Thursday, May 12, 2011


Allison Knight is on my blog today sharing her story of how she became a writer. So I thought it would be fun to share my experience on her blog. I wish I could say I always knew I’d be a writer and that I’d won an essay contest, but my career didn’t begin that way. The area in which I excelled in elementary school was art. Several of my colored chalk drawings were entered into a contest. I didn’t win anything, but it was an honor to be selected to participate.

Even though I loved to draw, I spent hours reading. Art was forgotten and interest didn’t resurface until the 1970s when my children were small. I took oil painting lessons for several years and turned out a number of pictures but nothing spectacular. During high school, college, and the thirty years I worked as a public school teacher, I read. In college I read The Agony and Ecstasy and other literary works. In the 1970s I read the John Jakes series, everything of Barbara Michaels, Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, and Anya Seton I could get my hands on. It wasn’t until the late 1970s and early 1980s I discovered the romances of Rosemary Rogers and Kathleen Woodiwess and from then on romances became a large part of my reading material.

Today, I read a little of everything—suspense, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, mainstream—but romance is still at the top of the list. My husband and I both enjoy reading eBooks, Larry on his cell phone and I use both my Nook and my cell phone. No, I don’t believe paper books will become obsolete nor would I want them to. I love to see my own books in print.

Now, about how I came to be a writer. Back in 1990 I’d just finished reading a romance and commented to my husband, “I think I could write a romance novel.” He said, “Well, why don’t you.”

Seventeen years and about seven rewrites and many classes later, my first novel, When the Ocotillo Bloom, came out with Wings Press. Champagne Books re-released it in 2009. Since then I’ve had five additional releases and two short story releases. In December 2011 my futuristic romantic suspense, Born in Ice, will be released by Champagne Books. Another short time travel story, A Marshal of Her Own, a sequel to A Law of Her Own will be out from The Wild Rose Press sometime soon.
At present I’m working on a romantic suspense that takes place along Route 66 in New Mexico and the third short time travel story to follow A Marshal of Her Own.
My latest work, A Way Back, from Champagne Books is a time travel set in the 1930s oil fields of Texas.

Here is a short blurb.
In the 1930s oil fields of Texas, a woman from the future finds new purpose as she helps a banker rebuild his financial empire.

Amber Mathis, a Wall Street investment banker, returns to her office after burying her mother. Distraught, tired of the rat race, she's determined to make a career change. In the elevator she falls and rises to find herself in a vintage lift. The date is February 25, 1930, and a man stands on the window ledge in her office ready to jump.

Wellman Hathaway, owner and CEO of Hathaway Bank in New York struggles to pay his depositors half their losses. A woman claiming to be from the future appears in his office and involves him in a scheme that forces them into marriage. With Amber's knowledge of the financial history of the 1930s, they travel to the oil fields of Texas to recoup Wellman's funds.

Two people from different centuries are thrown together to survive a difficult time. Will they find more than A Way Back to prosperity?

Thank you all for stopping by today. I’d love for you to leave a comment for me and one for Allison on my blog at Linda Laroque Author I give away an eBook every month to one lucky commenter.
Happy Reading and Writing!


Linda LaRoque is a retired teacher who loves Texas, it's flora and fauna, and its people. Her contemporary and historical time travel stories paint pictures of life, love, and learning set against the raw landscape of ranches and rural communities in Texas and the Midwest. You can visit Linda on her website at Linda Laroque


Linda LaRoque said...

Thank you for having me today, Allison. It's always fun to guest on other blogs and meet new readers.

Jude Johnson said...

I have to get this book today!
I enjoyed reading about your journey, Linda. Painting is another form of storytelling so it seems natural to me you'd gravitate to wordsmithing as well.


Linda LaRoque said...

Hi, Jude and thanks. I'd love to hear your thoughts on A Way Back. So true on the painting.

BTW, I really enjoyed Dragon and Hawk. A different western historical. Well done.

SJOwens said...

Linda, I loved your book. 5 Stars from me :)

Linda LaRoque said...

Thank you, Susan. Glad you liked it.