Linda Covella’s varied job experience and education (associate degrees in art, business and mechanical drafting & design, a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.
A writer for over 30 years, her first publication was a restaurant review column, and as a freelance writer, she continued to publish numerous articles in a variety of publications. But when she published articles for children’s magazines, she realized she’d found her niche: writing for children. She wants to share with kids and teens her love of books: the worlds they open, the things they teach, the feelings they express.
Yakimali’s Gift and The Castle Blues Quake, a middle-grade paranormal ghost story, are her first novels.
She’s a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
No matter what new paths she may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.
1) What was the first book that so captured your imagination that you felt a physical loss when you reached the last page?
This would have to be a book I read as a child, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I loved the time-travel aspect of the story and became hooked on books with that type of plot.
2) What is the most romantic/loving thing you’ve ever done for someone else?
It was a recent New Year’s Eve. Instead of going out, my husband and I decided to stay home, just the two of us. I made a special dinner: filet mignon with a mustard-cream sauce, risotto, and green beans, and butterscotch brownies with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for dessert (because he loves butterscotch and caramel 🙂 ). The whole bit, with candlelight, romantic music, etc.
3) What is the most romantic/sweet/loving thing someone has ever done for you?
That same night, after we ate, my husband asked me to dance—a slow dance, the lights down low, the candles still burning. We ended up dancing for a few hours. It was the most romantic night. Even after being married for 20 years, the romance hasn’t died!
4) What do you think is the most romantic song?
The song my husband and I chose for our wedding dance: Overjoyed by Stevie Wonder
BOOK BLURB: It’s 1775 in Mexico, New Spain, and 15-year-old Fernanda Marquina, of Spanish and Pima Indian ancestry, can’t seem to live up to her mother’s expectations or fit into the limited female roles of her culture. After a tragic accident, Fernanda and her family join Juan Bautista de Anza’s historic colonization expedition to California. On the journey, Fernanda will discover not only romance, but truths that will change the way she sees her ancestry, her family, and herself.
Read an excerpt and view the trailer for Yakimali’s Gift on Linda’s website http://lindacovella.com/yakimalis-gift/
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