Welcome to our very own Inksper Linda Fulkerson who has a new book out!!
Dawn, thanks so much for inviting me to be on Inkspiraional Message today to share about my new book!
Linda, you are the Inksper’s personal web guru as well as being an author. Which came first? Working on web design or writing?
For me, the writing came first. I wrote my first book in 2002. I had an agent who worked to sell it for nearly a year. Because it was a memoir, (The Prodigal Daughter: Hope for Runaway Christians and Those Who Await Their Return), and I was an unknown, he told me to get famous first and then work toward getting the book published.
I was naïve enough to ask him how one became famous. He suggested I start a speaking ministry and learn how to blog. Back in the early 2000s, blogging was in its infancy. I did some research and set up a blog. Within a few years, my author friends started asking me how to blog, because their agents and editors were telling them they needed to have a blog. That launched my blog coaching career and instructional blog (OnBloggingWell.com).
Today, my business has expanded to include all aspects of author platform building and book marketing, including graphic design. I have both traditionally published and self-published clients, and I love it.
(Just in case our audience doesn’t know, Linda designed my new website, and I love it. Go to dawnfordauthor.com to take a look!)
Besides writing, reading, and helping other people with their blogs and websites, what kind of hobbies do you have?
I enjoy travel and photography. I love going places I haven’t yet been. So far, I’ve visited 47 states, so seeing those final three states is on my bucket list. Use the comments to guess which states I haven’t been to, and I’ll give you a surprise gift. (Those who know me well are disqualified because they probably know the answer – sorry!)
What was the most favorite place you’ve traveled and why?
The Black Hills in South Dakota. In addition to the natural beauty of the area, the place is rich in history. The people are friendly, and we enjoy getting a break from heat and humidity, so that’s a favorite vacation spot for us.
If you could have one ability that you don’t currently have, what would it be?
I would love to be able to draw. Both of my brothers are artists. One has an art degree and has worked professionally in that field before. The art gene totally passed me by. But my daughter can draw. I’m a bit jealous.
What are you currently working on as far as writing?
I’ve started writing Book Two of the River Valley Mysteries series. Its title is DEAD WRONG. Plus, I’m working on a nonfiction book titled, Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Purpose: Life Lessons from the Book of Esther. And, I have another coloring book in the works – Coloring Books for Writers Volume III. I hope to publish all three of those by the end of 2016.
If you’re interested in any of those titles, be sure to join my notification list, and you’ll be the first to know when I’m releasing a new book. You can sign up here: http://lindafulkerson.com/notifications
What inspired you to write your current novel, Dead Broke (River Valley Mystery Book 1)?
I’ve always enjoyed a good mystery, especially the classic hard-boiled detective stories. Raymond Chandler is one of my favorite authors.
But, I also like contemporary mysteries. I ran across the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich years ago and have read several of those books. They are fun with a snarky heroine set in a quirky community who gets in all sorts of trouble while she’s working to solve whatever case she’s working. But, those books include a lot of foul language and some sexual content. I looked for something similar in the Christian market. While there are a lot of good, clean mysteries out there, I couldn’t find one similar to Evanovich’s series. That’s what prompted me to start working on a mystery series.
Tell us a little about Dead Broke.
From the Back Cover: Sports photographer Andrea “Andy” Warren, whose faith has dipped to the same depths as her checkbook balance, receives a phone call that forces her return to the Arkansas hometown she renounced, where she hopes to avoid her meddling mother, her ex-fiancé, and the local sheriff.
Upon her arrival, she soon discovers a series of changes in the “never-changing” community. A handsome stranger has arrived, a festival is in the works, and a person she desperately needs is dead.
When her estranged brother is charged with the crime, he begs Andy to find the true killer.
Will Andy amateur sleuth skills be adequate to find the murderer? Or will she become the next victim?
And, here’s the first paragraph:
The only force with sufficient power to propel my feet forward is the inescapable awareness of my checkbook balance. The figure pounds inside my head like the beat of a bad disco song, and I find myself moving in step with its cadence. Constance, you owe me for this one. In reality, I owe her. But who wants to muddle a perfectly good mope-fest with the facts?
Here is one of the many 5-star reviews DEAD BROKE has received:
This mystery has a touch of romance, a cast of interesting characters, and a Southern town where your business is not your own. The author writes a page-turner with a knack for humor that kept me chuckling as a murder investigation takes place. The story kept my interest through the last page. Good characterizations and settings descriptions.
Kindle edition ($3.99 or free with Kindle Unlimited)
Paperback edition ($11.99 plus shipping)
Linda Fulkerson has nearly two decades of experience in small business management and marketing. She is the former director of digital services for the largest media group in central Texas and served five years as division training manager during her 9-year stint in the United States Marine Corps.
Linda’s writing career began as a freelance magazine features writer. She later moved into the exciting realm newspapers and has held the positions of copy-editor, sports writer, online editor, and online advertising coordinator.
In 2013, Linda left her day-job and launched DLF Digital Services LLC. Her company provides a variety of services, including a book marketing graphics segment that creates cover designs and video book trailers. She is a sought-after marketing consultant for authors, speakers, and small business owners, and specializes in website development for authors and speakers.
Linda is the author of several nonfiction books, including two coloring books for writers. She recently published her first mystery novel, DEAD BROKE.
To learn more about Linda Fulkerson, visit her website www.LindaFulkerson.com.