Today, I’m incredibly excited to have author, Linda Grimes to the blog. Linda’s debut work, In a Fix is out today. The book is, quite simply the new kid in the Urban Fantasy genre. I’ve heard of shapeshifters but I’ve never heard of chameleons. Talk about original! If you haven’t had the chance to check this book out, well, what the heck are you waiting for? Anyway, let’s snoop around Linda’s bookshelves and find out what’s been occupying her time while she’s not writing, shall we?
From Linda: These shelves are in my bedroom—I’ll often grab a book from here to read at bedtime. Pardon the soft focus of the photo. I did that on purpose so you wouldn’t notice the dust. (Okay, not really. I just happen to suck at photography.) This represents maybe a tenth of my total books. The rest are in the basement, and no way was I going down there with a camera—there isn’t a focus soft enough to disguise that mess!
These Childcraft Books have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I cut my teeth on them (literally), and so did my kids. They were my big brother’s first, but I was quicker on the draw when it came to grabbing them after we grew up. Sadly, volume 14 has gone missing, but I have hopes of finding it someday. I can’t begin to describe the joy this set of books has brought me through the years. Even now, when I page through them, I am transported back to my childhood. Truly, books are magic—they’ll keep you ageless if you let them.
Sooo pretty! I love, love, your bookshelves! Though, I wish I can zoom in and snoop more extensively! I don’t think I’ll ever leave if I have that in my bedroom. 🙂 You’re so lucky to have kept such wonderful heirlooms. All I could give my kids are Dr. Seuss and Twilight. And while the good doctor is simple and yet eloquent, I can’t say much for Twilight. Sad, isn’t it? I know, I know. I can do better than this!
- Name book in your shelves that you wish you wrote.
OUTLANDER, by Diana Gabaldon. Because, wow, if I could transport readers like that, I would die a happy author.
- What book is the one you keep coming back to when you need an inspiration?
I’m kind of science nerd—I love Stephen Hawking’s books, especially A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME. If Hawking could write such a brilliant book while battling a disease that has robbed him of control over his body, then I figure I ought to be able to tell my stories without whining about it, no matter how challenging it feels sometimes.
- What was the last book you purchased?
SEND, by Patty Blount. (I got it for my Kindle—I love reading e-books!) It’s a YA novel that deals with a raw and difficult subject: bullying. I’ve heard it’s excellent, even if might be a bit difficult to read. To me, it sounds like an important book, one teens—and parents—should read. I can’t wait until I have a free minute to sit down with it.
- Who are your ultimate top 5 authors?
This week? Diana Gabaldon, Vicki Pettersson, Harlan Coben, Jim Butcher, and Kristan Higgins. But the list varies according to my mood and who I’m reading at the time, so don’t be surprised if you see me give a different answer someplace else.
- If you can pick any book amongst your shelves, which would be the one that I absolutely need to read?
You ask really tough questions, you know that? That’s like asking which one of my kids I like better. But if I have to recommend something, I think I’ll go with ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD. It’s YA horror, with a male protag—and not something I normally read—and yet I loved it. It was fresh and gripping. Plus, it has a really cool cover.
Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your website!
In a Fix Book Trailer
I loved having you over, Linda! Thank you for taking the time from your incredibly busy week. I wish I’d have read Outlander when it first came out but I came in too late in the game and the catch-up is just too overwhelming to think about. And considering how thick the books are…Mercy! Anna Dressed in Blood is one of my favourites as well, so glad you loved it.
What do you think, lovely readers? I don’t know about you, but I. WANT. THAT BOOKSHELF!