I’m Linda Rettstatt. And why am I here? Um—I heard someone was giving away chocolate? No. Well then I’ll just introduce myself and talk about my books. I write Women’s Fiction, Mainstream Contemporary Romance, and also wrote one Paranormal romance/suspense with a lovable ghost. (I’m too much of a sissy to write any other kind of ghost.) I began writing novels in 2004 and have 17 novels and novellas published to date with a few more in the works for the coming year. I won the 2012 EPIC eBook Award for Mainstream Fiction for my book, LOVE, SAM. I grew up in SW Pennsylvania, but have lived in NW Mississippi for the past 13 years. I share my home with a cat named Binky who only lets me live here because I buy Fancy Feast.
Give us some details about the work you’re promoting.
I’d like to talk a bit about one of my Women’s Fiction novels, UNCONDITIONAL. I think all books start from a ‘what if’ and this book is no exception. What if the man who is both your husband and best friend turns out not to be the man you know at all? That’s exactly what happens to Meg Flores. Her life begins to crumble when her husband, Thomas, asks for a divorce, telling her he is gay and wants to pursue a relationship with his male secretary. The problem: Meg can’t not care about Thomas. When circumstances take a dire turn, Meg learns the meaning of unconditional love. We know love is Unconditional when it demands more than we think we have to give.
I loved getting to know the characters of Meg and Thomas as well as some of the secondary characters in this story. Love—whether romantic or familial—is the main thread of this story.
To quote best selling author, Kris Radish: "Unconditional is an important story about love, redemption, family and the amazing power of forgiveness. The heart and love can expand endlessly and these characters are setting the pace."
I’ll be self-publishing a romantic suspense titled PROTECTION in March or April of 2014. My next women’s fiction work, LADIES IN WAITING, will be available in November, 2014 from Turquoise Morning Press.
If you could go back in time and have five minutes to speak with a much younger you, what would you tell yourself?
Trust yourself more, worry about what other people think less, and don’t let fear hold you back.
When people discover you’re a writer, chances are good that they’ll pepper you with questions. What is the hardest question to answer?
Which one of your books is the best one? That’s like asking a mother of five, “Which child do you like the best?”
High school: Your glory days or a hell you couldn’t escape fast enough?
Pure hell. I was extremely shy back then and felt like a total misfit. Yeah, I’ve gotten past that.
If you had to live for 24 hours as the opposite sex, what would you do?
The first thing I’d do is pee standing up. Then I’d order a pizza and beer, smoke a cigar, sit in the living room in my boxers and watch TV while scratching myself—just to see if that’s pure cliché or something men enjoy.
What’s your personal motivational mantra?
Every journey begins with one step; every story is built word by word.
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