27 novels...4 Goldies...a Lambda nod, and the Alice B award, and I'm still loving what I do.
I tend to be a series writer and these are the titles of the first in each series:
More than an Echo
Taken By Storm
Coming in 2015
Kill or Be Killed.
I was honored with the Alice B Award for my body of work. What a wonderful and humbling experience to be acknowledge for the breadth of one's insanity!
I have a new publisher now, Sapphire Books, and they are bringing out a Zombie novel and the rest of the Jessie and Echo series. They will also be offering up in print AND eBooks, the Delta Stevens series! Woot!
My latest book, Demon Within is coming out in 2015. I've been very busy with writing and am lucky that Sapphire makes room in the schedule for me.
I have been writing for 30 years. I wrote 4 horrid novels when I was younger...until someone asked me why I didn't write cop stories, since I had been one way back in the dark ages. I fought that urge, not being a mystery reader at the time and because police work was not a match for me. Instead, I took my Masters in English to education and I have been a teacher for the majority of my life. I prefer to touch lives rather than arrest them. Nonetheless, one day, Delta Stevens sprang into my head, as well as my heart, and so I wrote. And wrote. And the next thing I knew...there she was, and there a publisher was, and there was the beginning of my writing career and my love of the irascible Delta Stevens, who makes a comeback in the Echo series.
Like a love affair that sneaks up on you, Delta and her cast of characters came into my life, changing me forever. Perhaps it was Delta, maybe it was writing itself, but my life transformed dramatically.
Publishers have come and gone as the industry has changed dramatically. With Borders and Barnes and Nobles pushing out the smaller bookstores, smaller presses went with them...and so ended my publishers and Delta.
But I kept on writing...and now, I have published 27 novels in a variety of genres, and have won Golden Crown Literary Awards.
It is my hope that my readers will come help Sapphire grow into the powerhouse I know it can be...to read, read, and read more!
Teaching & Traveling
Traveling also aids in my teaching world. I have been a teacher for 28 years, teaching everything from 4th grade to college, and I now teach at an American Military University online. I love teaching online, and teach everything from early American and British Lit, to Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit, to World Lit.
When I'm not teaching, I am traveling all over the place, and just recently returned from a trip in Africa, where I did research for the the next Echo. Travel is my muse, and I see her as often as I can.
I guess, in short, I have a great time and a wonderful life, and I've told people that I want my headstone to read "She lived an enviable life." I guess that's what I want for the people I love...for them to live the kind of life they envision...to write if that's what they want, to be a farmer if that is the life for them...to do and be what they dream because I am living proof that dreams come true. After ten published novels, I have a new dream, and I'm making steps every day to make that one come true.
Check me out on facebook: Linda Kay Silva, and remember, word of mouth sells books. If you feel so inclined, a great review is worth my weight in gold!