Today we welcome Linda Rigsbee.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
Linda Rigsbee: I have been retired since age 62, but retired is just another word for fixed income. In addition to being caregiver for a disabled husband, I do construction work, remodeling, gardening, housekeeping, crafting and caring for my chickens. (Yes, they have names.)
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written? What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message? Are they fiction or nonfiction?
Linda Rigsbee: I am a multi-genre independent writer with over 45 books in print. I write clean romance, westerns, science fiction, youth, children’s, fiction and non-fiction. I write in story lengths from flash fiction to novels. I am one of those authors who write in self-defense. If I didn’t write, I would explode with the pressure of all those trapped stories. Each book or story has a message, but sometimes people find messages I didn’t put there.
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Linda Rigsbee: I always have at least two books in progress – usually two or three. I just completed a science fiction “The Genesis Project” and a romance “Romancing the Tree Hugger.” Right now I am working on a children’s book “The Turtle Reunion,” and a western “Standoff At Apache Butte.”
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
Linda Rigsbee: The two most difficult books I wrote were non-fiction books. “Another Mountain” was a memoir about our journey back from quadriplegia after a heart catheterization that went horribly wrong. “LEGACY of a Griffin” was a biography about my father that I didn’t finish before he died. I was the caregiver in both instances and writing each was extremely painful.
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Linda Rigsbee: Regardless of what I’m writing, I always keep a window open to the internet. I want my stories to be authentic. Sometimes my research is nothing more than verifying the nuance of a word. Other times it is history or geography about the area where my story takes place.
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?
Linda Rigsbee: I have genres that I avoid for religious or personal reasons, but I don’t confine myself to a genre or author. All authors inspire me – even those that I don’t find particularly entertaining. I read for pleasure and education. If the two are combined, it is like sweet butter on tasty cornbread.
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Linda Rigsbee: I made stories up in my mind for as long as I can remember – since I was a little girl. No one inspired me to write. I simply got to a point that I could no longer refrain from putting them on paper. I hid them in a drawer for a long time until I finally confessed my passion to a co-worker who begged me to show them to her. She not only told me she enjoyed them, but gave me my first pointers. She was the reason they came out of the drawer. I finally entered a contest and the judge took the time to praise me and give me more advice. Dusty Richards was definitely my mentor.
Book ‘Em: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
Linda Rigsbee: Imagination is probably my greatest strength, but people tell me my characters feel real and the stories are hard to put down.
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
Linda Rigsbee: I don’t use a strict routine, but I write every day. I’m an active person, so I do have to balance my time and that takes discipline.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Linda Rigsbee: Probably the same place I am now. I’d rather spend my time promoting other writers than myself!
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Linda Rigsbee: Don’t try to be like everyone or anyone else.
Book ‘Em: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?
Linda Rigsbee: That it, in some way, made their life more enjoyable.
Book ‘Em: Provide an excerpt of your writing that you would like to share with our members.
Linda Rigsbee: Opening paragraphs of “Cassie,” a western romance.
“Cassie leaned forward on the wagon seat, squinting anxiously into the incandescent sunrise. The riders were a blur in the heat waves, but she was sure one was Pete. More than likely the unidentified rider was only another drifter. Still, her stomach would be tied in a knot until she was sure it wasn’t her father. Not that she was likely to see him again – especially out here in the desert, hundreds of miles from their little Texas ranch.
As she watched, the horses plunged down a dune, sending a spray of white sand into the dry air. No, it wasn’t her father. Even at a distance it was obvious that the man was much taller and he rode with a proud kind of grace that her father never possessed. Her breath escaped in an unexpected sigh. That familiar, yet annoying, pang of disappointment took its place. Was it the little girl deep inside of her that still longed for Daddy to come home – even after being abandoned?”
Website is http://www.lindarigsbee.com
List of books, formats and places my books can be found http://www.homespun.hometead.com
Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/lindarigsbee