Friday Friends ~ Author Linda Tillis

We Asked and Linda Answered

Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I think I would like to be Granny. I was born in Appalachia, back-woods mountain country. In my childhood, the matriarch of the family was revered. Her wisdom was sought on a daily basis. As I approach seventy years of learning, I’d like to think I have collected a broad spectrum of knowledge that I could share with others. It concerns me deeply that many arts are being lost because they are not being passed down to the younger generations. Things like quilting, crocheting, and baking biscuits by hand are noble endeavors that need to be preserved.

Q2: What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

Life is full of concepts that we don’t understand. And that’s okay. You don’t always have to know the next step you are supposed to take. Just live the life you are given. Live it with joy, faith, and gratitude to the One who gave it to you, and things will always come right at the end.

Q3: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

I still haven’t accepted the fact that I am a writer. I know I am a story-teller; I can’t give directions to the corner store without dragging it out to a full-blown adventure. My husband declared me to be a writer, then, very firmly, told me to write. So, I did. And as they say, the rest is history. Oh, and that was in 2015.

Speed Round – Just to get to know you better!
Coffee, Tea or Other: Diet Coke
Favorite Music:  Country, Blue Grass, Motown 70’s.
Favorite Movie: The Magic of Belle Isle
Dog, Cat or Other: None
Favorite Authors: Barbara Cartland/Rosemary Rogers

About the Book

Sarah Haskins’ last family member died months ago, and since then she’s put in way too much overtime at her job as a 911 dispatcher. Looking forward to a much-needed vacation and some peace of mind, she has no way of knowing that buying a piece of antique Cherokee Indian jewelry will forever change her life.

When Aaron Kramer wakes on a beautiful August morning in 1890, there is nothing to warn him he is going to be hanged that day—hanged and them saved from death by a very confused woman. Beautiful but not quite right in the head, poor thing, she thinks she’s from the future.

While FBI Agent Frank Kramer investigates Sarah’s disappearance from the present, she must adjust to the farm life of a century earlier—and to the man who makes her skin tingle and her heart beat faster. If she returns to her own time, can she be happy there, longing for the only family she has left?

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Read an Excerpt

“Listen to me. This is very important. You’re gonna do everything you can to get as much poison out of me as possible, but no matter what you do, some will get through. We must slow it down so my body can work to destroy it. You need to knock me out.”

The look on Aaron’s face said he thought she was already delirious.

“Damn it, listen to me! If I am unconscious, my heart will slow down, and the poison will also. Just take your fist and knock me out. If you don’t, I will probably die! Aaron, just do what I tell you. I know more about this kind of thing than you do.”

She had a death grip on Aaron’s left arm. When her words finally broke through his panicked mind, he understood their underlying meaning: I know things from my time that you don’t know.

Their eyes met, each holding so many yet unspoken things.

Aaron placed a hand under her head and lowered his mouth to hers hungrily as if he had to experience, in just one kiss, any future they might have. It was a kiss like neither had ever experienced before—hot and desperate, yet full of hope.

And then he hit her. Jeremy was standing by the table like a white marble statue. That was the vision planted in her mind as she lost consciousness.

My Review

A wonderfully written story that combines both past and present in a seamless weave of entertainment.

The references to American Indian folklore were especially well done and accurate (which is always appreciated). The story balances both narrative and dialogue without overdoing either. The characters are believable and very likable. I could see my own southern grandmother in Granny’s persona.

I highly recommend not just this book, but the two before it. You won’t be able to put it down until you finish!

About the Author

If you enjoy When Calls the Heart by Jannete Oke, or Promise Me Tomorrow by Lori Wick, then you’ll love the stories written by Linda Tillis.

Linda was born in Appalachia, Goody, Kentucky to be exact. You know, coal mining country. Her mother moved her to Cleveland, Ohio when she was a small child. She had the best of both worlds. In the summer she ran bare-foot through the mountains, drank from a cool, sweet, well…and yes, used an outhouse! But during the school year, she attended concerts and art galleries. She lost her mother to cancer when she was ten years old and moved to Florida to live with her father and his new family. She read voraciously during her high school years. In fact, at lunch on Thursdays, she would make a couple of dollars writing book reports for others.

She worked in the garment industry for eighteen years, then changed careers in 1986. Really changed careers. She went from fashion to forensics and spent the next twenty years with the local Police Department as, yep, you guessed it, a CSI. After so many years of brutality, death and general mayhem, her wonderful husband helped her realize it was becoming detrimental to her health. So, she retired. She spent a year re-acquainting herself with the “real” world. She took up nature photography, and sold a couple of articles, with photos, to the Florida Wildlife Magazine.

Her husband said, “Now, you should write a book.” And so, she did. The story of the Hinton Family Saga will warm your heart and renew your beliefs. Please leave Linda a review and let her know how much you enjoyed meeting the Hintons.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Linda on this edition of Friday Friends. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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2 Responses to Friday Friends ~ Author Linda Tillis

  1. For all the years I’ve known you I learn a little more interesting facts about you. “A Heart for All Time” is on my TBR list. Great interview.

    • Linda Tillis says:

      Loretta, you were an essential part of my becoming a published author, and I cannot thank you enough. Hope you enjoy the story.

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