Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt! STOP # 18, Sarah Sundin’s Blog.
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LINDA J. WHITE
Welcome, Hunters! I'm pleased to introduce Linda J. White
at this stop.
was blessed to meet Linda at the American Christian Fictions Writers conference
a few years ago and immediately enjoyed her sense of humor and friendship. Last
year I read her FBI thriller, Seeds of
, and—oh my goodness!—what a storyteller. Great romance, great
setting, and an intriguing and gripping plot. On
April 1, her new thriller, Words of
, releases, featuring an FBI psycholinguist. Don’t you love that
concept? You can visit Linda at her website
, on Facebook page
, on Twitter
, or on Pinterest
Linda, I love the
unique premises of your FBI thrillers—tracing genetic codes of seeds in Seeds of Evidence, and now a
psycholinguist in Words of Conviction.
Where did these great ideas come from?
Janet Grant, my agent,
initially told me about a show she’d seen on plant DNA and criminal
investigations. That intrigued me, and I researched the subject with
horticulturalists and forensic botanists. Eventually, a story grew! Regarding Words of Conviction
, one of my best
friends was the FBI’s only forensic psycholinguist until she retired. Her
ability to detect deception and analyze language fascinated me. It still does!
She is a tremendous resource.
Tell us a bit about
your research with the FBI Academy.
My husband worked at
the Academy making training videos for over 27 years. (My kids and I acted in
some of them!) When I got my first idea for an FBI thriller, Larry took me over
to the Academy and began introducing me to people. (That was before 9/11, when
access was easier.) The agents were so kind—they shared their expertise
(nothing secret!), allowed me to observe training classes, and taught me
everything from probable cause to prosecutions. I was so impressed with them!
From the beginning, I have tried to make the law enforcement techniques in my
novels as authentic as possible to honor their work.
I saw on your blog that
you had a personal tour of the Library of Congress! What were your favorite
That tour was
serendipity that came as a result of a contact with two readers at a book
signing! Three things really impressed me: One, the high level of education and
training of copyright examiners (which these two ladies are). Both have
advanced degrees and spent a year learning to discern the validity of copyright
applications. Second, the art in the main Library building is simply stunning.
Murals, sculptures, marble figures, tile inlays—the beauty of the building
reflects a high level of appreciation for words and learning and creativity. Third, God is at work even in those exalted
halls: After meeting me at a book signing, one of the ladies felt God nudging
her through a theme in “Seeds of Evidence.” The next week, on the last workday,
the very last book copyright she was given to review was … “Seeds of Evidence.”
The chances of that are infinitesimally small, unless of course you have a God
who is involved in the tiniest details of your life!
Thank you, Linda, and
thank you, Readers/Hunters. Ready to continue?
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My debut novel, A Distant Melody is available as a FREE e-book on Kindle and at ChristianBook.com!
Also, I'm giving away a copy of either my latest novel, On Distant Shores, or my upcoming novel, In Perfect Time, when it comes out in August - winner's choice! Leave a comment about the most interesting job you've had - or that you've heard of (any psycholinguists among us?). Giveaway ends at midnight March 27, 2014, and the winner will be announced here on this blog on March 28 - and the winner will be notified by email. US and Canada only please! Enter here via Rafflecopter:
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