How did you know you wanted to be an author? I’ve always had stories running around in my head. Before I moved to Chebeague Island, Maine, I limited my writing to whimsical poems and songs for my family and friends. However, something about the island inspired me and I decided to try to write a novel. The result was the first book in the MATEGUAS ISLAND SERIES.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Read, read, read.You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. Also, don’t get discouraged. From its inception to publication, my first novel, MATEGUAS ISLAND, took 3.5 years and I know authors whose work has taken a lot longer than that. Being an author is not an easy journey. The path is littered with endless re-writes, edits, and rejections. But when you hold that first novel in your hand, well, you’ll find it was all worthwhile and more.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I write my books in my head first, late at night when I’m trying to sleep or when I’m walking my dogs. Also, when I’m ready, I usually put down on virtual paper the first 20,000 words or so. Then I write the ending so I know where I’m going!
What message to you want readers to remember?The MATEGUAS ISLAND books don’t have any real deep message. They were written to entertain and give the reader a taste of the wonder of island life. My new novel, SUMMER GIRL, is a more serious work, dealing with the abuse of a child and its aftermath. It’s a story of love, loss, survival, and, most of all, hope.
How can fans get in contact with you?I can be reached through my author website, www.lindawatkins-author.com or through my Mateguas book website, www.mateguasisland.com. I can also be reached via email at email@example.com.