Saturday, July 16, 2016

CAN Scavenger Hunt STOP #25

Dear Readers~

Today Everything Writerly is participating in the CAN authors’ Scavenger Hunt. What fun! 

If you haven't yet begun the hunt, CLICK HERE to start.

Welcome to STOP #25 where I'm hosting author Linda Rondeau …

High School Gym Class with Richard Gere? No pressure, right...WHAT?

Linda: I spent most of my life in central and Northern New York. Born in Syracuse and
graduating from North Syracuse High School, and yes…the alma mater of movie star Richard Gere. Sadly, I was a senior when he was a sophomore so I think the only class we shared was gymnastics. He specialized in the rings and I was on the balance beam. Oh, then there was music. Only he was in Marching Band and I was in Select Choir. I did win the Hootenanny Contest that year so maybe he did know who I was. Guess I’ll never know.

A New York State of Mind.

Author Linda Rondeau
In later years, I lived in Northern New York, the setting for most of my novels. Five years ago I ventured to Jacksonville, Florida because I could golf all year around and I preferred sun rather than six months of winter.

Writing and Publishing Q & A

Andrea: In which genre do you usually write

Linda: I write mostly contemporary fiction, although on occasion I write non-fiction. My contemporary novels contain a mixture of humor, history, intrigue, and romance…some more of these elements than others. I write to show that our worst past, once we surrender to God’s love, can become our best future. He is sovereign of our yesterdays as well as our todays and tomorrows.

Andrea: What do you do when you’re not writing?

Linda: We are still exploring Florida and our new city of Jacksonville. Besides golfing, we enjoy going for hikes at the National Arboretum and the various nearby parks. One of our favorite places is along the St. John’s River. 

Also, I have recently taken on teaching a class of senior women. They challenge me to “study and show myself approved.” 

We also participate in the church choir which is a challenge, to be sure. In NNY the largest church we attended was smaller than our choir. The music is contemporary and memorization is required. Whew!

Andrea: What’s one of the things you like best about being a writer?

Linda: I worship while I write. I find myself in prayerful moods as I think about the words I convey to the page. In addition, I love the research. I’ve learned so much about life and the world as I look into facts and information.

Andrea: What are some of your recent book releases?

Linda: My most recent release is Fiddler’s Fling, a contemporary set in the Adirondack Mountains. My heroine is a country girl who spurns her roots when she becomes engaged to an up and coming political star. In so doing, she put aside her greatest talent, her fiddle. 

When she receives a call from her high school sweetheart informing her that her estranged father is dying, Jolene decides to return home. 

The endeavor pits her against her fiancé, who disapproves of her former lifestyle and has tried to remake her in the image his mother has determined suits the spouse of a state senator. 

The biggest conflict arises when Jolene agrees to enter the county’s most prestigious fiddlers contest, a last chance to play a duet with her father. As she engages in past pursuits, her feelings reignite for her old sweetheart, now her father’s business partner. Yet, the secret she has kept from him must never be shared. Jolene struggles to find meaning for a future she resists while reconciling a past she wants to forget.  

Andrea: A large number of authors are venturing into self-publishing these days. Is this the case with you, or are you strictly published through a large traditional publisher?

Linda: So far, my novels are all traditionally published. However, I am considering self publishing a few of my works.

Andrea: Thank you so much for being a guest today, Linda. 

Find out more about Linda Rondeau at her website: httop://

Or her blog: Snark and Sensibility found on her website

Official Facebook Fan Page:

Other blogs where she’s a regular contributor:

Note to Readers...

The phrase for this stop in the Scavenger Hunt is CAN authors’. Linda, will be giving away a copy of Fiddler’s Fling as one of the many books in this year's grand prize. Don't miss out!!

Now, proceed to scavenger hunt STOP #26, 
Linda Rondeau’s blog site! 


Sonja said...

Fiddler's Fling sounds really fun!

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

It does sound fun, doesn't it? Thank you for stopping by Sonja.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

It does sound fun, doesn't it? Thank you for stopping by Sonja.

Linda Wood Rondeau said...

Thank you for stopping by. See you at the stop #26 where I'm hosting Darlene Franklin. Thank you Andrea for having me on your blog today.

Caryl Kane said...

Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt.

Karen Hadley said...

Wow! Thank You for being a part of the scavenger hunt.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

This has been fun -- and there are still today and two more days to go!!!

Becky Smith said...

Fun, fun interview! It caught my eye that you were from Syracuse, NY, because my hubby has relatives there and in Seneca Falls. Thanks for the interview!!

Linda Rondeau said...


Yes. Graduated North Syracuse High School, class of 1965. Richard Gere was Class of 1967. Thanks for stopping by and glad you're enjoying the hunt!

Linda Rondeau said...


Glad you stopped by today. This Scavenger Hunt is new for CAN. I do hope we do it again.

Linda Rondeau said...

Thanks for "hunting" our blogs! Best wishes.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

CONGRATS to Mary McClellan who is the winner of the CAN scavenger hunt.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

CONGRATS to Mary McClellan who is the winner of the CAN scavenger hunt.