Welcome Linda Kane

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The sky is bigger, the ground much harder, the freshly grown produce amazing, and the people diversified where I live in sunny, Fresno, California.

We moved here with little to no expectations except to move back to my hometown of Orange County within 5 years. Thirty-five years later we have grown to love our home in the San Joaquin Valley, the people, and the opportunities that were afforded us. I was able to receive a master’s degree, my husband works at a job he loves, and coaches a semi pro soccer team, my sons graduated with their master’s and married two beautiful, intelligent women.

Whether I’m writing for adults or children, the war between my days and nights is reflected solidly in my books. Although the tendency to acknowledge the light and dark sides of life is disguised in my work, it’s there, lurking, just out of view.

Besides the power of love, land, and sky, my husband, and two sons, were the other major influences on my work and on me. They have served as my blunt and humbling story consultants over the years to a struggling writer.

Today I live between the sea and the valley where I write and edit, paint, play with my two grandchildren, my three dogs, ride my magnificent Saddlebred horses, drive my Hackney pony and enjoy life to the fullest.

Your latest publication is The Black Madonna.

Tell us:

Where did you get the idea for this book?

Light at end of the tunnel.

Light at end of the tunnel.

I came across a group of people, the Cathars who were very modern for the 14th century. Pope Innocent declared war on them and made it his mission to kill every one of them. Men, women and children.

Where do you get ideas in general?

I read a lot of history, I find out secrets that I feel should be shared with others. I want people to know the truth. For example, did you know that they were many books written by the apostles, Mary, and Jesus brother that were tossed out. Deemed unimportant. What if we had that information now? Would all of our differences in our religious belief still be the same. Or would we find ourselves more alike than different?

What advice would you give aspiring authors?

To never give up. There will be many people who will not like what you have written. Be around people who believe in you and help you become a better writer.

Do you have any favorite writing books or websites that you would recommend?

I think the best out is Stephen King’s book.

What about your favorite books?

I really like the writing style of Truman Capote, Brad Melzler, Steve Barry, I grew up on Agatha Christie, and I like the books Lisa See writes.



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Welcome Linda Kane — 14 Comments

  1. Marie, I just remembered that Linda is on California time. Two hours earlier than where I’m at (Central Time). We may not hear from her for a little while. I am going to buy her book. I’m very behind in my reading, but I’m going to make time. Thought it was historical only to begin with, but learned of the mystery and that hooked me.

  2. I really work at finding obscure facts in history to write about. I than want a heroine in this century to discover it and all the mysteries and ramifications from it. Thank you Marie and Linda.

  3. I like to read history and do know about the many rejected bible books and the conferences where it was decided what to include. I didn’t know about this group, though. The book sounds intriguing. Thanks for the interview!

  4. Like Kaye, I’m not familiar with this group and that makes them more interesting. It doesn’t mean I didn’t read about them or study them in college (a long, long, time ago), but if I’ve heard of them, I don’t remember.

  5. Thank you Kaye and Jaqueline. They were a courageous group of people. Don’t worry linda I don’t think anyone ever studied these people but they do have a church left in France.

  6. Thank you Cassandra, Tanya, and Nancy. I love history. I think someone said that you can’t know the future unless you know the past. I think no matter what your circumstance is in life your past is always with you, hiding in the shadows, creeping in in unexpected places. So I guess making a novel out of it is not only good for the soul but a good exercise for the brain.

  7. This was fun. We had some nice guests (and interesting). I know because I Googled some of you who I didn’t know. Some blogs I’ve been on have a counter that show how many looked in without commenting. I’d like to offer that information to my guest, but I don’t have a counter. I am working on getting one. This is a good amount of visitors and something tells me we had a lot more of the shy-to-comment guests too. I still have a lot to learn about this business of writing. I hope we have more people yet to visit, but often around now, it stops, so I wanted to thank Linda Kane again for letting me host her. It was nice to see some of the authors from the publisher we share, Black Opal Books. What a nice group of people who support each other. Thanks to all of you.

  8. I’m not much of a historical fiction buff, but the Cathars sound intriguing. Will definitely check it out!