Today we’re chatting with Gina Linko, who has some pretty great young-her photos up on her website, so you should definitely go check those out. 🙂 Gina has written INDIGO:
A moment that changes everything. . . .
Caught in an unexpected spring squall, Corrine’s first instinct is to protect her little sister Sophie after a nasty fall. But when Corrine reaches out to comfort her sister, the exact opposite occurs. Her touch–charged with an otherworldly force and bursting with blinding indigo color–surges violently from Corrine to her sister. In an instant, Sophie is dead. From that moment on, Corrine convinces herself that everyone would be better off if she simply withdrew from life.
When her family abruptly moves to New Orleans, Corrine’s withdrawal is made all the easier. No friends. No connections. No chance of hurting anyone. But strange things continue to happen around her in this haunting, mystical city. And she realizes that her power cannot be ignored, especially when Rennick, a talented local artist with a bad-boy past, suggests another possibility: Corrine might have the touch. An ability to heal those around her. But knowing what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust her gift?
Intriguing, no? I bet you want to buy it, which you can do at, among others, Barnes & Noble.
Corrine moves to New Orleans, which is a city I used to live in, so I wanted to talk to Gina more about INDIGO’s setting, and I got to learn all about how I really need to check out St. Simon’s Island as a vacation destination!
INDIGO is set in New Orleans. Why did you choose this setting for the story?
I had an idea about clusters of people with sixth senses, and I was thinking in terms of an environmental factor being part of the cause. I, of course, started thinking about New Orleans because of its rich history in the macabre, the supernatural, ghosts stories, stuff like that. Because I love the line between science and the unexplainable. It’s such a thin line sometimes. I like to write about things that are right on that line — nearly believable phenomena. Because what if? And New Orleans is a perfect setting for the what if.
Where was the first place INDIGO was spotted “in the wild,” so to speak?
I haven’t seen it in the wild yet! I have a signing tomorrow night (Skylarnote: The signing was October 24; we’re on a bit of a delay here!) at Anderson’s Bookshop, which is a super-awesome indie here in Chicagoland, so I suppose that will be my first spotting. I’m very excited!
Where is your favorite place to write? Is that where you wrote INDIGO? What was the writing process of INDIGO like?
For each book I write, I write the first draft fairly quickly, sort of in a fugue, over the course of maybe only a few weeks, pulling all-nighters and barely functioning through the rest of life as I fully immerse myself in my story and characters. But it is definitely only a first draft, rough around the edges. But then I go back and flesh it out and revise for a long while. One thing that was unique for INDIGO was that I had to completely rewrite the second half a couple of times before I felt like it was true to the characters, like I was really doing justice to Corrine’s story, if that makes any sense.
Where do you keep your works in progress and what are you working on now?
I am in that brand-new honeymoon phase of a new project at the moment, where it is just rolling around in my mind, a small but powerful kernel of an idea. I’m jotting hand-written notes on things all over the house and doing research at the library. And pretty soon, I will be in full-blown first-draft mode. It’s so exciting to have that beautiful new idea (my precious!) and all its perfect potential. But soon I’ll be staying up all night long, drinking too much caffeine, and doubting every word on the page.
Where is your favorite place for inspiration?
It’s not too original, but I go on long walks to sort things out in my brain. It really works for me.
Where is your favorite setting, fictional or non-, written by someone else?
I absolutely love the setting in The Snow Child, the stark Alaskan frontier. Just a really good setting that sort of acts as another character in the novel.
Where was the best vacation you ever took?
We go to a place called St. Simon’s Island, just off the coast of Georgia. It is paradise, like a second home to us. We spend lazy days at the beach swimming, making tidal pools, and building sandcastles. It is our most favorite place in the world!
Where is “home”?
Home is wherever my three crazy kids and husband are. And that is most likely in our family room, and we are usually cuddled in front of the TV, watching some ridiculous reality show like Swamp People or Restaurant Impossible, playing lots of Lego boardgames, and eating popcorn and pumpkin seeds. We’re kind of addicted to pumpkin seeds right now.
Thanks for stopping by, Gina! It was fun!