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Meeting Jo Linsdell, Author Of Gunpowder

This week I’d like to introduce Jo Linsdell, she’s the author of Gunpowder a different take on the plot to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate King James . Born in Kent and brought up in the UK Jo left England and moved to Rome in June 2001, where she now lives with her Italian husband and their two young sons.

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

This is tough because I’m pretty much an open book. Few people know that I used to collect Garfield  books when I was a kid. I had the whole “classics” series.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Probably someone like Sandra Bullock. I love her and think she’d do an awesome job.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Finding the time to write. I’m a writer, but also a blogger, illustrator, book cover designer, and organiser of the Promo Day event. Hubby and the kids keep me busy too so it’s not always easy to find the time to just sit down and write.

I found doing writing sprints was the solution. It’s not easy to find hours to sit and write but 10 minute sprints here and there go a long way.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

There is no such thing as “aspiring writers”. If you write you are a writer. Be proud of it. Repeat after me “I am a writer”. Feels good doesn’t it? 🙂

Writing the book is only the start. Learn as such as you can about book marketing. You’ll need it regardless of how you publish.

No book is for everyone. You might love your book but not everyone else will and that’s OK. You didn’t write is for everyone. You wrote it for a target audience.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere.  For me, ideas are a bit like rabbits. I get a couple and then before I know it I have too many.

When I was writing the KOSMOS series my nine year old was my biggest inspiration. I basically wrote the series for him. Some of the locations that Matthew Smith (the main character) travels to were chosen because my son was studying them at school or asked me about it. For example, in episode two he finds himself in London in 1605 and gets caught up in the Gunpowder plot. This came from my son asking me about why we celebrate with fireworks in the UK on 5th November.  In episode four, he finds himself in Egypt. This was because my son is studying Egypt in his history class at school.

Other places I find inspiration are from books (I read a LOT), from TV shows and films, from over hearing conversations, and  from pictures or photo’s I see online.  Every time I go on Pinterest I get new ideas.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Black tea with milk and sugar. I’m a true Brit 🙂



You can find Gunpowder in Kindle format here:

And you can meet Jo on her website:


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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Social Entrepreneur and Founder of the Hysterectomy Association; Social Media Strategist at Internet Mentor; Speaker; Writer and Author of Eight Books; Blogger at and all round diva. Phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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