Linda Atnip is the author of the children’s book, “Miranda’s Magic Garden” and a memoir, “Conversations with Mr. Kiki: One Woman’s Spiritual Journey with Her Best Friend. A graduate of Florida State University who majored in Broadcast Journalism with minors in English and Theatre, she worked as a television news reporter for WPTV, Palm Beach, Florida and as an actress in motion pictures and t.v. before becoming a writer.
In addition to print media, Linda has been published as a songwriter, poet and watercolor artist. Also , she served as the Coordinator of Advertising and Promotion for NBC4 in Burbank, CA and as the Entertainment Editor for NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE.
What inspires you to write?
Many of my creative ideas occur in the dream state. I have very colorful and expressive nightime dreams that influence my story ideas. Also, my personal interests influence my work.
Tell us about your writing process.
I begin with an outline of the story and following basic story structure usually begin with an intro, rising action, climax, falling action and denoument. However, I sometimes use a different formula such as starting with the end of the story and explaining the action in end to front storyline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I give them a voice to express their content and describe them in detail so the reader can easily visualize them.
What advice would you give other writers?
To follow their inner guidance and to write passionately about their interests. Also, read other writers and see what techniques you might want to emulate. I love beautiful description, painting a picture with words so I always inject that element into my writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My children’s book was published by a traditional publisher who hired an illustrator. Although I am an artist, I am not an illustrator and I needed this type of collaboration to bring my story to life.
With my memoir, I chose to work with an on-line publisher in order to have more control of the writing process.
I recommend that new authors explore all methods of publication and choose what best fits their goals.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It appears to be going the digital route. But, I do hope we will always have the option of print books and brick and mortar stores where we can easily peruse new titles.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Children’s fantasy, Memoir
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print