The Placeholder by Lynda Wolters / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @Lynda_Wolters

THE PLACEHOLDER, a mash-up of Thelma and Louise besties meet Eat, Pray, Love and Me Before You. 

Middle-aged Serenade Kincaid has lost everything: her stepchildren, her house, half her earnings, her sports car, and her husband, all to a decades younger–and more fertile–woman.

Sera now drinks boxed wine from a plastic cup as she attempts to start over from her new home, a seedy motel, as she kills time scrolling dating apps in search of a semi-decent-not-mass-murderer-please-just-spend-time-with-me port in the storm.

As Sera discontentedly leapfrogs through men, her snarky, meddling boss and sometimes-best friend, Carolyn, encourages her to focus more on finding a friend with benefits, just until Prince Charming comes along, of course. Zac fits the bill. 

He’s a self-proclaimed “unsuitable boyfriend” who looks to have jumped straight from the pages of a romance novel. Zac also insists he, too is only looking for some fun, which is perfect for Sera. 

Cue the booty calls. And wow, are they hitting the spot. But just when Sera is starting to figure herself out, get her life back on track and think she may have found someone, life takes a sharp left. And all fun and games come to a screeching halt. 

Now, Sera, Zac, and Carolyn must race against time to disentangle their web of lies and deceit before it’s too late.

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Q&A

– When and where do you prefer to write?

I tend to wake up writing. I can often have an idea come to me in the middle of the night so I keep pen and paper next to my bed. My routine is to write early in the morning before anyone else is up and before the day and all of it’s responsibilities creep into my psyche.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

Not really – just me and my dog, Max, sneak quietly out of bed at some crazy early hour, grab a cup of coffee and get at it.

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

I am a water-aholic. I have a big bottle of water that sits with me throughout the day as I peck away at the keys. Too much caffeine and my writing reflects it, a glass of wine and I’m asleep, so I stick to water.

– What is your favourite book?

I have several favourites: The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Mark T. Sullivan, Roots, Alex Haley, Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds, Henry’s Sisters, Cathy Lamb, A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman, and so many more. I don’t tend to read for the genre necessarily, and I don’t love a book because of a specific author. I am drawn to something unique, something bold, something written in such a way that it stays with me long after the last page.

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

I already have. My first two books were non-fiction. The Placeholder is fiction (contemporary), and I am working on a historical fiction middle-grade book currently.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Absolutely!

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

Yes! I really do have a little notebook and if for some reason I forget it, I use the notes on my phone.  I write down sayings, silly conversations, names, etc.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

Horror. It scares me.

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

That answer currently would be Kristin Hannah – she is so fabulous with her words and her storytelling. I would love to be able to dive deep into her head; what an honor.

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

I would go back to the Netherlands. I am currently writing a story about my in-laws who are from there and I would like to get a better feel for the country

Thank you

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About the author 

Lynda was born and raised in a tiny farming community of 400 in northern Idaho. She worked on the family farm, with her first job being picking rocks out of the fields with her dad and grandpa. She graduated to driving both the truck and combine during harvest season. After high school, Lynda traveled to New York to be a nanny for a few months before moving to Las Vegas to further her schooling.

Lynda has worked in the legal field for 30+ years and enjoys ballroom and swing dancing, horseback riding, kayaking, and river rafting. She has a heart for people and regularly volunteers. Following a diagnosis of incurable cancer, Lynda began writing. Her first non-fiction book, Voices of Cancer, was released in 2019 (a piece was done by Jane Brody on January 20, 2020, and published in the NYT, and a grant purchased the Chinese translation rights, and Voices of Cancer is now offered to medical students in the Tawain area), and her second non-fiction book, Voices of LGBTQ+, was released in 2020.

The Placeholder, Lynda’s debut novel, will be released on November 1, 2022. Lynda currently has a middle-grade historical fiction manuscript about her in-laws, who were children in the Netherlands during WW2, in editing.

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Author Links

Web: Lynda Wolters 

Facebook: Lynda Wolters 

Instagram: Lynda Wolters

Twitter: Lynda Wolters

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Book Links

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Placeholder-Lynda-Wolters/dp/163755219X

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Placeholder-Lynda-Wolters/dp/163755219X

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