In 1964 Elizabeth Leigh is looking forward to college, escape from her unhappy home, and the fulfillment of her dreams. Adventure. Love. Her place in the sun. On a restless afternoon, she leaves school early and discovers her mother is packing to run off with a lover, abandoning Elizabeth and her stepfather. Worse, she learns her mother has squandered the college money her grandfather left her.
A fortuitous invitation from her cousin Melina to come to Los Angeles rescues her from an uncertain future. In Los Angeles, Elizabeth finds security in the embrace of her aunt’s family and is introduced to the man who soon becomes her fiancé, Collin Greenslade, an ambitious, up-and-coming real estate developer. Life could not be more perfect.
When her cousin’s boyfriend, a civil rights activist, has his Thunderbird vandalized in Mississippi, he enlists his roommate, Mark Laughing Hawk, to tow his car back home. Melina insists that she and Elizabeth should come along for the ride, but what starts as a fun romp across the country becomes a journey of the soul that complicates love and endangers lives.
DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK explores the desire for love, power, and sense of purpose and the lengths we will go to attain them.
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Even though I classify my debut novel as romantic suspense, I think it has a literary feel in terms of character development and writing style.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
It’s a lot of hard work. If you have a fragile ego, think twice, thrice. Actually, it’s better to ditch ego altogether and decide if you are really committed and then go forward. It’s a craft and there is a lot to learn. Ask yourself if you have the patience. There are a lot of obstacles to success and recognition (which is why I say you should ditch the ego). There are plenty of people along the way who are more than happy to abuse you (which is another reason I say ditch the ego).
If you are one of those people who say “Oh, I would love to write a book someday” and then do nothing–well, you get my drift. You have to be driven and disciplined to be a writer. It’s a solitary endeavor when you get down to it.
Author Linda Katmarian grew up in the Midwest and graduated with a Master’s Degree in French literature from Illinois State University. She has studied under Sol Stein, prolific author and former owner of Stein & Day publishing company in New York, and Louella Nelson, an experienced romance writer and teacher of fiction writing. In 2012, after a long career as a technical writer, Linda committed herself to writing fiction full time. She lives in Southern California. DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK is her debut novel.
I’ve always been a reader and my inspiration in writing is to create a book I would want to read. For this particular story, I was inspired by the characters that stepped up and claimed their story.
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