I am thrilled to welcome author Linda J. Parisi to my blog today! I sat down with Linda to learn more about her thrilling new story The Emperor, which is part of the Never Fear – The Tarot: Do you Really Want to Know? anthology. 13 Thirty Books asked twenty-six authors to write stories based on the Tarot, with the cards determining which stories the authors would write. Linda’s card was The Emperor.
Alan Trembley thought he could survive boarding school by outsmarting the bullies. But then his roommate goes missing and Alan is determined to find out what happened to him. Sometimes being smart isn’t always a substitute for being Wise. And being a friend is the hardest choice of all to make.
Thank you Linda for joining us! We’re so excited to find out more about your new story The Emperor!
Can you tell us about how you came up with your idea for The Emperor?
I’d listened to a news story about bullying and wanted to write a piece about how that can affect people even as adults. Also, I’d been writing YA and wanted to try my hand at something just a bit younger.
What was your favorite part of The Emperor to write?
First, the ending. I always knew exactly how I wanted the story to end. Then there’s a scene (I don’t want to describe it now or that’ll spoil the fun) that has always scared me to death. And since this is a horror story….
Your characters in The Emperor are so unique and memorable. How do you go about creating characters that stick with the reader?
Easy answer: years of practice. Hard answer: digging way too deep inside and putting myself in there. You see, for a short time, I went to a boarding school too.
I’m looking forward to reading more! What project are you working on now?
My last completed work, entitled Resistance, is a World War II Historical YA about the choices young people had to make during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Right now I’m working on a sci-fi YA about what happens to people after the world is destroyed by a virus.
What advice can you give to aspiring authors?
I could give you all the platitudes like Never Give Up or Finish the Damn Book but the fact of the matter is, publishing is not an easy business. So the only advice I can give is embrace that. Don’t fight against it. Make everything you do a victory instead of a defeat. There’s still gold to be mined from even the most scathing rejection. And you never know when a window will open.
I’d also like to give a shout out to my publisher, 13 Thirty Books, for taking on a Romance Writer and letting her try her hand at writing horror. I had a lot of fun writing this story.
About Author Linda J. Parisi
As a research scientist during the day, Linda J. Parisi knows that the perfect formula for making sparks fly is combining conflicted, edgy heroes with heroines who never give up or give in. Awarded the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book for her novel, Noble Blood, and winner of the 4th Annual Stroke of Midnight Contest for her novel, The Joining: Bound by Blood, Linda is a long time member of the Romance Writers of America, member of the YA chapter of RWA, current treasurer of Liberty States Fiction Writers, as well as a Craft and Industry Instructor for Literary Powerhouse Consulting. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, John, and a family which includes Audi, a Cocker Spaniel mix who had her at woof!
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Where to buy: Never Fear, The Tarot: Do You Really Want to Know?