What is your greatest temptation:
In women: (chuckles) Apparently, tall blonde fillies from Virginia. I didn’t know that until Becca McQuaid waltzed into my life. Needless to say, women who love horses have a very definite advantage.
If that is the case, then why isn’t she with you?
Becca is beautiful, rich…and spoiled. That isn’t the problem. In fact, I could use a few pence to restock the family fortune. I have the castle, so to speak, the title, and the status that comes with those. Becca is shopping for a title to go with her money and she is determined to buy my horse. I’m not willing to sell either. Game over.
In food: I suppose my childhood dictated my taste in food. Our cook prepared traditional English dishes. I’m quite partial to lamb, mint jelly, peas and roasted potatoes, but Yorkshire pudding is high on my list of favorites as well.
In clothes: I spend most of my days—and some nights—in riding gear. To keep us both fit, I work Gambler’s Choice every day with Sundays off for rest, so, I wear riding breeches, mostly beige, with a polo shirt or sweater in cooler weather. I must whisper in confidence that I enjoy donning my tuxedo.
What is your greatest weakness (example: like mine cars)? Horses, hands down. I’m an avid 3-day eventer and extremely competitive by nature. I relish the preciseness of dressage but the thills of the cross-country phase really get the adrenaline flowing.
If you could have any kind of car, what would it be? A sterling gray BMW Z3 roadster. When they hit the market, they were called Land Sharks because of the long hood. I find the lines and the performance spot-on.
Your dream home - mountains or ocean? I’m quite content in my little village in Somerset, UK.
I sense a story in your relationship with Becca. How did you meet her?
At an event hosted by my neighbor, but quite prestigious. Becca was horse shopping. The problem became…she set her mind and very strong will on my stallion. As circumstances would have it, I suffered an accident—but that is the story of the book, aptly titled Gambler’s Choice, not only my horse’s name but also a class in a horse show, singularly appropriate in our contest. In the class, riders ride to the clock, only those with clean rounds (no faults) go on to the next one. The fences are raised with each round, jumping higher and racing time, until the final pair is left to take the blue ribbon.
Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston. She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.
Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award. She is the mother of two wonderful sons, a retired legal assistant, member of the Houston Symphony League, and enjoys events with her car club. Among her favorite things are her snazzy black convertible and her parlor grand piano. She loves to dress up and host formal dinner parties.
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2/17/2016 09:11:43 am
Love the interview! I'd love to meet him, but I think Becca might take exception. LOL Best wishes.
2/17/2016 11:17:22 am
Thanks for visiting Diane! I'm sure Austen would love to meet you!
2/17/2016 09:31:06 am
You did a good job of capturing his voice. I could "hear" it as I read. It would be interesting to read about the horse world from someone who knows so much about it, an insider. Thanks for sharing!
2/17/2016 11:18:55 am
M.J., appreciate the comment! And am totally delighted I captured Austen's voice. The book was released today! WOOHOO
2/17/2016 11:21:12 am
2/17/2016 12:38:38 pm
Thanks Pam, and those blessings are always welcome!
2/17/2016 01:56:32 pm
As a VA-born writer who deals in fictional horse farms, I have some things in common with you and your novel. It sounds delicious! Good luck.
2/17/2016 02:12:40 pm
Hi Susan, I showed horses in lovely Virginia! Glad to "meet" you. I hope my love of the horse shows through in this novel.
2/17/2016 02:11:46 pm
Fun interview, ladies. (and love the sparkling purple background!)
2/17/2016 03:27:39 pm
Thanks, Katie! Appreciate the comment!!
2/17/2016 02:42:12 pm
Hi there Linda!
2/17/2016 03:29:45 pm
Hello Nikki! I am SO glad you liked Austen. He's one of my favs and I appreciate you lovely compliment on my voice. Be well!
2/17/2016 02:43:43 pm
Would love to meet Austen and Becca! Congrats and best of luck!
2/17/2016 03:31:46 pm
They are on sale today for $2.50 at The Wild Rose Press. They'd love to meet you as well. And so would Gambler's Choice, the subject of this narrative.
2/17/2016 04:00:01 pm
Great interview...sounds like an excellent read. Congrats on the new release!
2/17/2016 04:23:53 pm
2/18/2016 04:03:13 am
Great interview with His Lordship...or whatever barons are called. :-) (Maybe I've read too many Regency romances?) Anyway, sounds like a terrific story. I love "hearing" the accents in the dialog.
2/18/2016 07:28:49 pm
Fun interview, Linda! Sounds like a great story!
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