Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hello to you all, I’m Tricia Linden, living in the beautiful San Francisco Bay area and I write Metaphysical, spiritual, historical romance. Hopefully, that gets your interest.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I’ve been a long-time reader of romance, (it helped get me through a disappointing marriage) but after reading hundreds of novels, I was looking for stronger spirituality in the books I read. About twelve years ago, some wild seed got into my head, and I had the idea of writing the book I wanted to read. How silly, right? Except the idea took hold and wouldn’t let go until I finally finished that first book. It took a lot of effort, with some hits and lots of misses along the way, but I finally got that first book published. Ten books later, I’m still writing the books I want to read, and hopefully, many others do too.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I just released my tenth book, Until A Change of Heart, and I think it’s my favorite. It’s number 5 of my Jules Vanderzeit Gilded Age series.
Of course, I think each book is my favorite while I’m writing it, but this one was not only harder to write, like the first one, it wouldn’t let me go until I got it right and got it done.
Now, I’m working on the next Jules Vanderzeit book . . .
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
Mostly, I Make Stuff Up as I go along, and that’s often the hardest part, not knowing what’s going to happen next. I’ve tried plotting, but I always return to MSU as I go. Thankfully, my characters have a way of letting me know where the story needs to go. They keep me on track, and often surprise me. I don’t always know how the story will end, but thankfully, my characters do.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
Since I write about the gilded age (late 1800’s to early 1900s) and that series is set in New York city, I’ve done a lot of research for the time and place. I’ve read history books, looked at maps, and spent a good amount of time on Google, but the best research has been reading biographies written by women from that time. It’s part of the Victorian era of England and has a lot of similarities, expect the Big Players in New York were making themselves millionaires. Lots of self-made men in a time of great expansion.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
Study the craft of writing. Having a great story to tell is of course important, but you need to have a strong knowledge of the craft if you have any hope of other people reading your books. And get an editor. We simply are not able to edit our own writing.
What do you love the most about the month of December?
I love the Winter holidays, with all the bright lights and lots of decorations. Living near San Francisco, it’s always a joy to go into the City to see all the fabulous decorations in the stores and on the streets. Every year, I look forward to returning to the City after Thanksgiving to see how bright and sparkly the city looks.
Any last words before we go into the speed round?
A Big Hug and thanks to Love Romance Reads for the opportunity to connect with so many wonderful romance readers and this writing community. Romance readers are some of the best folks I’ve ever met. Right, you all, we rock. And you may notice, I don’t always follow the rules. See below.
City, suburb, or small-town? City to work, suburb to live.
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate? Ohh, dark of course.
Alpha, beta, or both? Beta, kinder and gentler.
Vampire, werewolf, demon or angel? Angel with a dark side.
Wine, whiskey or punch? Wine, especially from my neighbors in Napa Valley.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or other? Right now, Christmas.
Boxers, briefs, or commando? Boxers, give the package some room.
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops? Work boots…… if that’s okay.
Leather, lace, or silk? Silky lace.
Cake, cookies, or crumpets? Cupcakes….
Top, bottom, or against the wall? Top or bottom works for me.
Biceps, abs, or buns? Biceps, and chests.
Cats, dogs, or exotics? Dogs.
Until A Change of Heart
Sharing secrets requires trust. Jayson Goddard, the spoiled second son of a wealthy New York family, is thrown into a psychological and spiritual journey he could never have imagined, and is forced to confront past mistakes as he works off a blood contract with Jules Vanderzeit, the Maestro. Sarah Miltmore, the youngest daughter of a family struggling to maintain its tenuous status with New York’s social elite, can no longer deny her psychic abilities. Believing society will surely shun her if they learn the truth, she’s forced to decide if she should hide her talent or risk exposure for the man she loves.She has a secret, but so does he, and neither will share until they believe the other can be trusted. Every choice has a consequence. What if you got dead drunk and agreed to sign a blood contract with the Maestro? What if you had a psychic talent but insisted on keeping it a secret? What if you met the love of your life but refused to see them for who they really are? Sarah and Jayson are about to learn every choice has a consequence, and it’s often not what you expect.
More About Tricia
Tricia Linden writes timeless romance with a touch of magic.
My stories combine my love of romance and spirituality with an added touch of timeless magic. I believe we’ve been here before, and maybe someday, we’ll be here again. We’re here to live, love, and learn from our experiences, and hopefully, if we play our cards right, we get to keep it all with us when we return.
Since retiring from International Banking, I’ve become a part-time tour guide in San Francisco. Besides my love of romance and writing, I also have a great fondness for Pink Flamingos. Over the years, I’ve gathered a rather large collection of the funky, pink birds.
I’m grateful to be living my Happily-Ever-After in Northern California with my dearest friend and soulmate. I believe in life, love and the pursuit of romance.
Life is magical. We are truly blessed.