In our ongoing #EggcerptExchange I'm featuring Linda Sienkiewicz (and the true Polish way to say it is shin-KEH-vich). For diehard Jim Morrison and Doors fans, Linda has a beautiful story about visiting Jim's grave in Paris on her blog. What a story, I loved it, as a kindred soul, a history buff who has been known to sneak around historic sites after closing (Carisbrooke Castle) and touch every historical artifact I see...and I've gotten into a bit of trouble doing that (touching Chopin's piano keys, for instance).
Meet Linda and read about her debut novel IN THE CONTEXT OF LOVE.
Linda attributes her creative drive to her artistic mother, who taught her to sew, and her father, who let her monkey around with the gadgets in his workshop. Her poetry, short stories and art have been published in more than fifty literary journals. She has a poetry chapbook award from Bottom Dog Press and an MFA from The University of Southern Maine. She lives in Michigan where she and her husband like to spoil their grandchildren then send them back home.
Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of #1 NYTimes Bestseller, DEEP END OF THE OCEAN, says: With humor and tenderness, but without blinking, Linda K. Sienkiewicz turns her eye on the predator-prey savannah of the young and still somehow hopeful.
Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Michigan Notable Book MOTHERS TELL YOUR DAUGHTERS, says Sienkiewiczs powerful and richly detailed debut novel is at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey. It should be required reading for all wayward daughters, and their mothers, too.
Here’s an interview with Angelica Schirrick, the narrator of In the Context of Love:
1. What is your birthdate?
I came screaming into this world on June 30, 1958, weighing a mere 6 pounds and 5 ounces.
2. Where were you born?
I was delivered by midwife Rose Rumble at my great aunts farm in Wisconsin.
3. What’s your favorite type of pet?
I grew up with a gorgeous fluffy collie named Cookie, so Im awfully fond of dogs, but at this point in my life, Id rather have something low maintenance. Im thinking goldfish, canary, or a rock. Yes, a pet rock would be swell.
4. Who is your significant other?
The Gypsy King or Hungarian heartthrob Joe (Jozsef) Vadas will always be my first and only love.
5. What is your secret desire?
Believe it or not, I would love to surprise Joe with a trip to France to visit Jim Morrisons gravesite in Pere Lachaise. Hes such a Doors fan. Im not (please dont tell) but a whole week in Paris with Joe would be heavenly.