Linda Naseem has been a writer all her life, but it is only in the past few years that she has started seriously putting words to paper.
She was raised as an “Army brat”, packing up and moving every couple years. The habit of not staying put has followed her into adulthood, with Sweden and Nigeria being among the places she has called home.
Last year she published her first novel, NOTHING, a story of meth addiction and its effect on the addict’s loved ones. Her second novel, EDEN, set in 1968 in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, will be out next year.
She is available to speak about addiction prevention to students in addiction studies programs.
21 Things You Should Know About This Author
What book have you gifted the most? Why?
NOTHING, because it is the only book I’ve published so far.
What is the one productivity tool you use every day? Why?
Word processor—my handwriting is illegible. Don’t know how authors did it before the age of electronics.
What word do you misspell most often?
What three things do you do to be a successful writer?
Write, edit, read.
What are the titles of the last two books you have read?
Both were by Tony Hillerman: Listening Woman & Sacred Clowns.
What is your favorite word?
What do you use more often – a dictionary or a thesaurus?
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Not Over Yet
What is your ‘go to’ munchie or drink while writing?
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.
It is, but it can require words for people to understand it completely.
What animal are you most similar to and why?
Cat. We’re both independent.
How would your best friend describe you?
What keeps you up at night? (and don’t say howling dogs)
Worrying about my kids (even though they are grown & on their own).
What is one thing you will never do again?
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?
Depends on what you want to eat. I’m better at making desserts than regular food.
What is the best compliment you have received?
That NOTHING provoked an emotional response.
What question do you wish people wouldn’t ask?
“I’ve lived through a lot, too. Would you write my story?”
Crowds, small groups or ‘go away’?
Never a crowd. I go back and forth between the other two.
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
I’m too much of a perfectionist to sing in public.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
NOT YOUR LITTLE WOMAN.
What is the one question you wished I would have asked you? Why?
What changes has publishing your book caused in your life? Because my life has taken a completely unexpected path: I am now a speaker on substance abuse issues in colleges & to other interested groups. (My high school teachers who forced me to stand in front of a class & speak would be shocked!)