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An Interview and A Reading

I was interviewed by Ritu over at Walking Through Transitions (a blog about Highly Sensitive People) and you can check it out here: Interview with Amanda Linehan, INFP Fiction Writer and Indie Publisher

Ritu and I talked about writing and creativity in general, my newest novel North, symbols–including snakes–as well as personality and the trait of high sensitivity and how those things affect my life and my work. It was great fun!

And for anyone local to Frederick, MD, I will be doing a reading tomorrow night (May 11) from my short story Buried Treasure along with some members of my local writing group at the Sky Stage in downtown Frederick. It begins at 7:30pm.

Most of us are reading an excerpt from our short stories we published in our anthology called Unlocked. The ebook version of Unlocked will be free tomorrow through Sunday (5/11 – 5/14).

I am extremely late on this… (Could be the INFP. :))

Anyways, I published a novel recently in October and I wanted to tell you all about it.

The Basics

It’s called North and it’s about 19-year-old Jayne, who robs her employer and goes on the run. Along her journey she steals a guy’s car and he becomes her road buddy (his name is Jack), she plays a lot of poker, hangs out on the beach and, oh yes, is being chased by a cop who has been out to get her for a long time (this is Officer Savage, or just Savage for short, and she has a story all her own).

North is a story about being out on the road and having adventures but also about family, home and running away. Jayne has a lot she’d like to leave behind, but ultimately must decide if running will lead her where she wants to go.

North is available in ebook and paperback at many different retailers. Here’s a link that will link to many of the places where you can get it as an ebook ($4.99 regular price):

North (ebook)

If you’re looking for a paperback ($14.99 regular price), here are some places you can find it (Note: If you buy the paperback from Amazon, you can get the ebook for free.):

North (paperback) on Amazon

North (paperback) on Barnes & Noble.com

North (paperback) on The Book Depository

And if you’re not ready to read it yet, but want to put it on your “Want-To-Read” shelf on Goodreads, here’s that link:

North on Goodreads

Okay, so now that I’ve gotten all the most basic information out of the way, I can talk a little bit about the making of North, so if you’re interested in that sort of stuff, read on!

Long Commutes Are Great For Story Ideas

Jayne first appeared to me while I was in my car, which is extremely appropriate for a character who goes on a long road trip, but the truth is that I get a lot of story ideas in the car, whether they’re about road trips or not.

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The Heavy Ball

I played basketball in high school.

Sometimes at practice my coach would pull out the heavy balls, which were, you guessed it, heavier than a regular basketball. I’m not sure exactly how much they weighed, but they were significantly heavier than the regular basketball.

And we would do our normal drills.

Only with the heavy ball, things that were normally easy for us became hard.

Even passing to a teammate a short distance away might be a struggle, and shooting the ball? Forget it.

But when we put the heavy balls away and went back to the regular balls it was like we had super strength. Everything became easier.

Because that’s the thing about doing it the hard way for a while. Afterwards, things that were hard are now easy.

So maybe from time to time you might want to think about pulling out your heavy ball.

But only if you want super strength, that is.



An Easy Motivation Tip For Writers

Sometimes I just don’t feel like sitting down to write.

And I’m not talking about the times when I really need a break, or there’s another pressing activity that really needs my attention. I’m talking about those days when my motivation is just a little off.

In order to get myself into my desk chair and in front of my laptop, I trick myself just a little by telling myself that:

I’ll just sit down and write 250 words.

Usually when I sit down to write I have a goal of 1,000 words. This usually takes 45-50 minutes. So on days when my motivation is a little off I tell myself I only have to write 250 words, which will only take about 10 minutes.

It’s enough to get me into my chair and get started, and the best part is that often when I hit 250, I keep going and maybe I get to 500 or 700 or even to my original goal of 1,000 words.

And if I don’t, then at least I’ve got those 250 words, where otherwise I would have had zero.

Will It Hurt Anything?


I can be indecisive. I think that’s pretty typical for INFPs and HSPs (and human beings in general, as well).

I like to take my time with decisions. Let my intuition weigh in. Give my subconscious a good chance to process through it. Maybe even do something crazy like a little research or weighing out the pros and cons.

And for many things, this works just fine. But sometimes I’m not getting a real clear direction to go in, and this is when the over-analyzing starts.

Should I do this? Should I do that? There’s this thing I want to do, but I don’t know if I should go for it.

And this can go on for quite a while if I let it. But what I’ve realized is that sometimes I need to just make a decision even if I don’t feel completely clear on the direction. Otherwise it’s too easy to get stuck.

And one thing I do to get myself moving is to ask myself:

Will it hurt anything to do this?

If the answer is no, then I can plow ahead with my best decision and just see what happens, because, you know, it’s not going to hurt anything.

Now if the answer is maybe or yes, then you’ve got a different situation on your hands, and that’s not the subject of this blog post. 😉

But if the answer is a no, then what have you got to lose? Go ahead, make that decision, and see what happens.

At least you’re not still stuck over-analyzing.

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