Linda Kozar is a sweet lady who was one of the first to welcome me into the fold of writers. She’s always happy to see you, has one of the most positive outlooks of anyone I know, and writes stories that make you chuckle. I am so pleased to welcome her to the blog today and to be able to give away some of her books that I really love. Ready to go, Linda?
Do you consider yourself a Christian author or author of Christian fiction? What do you think the difference is?
I’m a Christian author, for sure. I hope that whatever I set my mind and heart to is for the glory of God. I believe I was called by God to write, and destined to become an author, to write for His honor and glory and to inspire and lead others to Him.
Here’s the question I’ve always wanted to ask you about your “Until the Fat Ladies Sing” books…why fat ladies? You’re anything but fat, and pleasantly plump women are not usually the first choice for main characters in fiction, so there has to be a reason.
My editor (Barbour at the time), Susan Downs, came up with the tag, “When the Fat Ladies Sing.” The characters in my series are inspired by two fun and funny, larger-than-life, friends of mine. We’ve had some zany times together! Aside from that real life inspiration, I believe fat is a concern every woman shares—a touchstone all women seem to worry, even obsess about. Magazines, television, web, and films—all promote stick-thin beauties, but where does that leave the rest of us who aren’t a size 0 or 2? These ladies (in print) and real life are the kind of women I hang out with.
One of the things that made me fall in love with Misfortune Cookies was the chapter titles. They were so clever. Another was the setting for the entire series. You write small town Texas really well. Was that a stretch for you, or are you from that type of setting?
I’m a title person. I spend hours writing down ideas and rearranging words until the title sounds just right to me. So thanks! I also like to title each chapter because (a) the chapter title hints at the subject of the chapter (b) it adds a little plug of humor and quirk to engage the reader to put that bookmark away and keep reading.
Nope, I grew up in New Orleans, not exactly a small town, but certainly a unique setting. I’ve never lived in a small town. I went from New Orleans to Houston, but The Woodlands, where I live now used to feel like a small town when we first moved here. The fictional town of Wachita is the kind of place I would like to live though. Small town, big hearts!
What are you working on now?
I’m editing a new contemporary romance called “Food Baby.” Besides romance, it’s a coming-of-age romance for a 29-year-old going on 30. Here’s the blurb: JoBeth Tomlin loses everything—her family, her job, her figure and the man of her dreams, all before her thirtieth birthday. Just when she thinks things can’t get any worse she has to move in with her eccentric aunt, two feisty cats and a flatulent old dog named Roscoe. And with all the sorrow snacking going on, JoBeth’s food baby is starting to show. Will she turn to God or Little Debbie for answers?
And before you go, what is one (or two) things you’d like your readers to know?
Though the publishing world is going through some radical changes and upheavals, writers, keep your eyes on Jesus. If God wants your name in print, He will make that happen. Our job is to answer the call to write and trust Him. Too many writers concentrate on waiting for “the call” from an agent or editor when they should be praying and waiting to hear from God. Be patient and persistent.
*Also, I’m working on a 4th book in the “When The Fat Ladies Sing” series, titled “That Wasn’t Chicken.” For a sneak peek at Chapter One, please download A Cup of Cozy. It’s a book of short, sweet Christmas mysteries by the authors of Cozy Mystery Magazine (including me) and it’s absolutely free on Amazon!
Here are more places you can find Linda and more of her books to read!
Linda Kozar is the co-author of Babes With A Beatitude—Devotions For Smart, Savvy Women of Faith (Hardcover/eBook, Howard/Simon & Schuster 2009) and author of Misfortune Cookies (Print, Barbour Publishing 2008), Misfortune Cookies, A Tisket, A Casket, and Dead As A Doornail, (“When The Fat Ladies Sing Series,” eBooks, Spyglass Lane Mysteries, 2012). Strands of Fate released October 2012 (Hardcover/eBook, Creative Woman Mysteries). Her latest foray into indie publishing, produced Alligator Pear, (historical fiction) and her nonfiction anthology Moving Tales, Adventures in Relocation, both released in 2013. She received the ACFW Mentor of the Year Award in 2007, founded and served as president of Writers On The Storm, The Woodlands, Texas ACFW chapter for three years. In 2003, she co-founded, co-directed and later served as Southwest Texas Director of Words For The Journey Christian Writers Guild.
In addition to writing Linda is Lead Host of the Gate Beautiful Radio Show, part of the Red River Network on Blog Talk Radio—interviewing Christian authors from Debut to Bestselling, airing the 3rd Thursday of every month. She and her husband Michael, married 24 years, have two lovely daughters, Katie and Lauren and a Rat Terrier princess named Patches.
Linda’s Website: http://www.lindakozar.com
Gate Beautiful Radio Show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search?q=gate-beautiful
Babes With A Beatitude: http://www.babeswithabeatitude.blogspot.com
Bookish Desires: http://bookishdesires.blogspot.com
Cozy Mystery Magazine: http://cozymysterymagazine.blogspot.com
Without looking back at the menu, she rattled off, “Some crabmeat sticks, those cute tiny egg rolls, shrimp toast, fried wontons, barbeque beef, spareribs, and fan-tailed shrimp with extra pepper on ’em, if you don’t mind. And since Lovita ordered the egg drop, I’m gonna want the silky corn crabmeat soup. Got that?”
His pen flew across the pad, trying to catch up, but then, no waiter has ever been able to keep up with her.
“Sue Jan, you need to slow down or Tan’s gonna need a course in stenography. Besides, why’d you order all that for an appetizer?”
She swirled her hand over the table as Tan walked off to fill our orders. “It’s for both of us, girlfriend.”
“But you know I’m on a diet.”
She pointed a red-clawed finger at me. “Lovita Horton, don’t you go and lose weight. Skinny women get all wrinkly in the face.” Sue Jan somehow managed to suck in her cheeks and scrunch her face, her impression of a typical skinny woman. “You never see wrinkles on a balloon, do you?”
Excerpt used by permission. All rights reserved. Linda, thank you so much for coming by and sharing with us. I would have thought you were small town Texas through and through. 😉
Everyone else, I have two paperback copies of Misfortune Cookies to give away (US residents only) and Linda is gifting one lucky winner with e-copies of the whole series (books 1-3).
Who wants to win? You must be a follower of this blog or follow me on Facebook to enter. Drawing to be held…Monday, December 23, 2013. Good luck!