MFRW Author Linda Hoover shares where her story ideas come from.
Linda Hoover lives in west-central Ohio with her husband, daughter, son, grandson, and a cat who thinks he owns the house. Linda earned a degree in psychology at Anderson University where she learned the voices in her head were actually characters from stories waiting to be told.
By day, Linda works as a library assistant at a branch of the county’s public library system where two of her duties include choosing books for the young adult and Christian fiction areas. As a result, she has a very long “To Read” list. In her spare time she writes the stories her voices tell her.
My story ideas come from my surroundings.
I look at a landscape arch and wonder, "What if it's a portal to another world?"
Or pass someone on the highway and think about what it might be like to be them.
I find myself constructing a life for many of the people I see. I guess that makes me naturally creative. I like writing romantic elements into my stories because it's fun to watch the hero and heroine work out their differences along the way to a happy ending.
My personality definitely shows up in my writing. I like snark and humor and try to include both.
Mountain Prophecy is set in 1918, but the problems could be in any time period. Intolerance, suspicion and holding grudges get in the way of solving problems. Dusty, Darla and Aidan each have life changing goals. The question is, will they see beyond the negative attitudes around them and realize they need to work together?
The idea for Mountain Prophecy came from a short story I wrote for a writing class I took several years ago. I kept revisiting it, expanding the story and allowing the characters to come to life. Eventually I could see I had no choice but to turn it into a novel.
I hope readers will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Young Adult, Historical, Inspirational
by Linda A Hoover
For the three family groups living in the Appalachian valley superstition, intolerance and suspicion rule the day. Dusty and Darla deal with it every year when they visit their relatives, but this summer is different. Young women have disappeared into an abandoned mine and the people believe they might have been enchanted by trolls looking for brides. The teen twins find themselves at odds over what to do about it. Aidan, who will soon be leader of the group of people living in the cavern at the end of the mine tunnel, knows exactly what needs to happen, and Darla is key. Darla believes God has called her to help whoever lives in the mine, but by doing so will she be savior or sacrifice?
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