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Interview with Linda Bond, author of Alive at 5

Alive at 5Title: Alive at 5
Author: Linda Bond
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Pages: 249
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Ebook

TV news reporter Samantha Steele is one panic attack away from losing her job. Future on the line and cameraman in tow, she follows her mentor on an exhilarating adventure vacation. When he dies while skydiving, her investigative instincts scream “murdered”, and lead her to gorgeous thrill-seeker Zack Hunter.

Zack is an undercover police officer investigating his uncle’s death through the same adventure vacation company. Samantha is a thorn in his side the moment they meet. Not only is she investigating the same case, but the emotionally wounded loner doesn’t want another partner, especially one whose goal is to splash evidence all over the evening news. But Samantha’s persistence is quite a turn-on, and Zack’s overpowering desire makes it harder for him to push her away.

When the killer turns his attention to Zack, Samantha might be the only one who can save him, forcing the anxiety-riddled correspondent to finally face her greatest fear.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

I am a TV news anchor and reporter by day, and a writer of romantic adventures by night, but sometimes my two different careers collide. I was sitting on the anchor desk one day, reading a story about an accident during an adventure vacation, and I turned to my co-anchor during the break and said, “That would make a very cool setting for an novel, an adventure vacation where someone is making murder look like an accident.” He loved it, and that’s when I knew I could get men to read romance novels too. Just add the adventure and the action and you can pull everyone in. So Alive at 5 is a play on words. I go live at 5 every day Monday through Friday Sam Steele is undercover on assignment trying to stay alive at 5.

What is your writing environment like?

Chaotic! At best. LOL I have five kids and a full time job. I write when I can, under any circumstances. I could finish a chapter in the middle of a tornado as long as my laptop didn’t lose power. I’m a reporter, so I know how to meet deadlines.

What is your favorite quote? Why?

This too shall pass. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. I was 44 years old. That’s too young to have the death staring at you. I just kept that thought in my head. This too shall pass. And I will be fine. I will live. I will survive. I am still alive. I also like “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” That refers to my writing career.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

This is too funny. Don’t know if my parent’s will appreciate it, but when I was young my stepfather used to make us go camping and go on these long hikes. I appreciate that now. But as a pre-teen, I was so bored! I would make up characters in my head, and then throw them into conflict – all while hiking and trying to avoid black bears and snakes. LOL I was multi-tasking at a very young age. I just love making up and telling stories. Always have.

What inspires you to write?

The voices in my head. I either start with a character who has an undeniable flaw or a setting and a question that begs to be answered, or a conflict that must be resolved, and then I let the creativity flow.

What do you consider the most challenging part about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

Well, in my case I’d say time. I have a demanding day job as a news anchor and reporter. I have a wonderfully busy home life with 5 kids and a sexy hero who I married and made a husband, so finding time to write is hard. But I love it so much my laptop is never that far away from me.

Did you learn anything while writing this book? If so, what was it?

That I still had a lot to learn. Alive at 5 went through three rounds of edits.

What have you done to promote this book?

Wow, a lot. Entangled Publishing has me on a blog tour. They’ve done advertising. So have I. I’m going to run a contest at Fresh Fiction and Just Romantic Suspense. I sent out advanced copies for reviews. I post on social media sites. I do a little promotional work every day.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

I took an online class on launching a book and working social media. Both were helpful. I’ve learned a lot at Romance Writer of America conferences both local and national. And I have a network of author friends who I can bounce questions off of.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I Just want you (my readers) to have fun. I didn’t get into this to make money. I started writing romantic fiction out of a true love for the genre. I started writing for women like me, who work hard all day and into the night, and when they get that one hour a day to spend on themselves, they want to relax and unwind and lose themselves in a good novel. But not one that will make them work too hard. I would sit in a hot bath with a semi-good glass of red wine and disappear into a good Julie Leto or Karen Rose or Sylvia Day novel. And after an hour my brain would reset and I would feel recharged. I hope I can do that for all of you.

Meet the Author

Linda BondAuthor Linda Bond was born in San Francisco, California but spent most of her life in the south, attending middle and high school in Greenville, South Carolina and college at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

She’s worked as a television news reporter and anchor in Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa, Florida. For the past fifteen years, she’s been a health reporter, sharing important information with viewers on the latest medical breakthroughs and writing emotional, human-interest stories on those who have the courage and spirit to fight for their lives.

She writes every day, under deadline, but has always loved losing herself in a good fiction story. Her love for writing fiction actually started in high school, but a thriving, busy professional life, along with five kids, kept her busy for many years.

Entangled Publishing is releasing her debut romantic adventure, Alive at 5, July 14th 2014.

She has received numerous writing awards in Romance Writer’s of America chapter contests for Alive at 5 and her other manuscripts Cuba Undercover and Glory, Glory the Majorettes are 40.

She has also won 12 Emmy awards, numerous Society of Professional Journalist, and Associated Press awards, as well as a Florida Bar award and Edward R. Murrow award.

This former baton-twirling beauty queen from the Deep South, now lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, adopted son from Cuba, two daughters, and one stubborn Bulldog named Sanford.

Her latest book is the romantic suspense novel, Alive at 5.