Author Revealed

About Julie Linker

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/8

Q. Previous occupations

A. Attorney, law clerk, salesgirl at mall, grocery store cashier, ninja, international spy.

Q. Favorite job

A. Ninja, definitely.

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to college at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (GO HOGS!!) and law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. My high school--We'll just refer to that as "hell."

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Harry Connick Jr. Because he's super-talented AND super-cute.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Sons of Anarchy. Love it!! Charlie Hunnam is my imaginary boyfriend.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Lose keys. Find keys. Lose phone. Find phone. Repeat. (okay, that was 9 words--do I still get credit?)

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Dull women have immaculate houses." Or so I keep telling myself.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I have lots of fears--heights, snakes, a psycho ax-murderer breaking into my house in the middle of the night.  But I think anyone who is a parent will tell you that their greatest fear is something happening to their child (ren).  When I put things like being scared of the ferris wheel at the county fair in context with something happening to my daughter, there's no comparison.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My mother. Even though that answer sounds very "Miss America-ish."

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Do you know what I mean?"

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not breaking up with my college boyfriend waaaaaay sooner than I did.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing. I've always, always wished I could be even a mediocre singer. The sound of nails on a chalkboard is preferable to my singing voice. It's THAT bad.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm always 5 to 10 minutes late. For everything. Always.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I don't mind being bossed around.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My complete and total klutziness. I'm always tripping, spilling various food/drink items, and dropping stuff.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Rhett Butler is my all-time favorite hero, although I go through spells of liking others like Edward Cullen.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who are underdressed and/or inappropriately dressed. Yes, I'm talking about you, dude who showed up for his job interview in a HOODIE (and not even a nice hoodie--it was all frayed and faded). And you, soccer mom who lets your kids wear their soccer uniforms to Sunday morning mass. I get it. You have a game right after church. Change in the car. Jesus may not care what you look like, but I do.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Chocolate, no contest. Preferably dark.

On Books and Writing

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Gone with the Wind, The Thorn Birds, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Harry Potter, and Twilight.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I practically have the whole thing memorized, but I still keep reading it over and over again. I LOVE him. He's the only author who has ever made me laugh so hard I cried.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Join RWA (Romance Writers Association of America), even if you don't write romance because they are the best publishing resource out there.