Welcome to Day 10 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @LinneaTanner @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #DaggersDestiny
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On the 10th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…
AUTHOR, LINNEA TANNER!
Award-winning author, Linnea Tanner, weaves Celtic tales of love, magical adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. Since childhood, she has passionately read about ancient civilizations and mythology. She has also extensively researched ancient and medieval history, mythology, and archaeology to support her writing and has traveled to sites described within each of her books in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. Of particular interest to her are the enigmatic Celts, reputed as fierce warriors and mystical Druids.
A Colorado native, Linnea attended the University of Colorado and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry. She lives in Windsor with her husband and has two children and six grandchildren.
NJ: Hi, Linnea! So happy to have you join us today! So, let’s get at it! Is your author name a pen name or your birth name?
Linnea: Married name.
In the rich and vibrant tale, Author Linnea Tanner continues the story of Catrin and Marcellus that began with the awarding-winning novel APOLLO’S RAVEN in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings Series. Book 2: DAGGER’S DESTINY sweeps you into an epic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia.
NJ: Where can readers purchase your book and how much is it?
Linnea: Dagger’s Destiny is available as an e-book ($3.99) and paperback ($15.95) at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and GooglePlay. The audiobook is available at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.
NJ: Linnea, I have been in this business long enough to know that quite a few readers have a purchase price point and will only spend so much on an e-book. How do you price your books and what is your logic behind the pricing?
Linnea: I price my e-books to be competitive with others in the genre. Currently, I’ve settled on prices of $2.99 for my first e-book in the series and $3.99 for subsequent e-books. When I run promotions, particularly the first e-book in the series, I reduce the price to 99 cents to get more downloads; other regularly priced e-books in the series are often downloaded during the promotion. In the future, I’d like to write a prequal novella which I’ll make permanently free as an enticement for readers to consider reading the entire series at the regular prices.
NJ: Nice! I got on Twitter many years ago because my social media manager at the time, told me that I needed to be on Twitter. He did not give me an actual reason as to why (I had to learn my “why” on my own), just that I needed to be there. What was your main reason for getting on Twitter? For support? For fun?
Linnea: When I first tried Twitter in 2012, I did so because I wanted to announce blog posts about research I’ve done on Celtic history, culture, and mythology as part of a long-term pre-launch plan for my series. Twitter turned out to be one of the most effective tools to meet and learn about other authors. I actively follow other authors and discover their books on Twitter. If I enjoy an author’s work, I post reviews of his/her book at my blog and at retail sites. Authors, in turn, return the favor by promoting new posts from my blog and ultimately my books that I began releasing in 2017.
NJ: What other social media platforms do you use to market your book(s), and have you found them to be beneficial?
Linnea: New posts from my blog are also announced on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr. I have Instagram and Pinterest accounts but don’t use these platforms as frequently for promotion. I have an author site at BookBub where I leave reviews and recommend books that I’ve read.
NJ: Supporting others is a huge part of my identity. I believe that when you invest your time and support in others, you find that your circle grows by leaps and bounds of others giving the same to you. When I first got involved heavily on Twitter, I was pushing others more than I was pushing myself – I continue to do so. Do you support others on social media? If so, how?
Linnea: It is important to support other authors on Twitter and other social media platforms. Beginning in 2012, I slowly gained a large following, in part, by promoting authors whose novels I enjoyed reading. In return, many authors have actively promoted me and, in some cases, reach out to me about doing a blog post. Vice versa, I’ve reached out to authors if I enjoyed their book and will request an interview to post on my website or blog.
NJ: Do you actually take the time to read tweets from others before you retweet them, or do you just hit “retweet” without ever engaging in the tweet?
Linnea: For those who leave a special tweet to support me, I do read them and try to thank the person in a reply. In some cases, I’ll reply with a special message or retweet with a special quote from me.
NJ: If you could map out the perfect way that you would want others to support you on social media, how would you ask your followers to support you? Just imagine that everyone who reads this interview will run out and follow you. How could they best support you? What would you have them do?
Linnea: One of the best ways for a person to support me is to subscribe to my website or my blog. The links to my social media can be found on my websites from where you can connect and follow me. If possible, share posts on social media and leave comments. If you have the capability, you can reblog my posts that may be of interest to your readers. Whenever I do a blog tour for an author, I make an effort to subscribe his/her website and connect to their social media as described above.
NJ: We all learn something new almost every day while on social media and I like sharing what I have learned with other authors, in hopes that it will benefit them in some way. Have you come across any writing resources that might benefit other authors?
Linnea: Rave Reviews Book Club
NJ: Authors are always seeking good formatting services. Who do you use to format your books, and would you recommend them?
Linnea: I currently have my books formatted at Bublish, a company I contract to distribute most of my books. They’ve done a good job with the formatting and are very responsive.
NJ: What is the one bit of writing advice you would give to any author, experienced or newbie?
Linnea: I’ve heard that an author must write one million words before he/she fully understands the craftsmanship. My primary advice is for authors to be passionate about their work and to consistently write. Obtain constructive feedback from trusted critique partners and professional editors to improve your craftsmanship.
NJ: Is writing only a hobby for you or do you write full time?
Linnea: I consider writing to be a full-time business for which I am responsible or need to contract services for writing, editing, formatting, distribution, and marketing of my books. I try to balance my time between writing and performing functions in the publishing process.
NJ: Is your reputation as a writer important to you, OR might we look up one day and find that you are in a Twitter brawl with someone?
Linnea: It’s important that I do not burn bridges with anyone. I’d like to be known as someone who supports my colleagues. In the few cases in which I’ve received a negative personal comment, I don’t respond and block the person from my twitter account.
NJ: Good job! I block ALL negativity. In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between the writers you see today around social media, versus the writers of old?
Linnea: Currently, social media gives an author more of a chance to interact with readers and other authors. Before 2000, authors had to rely on book signings, special events, and mail to interact with readers.
NJ: Do you value professionalism in the literary arena and worry that the lack thereof makes it harder for those of us who wish to be taken seriously in this business? Or does the unprofessional behavior of some around social media not bother you at all?
Linnea: Fortunately, I’ve seldom dealt with lack of professionalism in the literary arena. People should treat each other with respect on social media as they would in a face-to-face conversation. It is easier to discard polite decorum on social media because, in essence, you are interacting with strangers with whom you’ll never meet in person.
NJ: If you have ever received any, how do you handle not-so-flattering reviews of your book(s)?
Linnea: When I receive a not-so-flattering review, I keep the following line from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” in mind: You can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same. Reviews are subjective and not everyone will like your book. If there are any editorial issues, I will try to address these and revise the books, as needed.
NJ: Do you appreciate honesty regarding your writing because you know that only honest feedback allows you to grow as a writer, or are you one of those who would prefer that others lie to you and tell you only what they know you want to hear?
Linnea: I value honest feedback during the critiquing and editing process before the book is published. From reviews, I assess what readers like or dislike about my book. Depending on the comments, I may take their comments into consideration on what needs to change in the book or subsequent books.
Based on some initial, in-depth reviews from my first book, Apollo’s Raven, I contracted an editor who specializes in historical fiction to do another round of content editing to remove modern-day phrases not consistent with the historical time period. I relaunched the book with a different cover that more accurately reflects the time period and genre. The cover and excerpt helps to attract readers who most likely will enjoy the book and meet their expectations.
NJ: Do you blog about any specific topics or are you a random-topic-blogger?
Linnea: I am a random-topic-blogger who blogs the following topics: updates on my events and book releases, blog tours, author interviews, book reviews, topics of interest from my research, and reblog of interesting posts from another website.
OTHER QUICK FACTS ABOUT LINNEA…
- Indie-published under Apollo Raven Publisher, LLC.
- Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Fantasy Historical, Ancient World Historical Romance
- Writing for past 11 years after retirement
- 3 books published to date: Apollo’s Raven (Book 1), Dagger’s Destiny (Book 2), Amulet’s Rapture (Book 3) / DAGGER’S DESTINY (favorite)
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It is lovely to see Linnea featured here, Nonnie. I have purchased the first book in her series. I also bought an audible app so that my phone can read it to me. This is a first for me and I am rather excited to see how it sounds. Have a lovely Tuesday.
Hi Linnea. Thanks for the informative interview. And good luck.
Thanks Nonnie for creating this forum for authors. You are the best.
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Terrific interview of an amazing author! Nonnie Jules asks all the right questions. Check out Linnea Tanner! I love her books!
Thank you, Linnea and Nonnie, for this terrific interview. Linnea, I have read all of the books in this trilogy and reviewed one of them. I owe you reviews for the other two books, which I promise are forthcoming. Your writing brings those times alive, right on the page. Although I am of Celtic heritage, what you describe makes me glad I didn’t live back in the days in which your novels are set. Your research is incredible, and I enjoyed all of these book. I must admit, I might not have picked them up in a bookstore because they’re nor the kind of books to which I’m normally attracted. But I’m so glad I “met” you through not only this interview, but also through your books!
Hi Linnea, sorry I am a bit late to read more cool insight on you. I enjoy the detail and passion of your writing and added this one to my list to do. I am getting a little behind with efforts on the 90-day short story challenge on RRBC, but I will get it read. You are a great supporter for authors and readers and I am delighted to know more after today.
Nonnie, great job highlighting authors with this tour. It has helped me learn more. Many thanks.
Congratulations for the awesome interview!! It’s an honor to see you here and learn about you! I personally love ancient history and mythology! I just finished reading a book describing the Roman society and life in Rome during 24 hours… I of course intend to read your books.
I’ve learned some more about you. I find it marvellous that you pass on your knowledge and expertise. I also like the way you took down Apollo’s Raven and had someone do a content edit so that you could bring the book up to standards that made you and your readers feel good.
Wishing you all the best and Happy Memorial Day.
Thank you, Nonnie, for presenting Linnea and a Happy Memorial Day to you too.
Hi Linnea, I have a huge interest in mythology and history. Combining this into a book as you’ve done is wonderful. Your interview is really interesting, thank you for sharing.
I appreciated your quote from Rudyard Kipling. I also respect your attention to historical detail. Even though my works are a completely different” history” (only 20+ years earlier) I try to take the same approach to make the writing authentic. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Randy, for commenting on the quote from Rudyard Kipling and the importance of attention to historical detail. One of the challenges in writing from the Ancient Celtic perspective is that they left very few records. The information had to be gleaned from the historical perspective of enemies, such as Greece and Rome.
Thank you, Randy, for commenting on the quote from Rudyard Kipling and the importance of attention to historical detail. One of the challenges in writing from the Celtic perspective is that they left very few records. The information had to be gleaned from the historical perspective of enemies, such as Greece and Rome.
Randy, so well said. Thank you reinforcing the need for authenticity.
I’ve read Apollo’s Raven and thought it was great! I’ve got Dagger’s Destiny on my kindle and look forward to reading it. It’s great to see Linnea here, Nonnie! 🙂
Hi Yvette–Thank you for commenting and providing your in-depth review of Apollo’s Raven. It has been a pleasure to be part of this author blog tour and to learn about the amazing authors out there.
Hi Yvette–Thank you for commenting and providing your in-depth review of Apollo’s Raven. It has been a pleasure to be part of this author blog tour and to learn about the amazing authors out there.
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Linnea, Apollo’s Raven kept me on the edge of my seat and made me eager for Dagger’s Destiny. I love that you took the time to revise the story and create new covers so the reader is immersed in the time period. I also like the idea of the free prequel, which is an idea I’ve been toying with. So glad you’re a member of RRBC! Thank you, Nonnie, for this wonderful interview with Linnea!
Thank you, PTL, for your feedback on Apollo’s Raven and your gracious comment. Revising the 1st book gave me a chance to revision the series as a whole. With your YA series, a prequel may be worth considering. I’ll probably do mine after the release of the 4th book. It’s been such a pleasure meeting other amazing authors in RRBC.
When I revised my series I realized how much I’d learned and grown as a writer. Isn’t it wonderful that we can do that as Indie authors? What we do for our readers! Once I’ve written the next series, or maybe between books, I’ll get to that prequel. It’s a great idea, Linnea!
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If you love Historical Romantic Fiction fraught with the paranormal, dangerous intrigue, and some really evil characters with plans to utterly destroy the heroes, then you will LOVE this series by Linnea Tanner! I do!
Thank you, Patty, for commenting on my series. I love the way that you described the series. You hit it on the nail. It has been a pleasure to be a part of RRBC and meeting fantastic authors such as yourself.
Linnea, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I have read the first book in your series and enjoyed it very much. Daggers Destiny is in my queue and I’m looking forward to it. Thank you, Nonnie, for another fine interview.
Hi John–Thank you for commenting and leaving an in-depth review of Apollo’s Raven. I’ve enjoyed learning more about you at an author and the support you provide Viet Nam vets on your blog. I’ve purchased your book, “Cherries,” that it is on my to-read list. The cover brings back haunting images that I saw in the news in the 60s and 70s. Hope you enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend.
Linnea I recently finished Cherries in the audiobook format. It was chilling and worth every moment.
Hi John–Thank you for commenting and for providing an in-depth review of Apollo’s Raven. It has been a pleasure to learn more about you and your novels about the Viet Nam War. The cover of “Cherries” brings back memories of some of the images of the war that were broadcast on the news.
Hey Linnea! Your Curse of Clansmen and Kings sounds wonderful and your idea for a prequel novella for free download to entice readers to read the series is gold! Best of luck with the series!!!!
Thank you, Jacob, for commenting on my series. The advice for offering prequel novella free to entice other readers is a piece of advice I’ve learned from other authors. I’m finishing my 4th book, Skull’s Vengeance, in the series but plan to draft the prequel after that. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Holiday weekend!
It’s a pleasure to meet you, Jacob. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my post as part of the blog tour. I’ve borrowed the idea from other authors about offering a prequel novella for free to entice readers who might enjoy the series from other authors. I’ve not yet done this, but, hopefully, I’ll write this after my 4th book in the series, “Skull’s Vengeance,” is released.
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This is a reblog of my interview with Nonnie Jules, an author who loves supporting other authors. This is why she has revived her “12 Days of Authors” series which she began in 2014, but stopped due to the sudden passing of a very dear online friend. Today, I am featured as part of the May “12 Days of Authors” series and would greatly appreciate it if you would support each author featured in the series. If you leave a comment along with the event, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a 12 e-book package, all titles being featured in the series, along with a $10 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Nonnie Jules!
Check out the various authors along with each day’s feature. There is a ton of information being shared by the various authors and some of it could benefit you and your own writing. Click on the link to follow: https://nonniewrites.wordpress.com/nonnies-12-days-of-authors-series/
Thank you, Nonnie, for including me as an author on your 12 Days of Authors (May) Series. I’ve enjoyed meeting other authors and learning more about what they write. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
Linnea, I have been a fan of yours because of your consistent support of other authors! Apollo’s Raven is winding its way up my kindle queue and I am looking forward to starting your series. I love your idea of a permanently free prequel – what a wonderful idea (and it’s giving me ideas)! It was great to learn more about you today and I’m so glad we’re both in RRBC with so many fabulous authors. Nonnie, enjoyed this interview, thank you!!
Thank you, Maura Beth, for your gracious comments. RRBC has allowed me the opportunity to discover other talented authors in other genres such as yourself. I stole the idea of a permanently free prequel from other authors who have written a series. It gives me a chance to further explore some of the characters at an earlier time. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Weekend!
Hi Maura Beth–Thank you so much for your gracious comment about my support of other authors. One of the best aspects of RRBC is to meet authors such as yourself and to share ideas with each other. Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Linnea, I completely agree with you and Rudyard Kipling. Have a great day!
Nonnie, It’s so nice to see Linnea on your tour.
Hi Karen–Thank you for visiting and commenting, During my ups and downs in life, I always refer back to the poem, “If” by Rudyard Kipling. It is a poem that my husband and I have given to our children and grandchildren. I hope you have a wonder Memorial Day Weekend!
Thank you, Karen, for visiting and commenting on the quote from Rudyard Kipling. This is a poem that I read during my ups and downs in life to remind me to keep everything in balance. Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Linnea’s literary journey is very intriguing and useful for the rest of us in #RRBC. Cool story.
Thank you, Karl, for your gracious comments on my literary journey. One of the best aspects of this journey is interacting and learning from other authors. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Weekend!
Thank you, Karl, for visiting and commenting on my literary journey. One of the best aspects of my journey is meeting other authors and sharing our ideas. Have a lovely weekend!
Linnea, enjoy your day!
Thank you, Nonnie, for giving me the opportunity to be part of this fabulous tour of amazing authors. It’s been a pleasure to learn about each one of them and to learn about their work.