Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Master Author Spotlight: March 2013

 Dr. Linda Brown


Questions and answers about Linda:

Where were you born?
 was born in Akron, Ohio and lived there until I went to NC
to go to Bennett College.
Where have you been a teacher?
Kent State University, The University of NC at Greensboro, Guilford College and
Bennett College for Women
Have you ever won any awards for your writing?
My first award was second prize in a creative writing contest when
 I was a student at
Bennett College. And then I won first prize for fiction from the
NC Coalition of the Arts
and they published Rainbow ‘Roun Mah Shoulder. Later I was awarded a
residency at the
Headlands Center near San Francisco by the NC Arts Council.
Have you published other books?
Yes, please click here to read about them.
Where have you published your other works?
I have published in Black Scholar, Religion and Intellectual Life, O Henry
Festival Stories,
“Cricket” Magazine, and many other places.
Why do you write historical novels?
I believe that history has a lot to teach us about our own lives and our times.
If you don’t know
where you have been you certainly don’t know where you are going.
Have your plays been performed?
Yes three of my plays have been performed.
Do you ever travel and give readings and workshops?
Yes, I have given a great many readings and lectures. Some of the places
where I’ve been are:
Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles California; Akron, Ohio; Washington, DC;
Southern Pines, NC;
Winston Salem , NC and many other locations.
What else do you like to do besides writing?
I like to sing. I belong to two choirs in Greensboro. I also enjoy quilting
and have made
more than 10 quilts by hand. I also like watching movies with my
grandchildren whose
ages are 1, 9, 14, 11, 13, and 15. Of course one of my favorite things to do
is reading.
Do you plan to write any more books?
I am working on a sequel to Black Angels.
Do you have any advice for young people who want to become writers?
The best thing you can do is to read as many books as you can. And then you
 need to practice your writing every day. Keep your journal by your bed. Take it
everywhere you go in case some good idea comes into your mind. And don’t
get discouraged. Writing is hard work but it’s always fun! Good luck!

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