My name is Linda Lavid and I write.
I have won awards and teach extensively on writing and publishing.
I'm interested in characters who mess up but keep going.
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I write, paint, and sell my work throughout Western New York. As time goes by my writing has grown from telling stories to writing a wide assortment of books, fiction and nonfiction. My artistic pursuits include painting whimisical cats, colorful landscapes, and still lifes that defy the laws of nature. In all my endeavors I do what I enjoy and market what I produce. Toward this end, I have a publishing company, Full Court Press, and give talks on every aspect of writing, painting, publishing, and marketing. I have given seminars/classes/presentations at Just Buffalo, The Chautauqua Instituition, Libraries, Writer's Groups, to name a few. For a list of topics and/or if you'd like me to speak to your group, please email me. E-Mail You can't beat the price...FREE.
My work has appeared in the following publications: The Southern Cross Review,Wilmington Blues, Plots with Guns, Unlikely Stories, Ascent Aspirations,A Cruel World,Zimmerzine, Cenotaph, Over Coffee, Tangents, and published by the Haworth Press. A short story, "The Accident", was a finalist in Otto Penzler's Great Mystery Stories of 2003. "DMV", another short story, received an award from Ascent Magazine. My recent book, 101 Ways to Meditate: Discover Your True Self, was a finalist in the 2011 Global E-Book Awards.
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Spots Blind is short fiction. The stories
share a common theme of being blindsided -
sometimes by family, friends, lovers; sometimes by
our own refusalto see the truth.
"You can’t always see what’s coming.
The trajectory is misinterpreted,
misconstrued, minimized. On the other
hand someone could be blocking your
view, on purpose, with malice.
No matter what, that something is heading your way."
Two awarding-winning stories are included.
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A Fiction Writer's Guide for the 21st Century, welcomes
you into the tech world of the independent writer. Writing,
publishing, marketing tips abound to encourage and educate. The time is
now. Take the plunge and turn your creative work into a book that
"Composition: A Fiction Writer's Guide for the 21st Century is a brief
but illuminating read about how to write a book from concept to creation,and then get it out there. It’s super easy to read, and for a non-fiction book, fast paced and fun..." The Compulsive Reader
"Composition clears my bar for a to-do book... " BoggerNews
"A priceless gem of a book..." Armchairinterviews Review.
"A helpful guide for new writers..." ReserveBooks
"A nice little book for any potential writers who just do not know how
to get started." Curled up with a Good Book.
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Thirstis a collection of short stories where jaunty, lusty, creepy, quirky characters, all needful, discover what they want is not what they get. A man obsessed with terrorism, a woman in an abusive marriage, a secret forced into the open are a few of the dilemmas faced by desperate characters reaching blind. Included in Thirst is the award-winning story "DMV".More reviews.
"Composed of twelve short fiction stories about human desire and want, Thirst captured my attention from the moment I began reading it. Ranging from a story about a professor's unquenchable thirst for young undergrad women to the enticing read of two women playing off each other in a bar to attract men, Linda Lavid's writing is sophisticated, masterful, and full of desire."Great New Books
"This short story collection is exquisite, exciting and a pleasurably fast read. Each story, although different in nature, is woven to the next with the common threads of infidelity, a multitude of flaws and the ever delicious...jealousy." Literary Lighthouse Reviews
"I would recommend this book to book clubs. I think discussing which story is each person's favorite and why would be very interesting. And anybody can find the time to read "Jealousy". Especially for those who read during breakfast...Linda Lavid manages to write stories that are short and sweet, but branches out to the short and bitter, and manages to make them all short and startling." Reader Views
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Rented Rooms is a collection of previously published short fiction.
The stories featured in Rented Rooms are an eclectic collection in
both style and genre. Tales of mystery, love gone awry and
characters who cross the line comprise the whole. Added
to each story are author's notes. These commentaries range
from the story's inspiration to its craft. Included in Rented Rooms
is "The Accident", a finalist in Otto Penzler's Best Mystery Stories
of 2003. Whether to entertain,inspire or educate,Rented Rooms
is a primer for readers and writers alike. For an independent
review, please visit:
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Presently only available in e-book formats.
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Paloma, a woman with three identities, is running hard and fast. Someone wants her dead. But which identity is the killer after? Max Laurent, retired FBI agent, throws himself into the mix. Paloma must outwit the assassin. Max must outwit Paloma. Before coming to terms with past misunderstandings and a child long ago abandoned,they must, together or apart, find and eliminate the killer.Reviews:
"Not only do I highly recommend reading this book, it is also a keeper." Lighthouse Literary Reviews
"Heart-stopping, blood pressure rising book..." Road to Romance
"As much about the relationship between two people as it is about the plot to kill one of them..." Rambles
"Filled with blood-rushing excitement...." Coffee Time Romance
"Completely enthralling, a roller coaster ride of intrigue and deception." Roundtable Reviews
"Really rather clever narrative..." Tregolwyn Book Reviews
"Face-paced. A recommended read." Online Reviews of Books and Current Affairs.
"Stays in your head long after you've finished the book." The Romance Studio
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is an E-Book
There are several aspects to writing fiction. Rendering what John Gardner in The Art of Fiction describes as a 'vivid and continuous dream' is a complicated affair. Story is created from the imagination of a writer, who in turn must translate it onto a page of symbols so that another person can read, absorb, and experience the story in a similar fashion. It's a remarkable process when you think about it. So, are you up for the challenge or is the writer's quintessential question nipping away inside: Do I have the talent?
We imagine talent as some huge reservoir of subconscious knowledge that some lucky people are born with. We think of Shakespeare and Mozart and Einstein. But the truth is we all have talents of many kinds and measures. Talent is nothing more, or less, than an individual ability. And while there are gifted writers, I do not believe that having an innate talent is imperative to become an author.
Fiction demands a working knowledge of many points of craft that can be taught and learned. And while mastering craft can be daunting, each one of us has the skills to meet the challenge. In fact, the quality most needed is neither talent nor knowledge, but the mad, unrelenting desire to tell a story. And with this passion, walk to the end of the diving board, loosen your shoulders, and take the plunge.
"User-friendly walk-through on Creative Writing." Learning the Learnable
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If you enjoyOn Creative Writing, and would like a paperback, consider Composition: A Fiction Writer's Guide for the 21st Century. All this information, plus navigating the waters of self publishing, are included.
Weekly Strategies for Writers: Tips on Writing, Editing, Publishing, Marketing & more is a collection of timely tips for fiction and nonfiction writers that discusses the changes, opportunities, and resources now available for writers to make their writing and publishing goals a success. New or veteran writers are are sure to find Weekly Strategies for Writers a quick, informative read. For ease of use, hyperlinks are included to make tips dynamic and accessible.
If you enjoy Weekly Strategies for Writers: Tips on Writing, Editing, Publishing, Marketing & more, you may like other books in my Creative Writing and Publishing Series...Composition: A Fiction Writer's Guide for the 21 Century (paperback and e-book) or On Creative Writing (Free e-book). Also, both my short story collections,Rented Rooms and Thirst, include author's notes at the end of every story. Here I discuss points of craft or inspiration for that story. Fiction goes beyond flights of fancy. Like all art, it reflects, and tries to make sense of, who we are in this world.
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101 Ways to Meditate: Discover Your True Self is a primer to illuminate the landscapes within and beyond. Easily explained and specific, 101 Ways to Meditate, supplies a wide selection of processing, imagery, release, and inspirational meditations to make meditative practice life-affirming, insightful and fun. A 31-day journal is also included. Whether to explore metaphysical questions, experience higher awareness, or come to terms with the mystery within, meditation serves.
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|Of the Dance/De la Danza
is a parallel text (Spanish/English) collection of six short stories by
award-winning author Linda A. Lavid. These stories are contemporary and
range in ease and difficulty from dialogue to literary passages. To
facilitate learning, text in both languages is provided in parallel
format to assure easy reference in either Spanish or English. The
narratives chosen for this book revolve around the relationships
between men and women with the conflicts and complications they cause.
Please note this collection has explicit language and is for adults.
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the Dance/De la Danza es una colección de textos paralelos (Español /
Inglés) de seis cuentos de la galardonada autora Linda A. Lavid. Estas
historias son contemporáneas y varían en facilidad y dificultad del
diálogo a pasajes literarios. Para facilitar el aprendizaje, el texto
en ambos idiomas es proporcionado en formato paralelo para asegurar una
fácil referencia ya sea en Español o en Inglés. Los relatos
seleccionados para este libro giran en torno a las relaciones entre
hombres y mujeres con los conflictos y complicaciones que estas causan.
Tenga en cuenta que esta colección tiene un lenguaje explícito y es
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