Posted by: rcwriter | November 11, 2008

Interview–Linda Leigh Hargrove


Hello all,

Linda Leigh Hargrove took some time to answer some questions for me. Next month, I get to conduct a phone interview for InkWell on The Christian Pulse. If you have any questions you’d like for me to ask her, leave them in the comments. In return, you’ll get a chance to win an autographed set of her novels, The Making of Isaac Hunt and Loving Cee Cee Johnson.

Y   Your novels address some very controversial social problems, why did you choose these topics?

In a way I think these topics chose me. John 17:21 is my heart verse. It’s a God thing. I feel I have to use all of the talents and abilities He’s put in me toward seeing true oneness (John 17 style) in the body of Christ. I didn’t go out to be controversial, for book sales or to gain a following. If I did, race issues certainly would not be the topic I’d choose. People, unfortunately tend to run away from facing the issue of race and racism in the church.

What do you enjoy about the writing process?

T       The thing I enjoy most is creating something of value and beauty out of nothing (seemingly). The white  computer screen doesn’t scare me.

How do you incorporate worship into your writing?

I think writing is a facet of worship. Just like washing dishes, doing someone’s hair, singing in church before others. It’s service, and service is one way to worship God.

Who’s your favorite character in Loving Cee Cee Johnson?

My favorite  in Loving is John Carter Manning.

Loving Cee Cee Johnson opens with a very intense emotional scene. When you write scenes like that, do you find you need down time to mentally recover?

I think there’s something wrong with my emotional on/off switch. I don’t bat an eye while I write scenes like that. Afterward I go back and try to read it like someone else might. Someone who cries when they see certain movies or images (like Bambie or Saving Private Ryan). Hopefully that doesn’t make me sound too heartless. I do have a soft spot, somewhere. Remember, I spent a decade training as an engineer and grew up ‘in the country’ where killing animals for food or protection was commonplace. I no longer have an NRA card. LOL.

Chasing around three boys is a job in itself, how do you fit writing in with family life?

I either write when they are in bed or in school. The real juggling act is writing, promoting my books, and running a graphic design business.

F     Favorites:

Author: Sigmund Brouwer, DeeAnne Gist, Walter Mosley, Pearl Buck, bell hooks

Book: Brouwer’s Samuel Keaton series, The Good Earth

Actor: Sean Connery, John Wayne,  Laurence Fishburne, Maureen O’Hare, Eartha Kitt

Movie: The Quiet Man

How do you spend your down time? What’s your favorite family activity?

What’s down time? LOL. I enjoy reading, sewing, knitting, painting, hiking in the woods with my boys (especially the big handsome one I married).

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