Linda Lee: Freelance Writer, Author and Filmmaker
Linda Lee is a freelance writer, children’s e-book author, and online journal editor for Document publishing.
TSM: Linda, thank you so much for doing an interview for TSM. It’s wonderful to have you in the magazine
LL: Thank you Jessica for featuring me in your magazine. It’s a wonderful opportunity.
TSM: Tell us a little about yourself and your writing background.
LL: I’m a mother, grandmother, wife, author and screenwriter. My writing journey began when my oldest son was injured. I needed a way to keep myself free from pain and depression, therefore I transferred my creative gifts to writing. My first writing project began with children’s books. The first book was Kayleigh Living With Nana and Pa, Fred A trip to the Hospital and Giddy Gilbert Goes to School. I then used my writing as therapy for my son to get through some very emotional times. He and I wrote the true story of his life, The Lonesome Soldier the Long Road Home. Next I wrote a fiction novel series, the first book was released in January 2018 The Chronicles of Imi Von-Stogel The Sixteenth Year. The second book in this series, The Chronicles of Imi Von-Stogel The Sixth Medallion was released on February 28, 2018.
My current projects include my upcoming feature film Little Fish, a romantic heartwarming story based in the fifties. I’m also working on a subject that is very dear to my heart. The Abduction of Emmalyn Rose about searching for missing children, as well as a true story Second Thought which is dedicated to teen suicide and also based on a true story. Although there are many reasons why teen suicide happens, depression; family issues; trauma and bullying are the leading causes in today’s society. In most cases, parents, friends and loved ones have no idea that their loved one is having issues that would bring them to the brink of suicide. There are many signs pointing to impending doom, however, with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is often difficult for those closest to see it.
TSM: What made you want to become a writer? And can you recall the very first story you ever wrote?
LL: I really had no intention to become a writer, it actually found me. My first story that I ever wrote was Kayleigh Living with Nana and Pa.
TSM: Your most recent series is Raising Phil and Ernie. Tell us a bit about this series and the inspiration behind it.
LL: Raising Phil and Ernie is a light hearted comedy meant for the whole family to be able to watch together. After Phil Moore’s wife left and Ernie Les parents kick him out the two old friends accidentally meet and try to share a house, but they are as different as daylight and dark. Then Phil’s granddaughter gets left on his door step and that’s when everything gets interesting. Raising Phil and Ernie is currently being aired on All Nations TV Network and will soon be released on Apple TV and Hulu.
TSM: What is your writing style? And what do you love most about the writing process?
LL: My writing style is descriptive. I love the writing journey. I like to see what I can create, but I usually can’t wait to see how it ends.
TSM: What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
LL: Romeo and Juliet is my favorite book and I believe it has inspired my creativity for romance stories.
TSM: Who are some authors you admire and look up to?
LL: I love William Shakespeare and I love to read anything Karen Kingsbury writes.
TSM: What inspired you to get into filmmaking? And when did the filmmaking bug hit you?
LL: I have always loved the filmmaking process but I was drawn to filmmaking due to the outpouring response to my book, The Lonesome Soldier The Long Road Home. I want to tell the based on true story about PTSD in hopes of bringing much needed attention to this disease. The drama that I experienced with film makers inspired me to start my own production company, Timeless Dreams Productions. My company was built on faith based values with the family unit in mind. Timeless Dreams productions wants to bring back good wholesome entertainment for the entire family, while giving actors and actresses the opportunity to show their talents.
TSM: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?
LL: I would love to see world peace so if I had the power I would spread love and peace in hopes that no one would suffer homelessness, hunger or diseases such as PTSD and cancer.
TSM: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?
LL: “Shall We Dance” is my favorite quote. It inspires me to see only the good in the world because when you dance there is no one watching.
TSM: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can readers find out more about you and your work?
LL: My books can be found on Amazon and in Barns and Noble stores. They can also be found on my Amazon page at the link below https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Ellis-
My films can be viewed on my YouTube channel LEE TV at the link below
TSM: Thanks again for this interview, and wish you the best of luck with all your upcoming projects in the future.
LL: Thank you Jessica and TSM for the opportunity to share my passion for writing with you and your readers.