My guest today is author Linda Meilink, who is an award-winning writer, columnist, and journalist. She has been a busy woman, writing for national publications, as well as, being an editor for a newspaper in California.
This is my first author interview, so I will do my best to keep it interesting, after all, who wants to read a boring Q & A session right?
I came up with questions that I think are a little more than ordinary.
Thanks for doing this interview, Linda Meilink. You are the first author to test the salty, hot waters of my blog world.
Her first book is What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Fibromyalgia – Why Doctors Can’t or Won’t Treat Chronic Pain. It is about her struggles with Fibromyalgia and can help others experiencing the same challenges that come with chronic pain.
Currently, Linda is working on a fiction novel starring pirates (a 180 from her nonfiction.) Yours truly has read several pages and I love, love the protagonist! Linda has a gifted way of bringing her characters to life; each with his or her own distinct personality, they create a story that any adventurous spirit would want to be a part of. When she is ready, we will post an excerpt from this story.
Until then enjoy our interview.
Do you ever write naked? (This is my icebreaker question.)
I don’t write naked, but I love to write in a large T-shirt with no underwear.
What places or activities inspire you the most?
My biggest inspiration is the company of other writers. We are a breed apart. I always feel at home with them. I also draw inspiration from reading the truly great writers: Chaucer, Jane Austen, John Donne, William Stafford. They have seen me through many a lonely night. My father was my original teacher. I like to say I grew up so poor I had only words to play with.
Do you have any secret talents?
I do handwriting analysis. Most people don’t believe it, but I can, in almost all cases, take a stranger’s handwriting and give you a personality profile. Even my husband, a skeptic in all things, is a believer. I once decided not to hire someone whose handwriting showed he was depressed, deceitful and dishonest. My boss scoffed at me and convinced me to hire him. He turned out to be a molester who had done hard time. After that, my boss asked me to help assess handwriting of his job candidates.
Do you have a place you would like to visit to do research for a book?
I would like to go back to Europe. We went to London and Paris on our honeymoon, but it was mainly sightseeing. However, I am working on a historical novel and just the memories make it much easier to imagine. If I could spend a year in England… It is wonderful for research, but the smells, the weather patterns, language quirks and interactions with people who don’t share your background… Such a wonderful and pleasant learning experience. I am part English, and I believe they created the most incredible literature of any country. I cried at Westminster Abbey at the tombs of Chaucer and Austen, just to name a few who are buried there.
Have you ever written yourself as a character in one of your books?
My first (and so far only published) book was non-fiction, but I wrote sections from my point of view. In my fiction and poetry, I generally adopt a persona, which is part of me, I guess — often a part I don’t express. I am having great fun in my book with an old hag, Miranda. She is unwashed, uneducated, rude and promiscuous, everything I learned not to be. But she never worries and she is kind-hearted. She can do and say things I can’t. All my characters are little pieces of me.
When did you know you were a writer?
I knew I was an author when I first understood the concept that someone was writing the books I loved. I was about four years old. My feeling was reinforced by my father and my high school journalism teacher. College was where I came into my own, winning the undergraduate award in creative writing. In graduate school, I was one of the judges. I have often been surprised by my success since writing is something I do for myself. And as I said, my favorite people are writers.
Thank you, Linda, for sharing your stories with us.
If you are interested in reading her book on Fibromyalgia you can find her book here: http://amazon.com/Linda-Meilink/e/B003NUPK86