Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Interview with Linda Bond, author of Cuba Undercover - Win a $25 Gift Card!

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Cuba UndercoverTitle: Cuba Undercover
Author: Linda Bond
Publisher: Entangled: Select Suspense
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Kindle 

His revenge will change her life forever...

Cuban-American TV reporter Rebecca Menendez's success comes from playing by the rules. When she's kidnapped by a fierce and intensely handsome man who needs her help, however, all of those rules seem pointless. Nothing could have prepared her for being taken hostage...or the irresistible reward if she complies: information about her long-thought dead father. Antonio Vega has spent almost every day of his adult life dreaming of revenging his father's death. With his sister's life and freedom in jeopardy, Antonio isn't taking any chances. But once Rebecca and Antonio are in Cuba, they're immersed in a world of corruption, deceit, and betrayal. It's a deadly game...and there are no rules.


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What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
 I’ve been a TV news reporter by day and romance writer by night. I’ve won 12 Emmys for my work as a TV journalist, but what I’m the most proud of is the way I’ve been able to help people. I helped get an experimental drug for a woman dying of breast cancer.  I helped a disabled young man win a modified van so he could go to law school away from home. These are the accomplishments that have really affected lives.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
Not sure my upbringing had an influence. I do remember I started plotting books in my head at a very early age.  My step-dad loved to take us camping and hiking.  I’d get bored and make up characters in my head on those long walks through the woods.
When and why did you begin writing?
I think I actually wrote my first book in high school. I’m sure it was awful, but my friends remember me always with a notebook in hand.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It started with reading.  I loved the Nancy Drew books, and then advanced to Judy Blume. Before my mom could blink her eyes, I was reading the great Kathleen Woodiwiss, advancing to Harold Robbins, Jackie Collins and now James Patterson, Harlan Coben and Karen Rose.
When did you first know you could be a writer?
 In high school when I became the newspaper editor.
What inspires you to write and why?
People inspire me to write.  I was also inspired by Cuba and its wonderful culture when writing Cuba Undercover.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
I love writing romantic suspense and women’s fiction.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was sitting on the TV new anchor desk reading a story about an accident during an adventure vacation, and I turned to my co-anchor Walt Maciborski and said, “An Adventure vacation would make a great back drop for a romantic thriller, don’t you think. You could kill people and everyone would assume it was an accident.  And the person killed signed a waiver.”  My co-anchor looked at me like I was crazy, but over the next few weeks he gave me good plot ideas.  The book was my first, Alive at 5.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
I posted pictures of my influences on my web site www.lindahbond.com under photo galleries.  Many local writers, including international bestseller Karen Rose, have inspired me. I’ve also learned a lot from my fellow authors at Entangled Publishing.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Finding the time!  LOL
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
I knew it would be controversial. Cuban Americans have such strong feelings about their homeland and the current regime.  What I didn’t know is that President Obama would open talks and improve relations with Cuba.  The book had a lot to do with the tension between our nations. I had to re-write the book three times!  I couldn’t keep up with the changes!

Do you intend to make writing a career?
I already am writing for a living and loving it.  Can’t imagine doing anything else. I love telling the stories of real people, and then making stories up at night.  The best of both worlds, don’t you think?
Have you developed a specific writing style?  I would say I write fiction a lot like I write news copy – short sentences, action words, quick and easy reads.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?  I can take criticism and make changes. LOL
What is your favorite quality about yourself?  I’m determined and willing to work hard.  That’s what it took to get published.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?  I’m impatient. Years as a TV news reporter on a daily deadline made me work quickly and efficiently.  It also made me a tad impatient.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?  This too shall pass. Not sure who said it first. But I tell myself that no matter what difficulty or obstacle is in the way, it will pass. And it always has.

Linda Bond and kidLinda Bond loves to read. She started with those great Nancy Drew books. Remember Nancy Drew and 'The Secret of the Old Clock?"  How about 'The Mystery of the 99 Steps?'  She really liked smart, gutsy heroines, even at a young age. In high school, Linda discovered historical romances by authors like the great Kathleen Woodiwiss.  She read at least three books a week.  So many her mother actually called a conference with her teacher, worried, and overwrought that her innocent little girl was reading those trashy romance novels.

What was she learning?  Linda's teacher just looked at her mom and said, "Your daughter reads three books a week?" Linda's mother said, "Yes, at least. And I don't know what to do."

"Let her read," Linda's teacher responded.  And, so she did.
Harold Robbins and Jackie Collins took Linda out of her high school hallways and into the glamorous Hollywood Hills.

John Grisham, James Patterson, and Harlen Coben can still keep Linda up all night. Turning pages, ladies, turning pages.

Linda lives for a good romantic thriller. Which is probably why she's a reporter.  She's addicted to the rush of adrenaline that comes with finding and crafting a great story.

Each day Linda writes about someone's unique life.  In Linda's world, 400 words must carry the weight of 400 pages. Linda writes a dreaded synopsis every single day- under deadline.

Now, Linda is retraining herself to do just the opposite.  She's punching up her pages with powerful passages. With each new chapter, Linda smiles, because she loves to tell a story.

It's really as simple as that.

The best way to really know Linda Bond is to read what she writes.  That's where the real fun begins.

For More Information
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