It’s time for an interview with writer Linden Chase, who publishes with the Fahrenheit team. Thanks to Linden for answering my questions. If you would like to feature in this section, please send me an email here.
What’s your track record – what have you written?
I write under a number of different names. The main reason is because the stories I create are very different and I don’t expect readers from one genre to like the others. I’ve written, and had published, twelve historical crime novels, six romances, one young adult novel, countless short stories, had several plays produced and, of course, the gritty, sexy, psychology thrillers: Killer Instincts and Killer Intent, as Linden Chase with Fahrenheit Press.
Why do you write?
It’s my obsession. It’s also how I make sense of what is an increasingly chaotic world. I’m inspired by the world around me, as much by its darkness as by its beauty. In my stories I hope my readers will find questions, even moral quandaries, that are pertinent to them today. I don’t offer answers. My protagonists make choices, but as the story frequently shows these choices have consequences that can be unpalatable. I can’t change the world on my own, but I do hope that my work raises questions in the minds of my readers and makes them more aware of how important they are in shaping today’s world.
What makes a successful days writing?
Getting decent words on the page. I suppose that’s a glib answer. If I can sit back and read over some pages and think, these work, then I’m happy. The best feeling is when you read over your work and think, yes that’s what I wanted to write, that will make my reader emote. I want my readers to feel emotion when they read my stories. I want them to connect with characters and feel the suffering and joy my characters feel. I want to believe that I’ve written something that makes my readers feel just that little bit more alive at the end of the book – not unlike to surviving a dreadful accident and realising what a joy it is to be alive.
When do you feel most productive?
When I’m about halfway through a book and really excited about the way it’s going. By the time I’ve finished I’m always terrified my editor and publisher won’t like it as much as I do. However, in the midst of telling the story, I’m living in an entirely different world, totally caught up with my characters and their challenges.
Do you have a writing routine? What is it?
I get up, eat and start writing.
What stops you from writing?
Not much. If I’m ill, I’ll write in bed. However, sometimes my family demands I spend time with them.
Say you’ve hit a slump. What do you do to get going again?
I can certainly get stuck figuring out how to make a plot work, but I never run out of stories. I suspect there are more stories in my head than I will ever get the chance to tell. Unless science works out a way to take notes from my cryogenically frozen head.
What advice would you give someone who can’t get their writing going?
Write. Don’t think about it, do it. Join a group, a class – let other people read your work. Listen to criticism you need it to improve, but be aware criticism is always a personal point of view. And above all read. I have mixed feelings about classes that teach you how to write – they can certainly teach you the craft, but anyone can learn that from a decent textbook. It’s the will to write that makes a writer. Not the writing to earn money sort of daydream, but the real gut-wrenching feeling that if you don’t write you’ll go insane.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever had?
Write what you love
Where can people find out more about you?
I’m Fahrenheit’s secret author. But don’t worry, if you’re reading novels then I’m out there.
The final part of the Killer Trilogy is its final stages on my laptop and will out there soon.