Linda Fulkerson--Writer, Web Designer and More
I met Linda about ten years ago at one of the early ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) meeting held in Searcy, Arkansas. As the featured speaker, she addressed a group of writers about ways to get the word out regarding their writing. Did I mention Linda is a techie whiz? She is to technology what Einstein was to relativity. The woman is a wonder.
Linda helped start the Arkansas chapter of ACFW and is in the process of plotting our yearly retreat which, since she is a mystery writer, should be amazing! She has a great deal of knowledge about the technology needed in getting noticed in an age where technology and talent have joined to make a rather interesting intersection.
Linda's upcoming appearance will be at The Spider's Webb, a new Indie bookstore situated on Main Street in Walnut Ridge, home of The Beatles Park, The Grill District on Abbey Road, The Dark Side Cafe, Mel Fender's Famous Food Truck, and a host of friendly folks who love writers, gentle living, and daily graces.
Proprietor Penny Sloan will host Linda and four other authors (to be showcased on this website in the coming days) on Thursday, July 13th from 10:00 a.m. until noon. From there, Linda and her colleagues will present an educators' panel workshop at the Northeast Arkansas Cooperative.
And now, allow me to present Linda Fulkerson, author and web design extraordinaire.
DEBBIE: Welcome to my blog, Linda. I see from the gorgeous fliers and pamphlets in my hand that you have been a busy girl.
LINDA: Hi, Debbie. I have been on the run lately. I'm working on several websites I designed and promoting my newest book, Ordinary Girl . . . Extraordinary Purpose--Life Lessons from the Book of Esther.
DEBBIE: This is somewhat of a departure for you. Tell me what it's about.
LINDA: I am so excited about this book. Let me give you the nutshell version that is on my card. "Between once upon a time until they lived happily ever after, we can learn dozens of lessons from Esther's life. Esther was a young woman with great courage, who was willing to do anything necessary to save her people."
DEBBIE: Your writing is steeped in inspiration. This book sounds wonderful and timely.
LINDA: It's my hope that it will help others find their extraordinary purpose.
DEBBIE: I can't wait to get my copy! Will it be available at the book signing?
LINDA: It will. I'll also have copies of my other works and information about my design business.
DEBBIE: Could you give us a peek into those today?
LINDA: I'll be glad to. I love sharing what I have to offer. I design book covers, but I specialize in building marketing-focused websites for authors and speakers. In addition, some of my best-selling design products include The Marketing Machine (Website Package), The Book Cover/Interior Layout Package, Video Book Trailers, and Print-ready Promo Packs.
DEBBIE: Good grief! You are a busy lady. How do you carve out time to write?
LINDA: I have a very supportive husband. My hours are crazy, but Don is always flexible and awesome.
DEBBIE: What was your first book?
LINDA: The Prodigal Daughter: Hope for Runaway Christians and Those Who Await Their Return.
DEBBIE: I hear you've written several e-books. Tell us about those. And what is this I hear about coloring books??
LINDA: The coloring books have been very successful. They are called The Coloring Book for Writers, Volumes I and II. They are available at Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com. I'm in the process of designing an additional volume. I also write marketing-related eBooks for writers. Those have sold well. I have been quite pleased.
DEBBIE: Is it true you finaled in the ACFW Genesis Contest? That's no small feat.
LINDA: I did. It was in the young adult category. That's right down your alley. I won second place.
DEBBIE: *sigh* One of these days I'll work up my nerve to enter the YA contest. Not yet. That is some stiff competition. In the meantime, I want to hear about your hobby farm and your photography.
LINDA: We own a hobby farm in central Arkansas which keeps us busy, but in a completely different way than my writing and design business operates. It offers perspective and I love anything about the outdoors. We love to travel and that gives me the opportunity to collect lots of ideas for future projects. My photography has garnered an award that I hold dear and learning that craft has definitely helped with cover design and other areas of publishing.
DEBBIE: Do you make public appearances other than book signings?
LINDA: I do! I love to offer workshops. There are four in-particular that are the most sought after.
DEBBIE: Well, don't keep us waiting! What are they? :)
LINDA: How to Write a Good Book, Build an Author Platform, Book Launch Blueprint, and Self-Publishing fir Indie Authors.
DEBBIE: I attended your last FB book launch. That was amazing. You had so many unexpected surprises for your viewers. It was truly breathtaking. Will you share some of those with us when you attend your book signing in Walnut Ridge?
LINDA: I'll be happy to answer any and all questions. I love to help.
DEBBIE: For those who might have questions before July 13th, how can our readers reach you?
LINDA: Feel free to contact me at www.lindafulkerson.com. They can also subscribe at iTunes to listen to my podcasts about writing, publishing and promoting their books. The address is: http://bit.ly/IdeasToBooks.
DEBBIE: You are such a blessing, Linda. Thank you for taking part in this interview, and for offering such great information. You were terrific! I can't wait to see you on July 13th, girl.
LINDA: You are so welcome. I'm looking forward to it. *smile*