Today I welcome Linda Mansfield author of “Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas“.
Hi Linda, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us about yourself and your background.
I’m an author, reporter, editor and PR representative based in Indianapolis, Indiana. I’m the author of “Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas,” a collection of 13 fictional but realistic stories set at Christmas for teens through seniors.
To know more about Linda and her book please visit her Facebook page, twitter or her website or her blog
- When did you start writing?
In my teens.
- What motivated you to start writing?
It was one of the few things that came naturally to me.
- What is your favorite book and what is your favorite author? Why?
My favorite book is “Black Beauty” because it teaches compassion, and I have always loved horses. I have been a horse owner for more than 30 years.
- Where did you find inspiration for your stories?
From life! I drew from my personal past, from the news, and from my imagination.
- Are your stories based on someone you know or on events you have experienced?
Some of them are, and some aren’t.
- When I’m writing I need silence. So how about you? Do you like to hear music while you are working?
I’m just the opposite. I usually need something on in the background.
- How many books have you written?
Just one, but I’ve edited six books for other authors.
- What can you tell us about your next project?
I’m working on three sequels to the Christmas book. They will all be stand-alone books, but they’ll take the characters from the Christmas book and extend their stories into the spring, summer and fall. “Twelve Stories for Spring,” “Twelve Stories for Summer” and “Twelve Stories for Fall” are scheduled to be released in 2017. I’m a little more than half finished with the rough draft of all three.
About your book…“Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas”
What is your book about?
“Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas” offers teens through seniors 13 realistic but fictional short stories set at Christmas. The holidays are so hectic that it’s hard to find time to read a novel, but these short stories are perfect for short breaks when you can fit them in.
Can you tell us something about the main character or characters?
There are seven female main characters and six male main characters. None of the characters fall in love, and they come from a variety of walks of life. For example, there’s a single mom, a trucker, a senior citizen, a young woman, a couple of mothers, a Jewish bachelor, a father who travels overseas a lot, etc.
Would you like to send a message to the readers?
“Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas” makes a perfect gift or stocking stuffer! The e-book works out to just 23 cents per story, which is a lot less expensive than a cocktail or a massage. Give yourself a break and read this book, or give someone else who needs a break a copy!
It was a pleasure to get to know you Linda and about your work.