Yes, it’s true…I got the opportunity to interview 2014 RONE Award nominee Linda Rae Sande. I enjoyed this interview so much to the extent that I am actually going to steal her questions for future use. I know I have said this many times already, but when you like, no, when you love a book, you have to state it! I read ‘The Daughters of the Aristocracy’ set and just have to state that you can feel the feelings of the characters, imagine it, and not put it down until you reached the end. That’s when you know that you’ve fallen in love with a book! Her book, The Kiss of a Viscount, was nominated underneath the Historical Post Medieval category! Not sure how many times I read it.
Enough of me chattering away and enjoy it as much as I did!
I’ve been a writer for years, usually because my jobs as a technical writer have required the skill, but I was a reader first. I love books! I love how I can escape this reality just by opening a book and reading. There were a few books along the way, though, that made me think I could do a better job.
I mentioned it to a distance relative, and she basically dared me to do it. About the same time, I was doing genealogical research and discovered information about ancestors who lived in England. Imagining their stories drove me to write novels in the Regency era.
Why did you choose this genre – what is most appealing about it and most difficult?
The Regency era is one of the shortest in terms of historical time, but one of the most influential in terms of architecture, fashion, entertainments and the Industrial Revolution.
There was just so much going on in England and around the world, it makes for a fascinating backdrop for any story. But it’s also a time of extreme poverty. The Summer of 1816, when Northern Europe and the United States suffered the equivalent of a nuclear winter due to a series of volcanoes, made life especially difficult for those who couldn’t afford the coal or wood to heat their homes, let alone the inflated prices for any kind of foodstuffs. Famine wiped out whole families, whole villages.
What is your goal when you begin writing a story? The sort of emotions you want to the reader to feel when reading you book?
First and foremost, I’m out to tell a story—or two—given my books always feature at least two couples. I have this huge collection of characters I’ve developed for this world, and I want them all to have a say in how they impact that world.
I never start out thinking, “I’m going to make my reader cry,” but I do want them to at least smile—I always try to include a good deal of humour in my stories— but I do want them to care about these characters and care what happens to them.
I love it when I hear from a reader who says she has a favourite book boyfriend as a result of reading one of my books.
When do you find the best time/place to write?
I do my best writing at night, usually at a downtown bar or cantina. And it’s not because Hemingway said to write drunk and edit sober! I just find I can immerse myself in the story and write the best dialogue when I’m away from distractions at home. The local wait staff know me and don’t interrupt me (very often). I can usually write an entire chapter in one sitting over dinner and a drink.
What is your favourite book that you have written?
Oh, this is such a tough question! My most recent is usually my favourite, but I guess I have to say THE PROMISE OF A GENTLEMAN as that’s the one I worked on the longest. It’s also the largest at 740 pages in print.
What is your favourite book that you have read and author?
This is going to seem rather odd, but I grew up reading science fiction, and Isaac Asimov was my favourite author. His Foundation series is amazing. In the romance genre, Mary Balogh is my favourite, and the first Outlander book is a favourite.
You’re advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
Don’t get discouraged! This is one of the most difficult times to get “discovered” as a writer. There are just so many books out there vying for readers. As long as you don’t expect to sell thousands of books your first year or two, and you don’t expect to sell to friends and family—you are on your own when it comes to finding readers—you can quietly keep writing and publishing until you have proven you can do it.
By publishing on a regular basis, you’ll soon have a collection of books for readers to discover and enjoy. Oh, and series fiction seems to sell better than single titles.
We like our sequels as much in books as we do in movies because we come to care about certain characters and want to know more about their story.
Favourite colour: Purple.
Favourite flower: Peony.
Favourite food: Pepperoni pizza
Favourite day: Fridays — there are always new movies at the local theatre.
If you were to create your own fantasy land, how would you describe it?
Rolling hills of green grass that never needs to be mowed are dotted with trees that keep their leaves year-round. The weather is always late spring, and the stone and stucco cottages never need maintenance. Everyone has a huge library filled with books, and there is at least one large-screen TV. The internet connections are all lightning speed. The weekly order of groceries is delivered to your front door, and someone who loves to cook makes all the meals. The movie theatre is within walking distance. And everyone does for a living what they have a passion to do. (Can you tell I’m a homeowner?)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The sense of accomplishment! Spending hours in front of a computer can be very unproductive – Facebook, Pinterest, blogs – but using some of that time to create a story means I have something to show for it. Life is short, and I don’t want to look back and think that I wasted a good deal of it in cyberspace. When someone is entertained by my stories, all the better.
Do you have a personal motto?
Life is too short for regrets.
Just want to let you all know that Linda’s new book, THE CARESS OF A COMMANDER, due out on February 5, 2016, so keep an eye out for that!
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