A Few Minutes with Author, Linda Ray Center

Linda Ray Center and her husband, Bill, split their time between charming Chattanooga, TN. and Florida’s friendliest golfing community, The Villages. She has worn many hats in my career days.  At age twenty, she opened a dance and gymnastic training center. Thirty-five years later, she captained a cruise boat on the Gulf of Mexico. Her last undertaking before turning to a writing career was planning weddings. A passion for writing was something she never saw coming. Her first published book, The Relationship Dance, released in 2016. This year, book one of her young adult trilogy, Crystal Discovers The Glow, a children’s Christian fantasy series was released.  She is a contributing writer for several Christian magazines and an inspirational speaker in cities across the US addressing the importance of education to children. She’s crazy about her blended family, which consists of five adult children, four grandchildren, and a Shoodle dog named Louie.

Why do I love the writing process?
Writing creates an avenue I use to share what God has accomplished and is still accomplishing in my life. I love the continual challenge of fine-tuning my writing (eliminating weak verbs, avoiding rabbit trails, and mastering the comma, just to name a few).

How many unpublished books do I have?
I plan to write the two final books of The Glow Series in the near future.

Advice to my younger self.
When I began writing, it was a wake-up call for me on how little I actually studied and learned in school. As a young adult, I didn’t realize that a dancer’s career couldn’t last forever. Advice to my younger self? “Buckle down and study; you’ll thank me later! Your education is more important than you know.”

Common traps for aspiring writers.
As a new writer, I fell into the trap of thinking my writing was for everyone. Writing a mission statement helped me to pinpoint my audience and to write with them in mind.

What does literary success look like to me?
Literary success, to me, begins by enlarging my target base of readers to spread the message I hold in my heart.


Click to tweet: Common traps for aspiring writers:
As a new writer, I fell into the trap of thinking my writing was for everyone. Writing a mission statement helped me to pinpoint my audience and to write with them in mind.


About Linda Ray Center

Linda Ray Center is an author and inspirational speaker addressing the importance of education to children. Center and her husband reside in the Deep South. She’s a hands-on grandmother and will showcase her grandchildren’s pictures at any given moment. She encourages God’s design in relationships of all kinds and for all ages.


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Future Projects
I enjoy writing for Christian magazines and would like to expand that focus, as well as build a larger number of blog followers to share the message of building strong relationships and have more interactive conversations with them. I look forward to more opportunities to guest blog, and I plan to complete The Glow trilogy and possibly turn it into a series.