Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Interview with Linda Glaz

Linda Glaz, married with three grown children and three grandchildren, is a complete triple-A personality. How else would she find time to write as well as be an agent for Hartline Literary Agency? She loves any and every thing about the written word and loves when families pass stories along through the generations.

She was blessed to have served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era at a time when it wasn’t the politically correct thing for a woman to do. After that, she taught self-defense and karate as well as soccer. Okay, so make it a quadruple-A personality. Now, her greatest thrill, other than a contract of her own, is matching clients with publishing houses and hearing their voices when they get “THE CALL”. In other words, she wears so many hats, she should have been invited to “the” royal wedding.

Linda, it’s great to have you at Novel PASTimes today. Could you share with us some of the surprises you’ve encountered along the road to publishing?

That the inspirational market is VERY full of folks who want to help a new author. It never ceases to amaze me.

Please tell us something about your latest novel, The Substitute Bride.

This is such a fun story. Five years ago, my cousin Patty who loves mail order bride stories, ask me to write one about a girl in a train derailment who can’t remember who she is. Well…it was difficult to get the vision for the story. So we brainstormed whenever we were together, then we included my other cousin Kathy in some more brainstorming sessions and I finally got the vision. So it’s been a fun way to put together a story by picking their imaginative brains. Probably the most fun I’ve had writing one.

The Substitute Bride is set in a Minnesota frontier town in the later 19th century. What drew you to write about this time period and the location of your story?

Well, my locations are usually fictitious. They sometimes include facts so I guess you’d call them places of “faction”. I simply looked along the railroad maps available for that era, and added my fictitious town to the railway. Then I researched some of the areas around it, their crops, etc. and came up with my setting. I love this time period. The 1880s. The clothing was wonderful, the women sassy… sometimes. Well, always in my books, and the men were downright handsome. Again, always in my books. But it’s important to get details straight, such as, to be sure the woman isn’t cooking something not yet available or known. I hate when I spend money and time on a book that makes something they didn’t have at the time. One book I read from a popular publisher had a pioneer woman baking chocolate chip cookies. Sheesh!

Have you found that similar themes throughout your writing? Why? Or why not?

Here’s the problem. I’m being asked by folks to make up my mind about my brand. But I feel like so many genres so little time. I love them all. I do love the 1880s, but then again, I love WWII. And what’s wrong with an occasional contemporary romance? Shucks, so difficult to decide.

You’ve had some contemporary novellas published. What drew you to writing historical novels?

Historical started for me with my first novel that was originally titled Bunny, and was about my mom’s adventures in a flood when she was ten. But in a romance, that would be creepy, so I aged her and simply allowed her to have the same circumstance happen to her only now they involved a man who saved them from the flood—a handsome man. The secondary female character in the novel was just like my aunt. You see, my mom and her sister-in-law were the best friends I’ve ever known, and I wanted to bring that out in a book. With Eyes of Love was the perfect scenario. And then the sequel, Always, Abby continued the story, only now, all of it was fiction. Such fun!

If you’re anything like I am, one favorite book is hard to pick! Do you have two or three top picks among the historical genre that you would care to recommend? 

More tomorrow from author and agent, Linda Glaz. She is generously giving away her two most recently published books: Miss Fishfly, a contemporary romance in ebook format and The Substitute Bride, a historical romance paperback. U.S. readers qualify to win either book. Winners outside the U.S. are eligible to win the ebook only.

Here’s your Novel PASTimes’ question of the week to answer for the drawing: 
The Substitute Bride is about an old-fashioned mail order bride. They couple would have become acquainted through writing letters, which sounds rather romantic. What do you think would be the most romantic way for a character to meet a future husband and why?

To be entered in this week’s drawings, please do the following:
1) Answer the question.
2) Leave your email addy in the form of name[at]domain[dot]com.
3) Leave your answer in the comments before 8:30 a.m. ET on Friday morning. Thank you!


Davalyn Spencer said...

I'm encouraged about the catch-the-vision part. Makes me not feel so alone! Reading Substitute now and loving it.

SHARLENE said...

Okay, I left my "LONG" comment, but it didn't show up, so I'll try again! If it appears twice, please delete the extra copy.

First of all, WONDERFUL interview with a talented author and agent! I didn't know you'd served in the Air Force, Linda. My hubby actually got his orders to go to Vietnam, but they signed the peace treaty just before he flew out.

As to the questionm what would be a romantic way for characters to meet? - why, the way I met my husband of course. Talk about romantic!!! His oldest sister married my oldest brother when I was 13 and Cecil was 9, so, we grew up loving each other in a brotherly/sisterly manner, with utterly NO romantic feelings--although I always thought he was a cute little kid. When I was a freshman in college, he was in tenth grade. When I was a senior in college, he was a freshman, etc. I ALWAYS had boyfriends, and he always had girlfriends. We always compared notes about our "significant others" and approved or disapproved.

It wasn't until 1975 when I was 27 and Cecil was 23 that we "noticed" each other for the FIRST time. We had both just ended serious relationships with others; in fact, he'd just broken off an engagement weeks before.

I picked him up at the airport after not having seen him in months. He was coming home to see his family after having served 4 years in the Air Force. He asked me to pick him up because we were best buds and we had lots of catching up to do with each other. Well, let me tell you - when I got my first glimpse of him I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT! He was a man through and through. Later, he said he couldn't believe it when he first laid eyes on me. There was an immediate romantic connection we never saw coming. Why? Because we were best friends, had always had fun together and enjoyed each other's company, but more as brother and sister, not boyfriend/girlfriend. We just didn't see it coming! Period.

That was September 1975. Exactly one week after picking him up at the airport we'd fallen MADLY in love. He asked me to marry him, and I said YES!

We were married three months later on December 20. This year will mark our 38th anniversary, and we are still passionately in love with each other.

And we're still best friends!

Now, I ask you - is that romantic enough?

Tom Threadgill said...

So pioneer women didn't make chocolate chip cookies? Thank goodness I didn't live in that era.

And the most romantic way for a woman to meet her husband. You'll have to ask my wife. She chased me for years. :)

Kathleen Rouser said...

Thanks for stopping by, Davalynn.

Sharlene, that is sooo romantic and what a blessing.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful story.

I agree with you, Tom, what's life without chocolate
chip cookies?

Readers, don't forget to leave your email addy to
qualify for the drawing!

Linda Glaz said...

Sharlene, that really IS a romantic story, and Tom, you crack me up.Better watch out, she just might catch you!

Lisa Lickel said...

Run, Tom, run! Let's see--romance, eh? A normally cool-headed NYC stock broker breaks down in nowhere North Carolina in front of a widow's beauty parlor...naturally there's a lot of lather going on! Which is the opening to my crit partner's current romance. I think that's plenty romantic. Then there's my hubby and me who got a little chummier in college when we got together and prayed for John Denver. Alas, I don't think it worked, but I hope to be surprised.


Kathleen Rouser said...

Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Lisa. Perhaps
those prayer sessions with your hubby got the
results the Lord intended, anyway. ;) And who
knows, maybe they worked for John Denver, too.

Linda Glaz said...

It's always so much fun to pray for the most extreme folks. One thing I love to do, Lisa.

Kate Breslin said...

Tom, you don't sound like a man who suffers from an inferiority complex! :)
Great interview, Linda. I so enjoyed reading WITH EYES OF LOVE, and didn't know that was about your mom! I'm looking forward to SUBSTITUTE BRIDE.
My idea of a romantic encounter? Well, I met my man on a sandy beach beneath a golden sun in the Bahamas. He was a Seabee in the Navy, I was young girl working for a government contractor. For several months we lived on a tiny base among 600 other people on that island before returning to the "real world." We got married and our love has endured for 35years, so far. Praise God!

Karla Akins said...

Love Linda Glaz novels! Most romantic. Hm. Well, the way my husband met me was through a mutual friend who basically kidnapped me, made me sit in a chair while my husband sang a song to me with his guitar. I didn't now this guy at all! I think that was romantic and silly. But most romantic...When I think romance for some reason I always think of Paris or Tuscany. I think it would be romantic for an American girl to find her one true love in Paris. I can't resist a French accent. (Oh, but I must! I'm married!) Cheesy and cliche but hey, I never claimed to be anything else!

Kathleen Rouser said...

Hi Kate and Karla, thanks for stopping by to share
your stories. The Bahamas sounds like a romantic
place to meet. I like the idea of Tuscany . . . maybe
an accidental meeting with a British spy pre WWII . . .
hmm . . .

Linda Glaz said...

Wow, so many romantic stories! I'm jealous.

Wendy Newcomb said...

I think the most romantic way to meet would depend on the two people involved. Now romantic for me wouldn't take a whole lot, I mean after all I met my husband of 42 years roller skating, lol, the same way my aunt and uncle met.