Wednesday, December 7, 2011

5 Easy Questions with Linda Glaz!

Every Wednesday, I ask a writer the same five easy questions. In an effort to support and promote fellow wordsmiths, I feature authors who write a variety of genres, from sweet inspirational to mainstream thrillers. The writers themselves may be aspiring, published, or best-selling--all have made an impact on my life.

Thank you for joining me in welcoming… Linda Glaz!!

Linda and I met through the Great Lakes chapter of ACFW. It’s been an exciting year for Linda. This fall she announced her new job title—literary agent at Hartline Literary Agency! And, bah-bah-bum, her new book, Polar Bear Plunge, released December 5 through White Rose Publishing. Details to follow!
Let’s get to it!

1. Beverage of choice?

Diet Dr. Pepper.

2. Any pets?

A grandkitty named Ophelia who lives with us because her actor parents can't very well traipse her all over the country!

3. Dream vacation?

Alaska to see son and family.

4. What are you listening to right now?

The sound of the furnace and it's so cold, it's a glorious sound.

5. What's for dinner?

Home made, with my own little hands, turkey pot pie (daughter's yummy recipe).


Linda, I am obsessed with Diet Dr. Pepper. It’s brought more joy to my life than soda should! Your grandkitty sounds like a sweetie, too. Actor parents, you say? I’m intrigued…

I hope you can get to Alaska, but if you’re like me, I’d want to go in the summer. It’s cold here in Michigan! And I’m officially inviting myself over for dinner. Yum! Thanks so much for being my guest!


Striving to put meaning back into her life after her husband’s death, Aleni Callan immerses herself in hospital work. Angry with God, she finds herself even angrier, when hero, Brice Taylor, author of The Human Shield, arrives in the Emergency Room with a concussion and hypothermia after participating in the Polar Bear Plunge. Aleni wants nothing to do with a man who willingly takes chances with his life. 

Brice doesn’t understood how God could bring him through being a captive in Iraq, when he failed his troops so miserably. Writing about his escape brings fame he would rather avoid. And by meeting widow, Aleni Callan, his feelings of failure only increase. 

Megan Callan with the help of her three-year-old grandson, Ty, scheme to bring Aleni and Brice together. And while the best laid plans often go awry, Megan isn’t one to accept no.

Linda Glaz ~

I served in the military during a time when it wasn’t a politically correct thing to do. My years as a meteorologist during Vietnam were filled with travel, teaching, and meeting with quite a few characters. Winning awards, many of which were “firsts” for a woman in the Air Force, I experienced an array of unusual opportunities normally reserved for men.

I taught karate and women’s self-defense off and on for thirty years, refereed soccer for twenty-five, fifteen of which I was a National Instructor for the largest youth soccer organization in the world. After all those years, I went to work for a physical therapy clinic. Good place to be after all the soccer/karate injuries.

Now, I work as a writer and an agent at Hartline Literary Agency.

I enjoy teaching on so many levels. I am a true believer that lecture allows for minimal retention, but participation and demonstration lock the information in a student’s mind. And therefore, these are interspersed throughout my lessons as much as possible.

I spend relaxing time outside writing activities directing and singing in church musicals. I’m active in an online crit group, the Friday Critters. All members, but one, are represented by agents or pubbed.

Linda has graciously offered to give away a copy of Polar Bear Plunge! If you'd like to be entered in the drawing, simply leave your e-mail address in the comments section. I will announce the winner on Friday!

*Entrants must be 18 years of age*

What Christmas song are you already tired of hearing?

Have a fantastic day!


  1. Wow! What an exciting life you lead! I met Linda at ACFW, during an appointment. Such a nice lady. Congrats on your new book! :)

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  2. How fascinating! You've been living quite an interesting life, Linda, and are a great role model for our young ladies. Your book looks really interesting, too!

    Thanks, Jill, for sharing Linda with us!

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  3. Woohooo! Awesome to see Linda here. She's a fabulous writer and person. Her book is really good so early congrats to whoever wins it. :-)

  4. How very awesome - making the leap into agent-world. Congrats, Linda! And congrats on your book!

    I now feel like a Diet Dr. Pepper. I haven't had one of those in forever!

  5. Good Morning!

    K. Victoria: Linda is very nice--and so smart!

    Kathy: I'm with you--wow, that's an exciting life!!

    Jessica N: Awesome! It looks terrific!

    Katie: I want one too. And it's 8:45 in the morning. Not good...

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. Congrats on the Polar Bear Plunge and having to be w/out heat a few months ago, I can certainly say I like my heat!

    Even though it's one of my favs, I'm picky about the version of The Little Drummer Boy that comes on.

    ~ Wendy

  7. Another great interview Jill. Great to meet you Linda, that pot pie sounds delicious. Polar Bear Plunge sounds like a very interesting story.

  8. Linda your life sounds awesome! You have done some really cool things! A meteorologist?Wow! Congrats on the release of your first book!

  9. Oh, man... Can we start a Diet Dr. Pepper fan club?? It really DOES taste like the "real" thing. LOL Love these posts, Jill.

    POLAR BEAR PLUNGE sounds terrific. Best wishes for much success, Linda!

  10. I love Diet Dr. Pepper.

    If actors have a cat, it should definitely be named Ophelia...or Hamlet. :)

    Nice to meet you here, Linda!

  11. What an exciting life you've led, Linda. Sounds like you'd have plenty of inspiration for stories based on your own experiences.

    That turkey pot pie sounds delish. =)

  12. Nice to meet you, Linda. Boy, you've led an exciting, adventurous life! Will your female characters also be skilled in the martial arts? :-)

    Turkey pot pie sounds warm and comforting.

    Great interview, Jill!

  13. Wendy: I'm with you on the Little Drummer Boy. Sometimes there are whiny singers--I can't get into that!

    PW: I want a pot pie. Linda has led me astray...

    Terri: I know! Linda is cool!

    August: I want a Dt. Dr. Pepper right now. I love it. Too much. :)

    Erica: I agree! Ophelia! Cute kitty name!

    Keli: Linda has led an exciting life--maybe more exciting than some characters I've read! :)

    Brandi: The pot pie does sound warm and comforting. Mmm...

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  14. Polar Bear Plunge is not only an eye-catching title, but sounds like a great read as well. Thanks for the interesting interview and description of this book. I've got my fingers crossed. ;)

    Is there room for one more at the dinner table?

  15. Will have to have you all over for pot pie and Dr. Pepper! Only, leave room for chocolate cake. Yeah, that's my biggest weakness. I had to laugh at the comment. Ophelia nearly had a brother named Hamlet, but they realized they would be traveling a lot at first so stuck with just Ophelia (thank goodness), but I'm not complaining, she's a awesome mouser and VERY lovable! Thank you all for stopping by and I pray all your reading/writing dreams come true. Wishing you the best and a very Merry Christmas!

  16. Maybe, she's "an" awesome mouser. Hmmm, perhaps I need a comment editor to help me. Have a great day all.

  17. Linda: Thanks so much for being my guest!! I'm sure Ophelia is an awesome mouser. :) Merry Christmas to you too!


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