Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Linda Sealy Knowles to talk about her fourth book release and her career as a writer which began as a therapeutic way to deal with a personal loss.
“In October 2012, during the week of my husband’s 10th year death anniversary I was very depressed,” said Linda.“I sat down in front of my computer and decided to try my hand at writing a short story. Anything to get my thoughts off of him. I thought about myself being nineteen when I left home and I had a three-year old sister. So before I knew it, I was on a stage coach with my little sister headed to heaven knows where. I have always read historical romances and I loved reading about young brides or runaway girls in the old west. It seemed easy to write because I was writing about what I knew about.”
One of the highlights of Linda’s writing career was being invited to be on Studio 10 on WALA Television station in Mobile,Alabama. She was beginning her writing career at 68 years old. “The theme of my interview was ‘You are never too old to begin a new career!’ In my hometown of Satsuma, Alabama, I was invited to be the Guest Speaker at the ‘Sweet Sixteen Celebration’ of their Public Library. They were proud that I was a home town gal that had become an author. This was my first public speaking but I enjoyed it very much.”
Like many authors, Linda has discovered that writing the book is the easy part. The real work comes after ‘the end.’ “I believe writing is the easy part; making a decision about publishing it very difficult.”
Linda has high hopes for a writing career that already boasts four published titles. “My dream for my books is that one day they will appear on the New York Best Sellers list and made into Hallmark movies. Many of my readers tell me all the time that they can ‘see’ what is happening as they read my stories and they actually feel like they are there. ‘Your books should be made into movies,’they say. I have to say that these remarks thrill my soul.”
Linda is already working on her fifth book, another historical romance. She also has a few book signings scheduled. “I will be having a book signing at Barnes & Nobles in Destin Sept. 17 and plan to have an interview on television this fall. I hope to attend a writers conference in Savannah, Georgia.” Her books can be found locally at BayouBookCompany and Read It Again Books in Niceville, and in Barnes&Nobles in Destin. They are currently listed on Amazon. com., B&N, BooksA-Million, Goodreads, and other online websites that sell books. You can also find her on Facebook.