Meet the Authors at utopYA is a series of blog posts where we introduce you to all the amazing writers who will be in attendance at the first ever utopYA convention. Some will be on panels, some will be exhibitors, some will be keynote speakers, and all are living the dream.
We asked the authors 5 questions we wanted to know, and hope that you find them informative and entertaining. These authors were hand-picked, so you’ll definitely want to read their amazing books if you haven’t yet. Get ready, because this is only the beginning.
Meet The Author: Linda Foster, Bound
Linda Foster was born and raised in Colorado, where she still lives with her (very patient) husband and four (very spoiled) ferrets. Linda became an avid reading enthusiast the moment she picked up her first book, and has grown steadily worse with time. By the time she was 15 years old, her library had become too big for her shelves, and she was forced to donate all of her books to the local school, just to make room for new ones. She started writing short novellas for her friends in middle school, and expanded into full-length novels several years later. Bound is her first published novel.
1. What’s your idea of ‘utopia’?
My idea of utopia is being able to immerse myself into my writing all of the time without having to work another job. How perfect would that be?
2. Who influenced you to become a fabulous young adult paranormal author?
So many people influenced me. My family always pushed me to do my all in everything. There are so many authors, too many to list, that are the reason for my love of writing and the paranormal. When I first began reading, I fell instantly in love with books. When I got older and began to write, again I was instantly in love. I found so many genres I loved, but nothing that stuck with me as much as paranormal. To be able to create a world where anything from our wildest dreams is possible – a place where all of the storybook creatures are real, and affect the world around them – is a dream come true. It’s hard not to fall in love with the genre, and after reading so many amazing books I had no choice but to create a wonderful world all my own. So I guess you could say that books themselves influenced me to get into writing.
3. Paper or digital media?
Paper, every time! Digital has its advantages, but there is nothing like a real book. It’s the smell and feel of it. I know that with everything else becoming digital, books will follow suit, but I think there will always be plenty of people who prefer a real book in their hands. Thank goodness.
4. Do you have an “end of book” ritual (that you’re willing to share…)?
Smile, take a break, then start the next book. 🙂
5. What do you hope to get out of UtopYA Con 2012?
I am a new author. My first totally amazing book, Bound, is being published next year. So this is a great place to promote that and meet people who are interested in reading it. I’m just getting into all of this so I’m very eager to have this opportunity to meet great people – both authors and readers alike – who I can share my experiences with and learn from. I’m excited to share this adventure with other people, ask questions, and get advice! This is also a great excuse for some of the Glass House Press people to get together – my publishing sister Teal is going to be there, along with one of our other author sibs, Patrick McHugh (he’s just coming to watch). Some of our amazing family from the publishing company is coming to watch and support us too. So there is a big publishing family gathering at UtopYA that I am totally excited for! And lastly, my publisher told me I had to. Seriously. I’m absolutely terrified of public speaking and talking about myself, but Carrie says I’m going to have to learn how. UtopYA is the perfect place for me to take my first dive into public appearances. I can’t wait!