Friday, January 24, 2014

Beach Chat with Linda Thornburg

Have you heard that Virginia is for Mysteries is a collection of 17 short stories set
throughout Virginia?  Of course you have.  I’ve been talking about it for over a year.  It’s a collaborative effort of 14 authors.  Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Linda Thornburg, who penned the story “Obsession” for the anthology.  It’s set in Nelson County, at Elk Hill, an historic tobacco farm on Route 151.  You’ll want to read the story, but first, let’s learn more about the author. 

Today we’re chatting with:  Linda Thornburg

 Most cherished beach memory: Walking on Virginia’s Sandbridge Beach with my friend Rowena, who was kind enough to invite me to her trailer with the million-dollar view of Back Bay many years running.

         Recommend a Beach Read: Sycamore Row, by John Grisham. Grisham’s latest is a sequel to Time To Kill. Jake Brigance, who made his fame in the small town of Clanton, Mississippi, by successfully defending a black man accused of murder, must now defend the handwritten will of a white man who leaves his considerable fortune to a black housekeeper and nothing to his two children. The story takes place in 1988.

        Author I would like to sip Mi Tais with: Martha Grimes, one of the contemporary queens of the quirky mystery. Some of her characters, however, prefer martinis.

Worst non-writing job I ever had: Assembling circuit boards for Honeywell’s Test Instruments Division in Denver. A tray would pop up with the right piece and a laser light arrow would show me where to put it. The most creative part was soldering the board at the end.

Favorite quote or saying:
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.
 ~From T.S. Elliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Song that you dance to when no one else is watching: Anything by Van Morrison  (Ed note:  Any one of a certain vintage will want to jump up and sing and dance along with this one!  Just push the play button and enjoy!  Really.  No one is watching...I pormise!)

Three of your favorite things: Van Morrison, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the television program Parenthood 

Two secret vices: Coffee with pinon from New Mexico, late night popcorn  

One pet peeve: People who text

        Bio/publishing credits/links: Linda Thornburg is one of two authors of the Cool Careers for Girls series,fourteen books written to inspire career exploration in teen and pre-teengirls that are used in schools throughout the United States. She runs the website, which offers advice and vignettes from thememoir genre.Linda has been a writer and editor for thirty years and has written hundreds of articles and edited more than twenty publications. She is currently atwork on her first full-length mystery featuring Ham Cohen.

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