Thursday, May 6, 2010
Authorsday - Linda J. Parisi
1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I don’t know that I consciously ever sat down and said I want to be a writer. But for some reason, I always had a pencil in my hand. And that’s how I write today. Pad and pencil. Then I copy and edit into a computer. Guess that makes me a dinosaur, huh?
2. How long have you been writing?
Since I was a kid. I started writing with the intent of being published in 1991.
3. How did you pick the genre you write in?
I fell in love with Romance when I picked up my first Harlequin Presents in college. Haven’t looked back since.
4. Do you plot or do you write by the seat of your pants?
Pantser. And sometimes without the knickers (wink, wink)
5. What was the name of the first novel you wrote?
Coming Out of the Dark
Did you try to publish it? Not after my first contest entry (LOL)
6. What do you know now that you are published that you didn’t know pre-published that you wish you knew?
Once you’re published, people expect you to know the business, be better at your craft, be able to write on demand—they expect you to be a writer. I wish I’d known how hard that would end up being. It wouldn’t have stopped me but forewarned is forearmed, as they say.
7. How many rejections have you received?
Too many. And yet, sometimes I believe not enough. Because I can always make my work better. And I won’t do that if everyone tells me it’s the best thing since chocolate.
8. What was the best writing advice someone gave you?
Never give up—Actually, I also recall someone telling me not to follow an editor into the ladies room and try to hand it to her under the stall door. That was pretty good advice too.
9. If you have a day job, what is it?
I work in Research and Development for a Clinical Chemistry System Manufacturer.
10. Describe your book.
Noble Heart is the second book of the Nobility Series. It begins with the Ancient One still trying to destroy the Nobility. Alexi Valentin gets caught between a promise and his duty as a Noble. Elena Kyrinova needs a child to continue her race. They need to stop the Ancient One and save both of their races.
Together, Elena and Alexi learn that even a playboy who plays at being a magician, and a healer who believes she's damaged, can learn to accept who they are. You see, love truly can overcome all obstacles
Linda J. Parisi found her calling when as a scientist, she discovered romance. Her idea of the perfect hero is a cross between Frank Langella’s Dracula and his Zorro; tall, dark, handsome, and untamable. Her heroines will never give up or give in, so the sparks continue to fly through her books until her characters reach their happy ending. The road might not be easy but the fun is in the travel. She’s been a member of New Jersey Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America since 1993 and is now a member of Liberty States Fiction Writers. During the day she’s a research scientist and project manager for a diagnostic technologies company. But at night? At night, she gets to play with vampires.