Child-like wonder: An interview with Linda Bloodworth, author of A Raven’s Touch

If you want the quick gist on me, I’m in my late 30s, have two cats, a dog, and a husband and live in Toronto. I love anime (Sailor Moon), and pretty much most popular culture fandoms. If you read A Raven’s Touch carefully, there are Pink Floyd and Radiohead lyrics, plus references to Doctor Who, X-Files, X-Men, Sailor Moon, and a bunch more.

First, give us a little background about you.
Well, I’ve been writing since I could pick up a pencil, so that’s a good 30+ years now. When I was a kid, I used to tell my mother about my dreams, as I could remember them so vividly. Apparently, I just went on and on, I probably bored her to death. At that point, I realized it’s probably best to write these down and thus began my story writing habit that grew into an obsession. If I wasn’t writing I wasn’t breathing. Has always been an escape for me and a way to channel any frustrations and fears. During my formative years I grew up in the suburbs and I feel that’s still the most creative place for me as it was isolated. There’s seriously nothing to do and what else than to be creative and let your imagination run away? I suppose I was an odd kid and that didn’t really change. As an adult, I still feel I have retained child-like wonder and that makes me a great hit at parties. Oh, if there’s going to be a party, there better be ketchup chips. They’re a staple in Canada and there’s always a bag in my pantry.
What advice do you have for authors?
I’d tell anyone to forget the big city life and go out into the country where you can really let your imagination soar. Behind every bush could be a gnome kingdom, or that gas station attendant has someone tied up in the basement, perhaps that raven on your back step really is trying to talk to you? Get away from the noise of the city and listen to your inner voice.
How many hours a day do you write?
Maybe 1 hour a day if I’m lucky. During the weekend I can write up to 3 hours if it’s a perfect setting. During the week, I literally write on the subway, on my phone, while I commute to work. It’s not ideal, but it works.
How did you choose the genre(s) you write?
The genre chose me. I can’t say I really write ONE genre. I mean, A Raven’s Touch has a mishmash of characters, there’s an angel, a witch, a vampire, an elf, and a dragon. So yeah, you tell me what genre you think it is. Also, I’ve written short stories that are basically strange Twilight Zone type of stories. My main influences have been Stephen King, Philp K Dick, Peter Straub, Ray Bradbury, and Clive Barker. Needless to say, I like weird stories and I’m perfectly fine with them not really having a category.

Is A Raven’s Touch your first “ever” written novel?
It sure is and I plan to make the story a trilogy.
Where did the idea for A Raven’s Touch come from?
Not surprisingly, I had a dream about the first chapter and then I woke up and started writing. I originally wrote the book when I was 14 and finished when I was 18. Then, I let it sit and marinate for oh, 10 years, and then in my late 20’s, I re-wrote it. It’s incredibly different than the first time around as I’ve matured a lot and have way more life experience now to draw from.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book, A Raven’s Revenge?
A Raven’s Revenge picks up where A Raven’s Touch left off as our heroes are literally in Hell and are ready to kick Seliki’s ass. This story is darker as it explores physiological aspects of the characters, what they’re willing to do to save each other and in some cases hurt each other. It’s a story about friendship, adventure, and love. I mean, how much trouble can an angel, a witch, a vampire and an elf get into? Can they go into Hell and come out alive? You’ll just have to find out.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Each book will be connected as I really want to show the character progression from one to the next. Justice, my main character started off a little slow, but now that she’s a full blown leader and has come out of her protected shell she really is ready for anything thrown her way. She’s also backed up by her best friend, Moira, who is rather spunky and quick-witted. Together, they can do anything and frankly, it’s amazing what they pull off.
What can we (your fans!) expect from A Raven’s Revenge?
Readers can expect to keep their tissue boxes close for a few ugly cry and heart-stopping moments. Please don’t hate me because no one is safe and everyone is hurt, messed up in the head, or dead.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Writing has always been something I do from the heart and I’m honoured that people enjoy my stories. Thank you to everyone who has ever read A Raven’s Touch or any of my short stories (while I had a Patreon). Readers/bloggers are the lifeblood of any writer, so without you guys, I don’t have a voice, thank you so much!

Thank you so much for sharing, Linda! I can’t wait to read A Raven’s Touch.
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