Monday, February 26, 2018

#Interview ~ The Agreement By Linda Burson ~ @lindaburson23

The Agreement
By Linda Burson

Interview with Linda Burson:

Crystal: Today I am so excited to host Linda Burson! Welcom Linda! I'm so thrilled to have you here today. Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?

Linda: I’m at the stage of my life where I can be a full-time writer. My husband still works full-time and this affords me the opportunity to finally do what I love every day. We are empty nesters other than our white Lhasa Apso who shares our home. Our two daughters have graduated college and have their own lives and careers

I’ve had one job or another since I was eleven years old. I ran my own businesses during the last twenty-five years of my life. I never stopped writing, but it isn’t easy to write while working full-time, raising children, pets, volunteering and running a home, as anyone out there who does this can attest. What amazes me is there are many who do. I give them a lot of credit and respect. It’s not an easy task. I feel fortunate that I no longer have to have another job besides writing and I’m able to finally live my dream.

Crystal: What are you currently working on?

Linda: A novella using my PI character lead, Cammy, from the murder mystery book due out April 15, 2018, called MURDER BETWEEN FRIENDS. Cammy Thurston is a female private investigator in the book coming out, and I carry her over to this novella after MURDER BETWEEN FRIENDS ends.

Crystal: Where did you come up with the idea for either your current release or your current WIP?

Linda: The book due out April 15, 2018 was an idea based on a previous job experience. I worked for a Private Investigator years ago. I decided it would be cool to take it a bit further—to elaborate on the story and have fun with it. I always wondered what would’ve happened if I had stayed in that job and didn’t leave to get married. My husband to be was in the military, so we had to move far away.

Crystal:  Do you have a favorite snack that you like to munch on while writing? If so, would you mind sharing what it is with us?

Linda: I don’t eat while I’m writing. I don’t like distractions. I prefer to keep my mind focused and clear on my task at hand. If I’m hungry, I try to get up and eat what I need, then sit back down in front of my computer and continue. I will keep sparkling water next to me, though. I don’t want to get headaches by getting dehydrated. The only exception for food, and I don’t consider it food, is having a hard candy of some sort that will last a while or maybe chewing gum.

Crystal:  Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?

Linda: One of the scenes I really like in the new murder mystery MURDER BETWEEN FRIENDS that is due out in April is the two police officers interviewing the neighbors of the missing woman and the follow-up conversation to the interviews. I love the relationship between the two police detectives. I also enjoyed developing each of the women characters in the story.

Crystal:  When you are not busy writing wonderful stories to keep us lucky readers entertained, what do you like to do? Do you have a hobby?

Linda: Well, writing is my hobby as much as it is my job; however, outside of that I spend time working out at a private gym three times a week. I love to bake, but obviously, that’s not a great hobby to have when one is trying to lose weight and stay fit, at least that’s what my trainer keeps telling me! I also enjoy word games and puzzles. I try to keep my mind working and active at all times. I’m not a great painter, but I enjoy those painting classes offered for an evening. It’s a way to have a fun, relaxing evening with a friend, have a drink, and create a painting I can hopefully be proud enough to hang in my house.”

Crystal: Do you have a favorite background noise you like to have going while you write (TV, Music, kids playing)?

Linda: Quiet is my muse, though, during some parts of my novel, I get more creative if I listen to music from mid-20th century. I love those oldies! They bring a certain sense of comfort to me.

Crystal: Thanks for visiting. It has been a pleasure having you visit today. Can you think of anything else you would like to share with us today?

Linda: It would be nice to gain new readers. I love to hear from my readers as well, and if they do read any of my novels, I hope they’ll recommend my books to their friends and family. Not all books are for everyone, but even if one person isn’t 100% in love with a story, that doesn’t mean someone they know won’t be. I can’t say often enough, either, that reviews are always appreciated.

Thank you, Crystal for having me today. I feel honored to be interviewed and I appreciate your time and efforts.
Blurb for The AgreementBook 4 in the Marcy series:

After the perfect honeymoon, Brad and Marcy return to reality to begin their new life together. Unfortunately, Brad and Marcy’s wedded bliss runs into complications. Brad seems distant and cold, and Marcy is confused by his unexpected behavior.

When Marcy goes into labor, Brad is by her side. Later, Marcy confronts Brad about their crumbling marriage and decides it may be better for them to separate. Brad begs Marcy to reconsider, pleading with her not to leave.

For now, Marcy agrees to stay put with their son. Brad and Marcy reconcile. Brad forms a surprising and unexpected friendship which changes the course of their lives.

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Excerpt from The Agreement:

We go to find Brad. He’s talking to his brothers. I walk up behind him, wrap my arms around his waist, and kiss his back. He turns his head, sees it’s me, and puts his arms
around mine.

Matt says, “I’m glad this brother of mine finally got smart and asked you to marry him. I was thinking I might have to step in and see if you’d like to switch brothers.”

“The best gifts in life are worth the wait,” Brad says squeezing my arms, then picking them up and bringing me around to the side of him so he can kiss my head.

“You always say the most wonderful things to me,” I convey.

“Well, if you two are going to get mushy, I’m leaving. Come on, Ryan. Brad’s making us look bad. Good thing Kelsey and Samantha are in the other room.”

Dave comments to Brad, “You know, Brad, you and your brothers aren’t that different from LM, JJ, Elb, and me. You have that good, bad, fun, and serious sides that we all have. I can see you understand the way it was and is between us. So I owe you an apology. I suppose it’s difficult for us now, with Liam not being here, considering how we feel about Marcy. We want to be a part of her life. Her life now includes you. It’s unfortunate you and Liam were in love with the same woman. If it weren’t for that, you and he would’ve probably been good friends; but then again, if it wasn’t for the two of you loving the same woman, none of us would’ve ever met.”

“If it wasn’t for Liam, Dave, I would’ve never met Marcy,” Brad answers. “She probably wouldn’t be here now, which means none of us would have her in our lives. I’m aware she’s here now because of his heroic actions all those years ago. To be honest, he may have been competition to me for her heart, but I can’t fault the guy for that. I understand him being in love with her. I may be slightly sensitive when it comes to him, but that’s only because I know she’s in love with him as well. I still blame myself for letting her go in the first place. If I hadn’t, their relationship wouldn’t have started. I don’t dislike Liam. He loved Marcy, I love Marcy, I like all of you guys, Marcy loves all of you and you’re all friends with Liam. I’m aware he was a great guy, which means I don’t mind hearing
stories about him. What makes me annoyed and uncomfortable is when everyone else acts like they’re uncomfortable talking about him in front of me. He was a part of all your lives, and whether I like it or not, he was a part of Marcy’s life. I won’t deny it and pretend it didn’t happen. Besides, I can’t deny her relationship with him. The
baby she’s carrying might be his. What kind of a person would I be if I try to deny his existence in her life, and this baby is his and not mine?”

“I said it before and I’ll say it again; you’re a hell of a man, Brad. And if Liam were here right now, I’d tell him so. I’d be happy to tell him you’re an honorable man and
Marcy’s in good hands.” Dave puts his hand out for Brad to shake. “Brad, if you’ll accept, I’d be proud and honored to call you friend.”

“I do accept and thank you. That means a lot to me.”

They start talking about sports, and that’s when I excuse myself.

About the Author:

Linda is an author from Connecticut.

After years of writing and editing for others, raising a family, and over twenty years of running her own businesses, Linda decided to tackle her first fiction novel entitled Rage, which began as a single book. Eventually, the novel became a trilogy, and finally a much longer series. All the books are a part of The Marcy Series, a romantic suspense series.
There are currently six novels in the series.

Find out more about Linda at:
Website is 
Twitter: @lindaburson23

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed Linda's interview responses, very thoughtfully expressed about her craft.