Friday Morning Bookclub

January 4, 2011

A Lovely Thank You!

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Linnet Bird — susanbright @ 1:31 pm

Isn’t it funny how people are always eager to let you know when you do something wrong, however they rarely let you know when you do something right? Well Linda Holeman did something right when she wrote The Linnet Bird and I wanted to make sure she knew how much we enjoyed her book. I was excited to receive her note and to learn that she is in the process of writing another novel.

Dear Susan,

 How delightful to find this email from you! Thank you so much for letting me know that the Friday Morning Bookclub enjoyed The Linnet Bird. It means so much to think that the work we send out into the world is appreciated. It’s also motivational in the struggle to keep producing. I’m currently at work on a novel set in 19th century Russia, during the serf emancipation. So much research, but I do love to discover. The old adage of “writing what you know” doesn’t apply to me – at least not any more. I love sinking my teeth into a subject I know nothing about, and trying to make it come alive – for myself and then for future readers. When I started The Linnet Bird I knew little or nothing of Liverpool, India, the Raj, Afghans…. It’s always a challenge to create realistic historic fiction, and since it must be 100% accurate and true to the time, it’s definitely a tricky job. And considering most authors of historic fiction use about 50% of what they uncover, lest the book begin to sound like a history lesson, that, too (the choice of what to use and what to leave out) becomes a huge part of the writing.

 Please pass on my thanks to the rest of the club, and all best to all of you for 2011.




  1. Wow, what a great response… that was really wonderful of her.

    Comment by Janine Frier — January 4, 2011 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

  2. What a great idea it was to let Linda Holeman know how much we enjoyed her book! I look forward to reading her next book!

    Comment by Jean — January 4, 2011 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  3. Our book club is relatively new, and composed of women who have never participated in a book club before. We are trying to get a little deeper into our discussions. On Monday we will talk about The Linnet Bird, and in trying to do a little research I have stumbled across your sight. I would be very interested to know how your group went about the actual discussion of this book. We will be reading Linda Holeman’s book A Moonlit Cage next month, and comparing the two. thanks!

    Comment by Lee Evans — January 8, 2011 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

    • Hi Lee,
      I love hearing about other book clubs. The research you are doing will be very helpful for your meeting. I always try to research the subject of our books (especially the historical fictions) and bring with me some relevant articles and facts. In the case of the Linnet Bird, most of us had never heard of the Fishing Fleet and enjoyed learning more about it. Comparing the two books is a wonderful idea. I would love to hear how your meeting goes and what your group thought of The Linnet Bird. As you can see, we all really loved the book! Also be sure to let us know about A Moonlit Cage.

      Comment by susanbright — January 8, 2011 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

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