Linda Weaver Clarke is one busy lady, as you will soon find out. Not only that, but she’s graciously offered her book, Melinda and the Wild West , as a giveaway item for one of our readers! Visit the giveaway page for details on how to win. Linda tells us more about the book below.
Enjoy this interview.
I think it’s so great that you decided to finish college 30 years after you had first gone. That’s a huge accomplishment! What prompted you to do this? Tell us about some of the accolades you received! Please, go ahead and brag – you’ve worked hard!
After all my kids were in school, I decided it was time to do something for myself. When I told my family what I wanted to do, they all supported me. My husband helped by fixing meals for us while I studied. The kids helped in various ways. At first I was scared. I didn’t know if I was taking on more than I could handle. After a couple months into college, I realized that it wasn’t so bad after all. I met many wonderful young students that accepted me in class. That was a great relief to me. After graduating with my Associate’s Degree, my husband encouraged me to continue and get my Bachelor’s Degree. He said that if I put it off, I may not return. So I listened and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2002. I felt it was an awesome accomplishment and I also received the Outstanding Non-traditional Student Award. I was thrilled.
You’re a writer, but you also cut a CD with romantic music. That’s incredible! Have you always had multiple creative talents?
Well, to get multiple talents isn’t easy. I had to work hard. Real hard! When I was young, my mother gave me voice lessons. When I married, I kept up the voice lessons for many years and gave recitals, singing songs from operas, operettas, musicals, and Irish folksongs. My major in college was music and theatre. After receiving my Associates Degree, my husband had me cut a CD. After accomplishing that feat, I decided to submit some of my manuscripts and see if I could become an author. All I can say is that you have to work hard to accomplish what you want in life.
Tell us about the “Family Legacy Workshop” series you teach.
I travel all over the United States, teaching people how to write their family history, their family stories, or their autobiographies. It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Each of us has a story from our ancestors or even our own story to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their parentage? It’s up to us to write these experiences down. To see a video about what I teach, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJcYBAGINEA.
[Editor’s note: Here’s Linda’s video below. Take a look:]
You’ve got an historical romance series and a new mystery series. Tell us a little bit about each. What prompted you to write them and what’s next for you on the writing front?
About each? I would love to. Here goes! The Historical Romance series is called “A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho.” Each novel is a “sweet” romance for both young adult and adult to enjoy. I was inspired to write this series because of writing my own ancestor’s stories. In fact, I add a few of my ancestor’s experiences to my fictional characters in a few of the books.
Melinda and the Wild West: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho: This novel won an award. It was a Semi-finalist for “Reviewers Choice Award 2007.” In 1896 Melinda Gamble—an elegant, naïve young woman from Boston—decides to move to the still untamed Wild West to be a schoolteacher. It doesn’t take her long to realize how wild the West really is when she encounters a notorious bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and a terrible blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it’s a rugged rancher who immediately grabs Melinda’s attention.
Edith and the Mysterious Stranger: With mysterious letters, cattle rustlers, a spunky woman, the liar’s fire, Halloween, and young love, there is always something happening. Edith has wonderful qualities but never gives a man a second chance. However, all that changes when a mysterious stranger begins to write to her. For the first time, she gets to know a man’s inner soul.
Jenny’s Dream: A Family’s Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho: Jenny Roberts yearns to escape her small hometown of Paris, Idaho and accomplish many dreams. After she realizes that her kindred friend means more to her than she thought, she must now choose which dream to follow. Jenny soon finds herself in the middle of drama, adventure, and romance as she struggles to gain the power of forgiveness and the ability to face new possibilities.
David and the Bear Lake Monster: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho: Deep-rooted legends, a few mysterious events, the mystery of the Bear Lake Monster, and a tender love story! While visiting the Roberts family, David finds himself entranced with one very special lady and ends up defending her honor several times. Not only that, but Sarah has a disability that no one seems to notice. And how about the Bear Lake Monster? Does it really exist?
Elena, Woman of Courage: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho: The “Roaring Twenties” was a time of great change, when women raised their hemlines and bobbed their hair. Elena Yeates, the town’s newest doctor, must struggle to prove herself in this western town, while keeping her composure, poise, and femininity. As she fights to prove herself, the town’s most eligible bachelor finds it a challenge to see if he can win her heart. With the 1920’s rise of women’s rights, this novel gives you great insight at the struggles women had to go through, all the while watching a young love blossom!
My mystery series, The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, is totally different. When I was young, one of my favorite television shows was Hart to Hart, which featured a married couple investigating and solving crimes. The couple was madly in love–you laughed at the humor and sighed at the romance. I wanted to create something similar, with a little suspense and adventure. Just sprinkle in a couple teenagers and a grown daughter, and you have quite a mixture. Julia is a reporter for a daily newspaper, and John is a professional knife maker. Because of her curiosity and wanting to get a good story, Julia gets herself into a bunch of trouble. Before long, she finds herself and her husband up to their necks in danger and running for their lives. I’m now on my third mystery in this series.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
I love reading historical fiction. I once read a series called Prelude to Glory. It was about how we got our freedom and what the patriots suffered. It begins in 1775 and continues until 1812. I was so touched by these books. My respect for those men grew by leaps and bounds. You see, the author had a fictional family but surrounded them with American history and real events and real people. I loved it.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love camping with my daughters and husband. Oh yes, did I mention that I have six daughters? Two are married and I have 5 grandchildren now.
Where can we learn more about you?
Visit the World of “Make Believe” at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com. Visit my Family Friendly Blog at http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com. I have author interviews and book give-aways every Monday. I hope your guests will take a look to see if they might be interested in a free book. I also have all my books on video at http://www.youtube.com/user/lindaweaverclarke. You can visit You Tube or just visit my blog because I have all of them posted there. Thank you so much for this fun interview.