Saturday, January 2, 2016

Quirkiness and Suspense?

Howdy y'all! Crystal Barnes here, and I'm kicking the new year off right with a sit-down with my pal Linda Glaz. She's the pretty one on the left. :)

For those who don't have the benefit of knowing you, Linda, tell us a bit about yourself.

 I love everything about books: writing them, reading them, and representing them. I'm a tad quirky, but most folks who know me already know that. :) I've taught karate, women's self-defense, and also taught soccer nationally. Love all types of activities where you need to manually work hard.

Quirky? You? :D Hmm...maybe that's why we get along. ;) 

Congratulations on your newest release! Tell us a bit about Fear is Louder Than Words.

I just love romantic suspense, but I like it to be a tad more than that. I also like to get to know the antagonists. Most of us can pretty much figure out the good guys, but do we even try to do the same with the bad guys? I simply love to dig into their personalities to see what makes them tick. And we do a lot of that in Fear is Louder Than Words. Going over to the dark side really raises the stakes for our heroine, Rochelle, who must decide who to trust and who to keep at a distance.

What an interesting slant. Where did you get the inspiration for your story?

I've always wondered about the lives of conservative talk show hosts. From what I've read, it isn't always the kindest world to work in. Add to that a story from a major magazine a few years ago about designer babies, and you have two scenarios to keep our heroine up at night. And our hero, Ed, if truth be told, since he feels the responsibility to somehow keep Rochelle safe in spite of the fact that he likes his life as it is. No commitments, no entanglements. Man, is he ever in for some surprises.

Haha! Sounds great! What do you hope folks will take away from your story?

Oh, forgiveness for sure. I seem to be drawn to that message myself. Can we forget and forgive enough to truly care for the other person as Christ calls us to. And probably trust, as well. Trust is a tough topic for most of us. And Rochelle has serious trust issues. For many reasons.

Both great topics to tackle. Do you have a favorite scene in the book? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?

I have a few, but one of the most fun scenes is when Rochelle is waiting to board at the airport. She is completely fed up with the man in her life (see that lack of trust, there?) and she is kicking her carry-on across the floor with a bit too much gusto as an old man watches her. She sees the folly in her behavior, and what follows is my favorite part of the book. A real satisfying moment in the story. And one that builds trust.

Oh, you're such a tease. :) What do you plan to work on next?

I am working on a story about the disappearance of little girls from a birthday party. I wrote this one twenty years ago, and am updating the story (it needs it badly). Also a suspense on the topic of bullying.

Interesting. Do you have any new year's resolutions?

Yes, to get contracts for all of my clients!!!

I'm sure they'd appreciate that. :) Where can readers connect with you?
Also on Old Coots and Young Wiseguys blog.

Thanks for those links, and I love the title of your blog. :) Where can readers buy your book(s)?

On Amazon

Last but not least, what is the quirkiest thing you've ever done?

Joined the Air Force at a time when it was NOT a popular thing for women to do. But I have to say, I learned a lot. Maybe even more than I wanted to. Still, after meteorology classes, I can tell you what kind of clouds are out there. LOL

Haha. You are one brave gal. :) Thanks so much for sharing with us today. I hope Fear is Louder than Words is a great hit and touches many hearts for God.

Everyone, Linda shared her quirkiness. Do have any quirks you'd like to share? Do you have a love of romantic suspense like Linda? If so, what's one of your favorites?


  1. I love when bad guys are three dimensional. Exploring them, without allowing the reader to be over-sympathetic toward them, is quite a feat!

  2. Maybe that's why I like you, Linda, I've taught Martial Arts as well. :) Looking forward to your story, it's in my kindle and ready to start reading!

  3. Yes, I love romantic suspense and I enjoyed reading Mary Stewart books.
    Thanks for letting me get to know you!

  4. Funny thing is I'm not sure I've officially met Linda, but I had it in my head that she was a joy to be around. Hmmm, I guess her reputation precedes her.
    I'm such a sucker for romantic suspense. I read them all, and at one time I had every Phyllis Whitney book. Great post, thanks!