Today we’re featuring one of our favorite authors, Linda Yezak. She’s one of four authors in a collection titled The Bucket List Dare.
QPQ – Congratulations on the new release! I love the premise of this collection. It’s about four college friends who decide to check something off their buckets lists before they turn thirty. How did this come about?
LY – Actually it was Jessica Ferguson’s idea, which is a bit of a surprise, since she didn’t go to Texas A&M. She called me when Billy and I were driving home from our annual trip to the Hill Country, and the excitement over her story idea made an eight hour drive seem like three.
QPQ – I absolutely love your characters – in all your books – but JoJo may be my most favorite yet. You write such fun dialogue, but it’s the inner dialogue of JoJo that had me laughing out loud. How much of the real Linda Yezak are we seeing in JoJo?
LY – Other than the snark, absolutely none. I want to jump from a plane so bad, I can feel it.
QPQ – As much as we may love the heroine, let’s face it, we read romance for the hero. Was Mitch modeled after anyone special in your life?
LY – Hate to disappoint, but no. Mitch just developed as I went along. I wish I could’ve deepened his character a bit more—shown some of those “warts” Jojo wondered about—but I started running out of wordcount.
QPQ – Oh, I know that feeling! It’s the price we pay for writing in a collection. And now the pivotal question for readers everywhere. *insert drum roll* Have you ever jumped out of an airplane?
LY – I had the opportunity once, and if Billy hadn’t been there when I was asked, I would have. Maybe Jojo is modeled on him . . . Nah. He loves to fly too much.
QPQ – Is this on your personal bucket list?
LY – Actually, yes. I have a niece who has promised to do some of the crazy things I’d love to do with me, but she also wants to go down in a shark cage. I drew the line.
QPQ – Smart woman! What’s next in the hopper from Linda Yezak?
LY – I have another novella coming out with some friends—The Tiny House Collection, in which all the characters live in/buy a tiny house. Mine, titled Kayla’s Challenge, is the prequel for my new series, tentatively called Southern Challenge, the first of which I intend to finish next year. Next for this year and in to next is Book Three of the Circle Bar Ranch series, Ride to the Altar. And if I don’t get started on that one soon, I’m gonna miss my deadline!
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