Linda Bustamante Padron

Children’s Author Linda Bustamante Padron

Linda Bustamante Padron is a K-12 educator with previous experience in curriculum development and administration. She is also a divine spirit on a computer keyboard. Linda has been writing in the martial arts niche for magazines, such as Tae Kwon Do Times, for almost two decades and has recently begun work on a new project that combines her excellent writing skills with her love for leading the next generation: a children’s book. Linda is known for her kind heart and passion, as well as her ability to touch others through words. Follow Linda on Twitter. 

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  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? In 2006, when I was 16 years old, I was cast for a reality show called, “Who Wants to Be the Next Martial Arts Superstar.” Although the reality show did not go through, I met a man by the name of Bob Wall, who is best known for starring in films with the legendary Bruce Lee. Bob Wall approached me after I auditioned for the reality show to see if I would be interested in sharing my martial arts journey for a site that he and Chuck Norris (yes, the Chuck Norris) founded in the early 2000s. I started writing monthly articles for Bob and Chuck when I was 16 years old, and I realized at that age writing was going to be a way for me to express myself and communicate with the world.
  1. What do you love most about writing? I love that writing captures moments in one’s life and enables a story to become immortalized in print.
  1. What genre(s) do you write and what drew you to that? The two genres that pull on my heartstrings are Fables and Fairytales. I enjoy stories that can help children reflect upon their own lives and help them think critically, featuring anthropomorphized animals as main characters is also a plus! Another genre I love to write about is fairytales. The fact that these stories start with “Once Upon a Time” and end with “Happily Ever After” is what captivates me! Since I was a little girl, I have been drawn to the magical and enchanting nature of fairytales. Nowadays, children are exposed to many difficult situations in their short lives, and I feel it is important for them to read stories that have happy endings.
  1. How long does it take you to complete a book or writing project? The duration it takes me to complete a writing project depends on whether it has a deadline or not. If it has a deadline, I prioritize those projects first. After I complete the deadline projects, I move on to the writing projects that do not have a deadline. When I write articles for children, it takes me from 2-3 days to complete. When I write articles featuring martial artists, it takes me from 5-7 days to complete. So, at least for me, the time it takes to complete projects is determined by what I am writing about.  
  1. What is your work schedule like when you are writing? Can you describe a typical writing day? Monday through Friday, I normally write when I get home from work for about an hour and a half. Saturday is when I write the longest because I can stay up as late as I want to complete what I did not get to finish throughout the week. Sunday, I enjoy starting and ending my day with writing.
  1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? When I do not want to get distracted while I am writing, I must be wearing my cozy blanket sweatshirt, warm fluffy socks, and a good feeling movie playing in the background. I will have the same movies on repeat, which I know seems crazy and monotonous, but it keeps me calm and happy while I write. I have tried many other ways to see if I can write in different settings, and I was not successful. I finally feel I have a writing process that works for me.
  1. Do you have any suggestions to help others become better writers? If so, what are they? My suggestions would be to know your audience and love what you write about.
  1. What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out? First piece of advice I follow to this day: write about topics you know. When you write from your own experience, you will have that personal insight to discuss and be more convincing to your audience. When you write about topics that interest you, the reader will feel the sincerity in your words. Second piece of advice is to be disciplined. For example, if you can only dedicate an hour a day to your writing project, make sure that you sit down each day for the whole duration you set out to do. The goal is to stick to the plan you have in place and do not deviate. If you can write longer than the time you allotted yourself, that is wonderful, but ensure you do not go less than the time you scheduled daily. Third piece of advice is to keep a notebook with you. This has been such an effective resource for me because you never know when an idea will pop in your head. I know this can be done on a computer or on your phone, but when you don’t have either of those devices at the moment inspiration hits, your notebook comes in handy to jot down the ideas before you forget. Fourth piece of advice is to connect with like-minded individuals. Selecting a writing community to be a part of will help you not feel as though you are going through things alone. The positive aspect of connecting with a community is participating in weekly discussions, author sessions, learning and supporting one another, etc. Lastly, do not give up is my last piece of advice. At times, it will feel as though you are never going to finish, but you will. This is the combination that I stick too: work hard daily, stay focused, and believe in yourself!
  1. How do you handle writer’s block? I know this might sound funny, but I start jotting down titles, subheadings to go with the titles, and ideas for those subheadings. When I cannot think of anything to write in my current project, I take a break from it, but I don’t stop writing. It is so important for me to maximize the time I set aside for my writing projects that even when I take a break, I open a new word document and jot down ideas for future articles. I feel this process for me is a win-win situation because I end my day getting ahead in my projects along with having articles started to expand on later or possible story ideas!
  1. What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing? The most important elements of good writing to me are being sincere in your pieces and writing from your heart.
  1. What is the most difficult part about writing for you? How do you overcome it? My dear friend Leo Fong shared a story with me in 2009 that I remind myself of when I am writing and need inspiration to get started. In 1974, Leo was doing martial art films and during his break from filming, he stopped by a small bookstore in the Philippines and picked up a book having to do with the English language. It was the foreword that changed his life, gave him the courage and confidence to write. The message behind that introduction was how crucial it was to express what you want to say before you go any further. That was his “aha” moment. That story stuck with me so when I write, I don’t worry about anything initially besides getting my message across and speaking from my heart. After I have done that, then I focus on syntax. It was a great perspective to hear from a man I respect. To hear that he struggled with having the confidence to write and how that one book changed his perspective was a story I remember when I struggle. It gives me the push to begin by knowing that I am putting down everything I want to say first.

Fun, quick facts:

  1. Tea or coffee? Sweet Tea
  1. Cake or pie? Chocolate Cake
  1. Morning person or Night owl? Night Owl
  1. City or country? Country
  1. Social media or meetups? A mix of both. I enjoy meeting people on social media, but nothing beats meeting people face to face in meetups.
  1. Paperback or eBook? Paperback
  1. Type or handwrite? Type
  1. Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter? Autumn
  1. Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, or Pixar? Disney
  1. Board, card, tabletop, mobile, or console games? Console games! My go to games as a little girl were Super Mario, Crash Bandicoot, and Space Invaders.
  1. Anime, documentaries, sitcoms, reality TV or TV? My favorite out of all these is TV Shows such as This is Us, Jane the Virgin, Prodigal Son, and Manifest.

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