Coffee with Linda Shenton Matchett

Spring is in the air here in Michigan, and so is love. Let’s take a little break with our favorite warm beverage (because it’s still on the chilly side), sit down with the authors we love, and get to know them better.

Today, I have Linda Shenton Matchett visiting to talk about about her new book, Dial V for Valentine, what inspired the story as well as any advice she might have for aspiring writers.

Welcome to Back Porch Reads! Thank you for joining me, Linda. It is so lovely to chat with you.
I know you have been an author for quite some time, I counted over 48 titles on your Amazon page, and all seem to have a general theme-Love.
What inspired you to start writing?

As a child, I enjoyed letting my imagination go wherever it wanted to. As an adult, I got back to writing fiction as a result moving to New Hampshire. My husband and I purchased a bed & breakfast, then I found freelance opportunities with travel and lifestyle magazines. As much as I loved doing the articles, I realized I missed writing fiction.

I don’t think there is a writer or reader that dreams of owning a B&B, and what a beautiful location. How long have you been writing?

My parent gave me a notebook as a young child, which means I’ve been putting words to paper for over fifty years. I don’t feel old enough to say that, but it’s true.

Isn’t it interesting how that works? Your love of the written never really leaves you. Since you have been writing for so long, what advice would you give a new writer or someone just starting out?

Read, read, read, especially in the genre you’d like to pursue, but other genres as well. Make time to write regularly, whether it’s daily or once a week. Like any other skill, you cannot improve without practice. There is no one way to write a book. Investigate various methods, then find one (or a combination) that works for you.

I completely agree…we have to read what we want to write to know what trends are out there, writing styles, and even find out what we don’t want to do.

Let’s talk about Dial V for Valentine…

What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

Dial V is about God’s sovereignty. He only wants the best for us, and we often fight to control our lives, many times to our detriment. If we rest in the Lord, he will guide us.  


Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share?

I’m working on a non-fiction project centered around World War II that will be out in 2025. There is a lot of research involved, but the timing of publication is to commemorate the end of the war in 1945. I’ve also begun to brainstorm plotlines for a new series tentatively titled The Resistance Chronicles.

I love it and look forward to that as I am about to begin writing my first historical novel that takes place during WW2.

Thank you again, Linda, for joining me today. I hope this tour blesses you. I look forward to seeing more from you. 

Readers, please be sure to keep reading and enter the giveaway. 

About the Book

Book: Dial V for Valentine

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 14, 2022

Valentine’s Day is perfect for a wedding. If only the bride will agree.

Being part of the military is not just a job for Fergus Rafferty, it’s a calling. He’s worked his way up the ranks and doing what he loves best: flying Apache helicopters. The only thing that will make his life complete is marrying Celeste. After he transfers to a unit scheduled to deploy in three months, he’s thrilled at the idea of marrying before he leaves so they can start their new life. Except Celeste wants to wait until he returns. Can he convince her to wed before he leaves?

Celeste Hardwicke has just opened her law practice when she finally accepts Fergus’s marriage proposal. Not to worry. She has plenty of time to set a date, then plan the wedding. Until she doesn’t. But a quickie wedding isn’t what she has in mind. Besides, why get married when the groom will ship out after the ceremony? When she stumbles on her great-grandmother’s diary from World War II, she discovers the two of them share the same predicament.

At an impasse, Celeste and Fergus agree to call into WDES’s program No Errin’ for Love. Will DJ Erin Orberg’s advice solve their dilemma or create a bigger divide? One they’ll both regret.


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchettwrites about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star-Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historical places all her life. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a former trustee for her local public library. She now lives in central New Hampshire where she explores the history of this great state and immerses herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.



More from Linda

My mom was born on February 14th, so when I was growing up, Valentine’s Day wasn’t about romance and falling in love. Instead, it was a celebration of my mother. When I was asked to participate in the multi-author project, You are on the Air, I was hesitant to accept because of having little connection to the holiday and the books in the series are contemporary romance. I primarily write historical romance. But I loved the concept: the stories revolve around couples who call into a Christian radio station for relationship advice. I spent about two weeks mulling over (and discarding) ideas, then I realized the plot was right in front of me.

I had just finished putting together an exhibit with the curator at the museum where I volunteer. One of the display items was a wedding gown made from a parachute. Included with the dress was a photograph of the couple, and their names and wedding date, but nothing else. The lack of information got my mind going, and I wondered about their story. Why did they wait until the end of the war to marry? Why not wed before the groom shipped out? Did they regret waiting? I realized that members of today’s armed forces might deal with the same situation and decided to combine the two plot lines. (See? I can’t leave my historical roots behind!)

In Dial V for Valentine, Celeste and Fergus struggle with the sacrifice that comes with true love. Not the you-can-have-the-last-cookie kind of love, but a love that puts another’s needs and wants above one’s own. What they learn is that we can only love successfully when we understand that love comes from God. We are capable of loving (mates, significant others, friends and the unlovely) because “He first loved us.” Love is an emotion, but it is also an act of obedience.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 14

Texas Book-aholic, February 15

Simple Harvest Reads, February 16 (Author Interview)

She Lives To Read, February 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 18

Artistic Nobody, February 19 (Author Interview)

The Lofty Pages, February 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 20

For Him and My Family, February 21

Fiction Book Lover, February 22 (Author Interview)

Holly’s Book Corner, February 23

Back Porch Reads, February 24 (Author Interview)

Karen Baney Reviews, February 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 25

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, February 26 (Author Interview)

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, February 27 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Roxanne C.

    I enjoyed this lovely interview. The message from Dial V for Valentine reinforces an important lesson in faith.

  2. traciemich

    Who is the most important person in your life today?

  3. tamilynn59

    What kinds of book that you enjoy reading?

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  5. lindasmatchett

    Hi Tracie! Thanks for stopping by. This is a great question. I’m blessed to be married to my best friend, and he is the most important person in my life, but a close second are my siblings. Fortunately, we get along and have a strong relationship.

  6. lindasmatchett

    Hi Tamilynn: I enjoy a happily ever after book so romance is definitely my top choice, historical is my preference, but I do read contemporary fiction too.

  7. sidlaw0425

    Great interview! This looks good. Thanks for hosting this tour.