What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The hardest part for me is time management. I do a lot of my own marketing, which is very time consuming. Finding the time to write becomes a challenge. One needs to be quite disciplined. I say I will carve out a time every day, but that proves to be difficult. The system that works for me is to set a weekly goal of say, one chapter by Friday. But I am always inquiring what works for the authors I speak with. (I do a local access TV show, interviewing authors, and that’s one of my questions.)
Can you give us a short synopsis of your series?
My Annie Tillery Mysteries involve the title character in a series of adventures dealing with the solution of crimes. Annie lives with her Aunt Jill, who is a NYC police detective. In the first book, The Madonna Ghost, they go to Fire Island for a vacation. Annie meets a boy who tells her about a local ghost. They investigate and find that the ghost is hiding a crime that impacts on national security. In Girl with Pencil, Drawing, Annie uncovers a ring of art forgers and thieves as she tries to clear her art instructor of the murder of the art gallery’s director. In Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys, my heroine travels to Turkey to work at an archaeological dig where artifacts are disappearing and dangerous sabotage is afoot. These books involve Annie in exciting plots of a timely nature, give good understandable insights into how forensic science is used to solve crimes, and bring in the extra added bonus of a little romance. The settings are glamorous and exciting, if not a little scary at times.
What inspired you to write this series?
I taught forensic science for over twenty years, and I loved Nancy Drew as a kid. I began writing mysteries by turning the case studies I wrote for my students to solve into books. Annie is inspired by my favorite female students. One of my pet projects as a teacher was to inspire girls to follow careers in science.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
When I am working on a book, it averages out to about two and a half. When I am marketing and writing my blogs, forensics articles, and copy for websites, etc., it’s about the same.
Name your top five favourite books.
My all-time favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird.
I will give you my favorite authors:
Steve Berry: The Amber Room.
Steven King: The Stand
Elizabeth George: Just One Evil Act
Jojo Moyes: Me Before You Very current, but it really touched me.
The Madonna Ghost
Seventeen-year-old Annie Tillery and her Aunt Jill set off for Long Island’s Fire Island for a vacation of surf, sun, and sailing. Annie is happy to leave behind the stress of her relationship with her parents. Aunt Jill, who is an NYPD detective, is mixing her vacation with a case she must keep secret from Annie.
Amateur detective Annie Tillery is at it again. After she wins a series of art lessons at a prestigious art gallery, Annie shows up for her first lesson to find her instructor, Francesca Gabrielli, in a volatile argument with John DiCristiani, the art gallery’s director, over his incessant requests for her to illegally copy art masterpieces.
Annie Tillery joins boyfriend, Ty Egan, and his best friend, Cedric Zeeks, at an archaeological dig in Turkey. All is not what it seems in the fascinating city of Istanbul. The gang finds themselves tracking treasure hunters and thieves through mysterious passageways in Istanbul’s old city, and the treacherous caves surrounding the ancient archaeological site.
Linda Maria Frank: With the introduction of the Annie Tillery Mysteries, Linda has been launching a new career as author. Inspired by a childhood passion for Nancy Drew books and the popular television series, CSI, she successfully married an appealing heroine (Annie Tillery) with a gripping story plots to create these new fiction books for mystery readers. The Madonna Ghost has earned the distinctive “Editor’s Choice” and “Rising Star” awards. In Girl With Pencil Drawing, the second book in the series, Annie stays one step ahead of the bad guys. The third book, Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys, released this year, will soon join the others in digital audio.
Frank’s first love was teaching science, her assignments ranging from Middle School to graduate level courses at Hofstra and Adelphi Universities. It was the forensic science courses that gave her the story lines for her heroine, Annie, who is based on a composite of former beloved students.
Presently Frank is the producer of “The Writer’s Dream”, a series of shows with writers who discuss different aspects of the profession, seen on youtube.
The Madonna Ghost won Rising Star from iUniverse. It also got the author a spot into the Authors Show 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading. The author is a finalist this year for Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys. The cover for “Secrets” is a finalist in the Book Goodies cover contest. http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow50Writers2014-preVote.html
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Chapter 1 of “Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys” on YouTube
Author Page on Amazon