Talkshow Thursday: Author Linore Burkard
Linda: Welcome back and thanks for joining me today. My readers love historical fiction, so they will be very excited to hear about your latest box set release, The Regency Trilogy. It sounds intriguing. What was your inspiration for these stories?
Linore: I am a big fan of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, but when I looked for Christian fiction set in the regency (1811-1820, England) there was none. Not a single authentic regency romance in Christian fiction. My goal was to change that. With the help of Nick Harrison, then editor at Harvest House, we did. With his help, Harvest picked up my first book, Before the Season Ends, which was previously self-published. I wrote two more books for HHP, the sequels which make up the box set. Readers—and other writers—loved the books and soon there were regencies coming from other fiction houses. So that today regency romance is an established genre for Christian readers!
LM: How do you come up with your characters? Are they based on any real people in your life?
Linore: I don't think any author can wholly avoid incorporating traits of people they know, or of themselves, for that matter, into their characters. But I never fashion a character entirely upon anyone that I actually know.
LM: Research is an important part of writing, but especially in historical fiction. How did you go about researching Before the Season Ends and did you find any special tidbits you knew you had to include?
Linore: I wanted to include features I most enjoyed in the authors I loved, so that humor in the vein of Heyer is in my books, and language faintly in the style of Austen (many reviewers mention that. One called it "Jane Austen Lite.") I wanted to give my readers the best of both worlds, so to speak.
LM: What do you do to prepare yourself for writing? For example do you listen to music or set up in a specific place?
Linore: I don't do anything to prepare for writing, other than have an idea about where I want to go in the story. If it's a new story, it's only new to the page; meaning, I've been simmering it in my head for a long time before I write it out. This isn't to say that I don't sometimes take writing retreats away from home and family. When the writing is hard in a new book, or when the revisions are difficult (I call it 'brain surgery') I sometimes have to get away. It's the only way to have uninterrupted time.
LM: What one thing would you like to learn how to do?
Linore: I'd like to learn how to squeeze in more reading time while still meeting my writing and publishing goals!
Favorite Color: Mauve/Rose
Favorite Book: The Bible (or, The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck—one of my faves)
Favorite Movie Actress: Rosamund Pike, Keira Knightley or Reese Witherspoon
LM: What is your next project?
Linore: I have a time-travel regency with my agent as I write. Next I'm working on a compilation of true-life God encounters! My first non-fiction book.
LM: Sounds exciting. Where can folks find you on the web?
Websites: http://www.LinoreBurkard.com, http://www.LRBurkard.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AuthorNewsfromLinore/Twitter: https://twitter.com/LinoreRBurkard
Lovely Ariana Forsythe arrives at her wealthy aunt's London townhouse just in time for the season, called the "marriage mart." Thrust into a world of the upper crust, an innocent blunder entangles her in a treacherous rumor that threatens her good name. She is forced to team with the Paragon, the darkly handsome but taciturn Phillip Mornay, to disprove the lie. Ariana can trust God's hand in her life, but can she resist Mr. Mornay's increasing claim on her heart? When she finds herself betrothed to him, she is faced with a terrible choice--she must make it soon, before the season ends!
Purchase Link: www.amazon.com/dp/B07BFFHW5L