My guest today is Linda Bolton!
Hi Linda, it’s great to have you with me on the blog today. I love interviewing authors to find out what makes them tick. So without any more delay, let’s jump right in.
What is the title of your book?
•Take 2, a contemporary romance
Can you give my readers a one sentence synopsis of your novel?
•When Alexandra wins a trip to her favorite talk show, she meets her celebrity crush, and through a freak accident they get an opportunity to have a relationship that isn’t without its challenges.
I hope you don’t mind Linda, but I like to delve into some questions that help readers get to know what kind of person the author is. So here goes…
If you could change one thing about our world, what would it be and why?
•If I could change anything? I think it would be that children read more. I read a lot as a kid. I was encouraged to read at school and at home. I think kids are more involved with the internet and TV and don’t spend near enough time reading about life, love and happiness. Fiction or non-fiction. They see reality shows that are really not reality. Crazy people who make a lot of money being uneducated and doing crazy stuff. I worry libraries will close (we have see that here some). There are infinite worlds out there and many children are missing it.
If you knew the exact date of your death down to the minute, what would you change about your life starting tomorrow?
•Nothing. I have no regrets. I spend time with the people I love, doing the things I love.
If you could go back in time to when you were seven years old, what wisdom or advice would you pass on to yourself?
•I would tell myself to study harder when you get to college, party less. I missed out on learning some things because I had too much fun. And I think I would have told myself to wait longer to get married. Some things shouldn’t be rushed.
For what are you grateful?
•For everything I have been blessed with – a wonderful daughter and granddaughter, a good job, wonderful friends – new and old, and opportunities. God has blessed me with minimal fear of tomorrow and when things seem bleak I don’t worry, He will prevail. He always has. I have a great life and I am grateful every day.
At what age were you the happiest? What triggered such joy?
•Forty-eight – I finally became comfortable in my own skin. I am who I am…take me or leave me. I am happy with who I am and who I’ve become. I have inner joy. Everyday isn’t happy, but I have joy every day.
What is the number one lie you tell yourself? How is that working out?
•That I look good at this weight. I have struggled with my weight all my life. I know I need to lose some, but I’ll put on a cute outfit and think, “you don’t look too bad”. Then I try to put on something I haven’t had on in awhile and say, “Oh my! What have I done!” I really need to take it more seriously.
When was the last time you felt alive? I mean really alive!
•Every day! I live each day to the fullest, even my bad days. Life is too short to waste it!
After a difficult day what do you do to recuperate? Does it work?
•I call a girlfriend and vent. If it’s possible, we go to happy hour and vent! Yes, it works!
When was the last time you helped someone that was desperately in need? What did you do? Was this person grateful?
•One of my girlfriends was very sick. I went to see her as often I could while she was in the hospital (almost 2 weeks) and called her every day. I would do anything for her and she knows that. She would do the same for me. We are very grateful for each other.
•I did try to help another girlfriend who had never moved overseas before or sold a house. I’ve done both of those things. I tried to share and help but she refused the help and advice. So I backed off. I don’t offer help when it isn’t wanted.
What is the one thing, good or bad, you wish you could have said to a former boyfriend/girlfriend? Why didn’t you? Don’t worry he/she probably won’t read this.
•I actually found the ex-boyfriend on Facebook. We dated when I was seventeen for about three or four months. During that time he kept telling me I was too young. He was twenty-one. He would never tell me what he meant. When I found him recently I asked him. Funny, it had been so long he had no idea why he said that. Oh well…
What is the worst advice you have ever given someone?
•I had a girlfriend that wanted to divorce her husband. She had a boyfriend and wanted to be with him. She wanted me to encourage her to leave, all her other girlfriends had. I told her to stay and do everything she could to make her marriage work. Then if it still didn’t she could say she tried everything and it just wasn’t going to work. The advice itself is good, I think, but she thought it was bad advice. She got mad at me and wouldn’t talk to me for awhile.
What is one of the most unusual things you have done in your life?
•I found my birth mother and four of my siblings. I was adopted by a military family in Germany. When I got married, my husband was air force, we got stationed in Germany. I looked for my birth mother and met her and three of my four siblings. My oldest sister wasn’t there. She lived in the states. So once we returned to the states I met her and her daughters. We have kept in touch, in fact, her two youngest daughters and my daughter all had babies within the last twelve months. The girls are each a year apart and all live in different states.
If you could have a dinner party with five people (living or dead) who would be invited?
•George Carlin, Marilyn Monroe, Gerard Butler, Criss Angel, and my publisher, Kim Mutch Emerson
Okay, that one really tripped me up. I was not prepared for that answer. Thanks Linda, for including me in on your dinner plans! I think with the others in the group we are bound to have a great time.
Where can my readers go to connect with you online?
•My book, Take 2, is listed on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Take-2-ebook/dp/B00ATPVW2Q
•I also have posted a few excepts on my blog – http://lindabolton.blogspot.com
•And, of course, you can always find me on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/lindaboltonauthor