Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A World of Magick With Linda Wisdom

I'm so happy to have Linda Wisdom visiting today. I enjoy her books. Good stories with a touch of whimsical, a hefty dollop of bubbling magic (not to mentions some red hot romance), and she makes me laugh. A lot. Linda cracks me up on so many levels and I genuinely like what I know of her. 

I find myself reassuring authors, more than a few times, that telling us a bit about themselves means giving us insight to who they are and not a list of likes and dislikes, or their deepest darkest secrets. Many of us who write are rather introverted, but it's fun to see how authors, like Linda, view their writing, and how life experiences shape how they treat others and how they develop their characters and the landscape of their settings. I love Linda's characters. Now, I understand why they're so real and fun. Why friendships are important to them, why the characters have the pets, foibles and all, that they have. They're important to Linda and that's reflected in her wonderful stories. One of these days, I'm going to pull up a chair at a conference and bask in Linda's wonderful sense of humor and find out more about her critters.  

Thank you so much Sia for having me here!

Anyone who’s known me for a long time is aware I’m actually very shy. Ask me about myself and I sort of stare at the floor. I’m not trying to be difficult, but I can’t imagine anyone wants to know about me.

Ask me about my critters and I’ll talk your ear off. Ask me about my books and your other ear will follow ear number one. And you’ll be running for the hills.

I think it also has to do with something that happened in 1983 when I was still a newly published author with my third book just out. I was at a very large group signing and met an author who I’d enjoyed for some years. I was so excited to have a chance to meet her and tried to do my best not to gush. The minute the woman learned I wrote category romance I was suddenly relegated to the lowest of the low. She was so rude to me that I couldn’t believe anyone would act like that. I didn’t read her books after that. That could be why I feel better when my books speak for me.

Perhaps it’s because I’m an only child that my characters have always been real to me. I see them in 3-D inside my head and there are times when I’m positive Fluff and Puff the magick bunny slippers are roaming the house, Irma’s taken over the passenger seat in my SUV, or Maggie’s on duty if I’m running errands after dark. Who knows, maybe Lili’s around when I’m sick and Cleo’s crooning the Soft Kitty song.

Whether writing or reading, the characters are important to me. They are what rounds out the story.

I can sit here and talk about Lili, how she came about in my head (you have to admit it’s kind of funny to have a witch doctor heroine), what kind of man will enter her life, and what creature will be her sidekick.

Lili made her first appearance in 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover as wallmail correspondence between her and Jazz. I wasn’t entirely sure when her book would appear in the series. I have a file with notes, ideas of her story, and creature thoughts.

I also knew it meant deciding what historical facts I’d weave into the book. One I won’t mention since it has to do with the plot and one of the characters.

Creating an asylum as dark and disgusting as I did was actually easy. A movie I’ve watched more than once is Bedlam, starring Boris Karloff. A “hospital” housing the mentally ill in ways no one would want to comprehend. A Demon Does It Better was the perfect background for an asylum and easy to create a demon hero who was literally branded a homicidal maniac. Especially, when you consider the hospital was ultra-modern and the dungeon was still back in the 1700s. Although there is the hospital greeter, a vulture perched over the hospital doorway announcing everyone will die. Yes, he’s a bit of sunshine.

Cleo was easy since I wanted a diva kitty and giving her Cleopatra’s heritage made it fun.

A Demon Does It Better is special for two very good reasons. It’s dedicated to my mom who passed away last fall and to a wonderful friend, Beverly Barton, who I also miss every day.

This is what I can talk about. Characters, families and friends who all seem to be intertwined.

What does it mean to you? Would you prefer knowing everything about the author (although please don’t ask my weight or how I lost my virginity! No joke. Someone did ask me that once!) or about the books?

 A madhouse is not place for a curious witch
After more than a century, Doctor Lili Carter, witch healer extraordinaire, has returned to San Francisco and taken a job at Crying Souls Hospital and Asylum, where something peculiar and wicked is happening. Patients are disappearing, and Lili wants to know why.
 And double dangerous for a demon…
Lili finds herself undeniably attracted to perhaps the most mysterious patient of all—a demented but seriously sexy demon named Jared. What’s behind the gorgeous chameleon demon’s late-night escapades?
 Before long, Lili and Jared are investigating each other—and creating a whole new kind of magic. Excerpt



Linda Wisdom has published more than 70 novels with 13 million copies sold worldwide including traditional, paranormal, humor, action/adventure romance, and romantic suspense. Her bestselling books have been nominated for RT Book Reviews awards and the Romance Writers of America Rita Award. She lives with her husband in Murrieta, California. For more information, please visit


~Sia McKye~ said...

Linda, a warm welcome to you. I love having you visit. I haven't had a chance to read this one yet, but I will.

As for authors, I like knowing a bit about them but I don't need to know all the nitty gritty details to enjoy their stories.

Writing tells us much about the writer but it's also fun to see them as regular people with the same hobbies, problems, and such, as we do. Somehow there is this idea of a life of ease with authors, or as another friend of mine puts it, the glamour life, lolol!

I love the excerpt, by the way.

Tonya Kappes said...

Hi, Linda! You know, I don't need to know everything about an author. I do like to relate to them and realize they are human just like me. I think just knowing a tad bit about them or that they are personable makes me want to read their books.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Enjoyed the read as always .There is always something interesting here.


Jo said...

Been reading more romance than ever before thanks to Sia's blog. I don't need to know about an author, but its always nice to hear about them.

Linda Wisdom said...

And thank you for having me, Sia.
Well, there's no pink boas hanging around my office nor will you find a box of bonbons. Oh wait, a friend did give me my favorite See's chocolates. :} There's days when my activity is head, desk, head desk.

Hi Tonya, Years ago I showed up at the avian ER with my cockatiel the day after a newspaper article about me had come out. Except this day I had wet hair out of the shower, no make up and grubby shorts and tshirt. The article with my picture was on the receptionist's desk. She looked at me, looked at her newspaper and commented I didn't look the same in person. Sigh!

Thank you for stopping by, Yvonne.

Hi Jo.

~Sia McKye~ said...

No Boas? No pool boys? I'm crushed, I'm telling you.The ER story made me laugh.

My son made a comment once about how my picture looked here on the blog. If they could see you at home working with the animals, no makeup, muddy, and dirty jeans, no one would believe it was you.

Probably not.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jo, romance is good for the soul, lol! I do have a great book for you to read if you like romantic thrillers. I'll be featuring it soon.

Kat Sheridan said...

Waving shyly, one introvert to another (Sia, stop laughing!) SERIOUSLY shy person here. It's amazing to me these days how often an author damages herself just being herself. I was reading the "never will read" list on the Amazon forums this morning (truly the wild west, with a bit prohibition-era Chicago thrown in) and many, many readers put authors on the "don't read" list solely because they hated something the author said or did in public. These days, for a shy person like me, I think it makes more sense for me to just let my stories speak for themselves. Your books sound like such a lot of fun!

Linda Wisdom said...

My looking like a disaster in the ER happened more than once, Sia. One time was when my parrot freaked and ripped my lower lip open. She was a rescue and I didn't know she was scared to death of towels. My husband worked nearby and came home to take me t
o the ER. I had shoulder length hair then, wet out of the shower, again no make up and an ice pack on my mouth when we went to the ER. Wouldn't you know my nurse was a cute guy? I ended up with some colorful stitches.

Ooh, you're tempting me with the mention of a romantic thriller!

Linda Wisdom said...

Thanks Kat!

I worked in the corporate world before writing full time, so I understand professional behavior. But I also like to have fun with my readers when I meet them. And I think they have fun with me.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat, lol! I can't help it. Yes, I know you're an introvert, truly. But you do a great job of playing extrovert on occasion. You know I love ya! Hugs to you.

Very apt description of the Amazon forums. good lord.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I hear you Linda. Let's just say, at home, I don't care what I look like. Jeans and tee-shirts and no makeup. I manage to dress in coordinated clothes, comb my hair, and I start out each day put together, but who knows what happens especially when dealing with my animals. When pups are being born--forget it. I'm a bloody mess and yes, my vet has seen me that way. There have been a few medical personnel who have too.

My inside cats and my dog always know when I'm going to go somewhere. They all line up by the bathroom door as I put on make-up and earrings. Funny.

Linda Wisdom said...

Sia, I'm in a tshirt that reads 'I'm cute so let's put me in charge', grubby shorts since the day warmed up and my Gossamer (the monster from Looney Tunes) slippers since I'm prone to cold feet and they keep them warm. I've got one dog near by feet and the other sprawled on the bed with her toys. I'm always burning candles and today's is Salty Caramel. No make up, forget the hair. So much easier when I was younger and hair was long. I used to tie it up in a ponytail. Good thing I don't see anyone. Or they see me.

Mine put on the pathetic look when they see me put on make up. Plus Katie's fairly new to the household and we have some behaviorial issues we're still working on.

Kat Sheridan said...

Wait. you have Gossamer slippers? As in "Monsters are such INteresting people" Gossamer? OMG. Must. Have. Those. Slippers. OMG. Love that character second only to the Abominable Snowman who wants to name his bunny George (and "love him and hug him and pet him and squeeze him..." LOL! We almost named the dog George because of that cartoon!)

Curmudgeon said...


Linda Wisdom said...

Yes, I have the slippers. And I have a wall figurine of him wearing the rollers that I have in my bathroom. When the Warner Bros stores were active I had tshirts, sweatshirts, a cool pen, still have a Gossamer plush.

Loved that line about George! I have a lot of the old cartoons too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda, its great to meet you ... good luck with your very busy life!

Sia, can you email me at ... thanks!

Kat Sheridan said...

Laughing loudly at Curmudgeon! W00t!

Helen Ginger said...

It's fun to know something about the authors I read, but I'm content with learning about them via their blogs rather than intrusive questions.

It seems to me that your characters probably have fun bouncing around in your head.