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Linda Joy Singleton has written YA & MG series about Goths, psychics, mermaids, aliens, cheerleaders, clones, parallel worlds and ghosts.
Her YA series, THE SEER and DEAD GIRL, were honored as YALSA Popular Paperback/Quick Picks. Younger readers enjoy her midgrade series STRANGE ENCOUNTERS about a family that solves paranormal weirdness on vacations.
Linda has loved writing and reading for as long as she can remember. Her first completed novel was written in pencil on blue-lined paper when she was eleven. Three years later, she stepped up to a typewriter and spent a two-week Christmas vacation writing a 200-page mystery about a girl sleuth named Kerry Blue. She also submitted short stories to American Girl Magazine and received encouraging rejections which fired up to her determination to become published series author.
When Linda isn't writing, she enjoys reading, movies, country walks, camping, bowling, watching reality shows and Farmville. She also collects vintage girl series books like Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton and Trixie Belden.
She lives with her husband, David in Northern California , in a country home where she’s surrounded by horses, peacocks, dogs, wild turkeys and demanding cats.
When asked why she loves writing for teens, Linda says, “Everything is a first for teens: having a BFF (best friends forever), going to school, planning for college, getting a job, driving a car and falling in love. Writing for teens is a gift, a responsibility, and an honor.”
Can you tell readers one unique thing about yourself?
When I was 17, I was a member of the Silhouettes; the only teenage round dance exhibition group in the country. Round dancing is like ballroom dancing only everyone does the same steps in a circle. I performed at conventions and had a great time.
What is your heroine's (from any book) favorite food?
Amber from DEAD GIRL loves chocolate (like me!).
What's your favorite color?
Pink. I even named a cat Pinky when I was a child – a boy cat!
What's the writing process typically like for you?
In the morning I write creatively for about 4-5 hours. When I have a book deadline I don’ t allow myself to leave until I’ ve added a few new pages.
Is there one question you wish bloggers would ask you about but don't? What is it, and how would you answer?Probably a question about my book collection, since I have a library devoted to girl series books like Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Anne of Green Gables, and hundreds more. The old dust jackets have such beautiful, amazing art. It’ s a shame, really, that e-books are becoming so popular because paper books are fun and interesting to collect. I give talks on old books and show a power point of some great covers.