Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Earliest Author Memories with Special Guest, Linda Yezak

Joining us as a special guest for our Birthday Bash is Linda Yezak! Today she is sharing some of her earliest author memories, and how she discovered her calling to write. Linda's new book, Ride to the Altar is a part of our Grand Prize giveaway, so be sure to leave a comment to get your name in the drawing. 

Here's Linda:

As did so many other authors, I began writing at an early age—pudgy fingers fumbling with red crayons, probably something like “roses are red, violets are blue, I love Mom.” And, as was the same with many others, I improved with age and graduated to better poetry, song lyrics, short stories, flash fiction, all the good stuff (which I’d left in a paper bag when Billy and I moved. The cats shredded it and everything in it. We weren’t friends for a while).

When I was at Texas A&M, my English class followed my Algebra class. Switching from numerical logic to verbal logic, from practical to artistic, always took a few minutes beyond the stroll from one building on campus to the other. My creative writing professor at the time gave us a challenging warm-up exercise. Each session, she’d hand out index cards on which we had to write entire stories—beginning, middle, end—complete with viable characterization. At the top of the card, we were to write our “inspiration” for the story.

Mine usually went something like this:

(X + Y) x Z = AB/C

The stories would involve X and Y, who were military commanders of allied nations. They joined forces with Z to infiltrate the country of AB while it was being divided by C—also an ally of X and Y.

After a semester of reading my antics for ABC and XYZ, my prof confessed to me she looked forward to my notecards and encouraged me toward a career in writing. I wish I had heeded her advice. I would’ve had roughly thirty years of writing credits under my belt. Yes, I would’ve been plodding away on my IBM Selectric III, and my transition to a computer would’ve rivaled Jessica Fletcher’s in rebellion and refusal, but I would’ve been well along in my career by now.

But I think if my old professor could see me now, she’d be pleased with how far I’ve come. I still have a long way to go to meet my goals, but God has blessed me so much. All glory goes to Him.

About Linda:

Linda W. Yezak lives with her husband and their funky feline, PB, in a forest in deep East Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She has a deep and abiding love for her Lord, her family, and salted caramel. And coffee—with a caramel creamer. Author of award-winning books and short stories, she didn't begin writing professionally until she turned fifty. Taking on a new career every half century is a good thing.
Facebook: Author Page
Twitter: @LindaYezak
Goodreads: Linda W Yezak



21 comments:

  1. Enjoy your stories, Linda 🙂

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  2. Happy birthday and congrats 🎉🎉

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  3. Thanks for being out first birthday guest, Linda!

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  4. Nice meeting Linda and was smiling reading how (X + Y) x Z = AB/C made her index story. Wonderful memory of a teacher's encouragement.

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    1. She was an excellent teacher. I loved her class.

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  5. Linda is a new author to me and it was nice getting to get to knoe her. Looking forward to reading her work.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Dianne. Good luck in the drawing!

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    2. Happy Birthday, Stitches Thru Time. Linda, I'm sorry the cats destroyed your early writings. I also lost mine when our computer died and the back-up flash drive didn't work.

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    3. Thanks, Dianna! Good luck in the drawing!

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    4. Ella--that's painful, isn't it? So sorry!

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  6. Linda, I love your “All glory to God” statement! He is the one to praise. Blessings in your writing!

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  7. Thank you for sharing your interesting post, Linda. Happy Birthday, Stitches! It is a great month for a birthday. Mine is coming up.

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  8. Well ... and least algebra class did something for you. Not sure it ever did me a lick of good.

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  9. Really? I use algebra everyday! (said no one ever. :D )

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  10. Hi Linda, I enjoyed your visit.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Connie! Good luck in the drawing!

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