Linda Gerber Interview & Giveaway

Dec 20, 2010
Today Linda Gerber, author of the Death By Series and the novel Trance, has stopped by to do an interview! She has also generously donated a signed copy of her book Trance!

If you haven't heard of  her books I highly recommend them! All three in the Death By Series are fantastic and I am currently reading Trance. Here is the summary for Death By Bikini, the first in the series:

Aphra Behn Connolly has the type of life most teenage girls envy. She lives on a remote tropical island and spends most of her time eavesdropping on the rich and famous. The problem is that her family's resort allows few opportunities for her to make friends - much less to meet cute boys. So when a smoldering Seth Mulo arrives with his parents, she's immediately drawn to him. Sure, he's a little bit guarded, and sure his parents are rather cold, and okay he won't say a word about his past, but their chemistry is undeniable. Then a famous rock star's girlfriend turns up dead on the beach - strangled by her own bikini top - and alarm bells sound. Is it too great a coincidence that Seth's family turned up just one day before a murder? As the plot thickens, Aphra finds that danger lurks behind even the most unexpected of faces...

Click read more to find out where Linda thinks Santa lives and how to enter to win a signed copy of Trance...

Have you ever thought about writing a book that coincides with the season?
Not yet. I wouldn't be against writing something seasonal, but so far, no particularly brilliant ideas for such have struck me.

What holidays do you celebrate?
All of them! Seriously, I love any reason to celebrate. When my family and I lived in Japan, we celebrated Japanese and American holidays. Bonus!

Do you have any traditions?

Absolutely. Nothing terribly unique... we always open one gift Christmas Eve (and - surprise! - it's always pajamas.) We have a Christmas Tree advent calendar with little pockets that hold mini ornaments. Each day the kids take turns seeing what ornament is in the pocket for that day, and putting it on the tree. The big deal is to be the one who gets to put on the star on Christmas day. Woo!  My husband's family always had oyster stew on Christmas eve, but I can't stand oysters, so we have clam chowder instead. We like to anonymously adopt a family to buy gifts for (our church provides names of families who could use help.) That's my favorite. Everything else is probably pretty standard.

If you could meet Santa what would you ask him?
Your workshop's in Finland, right? Got any Finnish chocolate in that bag? (My all-time favorites from my days in Finland - Fazer Geisha bars or P├Ątkis truffles. If Santa had any of those in his goody bag, he'd be my friend forever.)

What is the best memory you have of the holidays?

It's hard to choose. But if I had to... One of the best holidays ever was the year my husband and I took our kids to France, England, and Germany over the break. In Paris, we ate in a cafe across the Seine from the Notre Dame Cathedral. All the trees along Champs de Elysee were lit with thousands of tiny white lights for the holidays. Beautiful! And in Bavaria, we visited the Neuschwanstein Castle just as it was beginning to snow. It was magical - a carriage ride through the trees to the castle, snow drifting down, everything frosted in white. Sigh.

What about the best gift you ever got?
Again, it's tough to decide on one best gift. But one that really meant a lot was way back when my husband and I were still in college. We were poor students, but he had somehow found money for tickets to one of my favorite Broadway musicals and secretly made babysitting and travel arrangements for us to see it. It was one of the sweetest presents ever because it was a real sacrifice and sooo romantic and thoughtful.
Here are some "this or that" questions, all you do is choose one:

Giving or receiving gifts?
Turkey or Ham?
Turkey for Thanksgiving, ham for Christmas.
Pie or Cookies?
Depends on the pie and the cookies...
Red or Green?
Peppermint Candy Canes or Flavored Candy Canes?
Macy Thanksgiving Parade or New Years Eve Ball Drop?
Ball drop for sure.

To enter to win a signed copy of Linda's book, Trance , read the rules and fill out the form below.
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  1. I prefer turkey for both Thanksgiving and Christmas! I totally dislike ham. xD And I definitely prefer flavored candy canes, too! :)

    And wow, her memories of the holidays sounds GREAT! I'd love to be in Paris in December!

    Anywho, awesome interview! :)


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