Monday, August 1, 2022

Author Interview with Linda Wills







Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

Hello, my name is Linda Wills. I grew up in a tough neighborhood in Washington, DC. I no longer live in that neighborhood but still reside in DC. I attended public schools from elementary to junior high and American and Southeastern Universities in DC. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, a master’s in marketing, and would be remised if I didn’t tell you I received a certificate in digital marketing from Cornell University in 2019.

I was the only female child in the family, but I had five brothers; imagine that. I was kind of sort of one of the middle children with two older brothers and three younger ones. We were all close in age. I was the lonely one without a sister, to share moments, learn, giggle, compete, have fun, and love. My brothers wanted no part of me because I was a female. So, I created a space for me, my dolls; Raggedy Ann, Tiny Tears, Barbie, walking doll, and mirror friends GeeBee and Jarbee, along with my imagination in a 6-foot mirror that leaned against the wall, and it became my world of fantasy.

I kept a journal growing up and wrote poetry and songs. I only shared my poetry and songs with friends, none of my personal notes. One of my closest friends told me I wrote like Nikki Giovanna and that inspired me so much. I write about things that concern me personally, or troubles of the world, as an expression of my inner thoughts.

What inspired you to author this book?

What inspired me to write this nonfiction story Secrets of the Heart: Bamboozled was the fact that it’s a true story and the truth had to be told so I can heal and possibly encourage others to get out of a bad situation and save themselves.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I got the inspiration for the book cover from the title, Secrets of the Heart: Bamboozled.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

My mom, son, may he RIP, and granddaughter had the most significant influence on me as a writer not to include other writers such as Cicely Tyson, Michele Obama, and others.

What were the struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

To get this book written, I had to gather the content; analyze, research, seek advice, pray, type the drafts over and over, and more. Next, I had to engage the right Publishing Company to publish the book.

Tell your readers about your book.

"My book is a true story about the physical and mental abuse that I encountered for years from a music legend." Linda Wills

An alarming number of women have reported being sexually, physically, and mentally abused by their spouse, partner, employer, and others. More than one report is one too many. I must say that I was a victim of such abuse with regret. My employer/boyfriend was a rich and famous entertainer who wrote songs about love and happiness, but he had a dark side.

For over 40 years, for fear of his retaliation, I have carried my secret about all of his abuse to my detriment, which left me with a broken spirit and no longer trusting people, incredibly the rich, famous, and influential men.

To feel wholesome again, I've decided to tell it all in this book for peace of mind and end that devastating chapter in my life. I didn't want to take my pain and sorrow to my grave and not report his misconduct.

Thank goodness for the Me-Too Movement, my most significant influencer, an organization that has encouraged me to come out of hiding and tell my story as many others have to date to put an end to the madness.


Who is your target audience, and why?

My target audience is males and females between 20 – 70 years old and people who have been abused.

If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?

One reason why anyone looking at my book should read it is that the content is relevant.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?

My greatest success in life was becoming a mother.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

 The thing that sets me apart from other writers is the fact that I want to change the world and help others.


How do you overcome writer’s block?

 To overcome writer’s block, I take breaks, and sometimes for days.

What one piece of advice do you have for new authors?

For new authors, my advice is for them to give readers something to think about for life.

Next for me in my writing career is to obtain speaking engagements, travel, do book signings, and write more stories.

Message from Linda

To my readers, I hope you will enjoy reading my story and find it fascinating. For those seeking help, please utilize the resources in the back of the book. Spread the word about the story. I would also appreciate it also if you will write a blog and or engage me to speak at an event. 

I also have a children’s book, Scooter McGrooder the Winner, and a Scooter McGrooder action figure doll. The website is


My other book is my memoir, The Great Record Promoter Behind the Scenes in the Record Industry; all three books are available on Amazon.