Thursday, February 13, 2014

Straight Chatting from the Library: Linda Morris

Linda Morris, author of The Mason Dixon Line stopped by The Library today to talk about books. She will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can see the other stops on the tour here:


Thanks for coming to The Library today, Linda. What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

Thanks so much for having me here today! Oooh,this is such a tough question. Little Women, maybe? Harriet the Spy? The Witch of Blackbird Pond? Johnny Tremain? Any of a bunch of Nancy Drew mysteries? Ack! Don’t make me choose one. There are too many wonderful books from my childhood.

What is your favorite book today?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It's funny that I have so much trouble picking my favorite book as a child, but as an adult, this book towers over them all. I reread it every few years and never fail to adore it.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

Crazy geek artist falls in love with spoiled blonde princess.

What are you reading right now?

Funnily enough, I'm juggling a re-read of Pride and Prejudice and Sarah Morgan's Sleigh Bells in the Snow.

Do you have any bad book habits?

I have to admit I don't finish a lot of books. My theory is that life's too short to read bad books. But I figure that I probably give up too soon on books that would improve if I could stick with them a little longer.

E-Reader or print? and why?

Both. I adore bookstores and love wandering up and down the aisles to browse, and I love the feel of a good book in my hands. (And the smell. Yes, I'm one of those.) But for out-of-print books or pure convenience when I can't make it to the bookstore, it's hard to beat an ereader. Although I have a Kindle Fire, I don't like to use it for reading. I do most of my serious e-reading on a dedicated Kindle ereader. The tablet just offers too many distractions!

One book at a time or multiples?

Oh, a whole bunch of books at a time.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

Judith, I have a confession to make. I used to dog-ear print books once in a while, although it was weird. I'd dog-ear a mass market paperback but never a hardcover. But then a book-loving friend of mine found out that I sometimes dog-eared books. He called me a "filthy corner-bender," and I was so ashamed that I stopped doing it!

Least favorite book you've read this year?

I have to admit that I tried to read Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson this year and I was so put off by how misogynistic and racist he was that I couldn't finish it. I'm not all that politically correct and yes, I know he lived a long time ago, but still. He was so small-minded it became difficult for me to take him seriously after a while. Okay, really, he just ticked me off.

Favorite book you've read this year?

Love and Other Scandals by Caroline Linden. She's a fabulous historical author!

When do you do most of your reading?

I read in bed for about an hour before going to sleep. I've been doing it for years and I can't go to sleep unless I get my reading time in first!


Linda Morris is a writer of contemporary romance. She writes stories with heart and heat, along with a joke or two thrown in. Her book Melting the Millionaire's Heart was an Amazon Top 100 Series Romance bestseller.

When she's not writing, working, or mommying, she's doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn't eat. She believes that there are two kinds of people: pie people and cake people, and she is definitely one of the former. Her years of Cubs fandom prove she has a soft spot for a lost cause. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's Ashes in the Wind was her gateway drug into the world of romance novels, and she's never looked back.

Linda loves to hear from readers. You can tweet at her (@LMorrisWriter), visit her on Facebook, or swing by her website.


Carolyn Hart has excelled at one thing her whole life: looking good. She's always had the beauty, the style, and the attitude to turn heads. But making her own way in the world turns out to be a lot tougher than getting electing homecoming queen. She has no idea what she wants to do with her life, her credit card balance is becoming self-aware, and her love life is DOA. And now her boss at Horizons, a school for kids with special needs, has given her an unwelcome assignment: to work with a cartoonist to create a kids' book as a fundraiser for the school.

Former troubled kid Mason Dixon would do anything for the aunt who took him in after his parents gave up on him. But when he offers to illustrate a kids' book as a fundraiser for her pet cause, he winds up taking on way more than he bargained for. The gorgeous teacher's aide he's assigned to work with challenges him at every turn and makes him wonder if there's any line he won't cross for her.


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  1. I totally agree that life's too short to finish books that are hard going! My local library has been the beneficiary of many of those books! Can't wait to read yours :)

  2. I always wondered if I was the only person I knew who was reading more than one book at a time.
    This one of yours is really interesting. I knew several girls like this at school.

  3. Emmy, I agree. Life is too short. Giving your DNF books to your library is a great idea. Thanks for stopping by, MomJane. You are definitely not alone in juggling several books at once!

  4. That's funny that your friend called you a filthy corner-bender. I have never dog- eared a page, I would feel bad.

  5. I also have a kindle fire but I read on my kindle paperwhite. To me the screen is to bright for reading on the kindle fire. I love the paperwhite though. I read both paper and ebooks and take care of the books never dog ear them. Life is to short. Your book sounds really good and I would love to read it. I am entering under the name of Virginia

  6. Do you like many of the PRIDE AND PREJUDICE reworkings?