Publisher: Pocket Books
JUST YOUR AVERAGE MEGA-WITCH. . . .
It’s tough being a modern woman, but Persephone Alcmedi has it worse than most. Being the prophesied Lustrata has kicked her career as a witch into high gear, and juggling a wærewolf boyfriend who is about to become king of his kind and a seductive vampire who bears her magical Mark isn’t easy either.
Still, Seph’s beloved foster daughter, Beverley, is causing more trouble than these two men put together. The young girl’s been playing with a magical artifact that’s far more dangerous than she realizes. Now Seph must summon help from a mystical being so potent that even vampires fear him . . . and the cost of his aid may be more than she’s willing to pay. Seph, Johnny, and Menessos face threats from all sides—and a few from within. Will the forces of destiny cement their tenuous supernatural union, or shatter it forever?
Where did you get the idea for the novel?
I was in the New Orleans airport waiting for my flight home. I had worked up a character sketch of this guy named Johnny, front man for a rock n roll band and also a waerewolf...I started thinking about who his ideal woman would be thinking that once I had her figured out I'd know the story. I started the sketch of Persephone Alcmedi and she took over. I blame the shrimp po-boy I was eating.
Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
I have had many title changes. The first book VICIOUS CIRCLE was originally submitted as Full Circle. The second, HALLOWED CIRCLE stayed the same. The third is listed in the inside cover of the first book as Dead Circle, but was released as FATAL CIRCLE. The fourth, ARCANE CIRCLE stayed the same throughout. The fifth was submitted as Malefic Circle, but was changed to WICKED CIRCLE. Since I had only truly named every other book, I gave the editor a list of 3 words for the sixth book. We talked about them and picked SHATTERED CIRCLE.
Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. The story always comes first for me. Titles are secondary. They should reflect the story and I can’t write “to” a title.
What was the very first book you wrote (very first, not published)?
When I was eight, I wrote a 'Harlequin' romance for my mom because she read so many of them. I illustrated it and even put the little symbol on it if I remember correctly. It was about a princess who hated skirts and dresses, who was getting married to a prince. Someone shot him at the wedding so she and all her friends went off on a spaceship to catch the bad guy, and had some pizza at a space station. There was no mention of the prince dying, nor was an ambulance called. I think he survived, but I cannot prove it.
Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
At Dragoncon in Atlanta, I got to be on a panel with Jim Butcher in front of ... probably a thousand or fifteen hundred people. VERY cool. And the other day I was at a local ice cream shop and this lady next to me asks very softly, "Are you that author?" That was pretty cool, too.
What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko with John Weisman.
What is your writing process?
A character is developed followed by a plot to suit them, or vice versa. There are so many fun quirks you can give to a character, or to their story. Then work out a way to have that be the thing that saves the day--or loses the day, and then you get to watch how they deal with it. It's the creativity of the whole thing that I love.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
I will always love both: Ellen Kushner's "The Fall of the Kings" and Jennifer Roberson's "Sword Dancer."
At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?
I have little things pertinent to each story that I tuck into the signing, but I am not stuck on that. If the person getting the book signed has chatted with me on facebook or at other cons, I may reference that to make it more personal. I want them to know there was a connection, and I remembered, you know?
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
My IQ is two standard deviations above average, my college GPA was 3.59, and I hate sappy chick-flicks.
How do you react to a bad review?
Meh. If the bad review is written in a "this book is utter shit" way (which I did see once…it was a newer review of the first book that I found shortly after the fourth book had been released, and it happened to be on my birthday...) then I will simply read the review. Those kind of tones indicate to me that the book was not something that person would have liked no matter what. However, if the tone is critical without the sense of anger or mean-spiritedness, I will read it and consider the reviewers points. Sometimes I agree with the weakness they shine that spotlight on. I add that point to my list of 'don't do that’s' and try to improve the next time around. (It's a big list, by the way. Learning from mistakes, and not repeating them, is my mantra.) Sometimes, I think the reviewer simply doesn't look at the big picture of the series like I do. The Persephone Alcmedi books aren't meant to be stand-alone installments, and if the reviewer is pretty clearly lost or assuming that the story leaves some things unfinished and sees that as a bad thing, then they just aren't getting the unit is a part of the whole.
Either way, it's not going to ruin my day or make me cry. It's a review. It's an opinion. Everybody has one. Not everybody's is like mine. I'm okay with that.
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I took my fella to a fancy dinner and I paid.
About the Author
Linda Robertson is the mother of four wonderful boys, owns three electric guitars, and is followed around by a big dog named after Bela Lugosi. Once upon a time she was a lead guitarist in a heavy metal cover band and has worked as a graphic artist. She still composes and creates art, when time permits. Linda currently writes and rocks in northeast Ohio. Visit her at AuthorLindaRobertson.com and @authorLinda