Interview with Linda Pennington Black
When did you start writing and what inspired you to start?
From the time I was a small child I’ve been writing. I was an avid reader and would read almost anything. Always toying with writing poetry and quotations, I loved Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Ralph Waldo Emerson just to name a few. They were my inspirations.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written five published books so far and have a few more lying in the dark corners waiting to be dusted and polished. They are (1) The Adventures of Boots: The Giant Snowball, (2) A Porpoise for Cara, (3) S.T.O.P. Bullying, (4) My Daddy is a Star, and (5) A Legend Among Us: The Story of William “Youngblood” McCrary.
I’d say the first one, is my baby because it’s the one that had me in utter shock from the moment I submitted it to the publisher until the day it was published. If I’d known about the book, Writing for Dummies, I would’ve purchased it. That is how much or how little (literally) I knew about writing.
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The current trend in publishing is toward series novels as opposed to stand-alone books. Is your most recent release part of a series? If so, where do you see the story going (ie how many books in the series)? If not, do you have a series you’ve written or plan to write, and if so, what is it?
The first one was supposed to be a series, the publisher approved the second one but never published it. The most recent one will be a series of sort, but not the ordinary traditional series. The next two, at least, will be on subjects of the Negro Baseball League and I’m hoping for a movie.
When your latest title is adapted to film, and the producers ask for your dream cast, what will you say?
My dream cast is the best actors for the parts. Please help me and we’ll screen the diverse dream cast together.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
My books are written to convey true humanitarianism and my true belief in God. I would like all my readers to see the pure quality and vulnerability of anyone as depicted in the innocence of a child.
Do you have a new book coming out soon?
Within the next year, yes.
Who are some of the authors you particularly admire or who’ve had some influence on your own writing?
Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, J.D. Salinger, James Baldwin, Mark Twain, Paul Dunbar, Danielle Steele, Ernest Hemingway, David Morrell, Richard Wright, John Steinbeck, and Zora Neale Hurston are in addition to the ones listed above.
List your favorite quotation or words you live by.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you, each and every one of you, and don’t give up on me as I’ll never give up on you. Although I’ll always try to write for your interest, if a book is not completely to your liking or out of your ball field, do come back, because the next one will be. Again I appreciate your support. Without you, there would be no me.
You can purchase A Legend Among Us through our bookstore and connect with her through her author page.