French Illusions by Linda Kovic-Skow: Interview & Kindle Fire Giveaway

Welcome to Author Linda Kovic-Skow

Linda Kovic-Skow resides in Kirkland, Washington. She earned an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting in 1978 from North Seattle Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Seattle University in 1985. She has been married for 27 years and has two daughters. An enthusiastic traveler, Linda also enjoys boating, gardening and socializing with friends. French Illusions, her debut memoir, is the culmination of a three-year project.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I would like to be able to transport myself telepathically. As an adult, I’ve developed an unreasonable fear of flying. If I had this power, I could avoid airplanes all together and still see the world. 

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Dulce de Leche – caramel ice cream swirled together with ribbons of caramel, hmmm. It’s not French, but it’s delicious.
Night owl, or early bird?
Definitely a night owl. After years of trying to change this, I’ve finally raised my hands in the air and surrendered.
Pet Peeves?
Litterbugs. I just can’t understand people who think it’s okay to throw their garbage on the ground or out the car window. Really? Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone threw their trash away properly?
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Set in the beautiful Loire Valley, French Illusions, my remarkable true story, will remind readers what it was like to be young, adventurous and filled with dreams.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
French Encore – the sequel to French Illusions!
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Ahhh, there sure is: “Imposture” by Danielle Pauly, from the album Café de Paris. I searched the internet for weeks, listening to French music, trying to choose a song for my book trailer. When I heard this song, my heart lurched. I loved the melody, but what did the title mean in French? Quickly, I looked up the translation for “Imposture.” Hee-he, it means “fraud.” The song was perfect. Alberto Rivers at Bookteaserspub.comproduced my book trailer. You can watch it right here French Illusions.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Create a marketing plan that includes book giveaways on Goodreads. Google the topic on your computer, study the blogs and follow the advice from authors on the best way to use this great promotional tool.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
About four years ago, after my husband and I dropped our youngest daughter off at college, I went through a sort of mid-life crisis. I missed being a mom and I wondered how I would fill the void. Sure I had my part-time bookkeeping business, but it consumed only a few hours a day and it wasn’t interesting any more. Something was missing? But what?
This prompted me to review what I like to call my “mid-life list.” This is similar to a “bucket list,” with an important twist. The idea was to refocus myself and figure out the things I wanted to do with my life in my fifties – while I could still do them. My list was short.
-Learn to play the piano
-Travel to Africa to see the elephants
-Travel to Tahiti and see the island of Bora Bora
-Travel back to France (with my family this time)
-Write a book
At the time, I didn’t own a piano and, with two daughters in college (on the east coast no less!), I couldn’t afford a trip to Africa or Tahiti. I had already traveled back to France in 2001 with my family, so that left me to examine the fourth item on my list more closely.  If I did write a book, would it be fiction or non-fiction? What genre would I choose?
The answers to my questions came to me in the shower (which is where many of my ideas seem to materialize, strangely enough). I decided to hunt down my diary from my au pair adventure in France and compose a memoir. It took me three years to write it, but now I can scratch another item off my mid-life list.

Finish the sentence – one book I wish I had written is…
 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. It’s such an incredible story filled with vivid descriptions and well-developed characters. The first time I read it, we were on a vacation cruise to Mexico and I just couldn’t put the darn thing down. My husband kept scolding me for missing out on events because all I wanted to do was read in our stateroom.

French Illusions

In the summer of 1979, twenty-one-year-old Linda Kovic contracts to become an au pair for an wealthy French family in the Loire Valley. To secure the position, she pretends to speak the language, fully aware her deception will be discovered once she arrives at her destination. Based on the author’s diary, French Illusions captures Linda’s fascinating and often challenging real-life story inside and outside the Château de Montclair. The over-bearing, Madame Dubois, her accommodating husband, Monsieur Dubois, and their two children are highlighted as Linda struggles to adapt to her new environment. Continually battling the language barrier, she signs up and attends classes at the local university in the nearby town of Tours, broadening her range of experiences. When she encounters, Adam, a handsome young student, her life with the Dubois family becomes more complicated, adding fuel to her internal battle for independence.

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