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Monday, April 27, 2020

Linda Shenton Matchett and Free Books!

A secret mission…a fake bride…a run for their lives.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Dawn Kinzer's contemporary romance, By All Appearances, is:


Congratulations! We'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Linda Shenton Matchett, author of the historic romance novel, Spies & Sweethearts (Shortwave Press, April 2020).

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is also a trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry.

Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I took shooting lessons last year.

What fun! I took handgun lessons years ago (and never shot another one, but that's beside the point). It was a fun experience. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Spies & Sweethearts.

According to the OSS training manual, the life expectancy of a radio operator in Nazi-occupied France is six weeks. Partnered with one of the agency’s top spies, Gerard Lucas, newly-minted agent Emily Strealer plans to beat those odds. Then their cover is blown and all bets are off. The border to neutral Switzerland is three hundred miles away—a long way to run with SS soldiers on their heels.

Will Emily and Gerard survive the journey?

And what about their hearts? Nothing in the manual prepared them for falling in love.

What is it about Emily that will make your readers care about her?

Emily is the youngest of three sisters and as such, has always felt the need to prove herself. She tries to make good decisions, but often second guesses and compares herself to others. I think that many of us have “imposter syndrome,” and readers will be able to relate to her struggle with self-confidence.

What kind of brainstorming do you when beginning a new novel?

I am fascinated by the various jobs (paid and unpaid) women held during WWII, so the first thing I do is determine what my protagonist will do for a living. I have a list of jobs and women’s organizations that I created years ago when I first started writing about WWII. After figuring out my heroine’s job, I make a list of “what if” scenarios to see what sort of trouble I can subject her to. I also try to come up with an actual event that will impact her and her situation. The event may determine the setting, but if not, I brainstorm ideas as to what location makes the most sense for the story arc. The theme of second chances is often in my stories, so I also brainstorm past difficulties for my heroine.

That's an excellent path to follow in order to develop a compelling, conflict-riddled story. And you have the historic element to use as well. I love it.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I just read Barbara Britton’s Heavenly Lights: Noah's Journey (Daughters of Zelophehad Series). I fell in love with the main characters on the first page, and they have stayed with me long after finishing the book. Noah is a complex woman who I related to immediately, and Jeremiah, a deaf/mute, is a hero in every sense of the word. I laughed, cried, and sighed through the entire book. The story also made me examine my own faith.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing The Widow & The War Correspondent, the third book in the Sisters in Service series. The story is about Emily’s oldest sister, Cora who is widowed when her husband is killed at Pearl Harbor.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website/blog: www.LindaShentonMatchett.com
Newsletter signup (receive a free short story)
Amazon author page
Twitter: @lindasmatchett

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Women in all walks of life stepped out of their comfort zone to serve the war effort during WWII. When is a time you stepped out of your comfort zone to do a good deed?

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Linda Matchett said...

Thank you for hosting me, Trish!

Trish Perry said...

My pleasure, Linda!

Melanie Backus said...

I stepped out of my comfort zone in speaking to doctor’s and health care workers in learning about care for my mother with dementia.
mauback55 at gmail dot com

Bablynn Squires said...

So great to meet you and learning about you and your books. I admire authors,such hard work!
Babe Squires

Trish Perry said...

Years ago I worked in D.C., near Dupont Circle. There were many, many homeless men on the streets there, usually men who had clearly lived that way for quite some time. I started carrying dollar bills when I'd go out so I could hand money to the homeless men whose paths I crossed and tell them, "God bless you." It felt odd to approach strangers like that--I knew they could use the money, but I didn't want to come across as condescending. But they were always very kind. There were a few times I had a co-worker with me, and the comment that the men would only buy booze with the money was common. My response was that that was between the person and God. My business was to give, not dictate how the gift was used.

Vivian Furbay said...

What an exciting story! I like to read fiction and non-fiction books about WW2. Just finished The Unanswered Letter. Good and very heavy story! Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

Vie said...

Linda--it's nice to meet you here! Your books are new to me, and they sound very interesting!

I get lost easier than anyone I know. In 1996, I had never driven more than a few miles from home on my own--but I mustered the courage to drive from Virginia to my first writer's conference in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. That sounds silly now, but at the time it was a huge milestone for me--no GPS, just a printed out MapQuest trip plan. God was definitely with me--I didn't make a single wrong turn the entire trip.

Gail H. said...

Growing up I was painfully shy. With age I’ve overcome some of that. I spoke at a church a few years ago which was definitely out of my comfort zone!
My father in law served in the navy during WWII. He was involved in the Omaha Beach battle on D Day. Will always be my hero!



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