Tell us a bit about what got you started writing.
It has to do with family history. After writing my family’s stories, I decided to teach people how to go about writing their own. So I began teaching “A Family Legacy Workshop” in local libraries. After a while, I began spreading out and I now travel throughout the U.S. I have been to 17 states and taught over 450 workshops. I believe it’s very important to teach our children their heritage. When I finished writing my family’s stories, I couldn’t stop writing. So I began writing fiction, such as historical sweet romances, mystery/adventure, and cozy mysteries.
I love sweet romances with adventure. I think that’s why I’ve written in different genres. I am really enjoying writing in the cozy mystery genre right now. It’s really fun. There are many types of mysteries to choose from such as a cozy mystery, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, or the thriller. What is the difference? A cozy is an enjoyable story with a bit of humor. It can be slow paced but not boring by any means. The sleuth is always an intelligent and likeable woman. This genre is G-rated and focuses on the characters.
As for the other mysteries, a thriller has non-stop action and doesn’t let up until the climax of the story. The hard-boiled mystery has violence, plenty of action, and is R-rated. The soft-boiled mystery falls in the middle of the cozy and hard-boiled and has light humor.
The Amelia Moore Detective Series is closer to a cozy than the others but is not a “who-done-it” mystery. Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her business partner, the agency is flourishing.
When Amelia is hired to search for her client’s grandparents, the case takes them to Ireland. Kate must learn about her heritage. Who are her grandparents and could they still be alive after all these years? Why did her parents leave Ireland suddenly and move to America? Is there more to this case than meets the eye?
I understand its inspiration is rather close to your heart. Tell us a little about it and what inspired you to write this story.
I enjoyed writing this mystery and had fun with all the research about Ireland. Why did I write about finding our heritage? This is a subject very dear to my heart. Daniel Gamble, son of William and Rachael Gamble, was my great grandfather from Enniskeane, Ireland. His family disowned him because he joined a new religion that they did not approve of. Daniel’s father died when he was only eighteen. So when his mother and brother disowned him, he decided to go to America. I imagined the broken hearts when they finally realized their mistake in disowning their son and brother, simply because of pride. I wondered if his mother and brother ever regretted what they had said and done. My great grandfather never saw them again.
I dedicated this book to Daniel Gamble who was born on October 2, 1825. I was born on the same month and day as Daniel, so I feel a special kinship to him.
It seems that my favorite book and favorite characters are always the ones that I’m writing about at the moment. Haha.
Isn't that so true! Your Author’s Bio states that all the books you have written are suitable for young adults and adults alike. How important is it to keep your books clean? Do all your books incorporate characters who believe in God like Amelia and Rick from The Shamrock Case?
I want to write clean books because there’s a lot of inappropriate material out there, so I feel it’s nice to present a breath of fresh air. As for your other question, yes, my books exhibit a belief in God.
The writing process between romance and mystery is quite a change for me with a completely different mind set. With romance, you plan out the plot around the meeting of a couple. As you write, you develop some sort of charisma between the characters, making the reader feel excited that one day they're going to hit it off and fall in love. You, as the reader, know the outcome. But with a mystery, the reader is in the dark. The author has to come up with a plot that no one can figure out until towards the end of the story. In a mystery, you may or may not allow your reader to know who the bad guys are, according to whether it’s a cozy mystery or mystery suspense. In a cozy mystery, the reader doesn’t know who the bad guys are until the end of the book. With mystery suspense, the reader knows who they are and it makes for a more suspenseful outcome.
To answer your question, I think the hardest part of writing a mystery is to choose a plot and make sure I give my reader just the right enough information to peek their interest, but not enough to spoil the plot.
Thank you so much, Linda, for answering these questions and helping us all get to know you and your books a little more. One more question: Will you tell us something about yourself that we will never forget?
I have six daughters and no sons. After my youngest was in fifth grade, I went back to college with the support of my husband and kids. In 2002, I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Music. It was a wonderful experience and I’m so glad that I did it.
Wow! It must have taken a lot of courage and hard work to go back to school with six kids. Thank you for being my guest. If any of you are interested in Linda Weaver Clarke’s books, they are all on Amazon. I really enjoyed reading The Shamrock Case and have already bought 2 others that are now on my TBR list, a list that keeps growing rather than shrinking! But who am I to complain to the masses? I hope you enjoyed this interview. Feel free to leave a comment.
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