This week’s MWN Spotlight is on Linda C. Anger!
Linda C. Anger has lived and worked in metro Detroit, Michigan all her life. Her poetry and fiction has been published nationally in venues such as “Mused: The Bella Online Journal,” “Still Crazy Literary Magazine,” and “Almost Touching: A reader for women and men.”
Linda is the president and owner of The Write Concept, Inc., a marketing communications company founded in 2000. Her corporate clients have included DaimlerChrysler Corporation, HAVEN, The Royal Park Hotel, The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, and Demp Coaching. Business articles have been published in Black Engineer Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, and MultiCultural Law Journal. Visit http://www.thewriteconcept.com
Learn more about her creative work and publications at www.fullcrumbcafe.com
Where are you from?
I was born at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit, grew up in Orchard Lake, and have lived in the Rochester area most of my adult life.
Tell us your latest news?
My book “Sweeping the Floors in the Full Crumb Cafe,” which is a collection of poems, stories, and essays, has a modest following. I am working on a self-help book based on a blog I kept over the course of a year of chemotherapy. I am just completing two years as president of Detroit Working Writers, and will step into the presidency of Toastmasters Walsh College Troy in July.
When and why did you begin writing?
I was nine years old, was taunted by the other kids because of a physical issue, withdrew, and turned to books and notebooks as an escape.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was nine, I realized how much I loved to read and tell stories. That’s when I decided to be a writer, and once I made that decision, I was one.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Poetry was my initial genre, and was my focus until about five years ago, when I began to write short fiction pieces. Poetry came from daily existence. Stories came when I was mature enough to understand different aspects of life.
Do you have a specific writing style?
People tell me I have a strong voice. I only know that I speak / write my mind.
How did you come up with the title?
“Sweeping the Floors in the Full Crumb Cafe” – in what became the introduction to this volume, I wrote about the “teeter-totter” of life, and fulcrum on which it totters or rests. This brain of mine turned it into a metaphorical place, which became the Full Crumb Cafe. “Sweeping the Floors” is the first in what I intend to be a series of Full Crumb Cafe books.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Every poem or story I write has a message.
How much of the book is realistic?
The poems are based on my life or my realizations about life. The stories sometimes are based on a real person or experience.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
See question above.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Too many to list here! Anything by Anaȉs Nin, Hermann Hesse, Napoleon Hill
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Hermann Hesse and Anaȉs Nin
What book are you reading now?
“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern – for the 4th time
“White House Ghosts” – about the relationships between the US Presidents and their speech writers
“Mrs. Poe” – a novel based on the story of Edgar Allen Poe & his mistress
What are your current projects?
The self-help book is my focus as I wish it to be completed and published by spring 2016, but I continue to write poetry and personal essays.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Detroit Working Writers
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. I have made a living as a copy writer for over 15 years.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
See question #3
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I can, yes.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time is always an issue. Because I spend my workdays writing for other people, it is sometimes difficult to switch off my business brain and give my creative brain free rein.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have many favorites, as noted in the earlier question. What I love about Nin is the sensuality of her work. The woman can describe a leaf in such a way that it becomes erotic. Hesse’s work is heavily spiritual, and Hill’s work is serious and practical. Morgenstern (The Night Circus) has an ebb and flow that is remarkable – this is the book I wish I had written!
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Who designed the covers?
I did. My business is marketing communications; I am trained as a book compositor (layout and typography), and graphic design.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
See the question above about challenges
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
In addition to producing my own book, I have ghostwritten or edited quite a few others. I learn something about content development, layout, and production from each project.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up, and don’t ever think your first draft is your finished draft. Write each scene from at least three different perspectives and find the one that drives the story forward.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
One of my writing champions, Margo Lagatutta, used to say, “How can I know what I think until I see what I say?” I write, partially, to understand what goes on at the depths of me. If the things I learn or struggle with have meaning to you, I am honored.