Linda Hanna Lloyd
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where are you now?
I grew up in Northwest Pennsylvania. My father was one of 7 children born to Syrian immigrants. In the course of my life thus far, I have lived in Newport RI, Virginia Beach, VA, San Diego, Coronado and Monterey CA (then I was a Navy wife). We moved to Columbia MD in 1980, living there for 34 years before retiring to Austin Texas in 2015.
2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your latest work in progress?
I love the female characters in my first book and want to write more about them. This gave birth my current project, a sequel to The Syrian Peddler.
3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?
Of course, my husband, Douglas Lloyd and my children, Karlyn Johnston Heide and Derek Johnston. My editor, Susan Luton, and the many friends who read and provided comments on the drafts, especially my sister, Rebecca Hanna Ryan.
4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?
I found it takes dedication and self-motivation to self-publish; two traits that help you in life.
5. What made you decide to become an author?
I took my first writing class in 2010 and continue to take classes and write to this day.
6. What are some stories that changed your life or made a big impression on you and why?
The perseverance of my dad to succeed in life; much of which he learned from my grandfather’s work ethic. My grandfather’s story of success as an immigrant.
7. What do you want the world to know about Indie Authors?
That we are creative writers who value working with others, such as our editors and graphic designers. We are proud of our self-publishing efforts and successes.
8. What would you like your readers to take away from your work?
An appreciation of immigrants’ desires to succeed in America and their love for our country.
9. Tell us a little bit about your writing process. How do you get started? How do you know when you're done?
I start with an outline of the story, where I want to begin and where I want to end. Then I just start writing. I have a tendency to revise as I write my first draft and then when I feel it is well-developed, I work with my editor to revise, revise and revise. My first book was published in March 2017. I had set a goal to complete all revisions by January 2017 and that was when I felt satisfied with the rewrites. I just had that feeling, I was done.
10. What do you think your strengths are as a writer? What is it about your books that will draw your audience in?
The ability to complete detailed research to match the time period of my writing and to create a tempo that moves the story forward. I’m able to draw the reader into the story with a hook in the first few paragraphs. Below is one of my reviews on Amazon.
“The author's heart shines throughout this book. It is obvious how much love and reverence she has for her family of origin. After researching the history of immigrants to America, especially the Syrians, and the practices and customs of the early 1900s, with obvious love Ms. Lloyd has written an immigrant tale based on the real and imagined experiences of her grandparents.”
11. What components fit together to make a great book?
Keep the plot moving, pace the narrative and tempo, create tension and develop your characters so the reader gets to know them.
12. What is your favorite genre to write?