Interview: Linda Lord

Linda Lord is one ambitious writer. She provides training and experiences that enable busy people to make a living and have a life by getting to know themselves and being able to make better choices based on who and what matters most to them. She talks business, psychology, sociology, and faith whether in one-person performances, productions, or the written word. Her new book, The Pitch, is available now. Here’s a description from Amazon..

Liz Robertson is in trouble. Her business is floundering and her relationship with son, Justin, is drowning. As a single mother, she is spread thin and there are things that she misses; like the fact someone is stealing money from her event planning business. Tired, frustrated, and stretched beyond her capabilities, she stumbles upon an unlikely business resource; her son’s soccer coach. Ready to try anything to salvage her business and her relationship, she begins to apply those lessons she learns on the pitch. But will it be enough and in time to allow her to make a living and have a life?

Enjoy this interview.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I am from a small farming community in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. I have been writing as long as I could hold a pencil. Stories have always captivated me. I was read to as a child, I devoured fiction as soon as I could read and I started to use my imagination to create stories of my own as soon as I could get them down on paper.

Tell us about The Pitch. What do you hope readers take away from it?

The Pitch is a story of hope and encouragement. I want readers to take the time to answer for themselves, the same questions that Liz (the main character) has to ask herself. This is a straightforward fable that will help struggling business owners sort some things out. I believe that a small business can only be as strong as the business owner and this book is intended to strengthen the owner.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

My first writing goal is to know that this book is helping people, as I intended it to. The next goal is to be able to donate $10,000 to the Hemophilia Society, South Western Ontario Region based on sales. I selected the Hemophilia Society because the ‘coach’ in the book is loosely based on a real person, whose son has Hemophilia. After that, I hope to produce an audiobook of The Pitch, and adapt it as a one woman stageplay.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

Most recently, it would be a tie between Storycatcher by Christina Baldwin and Success Intelligence by Robert Holden, Ph.D.

Favorite authors?

Jodi Picoult, hands down.

Book you’re currently reading?

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult and The Bible: A very short introduction by John Riches (book gifts from family members).

Advice for other writers?

Know your story. Know your characters. Seek out worthy writing buddy for support, encouragement, and fair feedback.

Where can we learn more about you?

My website: www.lindajlord.com; follow me on Twitter, join me on LinkedIn, or join The Pitch fan page on FaceBook.

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3 Comments on "Interview: Linda Lord"

  1. What happens to Liz? Did the author play soccer?

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    Linda Lord Reply:

    Liz Robertson, the lead character in The Pitch, realizes that she doesn’t have all the answers when it comes to running her business or nurturing her relationship with her 14 year old son. She is fortunate enough to overhear some good advice, and humble enough to apply it her own situation, to turn things around for herself. Of course, as we all know, the road to a better life often has some pot-holes and detours. Liz is no different. What I learned about Liz as I was writing her is that she is determined. She wants a business and a relationship with her son and she isn’t too proud to take the help from wherever. Because of that, Liz is able to overcome her challenges and create a pretty good life for herself and Justin.

    I actually never played soccer on a team. I’m in the backyard a lot practicing with my son, though. One afternoon I tried to block his shot on net. I must have forgotten my age, relative to the power of his shot, because I thought I had broken my wrist! I didn’t, but he was quite upset. I reminded him that he hadn’t done anything wrong, I had just thought I was invinsible.

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  2. This book is a nice read. I read it in one sitting. The characters are very believable and the story line is very realistic.

    I am an English teacher and I teach grades 9 through 12 at all levels. I have two of the books in my classroom library. Both male and female students at all grade levels are enjoying reading the books. In fact, a group of students ask me if we could read “The Pitch” instead of the novel that we are currently reading!

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  3. That’s wonderful feedback. Thank you. Please give my best to your students.

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