We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda D. Addison and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Linda D., how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work life balance was a three sided reality for me. I grew up with a lack of money, but with the earliest memory of making up fantastical stories. My mother told wonderful fables which gave me permission to let my imagination flow. I also found I was good at math and science. The end result was 1) a career in software development in the day time, 2) writing speculative poetry and stories at night, while 3) having a family. This meant finding a corner to write, when others were spending time relaxing watching television in the evening, or lunchtime at the job socializing. Writing fulfilled my spirit, so it wasn’t the same as work. Now that I’ve retired from the day job, I still have to balance writing my own work and mentoring, working with others on projects. It’s a good problem to have.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel like I was born a writer/day dreamer. My earliest memories are imagining things that weren’t real. As time went on, I had to make decisions to have a way to work and live that didn’t include writing, but I made time to write, even if only a few minutes a day. I also started journaling in high school, writing down bits and pieces every day. When I then sat down to write my journals provided me with seeds to begin. I’ve continued using my journals as fertile ground for each book I’ve written. I also have always looked to increase my writing skills and I love reading about other creatives lives. Determined to be published meant not letting rejections stop me from submitting my work. So much that has helped me is the support of other writers. I’ve been a member of a writer’s group since 1990, Circles in the Hair (CITH), as well as creative organizations like Horror Writers Association (HWA), Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA), and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA).

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Saguaro National Park (huge saguaro cacti and ancient metroglyphs); Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (outdoor walk where many of the animals are in more natural environments); Sabino Canyon (for hiking); Mt. Lemmon (the drive alone is breath-taking; going from desert to more forest scenery); I love walking 4th Avenue (downtown Tucson) where there are over 100 shops; another great place to shop and eat is Mercado San Agustin which has a wonderful courtyard with seating to rest or eat.

A few of my favorites places to eat in Tucson (and there are many): Coronado’s Mexican Food
(so good); Guadalajara Original Grill (wonderful food & drinks, fun atmosphere); Ghini’s French restaurant (their connected bakery is fantastic for buying goodies for celebrations); Golden Dragon restaurant (delicious, flavorful Chinese); Black Bear Diner (large amounts of American home cooking); Yard House (my favorite for Mother’s Day self-date)…the list goes on. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The first shoutout is to my mother, Janet Marie Warrick-Webster. She had me when she was young, then had eight more children. One of the biggest thing I remember was her telling stories that included us as characters. There were shining lights of teachers through my first twelve years that respected my writing. My extended family always supported me. And then a long list of people who believed in me when others didn’t know who I was, to name a few: Bob Booth, Sheree Renée Thomas, Jack Ketchum (AKA Dallas Mayr), Gordon Linzner, Tom Piccirilli, Weston Ochse, Yvonne Navarro, Jonathan Maberry, James A. Moore, Charlee Jacob, Marge Simon, Toni Morrison, Nancy Kress, Terry Bisson, Rick Hautala, Joe Lansdale and so many more. My writers group Circles in the Hair (CITH), Horror Writers Association (HWA), and Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA). These are hard lists to make because there are so many people and groups that have kept me afloat.

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Image Credits
Linda D. Addison (all others photos) Fred Kurtzweg II (TusCon43_Cards_08_LindaAddison_300dpi)

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