Interview with Linda David

Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Linda David amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about her book The Firestone Crystal !
Please read on …

Agathea Fulstropp is a lonely 11-year-old girl, a bit on the moody side, and more than a little spoilt.
She is looking forward to a luxury break in the Caribbean with her parents, but is livid when they announce that the trip has to be cancelled due to work commitments! So instead of spending six weeks sunning herself on a tropical beach, Thea – as she insists on being called – finds herself unceremoniously packed up, and sent off to stay with a grandfather she barely knows for the entire summer!
But it turns out to be the best summer of her life when her grandfather has a strange reunion with a mysterious childhood friend, and she is given the opportunity of a lifetime.
To visit a world beyond the stars, and become Earth’s first student to be enrolled in an experimental Inter-Planetary Education Programme at the Firestone Academy, where lessons in telepathy, mind-reading and astral projection are the norm.
Things, however, are not as straightforward as they seem. One of her fellow students makes no secret of the fact that he despises her, and will stop at nothing to make her leave…she is having increasingly disturbingly vivid dreams…and just who is that hideously deformed cave creature, and more to the point, what does it want with her?


So Linda, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1.Please introduce and tell the readers something about yourself.

My name is Linda David and I am a 44 year old single mother of 2 (aged 15 and 12). I work as a college lecturer in childcare in London. I was born in Cyprus in 1967 to parents who both hail from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Much of my childhood was spent moving from place to place as my father was in the RAF (Royal Air Force), so although I was raised mainly in England, I have also lived in Germany as well as St Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies.

2.What brought you to writing?

I always enjoyed writing at school but had not done any since leaving. When I became pregnant with my first child, I decided to do a writing course while on maternity leave, and it went on from there.

3.How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing on and off now for about 10 years

4.Which was your first literary project?Tell us something about it.

This book, The Firestone Crystal, is my first project. While on the writing course, I wasn’t really enjoying writing factual pieces, so I decided to just start writing about something I enjoyed, and the book began to take shape. It is actually about a character loosely based on myself and sister when we were children.

5.Is this your new/latest project?

‘This is actually my first book. I have never written anything else for publication.

6.Traditional books or e-books? How do you prefer to see your works published? Have you tried ever publishing the traditional way?

I tried to get published the traditional way during 2005/6, however, was unsuccessful. I got just enough positive feedback to keep persevering, but my book had been sitting on a shelf, gathering dust since then. It was only after joining several writers websites and joining the discussions there that I became interested in e-publishing, and decided that was the way to go. Also, there had been a lot of positive stories in the news recently about e-books and so I opted for that route.

7.Can you give a chapter sample preview of your book here for our readers to know more about it.

Here is a brief sample of Chapter 5 from my website
( Please look at the bottom of the interview for book excerpts )

8.What are your hobbies?Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

My main hobby has always been reading, something I was encouraged to do by my parents from a very early age. Apart from that, I enjoy movies, comedies in particular and listening to music, urban, soul, reggae and calypso.

9.Who is your favourite author?

My favourite author has been Stephen King for a long time, but I also enjoy John Grisham and Robert Ludlow.

10.What is your favourite genre to read and also to write?

The above authors represent the type of genre I like to read, however, I have only ever written children’s stories. I guess it just reminds me of my childhood. I have two main role models, and they have both inspired me to write and follow my dream of being a writer, and they are

11.Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

Oprah Winfrey and J K Rowling – loved her Harry Potter series. Oprah is someone who inspires me to strive to be the best person I can be and to do what I enjoy to the best of my ability. I have pictures and quotes from both of them up on my kitchen noticeboard in case I ever forget who and what I want to be.

12.Where do get your ideas from?Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

I’m not really sure where my idea for the book came from. I think I just started with the main character and then thought about the things I used to dream about as a child. I distinctly remember how I used to go down to the bottom of my garden when I was young looking for evidence of fairy rings and secret passages into fairyland. I also used to wonder how, if I ever had a wishing-chair, how I would be able to sneak in and out of the house without anybody seeing me!! I guess the adventure that Thea (main character in book) goes on is something that I would have loved to do as a child, in fact, I still would!

13.Do you have a pseudonym?

I do not have a pseudonym because there is just something so exciting about seeing your own name in print, as a result of all your hard work.

14.Whats your experience been like in the publishing industry?Positive or negative?Please share your experience with our readers.

My experiences with the publishing industry have not all been bad. Of course there is that sense of rejection and hopelessness when your manuscript is returned to you time and time again, with only a standard letter of rejection, however, I did have the odd occasion when I was given some positive feedback and constructive criticism which only served to spur me on. The trick is to use the feedback wisely. If you know in your own mind that you have a good story, then you should not give up.

15.Where do you see yourself 10years from now?

I work full time at the moment, but I do dream of the day when I can devote myself to my writing completely. I really enjoy teaching, but I have to admit that writing is my first love.

16.What motivates you to write?

My motivation at the moment is that the story is not yet finished. Although the first book is complete, there are going to be many more adventures for this character, and I can’t wait to get them out, especially the ones that even I don’t know about yet!

17.How important is good cover art for your books?

Well, I’m no artist, but I have to admit, I designed the cover of my e-book myself using a crystal and some Christmas tree lights! I would love to be able to afford to pay someone to design a great cover for my book, however, I hope that what I’ve got at the moment will suffice. Being a children’s book, it definitely has to be good enough to grab their attention immediately otherwise they won’t be interested.

18.Do you have a pricing strategy for your books?

I am completely new to this so I have no price strategy whatsoever. I just hope that my price is fair. I am currently doing 3-day free promotion with Amazon which has produced some great results, however, I guess time will tell once the promotion is over.

19.How does it make you feel when you read a bestselling book that you don’t feel is as good as yours?

I don’t think I’ve ever read a best-selling book that I though wasn’t as good as mine. I think all books bring something a little different to the reader. I do sometimes read books and think how I might have written something slightly differently to make it more effective.

20.Why do you think readers should buy your book?What can you offer them through your book?

I think readers should buy my book because I get so much pleasure from it every time I read it, but of course I’m biased. I just think that the story offers adventure, escapism and a sense of there being more to this life and this world than what we see. It brings a world of possibilities. If I had read this book as a child, I would be wishing that I could be the one chosen to have this adventure.

21.Where is your book available?Any Buy Link for our readers?

My book is currently available as an e-book from Amazon:

It will be availble in paperback by the end of the month from:

22.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here.

My website address is:

23.What advice would you give to other writers?

My advice to other writers is to never give up. If you are sure your work is good then don’t let it go to waste. Share it with others. Anything creative is meant to be shared.

24.Anything else you’d like to share with our readers

Please keep a look out for my sequel – it will be coming soon!

  • Thank you Linda David for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Book Exerpts – Sample Chapter

    The Firestone Crystal By Linda David

    Chapter- 5
    Thea Meets the Students
    “So,” remarked Annalije casually as they ate, “you’re the Earthonian who saved the Academy from a Trogaloid invasion!” Thea smiled at the thought of being called an ‘Earthonian’. In her opinion, it sounded so much better than ‘Earthling’.
    “Trogaloid invasion?” she repeated curiously, around a mouthful of chips, “What’s a Trogaloid?”
    “The Trogaloids,” explained Annalije, matter of factly, “are the people whose place you snatched away at the last minute, and I understand they are pretty mad so you’d better watch out.” She leaned forward, lowering her voice teasingly, “Kuldarr especially is none too happy with the situation!”

    Seeing Thea’s blank look, she gave a rich purr of delight. “Oh my!” she exclaimed deliciously, “You don’t know what’s been going on do you?”
    Thea, bewildered now, leaned back in her chair. “No I don’t,” she began frowning, “what do you -?”
    Well, whatever else she had been about to say was drowned out by what can only be described as an inhuman roar of rage from across the room, as a hulking great figure launched itself onto their table, sending trays of food crashing to the floor. All activity ceased as everybody in the Halls of Dining watched in stunned silence.
    In total shock, Thea instinctively pushed back from the table, but was unable to move any further because of the wall behind her. She found herself looking into the glowering eyes of none other than Kuldarr himself, who growled softly beneath his breath and pushed his sneering face within inches of her own. Transfixed, Thea was trapped like a frightened rabbit, unable to speak or tear her gaze away.
    She was terrified…more terrified than she had ever been in her life. And he was like a wild animal! Scared as she was she didn’t dare take her eyes off him, watching in horror as those sharp teeth came closer and closer. She winced at every snap and snarl, whimpering in terror at the thought that any minute now, those massive jaws would be clamped around her throat…

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  • Comments
    2 Responses to “Interview with Linda David”
    1. Bon Rose says:

      I have read the Firestone Crystal and thought it was an excellent book for all ages! Author’s imagination is right up there with her role model J.K. Rowling.

    2. Hazel says:

      After reading the sample chapter I’ll definitely be buying this book! It’s the kind of book that kids will love, filled with adventure and fantasy, just the right ingredients to inspire young minds and encourage them to keep reading. My nieces and nephews will love this book, after I’ve read it, of course 🙂 I’ll be looking out for more books from this author.

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