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Looking Out The Window: Linda Weaver Clarke Talks About One Last Dance And Her Personal Connection To It. Shares Her Mother's Christmas Pudding Recipe

A Warm Welcome to Linda Weaver Clarke

Hi Linda, first, tell us a little about yourself.

I was raised among the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho and now live in southern Utah. I am the author of 24 books—which includes Historical Romance, Mystery Suspense, Cozy Mysteries, and historical/Adventure Romance. I am also a missionary at the Family Search Center where I help people find their ancestors and learn about their heritage.

Tell us about your latest book.

One Last Dance is a Historical Romance with a mystery to solve. It’s set in 1835. Felicity Brooks is a talented artist but her career is cut short when her father passes away. Realizing the importance of family, she travels home to care for her mother. When Felicity meets their new neighbor, a fine-looking bachelor, she soon discovers that he is hiding his true identity. Nicholas Adams is on a quest. But that is not all. When she finds out that someone is after a valuable heirloom…a precious treasure that her father discovered in his attic, her life takes a new turn. 

What do you love about this book? 

I love the theme to this story. One Last Dance was a dream I had after my father passed away. It was difficult to lose my father because I had never had a chance to visit him before he died. The dream I had seemed to help me as I said my “goodbyes” in One Last Dance. Yes, the theme is personal and I love that about this book.

I'm sorry for your loss, but appreciate your sharing that with us. 

In three words describe your style of writing.

Descriptive, romantic, humorous

How do you get to know your characters?

I learn about them and develop their personality. I put myself into their shoes and live their life along with my character. I feel what they feel. I laugh when they laugh. And I cry when they’re sad.

Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?

Yes. It definitely does. My faith in God is strong, so it’s easy to give my characters the same belief.

Do you put yourself in your books?

I don’t usually put myself into my books, but I’ll put others in my books. Sometimes I’ll add some quirky thing that one of my daughters had done or an experience that my husband had that is just too funny not to include… just to add a bit of humor in my story.

Would you like to share a review of this book with us?

Author Katrina Hart read and reviewed this story. Here is her review: “One thing that always keeps me reading this author’s books is her characters; they are engaging, funny and passionate. I especially liked Mr. Adams’ character as he was both witty and charming with an air of mystery about him. I was impressed by Felicity’s character. She was a strong woman who had seen some of the world, only to end up back home where everything feels different. I liked the quirky bond between Mr. Adams and Felicity. He has her pegged from the start and from the moment they meet you can tell at some point sparks will fly, and they will challenge each other’s perspectives on the problem at hand, which made this book rather gripping. One Last Dance kept me guessing until the end and left me wanting to read this book all over again. If you like Historical Romance with a mysterious touch and well-developed characters, this book is a must-read.”

Buy on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Linda's Mother's Pumpkin Pudding

2 C canned pumpkin
1 C brown sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg or allspice
½ tsp cloves
4 eggs
1 can evaporated milk

Put ingredients into a blender and mix. 


Instead of spices above, use 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

Pour into 2 baking dishes. Bake: 400 degrees

Time: 1 hour

If the baking dish is shallow, only bake for 30 minutes.

Yum. That sounds delicious.

Bio: Linda Weaver Clarke was raised among the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho and now lives among the red hills of southern Utah. Linda is the author of 24 books. She has written in several different genres, which include: historical romances, romantic cozy mysteries, a mystery suspense series, children’s book, and non-fiction. All her books are family friendly.

To learn more, visit Linda's website

Connect with Linda on her blog

Read about all of Linda's books here
Her family friendly Audio-books here


Thank you for interviewing my Gail. It was fun answering your questions. Merry Christmas!
Sonja said…
You have wonderful books, Linda!
Gail Pallotta said…
Hi Linda,

It was my pleasure to have you! Your new book sounds so interesting. I can't wait to read it.
Gina said…
This was a great interview! Linda, thak you so much for sharing the story of your father with us. It is very touching. All your books are so wonderful and I can't wait to read this one, too. Best of luck with your writing and Merry Christmas.

Gail, thank you so much for featuring another fine author on your lovely, informative blog. Linda Weaver Clarke is truly an outstanding writer and a fantastic person and friend (like you!). It's always a treat to pop in to "Peering Through Life's Window" and read your newest post. Thanks for such a great blog. Merry Christmas!
I have read two of your books, Linda. It is high time I read another one. This book sounds as interesting as the other two I read. I'm envious of your wide range of genres in your many novels. I'm undecided whether to spring for the digital or print copy of your Last Dance work. I've always liked historical novels like yours. My writings don't go that far back in time. You are a very interesting lady and thanks, Gail for featuring Linda. I'm sorry I've missed so many of your interesting authors.
Gail Pallotta said…
Hi Gina and Larry,

Thank you for your kind words about my blog and for stopping by.

Love having Linda here.
Linda Moffitt said…
Thanks for sharing your book with us Linda and Thanks for the interview and for sharing it on your blog Gail
Sounds great I can't wait to read it
Thank you, everyone, for your comments. One of the things that I love about historical romance is that we get to see what it was like to live way back during the time of our ancestors. That has always intrigued me. Historical romance gives us a look at a different time period, sort of like "peering through life's window" in the past. Haha.

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