Wednesday, November 16, 2011

THE PROPHETESS ONE: AT RISK - Linda Rohrbough - Free e-Book

Welcome, Linda. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
For me, it’s like I have to wriggle down into that character’s body through the top of their head, and look out through their eyes to write them. Walk in their shoes. Then I know them and I can predict what they’ll do, how they feel, and what they want.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I took a garden hose and soaked down a motorcycle rider who was riding on the sidewalk and scared my daughter. He was a young guy and he came back later with his dad and apologized. I was living in Los Angeles at the time and when I thought about it, I realized that may not have been the wisest thing I’ve ever done.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I wrote a short story in seventh grade that won a national award. I had my doubts off and on since then, but every time I tried another profession, I ended up writing about it.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I enjoy suspense and thrillers. I was enthralled, like everyone else, when Frank Peretti came out with This Present Darkness, which was the first Christian suspense/thriller. I had the pleasure of interviewing him one-on-one in 2005 when The Oath came out. He told me in the early days everyone said there was no market for that first book. Last time I checked he had 15 million books in print. I think that means someone is interested, don’t you?

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I take one day a week off. And I don’t turn on a computer or touch my work. Sometimes I feel like I have to sit on my hands. But I think if I don’t take a break, my overall productivity will suffer.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I have to get to know them first. Often their names change - I pick a name for them and as I get to know them, I realize that’s not a fit. I pay attention to names given to newborns and note ones I like. I am especially enjoying the new baby names I’m hearing, so I’ve been using them.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Getting on Lena Nelson Dooley’s blog. Well, that and having Debbie Macomber be willing to take time from her hectic schedule to read The Prophetess One: At Risk and give me a wonderful a quote. I have a lot of respect for people who are making it writing fiction. People think telling a compelling story is easy and it’s not. The further I get personally, the more my admiration for writers like Lena and Debbie grows.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I think I’d be my miniature, long-haired dachshund Sammy. She is my buddy and the most popular dog I’ve ever seen. When I take her to Home Depot, I plan extra time for the trip because everyone has to stop to talk to her. She’s a joy and so well-behaved I never need a leash. Here’s a link to a Facebook video of her holding a potato chip on her nose.

What is your favorite food?
Chicken tortilla soup. Just love it.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Getting a book started. I had a terrible time writing a compelling beginning until I got help from a popular writing coach. Now that the problem is solved, people are telling me they start Chapter 1 and can’t the book down.

Tell us about the featured book.
 Here’s the back cover copy:

"This is fast-paced, thrilling, edge-of-the-seat reading. The Prophetess One: At Risk had me flipping the pages and holding my breath."  - Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestseller

It’s a very different kind of war.

Why would God choose a pregnant computer programmer to fight it?

All Anna McClintock wants is a peaceful stretch of beach she can walk to with her new husband, Jack, and her soon-to-be-born child. Jack is finishing his engineering degree this semester and the two plan to leave his Kansas home to build their new lives together.

But when Anna finds herself in jail for the murder of a preschool child she tried to save, she realizes she is alone, except for God. She has to rely on new-found spiritual gifts as well as her wits and skills in order to save herself, her unborn son, and her marriage.

And she has another decision to make. This one affects the entire nation.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Chapter 1

Anna McClintock flapped the bottom of her blue polyester maternity outfit to cool herself as she studied her husband’s face. She thought married couples had to grow into knowing each other like this. But even though she’d only known Jack a year, she could tell something was eating at him. And it was more than trying to keep the car running.

At a stoplight, Jack looked over at her, ran his finger over her outstretched hand. The older blue Chevy Malibu shuddered to maintain the bit of air conditioning that seeped through the vents.

“They’re going to love you.”

Anna bit her lip before she answered. “Who wouldn’t?”

Jack smiled and held out his little finger. She wrapped her own pinkie around his and felt him squeeze.

A car behind them honked. The light was green. Jack held his arms up in mock disgust.

“How come the guy behind you always knows when you should go?”

She laughed, but she could still feel his uneasiness. She felt it, too. A stuffy heaviness she assumed until now was due to her clothes. But underneath the discomfort there was a small electric current. She’d felt it just before she’d met Jack. Their lives were about to change, again, she could feel it. And she was eager to see how.

“We could go back. You could put on something cooler.”

You can get sample pages of The Prophetess One: At Risk downloaded to your Kindle reader for your PC, Mac, Kindle or smart phone here.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I have a website at I’m on Facebook at And I’m on Twitter @LindaRohrbough.

Thank you, Linda, for the interesting interview.

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The Prophetess One: At Risk

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Robyn said...

Wow--sounds like a must read that I won't be able to put down. I'm intrigued by the opening and trying to already start working through the mystery to come.

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Marianne said...

i tried the link to see Sammy..i've talked to dogs in Home Depot, but quite sure it hasn't been Sammy cause i may not remember your name, but i likely will remember your puppy's name (hahaha) the link didn't work for me this morning.would love to win this free ebook. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway Linda and Lena

from Peace River Country, Alberta

Lourdes said...

So would love to win. Love the hosing down I think I would have done the same.

Huntington, Long Island

Linda Rohrbough said...

Thanks for your comments so far. And thanks for letting me know about the link to video of my dog Sammy. I'll check and see if I can update it. :-)

Linda Rohrbough said...

The video of my dog Sammy holding a potato chip on her nose worked for me once I logged into Facebook. But before I logged in, Facebook gave me an error message that said the video didn't exist. So just FYI.

Looking forward to sharing The Prophetess One: At Risk with today's winner.

If you care to, you can see more background about the book at my website:

Linda Rohrbough said...

As for hosing down that motorcycle rider, he so scared my daughter, it was almost instinctive on my part. Jessica was seven, I think, and she was washing off an old car our landlord kept parked in front of our house. Los Angeles is very dusty and after a week that car looked like something from an Adam's Family episode. It had spider webs reaching down to the ground and dust so thick you could write your name in it. Evidently, some water from the hose she was using got on the motorcycle guy when he went by. So he decided to ride up on the sidewalk past her yelling about getting wet. She was terrified, dropped the hose and came running to me. I was on the front porch watching so I thought, you need to know what wet really feels like. When he turned around to come back, I was ready. I started at his head and hosed him down as he went by on the sidewalk. But like I said, when I thought about it later, I didn't take into account where I was. This was LA. He could have been crazy. There are lots of those types out there. What was I thinking? In a couple of hours, we were still outside visiting with the neighbors and both the kid and his dad came back to apologize to my daughter. So it actually turned out okay.

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Linda Rohrbough said...

Thanks for your kind comments.

Just wanted to say the link to my dog Sammy's video is on my husband's Facebook page. He took that video with his phone. It's been quite a hit.

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Thanks for the chance to win.
God Bless!
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Linda Rohrbough said...

It'll be interesting to see who is drawn for a free e-book. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I have much to be grateful for.