Sorry, I don’t know the rest of you...”
Emaline’s rudeness forced Juliana to introduce Garrett to everyone else.  His hazel eyes twinkled with alcohol and merriment as he watched her.
“Just wanted to say hi, Em.  Now, you don’t have to be afraid you’ll run into me.”
“Garrett, would you please just leave?” she said.
“Yeah, sure.  Have fun.”  His smile faded as he walked away.
Juliana stared at her.  “God, Emaline.  You didn’t have to be so mean to him.”
“Don’t you understand?  He views us as curiosities.”
Bert shrugged a shoulder.  “We are curiosities.”
“I don’t care.  I still think he had a lot of nerve coming over here when he can see I’m with someone else.”
Amused, Hilliard said, “I guess you shouldn’t have slept with him, then…or bitten him.”
Emaline flushed.  “I told you that in confidence, Doctor.”
All the women laughed, Carly the loudest.  “My, you are a busy girl, Emaline,” she teased.  “Seriously, it took a lot of courage for Garrett to come over here.  Hilliard doesn’t give a damn, do you, Hilly?”
“I only give a damn if he’s harassing her.  If not, then it’s Emaline’s call.”
“What is it you don’t like about him, honey?” Sonya asked.
“Maybe he’s no good in bed.  Most men aren’t,” Anke said, and she and Elsa snickered and nudged each other.  Bert chuckled, shaking his head.
Gretchen observed her.  “You should apologize to Garrett.  You hurt his feelings.”
Juliana nodded.  “Yes, you should.  Not that I recommend taking up with a regular man.  Right now, I could drain Chad dry and leave his lifeless body in a heap somewhere.”
Hilliard filled Juliana’s and his wine goblets.  “You never know, Emaline.  Garrett could be your heart’s true desire.”
“Oh, for God’s sake.  Now you sound like my poor, misguided mother.”
“Gretchen’s mother is misguided.  Yours is sage and sweet-tempered,” Bert said.
Emaline frowned, sure that everyone and everything was against her.  She started to pass around plates.  “Juliana, cut the cake.  Then maybe Bert will cut the crap.”
That brought a round of laughter.  Gretchen gazed at her fiancé, her dark eyes glittering almost as brightly as her three-carat diamond.
A sick knot formed in the pit of Emaline’s stomach.

Guest Blogger Bio

Linda Lee Williams writes “contemporary romance with a paranormal twist.”  After moving to Denver from Chicago, she taught writing classes at Arapahoe Community College and formed a writers’ group.  Recently, she teamed up with her husband Tim—the artist that illustrated her book covers—to publish her novels on Amazon.

An outdoor enthusiast, Linda enjoys hiking, biking, and birding.  She loves critters of all kinds, domestic or wild.  During her journeys, she’s called Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, and Colorado home.  Wherever she roams, she draws inspiration from her surroundings.


  1. Thanks for interviewing me on your blog today, Marie. It's a pleasure to be featured!

    1. You're welcome! It's always great fun to have you here!

  2. Great post and good advice for indies, Linda. :)


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