Guest Author - Shelia M. Goss
Who is Linda Dominique Grosvenor?
I would like to say that Linda Dominique Grosvenor is a well-balanced, fashionable ball of perfection, however, I too, like everyone else have my ups and downs. Some days I'm bubbly and other days I find myself rather pensive, but I get the writing job done. God keeps me motivated to do that because its what He's called me to do. Others who know me well would probably say that I'm the bestselling author of such modern classics as Like Boogie On Tuesday, Fever, and The Hamptons--books, however, is only part of who I am and what I do. I'm affectionately known as the Princess Of Guerrilla Marketing because I assist other authors with the how to's of promoting their books effectively and I'm also the founder of Far Above Rubies, a non-profit organization that helps young women increase their self-esteem. I'm truly proud of the non-profit organization and the activities we have lined up for 2007. I think in the wake of what the media has done to mar what people believe beauty is, increasing self-esteem is much needed for the empowerment of today's women.
What was the motivation behind writing Spanish Lullaby?
For me I'd really have to say that the motivation behind writing my seventh novel was to quiet the voices. Storylines come to me all the time--mostly while I'm in the middle of trying to get a current project completed, so I wrote this novel to get the story told and have it assist those who may be in a similar situation. I'm always led to write stories that make people think and I find it very empowering to tackle topics that my readers can relate to. In this particular case my story deals with the death of a spouse. I think everyone has dealt with losing someone they care about and its an interesting road as to how my character processes the feelings she has as well as watching her discover what to do with the memories that her old life has left behind.
What message do you want to convey to readers?
The most pertinent message I'm conveying to readers with Spanish Lullaby is that life can get rough, but you can make it if you hold on and have faith. Life also does offer you second chances and when it does--take it.
Dealing with death can be hard, how does your character deal with it?
My character was so wrapped up in her own personal loss that she found it hard to separate herself from the feelings of losing a spouse and a child and move on. Of course, we all love people and it's easy to say, "don't get so wrapped up in the pain of the loss that you cease to live or learn the lessons from the things that happen in your life," but she had a best friend in the story who wouldn't let her just pine away and shrivel up. Her friend helped pull her through and allowed her to see that her husband wouldn't have wanted her to not live just because he was gone and her friend also allowed her to see how much she had to be thankful for. We are alive for a reason and a divine purpose. I think the people around us definitely do help encourage us. That was the way my character dealt with her process of mourning and processing her grief.
Have your life experiences influenced your writing?
My life doesn't influence my writing as much as my writing becomes prophetic. It seems like the minute I write something or a storyline comes to me and I get it down on paper, a thread of storyline finds its way into my life. So far it hasn't been anything detrimental. I guess sometimes my imagination goes way beyond just that.
To learn more about this prolific writer, go to www.lindadominiquegrosvenor.com or http://myspace.com/lindadominiquegrosvenor.
Interview by Shelia M Goss, an entertainment writer and author of My Invisible Husband, Roses are thorns, Violets are true and Paige's Web. For more information, visit www.sheliagoss.com.