Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Melinda and the Wild West by Linda Weaver Clarke

Welcome to author Linda Weaver Clarke.

Linda travels throughout the United States, teaching a “Family Legacy Workshop,” encouraging people to write their family history. She is the author of the historical romance series, “A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho,” which includes: Melinda and the Wild West – a semi-finalist for the “Reviewers Choice Award 2007,” and a new mystery series, “The Adventures of John and Julia Evans.”


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would go back into the past because I absolutely love history. I teach people how to write their family history. I believe that we are the people we are because of our ancestors. If we can discover who our ancestors really were, we can learn an awful lot about ourselves. That’s also true with history. When I read about what the patriots had to go through for freedom, my respect for them and our country grew enormously.

What is one book everyone should read?
The scriptures. I believe that it helps us to understand ourselves better and gives us hope for a better future. I actually put a children’s book together for my grandchildren that have all the scripture stories in an easy way to understand them. They really love that book.

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
I love musicals, Irish music, jazz, and classical. I don’t have a favorite because I love so many artists. But if I had to choose, my favorite modern day singer is Josh Groban and my favorite singer from the past is Doris Day.

How do you react to a bad review?
As most writers, our books are very personal to us but I have a philosophy. I believe that not everyone will like the same thing. My husband loves certain books that I feel are too slow and boring to me, but he loves them. Who am I to criticize my husband’s likes and dislikes? The same goes with my opinions on books. Some of my children don’t care for the books I read, etc. In other words, I respect other people’s opinions even if they differ from my own. It doesn’t make the book a bad book… because everyone has an opinion.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I strive to bring joy to my readers by writing uplifting books.

What is your favorite quote?
“While solitude with dreams is glorious, solitude without them has few charms.” — Lucy Montgomery

Thank you Linda!  Please take a minute to visit Linda’s blog or website.

Linda’s Website: Welcome to the World of “Make Believe
Linda’s Blog: A Family Friendly Blog

Linda has offered to send one winner a copy of her book Melinda and the Wild West, a historical fiction novel enjoyed by both adults and young adults.  

Book Summary:
In 1896 Melinda Gamble—a very elegant, naïve young woman from Boston—decides to give up her life of monotonous comfort for the turbulent uncertainty of the still untamed Wild West. Driven by her intense desire to make a difference in the world, Melinda takes a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho, where she comes face-to-face with a notorious bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and a terrible blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. But it’s a rugged rancher who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared—love. (Awards: Finalist for “Reviewers Choice Award”)

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Giveaway Details:
1 winner wins Melinda and the Wild West
Open to US & Canada
Ends 1/31/11

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