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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Indie Author Interview: Linda A. Cadose

Indie Author Interview with Linda A. Cadose - Author of the YA Mystery Adventure The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx.

Linda A. Cadose is a retired respiratory therapist who is now a children's book author. She likes to travel, enjoys reading and love libraries. She has been to Egypt and have visited all of the historical sites she discusses in her book.

Interview with Linda A. Cadose

Indie Author Interview w/Linda A Cadose
Author Linda A Cadose
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
Linda A. Cadose: I hold a Masters degree in Technical and Professional Writing from Northeastern University. I obtained the degree to assist me in writing technical articles for respiratory therapy journal which I was writing at the time.
However, when my nephew was a boy, he was a reluctant reader. I was very concerned about this because I knew reading was essential for success in school I began to write adventure stories for him which I hoped would entice him to read. I happy to report that it worked. Today, my nephew loves to read and he is especially fond of literature on the Civil War.
I discovered that I loved writing fiction and began to write fiction full-time beginning in 2011.I wrote The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx in 2011. Then, in 2012 I wrote The Underwater Pyramid in the Bermuda Triangle. In my second book, Dr. Cliff Post travels to Bimini with his friend, Dr. Kyle Wilson.
Dr. Wilson discovers a sunken city off the coast of cuba, which is 14,000 years old. Together they discover an antimatter engine and royal mummies.

Who are you favorite writers, your favorite books and who or what are your writing influences?
I like Maurice Sendek and I thought “Where the Wild Things Are” was excellent.
I also like Rick Riordan especially his book “The Red Pyramid”
“The Red Pyramid” gave me the idea to set my first book, “The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx” in Egypt. I have been to Egypt and I have visited all the sites I mention in my book. My rip to Egypt was fascinating and I learned about Egyptian culture, history and archaeology.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Although I began to write to encourage my nephew to read, I realized that I loved writing fiction. It’s fun to create a plot out of your imagination and to bring characters to life. In 2011, I decided to end my career as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and to begin my career as a full-time children’s book writer. I prefer to write for older children. I write for middle grade and Young Adult audiences.

"I always write a summary of my book first."

Tell us about you writing process. Do you have a writing routine?

I always write a summary of my book first. Then I write a outline which is a fluid outline. As the book progresses the outline changes.

What do you find the easiest about writing? What the hardest?
The easiest thing about writing is forming new ideas. There are so many sources for new ideas. I get ideas from current events, newspapers, television stories, magazines and libraries. I do my research in libraries; they are a good place to check facts and to gather more information.
I find the hardest thing to do is editing. I find it very difficult. I decided to hire someone to edit my first two books.

Linda, please tell us about your book, “The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx”
“The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx” is a mystery/adventure novel set in Giza, Egypt. Dr. Saad discovers a hidden chamber in the right paw of the Great Sphinx using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). He invites his life-long friend Dr. Cliff Post to jopin the expedition. Cliff eagerly agrees. However, the must first the Supreme Council of Antiquities to allow then to drill into the Sphinx The Council agrees. Secreted inside the Sphinx’s paw, they discover a supercomputer composed of 13 crystal skull. Clif know that modern computer which contain snall pieces of quartz can hold thousands of books and thousands of songs. Imagine how much more knowledge a piece of quartz can hold. After the discovery of the supercomputer Drs. Saad and Post are followed, spied on and eventually kidnapped. Will they survive? Will the supercomputer be discovered?

In my book, I also explore the Ancient Aliens Theory. Briefly, the Ancient Aliens Theory postulates that thousands of years age extraterrestrials came to earth and gave our ancestors their advanced theories. This theory offers on explanation of how the ancient Egyptians were able to precisely engineer the Great Pyramid and other structures. For example, the apex of the Great Pyramid deviated from True North by only ½ degree.

The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx
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"I have visited every site that I describe in my book"

What inspired you to write the book?
I got the idea from my trip to Egypt and from reading “The Red Pyramid”
Egypt was an is a fascinating country. The Great Pyramid is the only remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
I have visited every site that I describe in my book.

Who do you see as you target audience and where can we buy the book?
The target audience for this book is 10-15 years olds. The book can be purchased at Authorhouse, Amazon and Barnes & Noble

How would you describe the success of your book so far?
I have received 8 reviews of Amazon. Four of the reviews are 5* reviews.

How long did it take to write the book?
I took me four months to write the book. I wrote the book on a full-time basis.

Please tell us where you self-published the book.
The book was self published in the United Sates by Authorhouse.

How smooth was the self-publishing process?
Authorhouse is a full service self-publishing company. Their staff is very helpful and polite. I recommend that first time authors choose a company that offers many services. Authorhouse offers editing services and marketing services which include radio, social media and television.

Did you hire an editor and/or Cover Designer for your book?
I hired an editor to edit my book She was excellent and her name is Faydra Deon. The Cover Designer was included in the basic publishing package.

"If you write every day, your writing will improve [...]"

Can you give some tips for other Indie Authors regarding the writing and self-publishing process?
My tips for other Indie authors is to write every day. Of course, no one’s writing is perfect. If you write every day, your writing will improve no matter how talented you are or how long you have been writing.

Are you working on another book project? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’m working on a third book. It is the third book of my series about the adventures of Dr. Cliff Post. In the third book, Dr. Post travels to the Holy Land. Once he reaches Jerusalem he meets an old friend who is a Biblical archaeologist. Together they go on an expedition and make a major archaeological find. In this book, I intend to blend information on Biblical archaeology but the main focus will be on the story.

"[...] it is easier to become traditionally published if your books are selling well."

Are you planning to move forward as an Indie author or are you looking forward to have one of your next books to be traditionally published?
I would like to be traditionally published but I think it is easier to become traditionally published if your books are selling well.

Where do you see the book market in 5 or 10 years? Will there be only eBooks and will book stores disappear like record stores disappeared?
In 5-10 years, I believe that ebooks will dominate the market. However, I do not see print books as going the way of the dinosaur. Many people like the feel of having a print book in their hands.

Do you write full-time or do you have a day job?
I write full-time.

How can readers connect with you?
I am on Facebook and Twitter (@LindaACadose). My blog is lindacadose.authorsxpress.com.

Thank you very much for the Interview, Linda.

About the Book The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx

The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx (Linda A Cadose)
Click to Read an Excerpt

American archeologist Dr. Cliff Post and his friend Egyptian archeologist Dr. Abdul Saad discover a hidden chamber in the right paw of the Great Sphinx. Inside they find an ancient supercomputer left there thousands of years ago by ancient aliens.

A terrorist group seeks to obtain possession of this supercomputer.

The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx is the first in a series featuring the adventures of American archeologist, Dr. Cliff Post.

- "[...] This book peaked my interest right away as I truly find anything Egyptian dealing with pyramids, pharaohs and especially the Sphinx quite fascinating. Linda Cadose has all of that in the pages of this book along with factual information for the reader." - Reader Review

Links to the Book

Link to the Paperback The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx with Excerpt on Amazon

Link to the eBook The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx with Excerpt on Amazon

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