Interview with Linda Suit
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
My writing journey began later in life with inspirational articles for a church newsletter. Our Pastor graciously told me he hated to write his column because mine was so much better. I chose to consider my writing style different, not better. Every writer has something to offer.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
Almost three years ago a very special critter was literally thrown into our laps. Enter Spunky Doodle, a unique, sassy, wonderfully personable little squirrel found my husband in the woods. She was all alone and immediately climbed on his gloved hand. I went back with him later and she climbed in my arms, refusing to be left alone. I tried. She followed us. The rest is history. Spunky writes a story almost daily and has brought smiles and inspiration to many. She has also left her mark on me, as I'm her Mommy tree.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
I couldn't even begin to imagine the characters I use in my writing. I am blessed to have traveled to the ends of the earth and have encountered countless "characters" that have inspired me. There simply is not enough time to do them all justice.
How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
My writing has all been short stories and all based on personal experiences. Many times, it takes time to process those experiences, and there does not seem to be a set time period for this. I just "know" when it's time. I don't even think about what I'm going to write, it seems to flow from my heart to my fingers. I don't think the way I write. It just happens. Some of my journeys are more profound than others and it takes my mind and heart whatever time it takes to get to the point of sharing them. Many times, I go back and read what I've written, and I have to wonder how those words arrived on the screen.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
A children's book and possibly an adult version of the same is in my computer waiting for me to fine tune, as well as a short story. My biggest shortcomings are organization and anything technical. I hide my head under a pillow when I'm faced with a new program to get from writing to a format acceptable for submission.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I write when I feel something is ready to come forth. Things pop into my head when I sit down in front of the screen, then it seems to flow.
How have your family and friends accepted your career as a writer? Are they supportive?
My husband has been my constant source of support and encouragement. However, I cannot overlook the many friends that have pushed me forward with the "You can do this" nudge. I tend to want to write simply for the sense of satisfaction I feel when it's done, and the joy it brings to others. I openly admit that I have little inspiration when it comes to trying to get anything published.
How would you define what being a successful writer means?
There is a huge difference in being a successful writer and being a published writer. In my heart I feel I am successful if by sharing my personal experiences I can make readers feel as if they were there seeing what I am describing—and I can instill laughter, inspiration, and hope. That's my measure of success. In the end, that's what counts.
Meet Linda Suit
Linda Suit is a city girl turned country. A travel agent by trade, she and her husband, Jerry, live in rural Arkansas with their animals including an amazing pet squirrel, Spunky Doodle. Spunky has brightened the lives of many with her stories. She is quite a character and definitely lives up to her name of Spunky.
Linda has traveled the world. Her passion for missions comes alive in her stories from remote areas. She will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings. Come along and share the adventures. It has been an amazing journey.
Learn more about Linda and her writing journey on Facebook.
You can read Linda's "Spunky Tales" column on the 2nd Saturday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.