A Quickie with Linda S Prather

Tell me about your latest book and why we should read it?

The Forgotten is a perfect for readers who enjoy fast-paced novels with strong female leads and those who enjoy a touch of the paranormal.  Loki Redmond is Choctaw and like many of her ancestors has visions of things that have happened.  An American author this book is set in Mississippi, USA and combines characters from the Catherine Mans Psychic Suspense Novels.  You’ll get a chance to meet Special Agent Teresa Nikolic, who absolutely rocks in this book,  as does her cousin, Agent Karen Vanderputt.  I always issue a warning that this book is a dark psychological thriller and not for everyone  as it delves into the issues of mental illness, serial killers and child abduction and animal abuse.

If someone was to write your life story what would the title be?

She’s not who she pretends to be.

If you could co-write with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?

All of my books have a slight touch of romance although never overpowering the suspense or mystery. Most have strong female leads. After my very first release party a fan approached me and wanted to know why the female lead needed a man. I wasn’t truly prepared for that question and stated I didn’t think she needed him, she wanted him. The fan threw up her hands and said, that just makes me angry, she doesn’t need a man.

If you could co-write with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?

I think I’d like to work with Dean Koontz. His descriptions are so visual for me that I always feel like I’m right there seeing everything his characters see and feel. I haven’t loved all of his work, but everything I’ve read has left me in awe of his brilliance in describing scenery, characters and emotions.

Tell me something nobody else knows about you (yet!).

I was agoraphobic for many, many years which is why I loved reading and writing so much. I would throw up every time I had to go out in public and if I had to speak it was even worse. I’ve slowly overcome the worst of that, but still have issues with large crowds. Anyone who meets me would never know that, but it’s a constant inner battle with myself—thus the title for my life story.

Finally please recommend 3 books that you have recently read and tell me why you’ve chosen these.

Unfortunately my reading time has drastically decreased in the last few years due to family issues and raising a now 10 year old grandchild. It’s truly hard for me to read and review really great books without giving away spoilers, but I’ll try.

Netta Newbound’s Ghost Writer – Absolutely loved this novella. I’m a paranormal fan as long as what’s written is believable. Her characters were well developed for a novella, the story was fascinating and I read it in one sitting.

M. A. Comley’s Cold Case – A long time member of the American judicial system I found this book totally believable in all aspects of what a law enforcement officer would have to go through to investigate a ten year old case.  One of the most wonderful things about reading Cold Case was the feeling you were there for a ride-a-long with the team. A superb police procedural which I would also tag a mystery and thriller. Mel was the first British author for me, and opened the door to a new world of great stories in another country and awesome authors that I had never heard of.  I always enjoy reading her books and Cold Case was no exception. Great characters and well developed plots that pull you in and keep you turning pages.

Netta Newbound’s Mind Bender – My first Newbound book picked up on a recommendation, but definitely not my last.  Her characters are complex and well developed. Just when you think you know who the antagonist is–you’re in for a real surprise. A well-blended mixture of both police procedural, family relationships, and mystery all combine to make you keep turning pages.

Who is Linda Prather?

Kentucky author living in Lexington, Kentucky.  I have always had a penchant for things a little outside the norm.  I saw my first “ghost” when I was five years old, and I’ve spent my entire life trying to understand that vision.  Was it real?  And if it was, why?  I became a paranormal investigator and love old houses that go bump in the night.  I can often be found in old cemeteries just hanging out.
I studied metaphysics, including areas of touch healing, dream analysis, meditation and self-hypnosis.  The power of the mind has always fascinated me.  When reading I love books that allow me to travel around the world without ever leaving home. As an author my greatest desire is to create stories and characters that readers and love and hate, laugh and cry with and spend hours in sheer entertainment.
The Jacody Ives Mysteries was my first attempt to combine my love of mystery with my love of all things paranormal.  The Catherine Mans series continues and expands that combination, delving into the darker side of the power of the mind.


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