5Ws with Linda Yellin

I reviewed the memoir The Last Blind Date on Tuesday and author Linda Yellin is back today to tell us a bit about herself. And don’t forget I’m giving away a copy of her memoir to anyone with a US address who leaves a comment.

If you’d like to learn more about Linda don’t miss her video here. Linda was worried about not having any girlfriends when she moved to NYC. After viewing this video you’ll want to be her friend–I know I did!

Who is your hero…whether it be a writing hero, a dating hero, or just a plain hero-hero?

LINDA: Hero worship. Okay. Let’s talk hero worship.

As a kid it was Nellie Bly, a female journalist in the late 1800’s who…as Wikipedia puts it: “was notable for a record-breaking trip around the world in emulation of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg.”

Or as I’d put it: She kicked butt back when butt-kicking for female journalists wasn’t in style.

Before I proceed I must say that I thought the hero of “Around The World In 80 Days” was Phineas Fogg, not Phileas – so Wikipedia might have just led me astray.

Back to hero worship. I’m going local now:

My sister Janis Peromsik, an occupational therapist, who does early intervention for autistic babies.

My sister Dr. Gina Bogin (she worked way too hard for that “Dr.” to not include it), who’s a social worker in a large (very large) high school.

I am the shallow sister who spent most of her career writing headlines for shampoos and hamburger restaurants.

What is your favorite thing about New York(besides Randy)? What is your favorite thing about Chicago?

New York: As soon as it starts raining, there’s a guy on the sidewalk corner selling umbrellas. As soon as the sun comes out, that same guy is selling sunglasses.

Chicago: The Cubs. The Bears. The Bulls. The White Sox. The Blackhawks. I’ve never changed my team loyalties.

Why did you decide to write this memoir? After all, you have already written a novel. why not another novel?

LINDA: Well, since Such A Lovely Couple is at least 90% true, it’s closer to a memoir than a novel. It’s like the prequel to The Last Blind Date. But I’m three and a half chapters away from finishing a new novel, so I guess I’m a flip flopper.

Little Note from Jodi: Read an excerpt from both Linda’s books here.

Where do you go for inspiration for your writing? A person, a place, a book, a memory?

LINDA: I do my best thinking in the middle of the night. Fortunately I have insomnia so there’s lots of time to think. I’ve kept a notepad and pen on my nightstand for eons. So I guess that means I go to bed.

We know what your best blind date was–that last one! When was your worst blind date?

LINDA: I wouldn’t know where to begin…

And on that note, don’t forget to leave us the tale of your worst(or best blind date) to win a copy of The Last Blind Date.

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