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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Linda Weaver Clarke's Mayan Intrigue

Linda Weaver Clarke’s latest mystery, Mayan Intrigue.

I heard about Linda Weaver Clarke from John Kremer’s Book Marketing Tip’s (JohnKremer@bookmarket.com) that I receive each month. Linda interview's authors on her blog and gave me permission to create my own.

Hi Linda: Please tell us about yourself.

I was raised on a farm surrounded by the rolling hills of southern Idaho and now I live in southern Utah among the beautiful red mountains and desert heat. I am happily married and am the mother of six daughters and have several grandchildren. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree at Southern Utah University.

 You are an extremely prolific author please tell us about your books. 

I am the author of the historical romance series, “A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho,” which includes the following novels: Melinda and the Wild West - a semi-finalist for the “Reviewers Choice Award 2007,” Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, Jenny’s Dream, David and the Bear Lake Monster, and Elena, Woman of Courage.                                                    
Lately I have been writing a new mystery series, The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, which will include the following novels: Anasazi Intrigue, Mayan Intrigue, Montezuma Intrigue, and Desert Intrigue. 

Tell us about your latest mystery Mayan Intrigue. By the way the YouTube on your web site about this book is fantastic. Here's the Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xxow19erQY

It’s about the discovery of a priceless artifact that puts Julia’s life in great danger. While on assignment for the newspaper, John and Julia try to enjoy a romantic vacation among the Mayan ruins, but when Julia accidentally comes upon a couple suspicious men exchanging an item, she quickly turns and leaves but it’s too late. Before John and Julia realize what's going on, they find themselves running for their lives through the jungles of the Yucatan. To read an excerpt, you can visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

Have you been to the Mayan ruins?

Most of my research has been online, visiting the Mayan ruins that way. The Mayan culture is so intriguing to me, with their magnificent temples and structures in southern Mexico and Central America. Archaeologists don’t understand why they left these huge cities. There are 172 sites open to the public. We have the famous Chichen Itza that covers ten square miles. We have Coba, which covers over 50 square miles and contains more than 6500 structures, not yet uncovered. These cities were totally abandoned and no one knows why. Some suspect they were at war with one another and that was the reason. While researching for Mayan Intrigue, my eyes were opened to the problems they have in southern Mexico. You see, when an ancient ruin is discovered, it doesn’t take long for thieves to take it apart. The reason why is because the Mayas used astrological alignments when planning their city. Looters have learned the layout of the Mayan cities so they know where to dig. With this knowledge, they can loot a sacred temple in a few days. While writing Mayan Intrigue, I found that artifact theft in Mexico has been taken over by drug dealers from Columbia. In other words, since organized crime has taken over, there is also an increase of violence. It’s a very interesting subject.

How much of your own personal experiences enter into your novels?

I love including personal experiences in each of my novels. My first series is historical fiction and I gave many experiences from my ancestors to my fictional characters. With this new mystery series, I include many humorous experiences that really happened to me or my husband…just to make it fun.

I see this book is a sequel, do the books have to be read in order?

Even though this book is a sequel, each one can be read separately because each book has its own plot. The series is a mystery/adventure called The Adventures of John and Julia Evans. I have Anasazi Intrigue, Mayan Intrigue, Montezuma Intrigue, and Desert Intrigue, which will be published in 2011.
Not only are you a writer but a teacher and teach Family Legacy workshops. I bet you learn about some interesting stories from other people.

Yes, I travel throughout the United States, teaching a “Family Legacy Workshop,” encouraging others to write their family history and autobiography. It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Our children need to be proud of their ancestors. Leon Garfield said: “The historian, if honest, gives us a photograph; the storyteller gives us a painting.” What I’m teaching people to do is how to paint, to be the storyteller. Adults are usually the main audience, but I’ve attracted many teenagers who want to learn how to write. In fact, one library sponsored this workshop for a group of troubled teens. Writing helps to express one’s innermost feelings. It can be a healing process. To learn more about what I teach, you can visit my website at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/upcomingevents.html.

What is the most interesting story you heard at one of your Family Legacy workshops?

Hmm, that question is hard. People usually don't tell me what they're writing about. There was this one man who was a holocaust victim in Poland. He was writing his own story during World War II.

Tell us about your blog interviewing authors.

I began blogging in July of 2009. Even though I've been an author for a few years, I'm new to this blogging business. It wasn't until April of 2010 that I began interviewing authors. Why interview authors? I had been interviewed by several bloggers and it was a lot of fun. It's hard to come up with something new each week to interest the public, so I decided to interview authors and have book giveaways every Monday. It's been fun getting to know each author and finding out what inspired them to write their books. Gradually my blog is becoming known because I'm getting more and more requests for interviews by authors and agents. It's great. My blog is different than most blogs. It's a family friendly blog. So I only have books that can be read by children, young adults from ages 12 - 16, "sweet" romances for teens and adults, and "how-to" books. So I have to make sure that each book is G-rated for my audience. I've had many people make positive comments, saying that it's refreshing to not have to worry about whether it's G-rated or not. You can visit my blog at http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com

Where are your books available?

On my website, Amazon, Borders, and Barnes and Noble online.

The winner of Persia Woolley's book A Child of the Northern Spring was Barbara Moehring. Congratulations! To be in a drawing to be eligible to win a autographed copy of Linda Weaver Clarke's Mayan Intrigue please post a comment by Wednesday, December 1.


How to post a comment: Go to bottom this interview, press BLUE comments. Go to end of everyone's comments, under Post a Comment, type your comment, Select NAME/URL, type your name and email address on one line, NO url necessary. PRESS POST comment! Thank you!

23 comments:

  1. wow- i can't believe how much work you have to do to write this - it sounds so interesting.

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  2. I agree with Sam. I'd love to read your book.
    Count me in. If it's a Ebook copy, I'll have to pass though, but if it's print, I'm in.

    Thanks!! chirth7@yahoo.com

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  3. sounds intriguing. thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  4. I am pleased to hear that you added humor to your new Intrigue series. I do like that and your setting is fascinating.

    Helen Kiker
    hdkiker@comcast.net

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  5. I love the Mayan culture..would love to read a fiction book set there!
    jacque S
    twinmomx5atgmaildotcom

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  6. I would LOVE to read this book—please enter me to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  7. Sounds like a good read! Please include me in your giveaway!

    dlhaley[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  8. A great posting...I would enjoy reading Linda's book...thank you for the opportunity :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  9. Sounds very good...please enter me, thanks.

    ruthiekb72ATyahooDOTcom

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  10. An interesting interview. Mayan Intrigue sounds like a good book with history, mystery and suspense.

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  11. I love this setting! Sounds like a great read! Count me in!

    BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

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  12. I think I now want to read them ALL! I remember my own visit to Chichen Itza... I climbed up one of the pyramid-type structures, and when I looked down I thought I might have to STAY there! So now I admire them all from the ground... I'd love a copy of this book!

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  13. Wow. Now here's another book I've got to read, dang it! Where ever in all these piles am I going to put it... Oi. Some how, some way - I will read it!

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  14. I had a chance to visit the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico, this past spring. I thought it would make a wonderful setting for a story and I was right. Linda has beaten everyone to it. It sounds wonderful and I'd love to read the entire book! Great cover, too!

    Danielle Thorne
    danithorne@yahoo.com

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  15. I love a good mystery so if you have humor also, it's a given that I'll enjoy it. My husband and I got the opportunity to visit some Mayan ruins while in Mexico and I can so see a good mystery set in that location.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com

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  16. I just posted this at win a book! No need to enter me!

    http://winabook.westofmars.com/2010/11/20/mayan-intrigue-by-linda-weaver-clarke-2/

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  17. I've wanted to know more about that area of the world, but this is way more interesting than anything I've read so far :)

    LouisePledge@yahoo[dot]com

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  18. Thanks, Linda and Jeane. It's great to find out about Linda's novels. I'll look for them.

    I watched Linda's You-Tube video--it's wonderful! I tried to comment on You-Tube about the video, but am not sure if it processed.

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  19. This looks great, I'd love to read more about the Mayan culture.
    aurorablacksemail[at]gmail[dot]com

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  20. Jonnie jonnieluong@yahoo.comDecember 1, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Another great review! Thank you :)

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  21. Thanks for this fun interview and book giveaway, Jeane. I really appreciate it and I enjoyed reading the many comments on your blog. The winner for Mayan Intrigue is Christine H. Congratulations, Christine! I hope you enjoy my book.

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  22. Hi - I am adding a link to this interview to my review of Mayan Intigue on my blog @ GivingNSharing which goes live tomorrow. Hopefully you'll see a few people visiting this week. =D

    Thanks! Tina 'the book lady'
    GivingNSharing.blogspot.com

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  23. Already written a lot of books on the Mayan phenomenon and this book was no exception.

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