The Writing Life — Linore Rose Burkard ( + Giveaway )
Today I’m happy to welcome author Linore Rose Burkard for an interview about the writing life. Read through to the end to find out how to enter her giveaway.
Linore, welcome. Please tell us more about yourself as a writer. I understand that you feel very purpose-driven in your vocation. How did you come to know your purpose as a writer?
A writer needs to be humble enough to accept what they’re giftings are–and aren’t. It took me awhile to recognize that what I most wanted to write first, was Inspirational, and that it was romance. To my mind, having been schooled in many of the classics, both British and American, this is a relatively humble calling. Georgette Heyer, a writer I greatly admire, once said she ought to be shot for what she writes. Because there’s this perception among the literati that romance literature is less than respectable. But Heyer has avid fans all around the globe to this day, though we lost her in 1974. So I had to accept that a) I was not going to be the next Pulitzer Prize winner, and b) wholesome romance is worthy in itself, whether it is overtly evangelistic or not, and whether English professors would agree or not. I believe that all romance begins with a God-given desire to be loved, and not only loved, but loved unconditionally. Besides Heyer, think of all the Jane Austen books and screen adaptations; how grateful are we that she wrote what she did? While I am not comparing myself to Jane, readers have written to me with such gratitude that it really showed me that what I write is no less valuable –to those who will be blessed by it—than the classics.
How did you get started?
I’ve been an avid reader all my life and was always was drawn to write, even as a child. But I saw a need for something specific that wasn’t out there–Regency Romance that included a Christian worldview. I wanted to read that book, but it didn’t exist. So that’s what I started out writing. My first three novels published with Harvest House are Inspirational Regencies, and the first one was, to my knowledge, the first of its kind. A genuinely well-researched Regency with a distinctly Christian theme. The genre since then has grown by leaps and bounds, which I think is great. But after doing that trilogy, I came to believe that my purpose as a writer was broader. I have since written a young adult series in a completely different genre, apocalyptic suspense. (The Pulse Effex Series). I’ve done a Regency time travel, called Forever, Lately. (Which has turned out to be hugely popular, as well as winning two awards). I’ve written contemporary romance and am now writing a Regency series called The Brides of Mayfair which is for the general market, though it contains implied Christianity.
How does your Young Adult suspense series fit in with your brand?
So, my brand is “Romance to Warm the Heart; Fiction to Stir the Soul.” The Pulse Effex Trilogy is in that 2nd category–soul-stirring fiction. It’s about three teens and their families who must survive after a catastrophic EMP (that is, an electromagnetic pulse) takes down the grid, and all electonics. It’s like the COVID pandemic times ten; EVERYTHING shuts down—the internet, all technology. I wrote the series not only because something like this is actually possible, but quite frankly, to stir people out of complacency. We always think the disaster can only happen to someone else. Our society as a whole—and the COVID pandemic really showed us this—is not prepared for long term disruptions. So is it soul-stirring? Well, I just got an email from a reader yesterday—and these books have been out for a few years now—that she read the whole trilogy non-stop, which she’d never done before for any series. And that it kept her reading all night long when she should have gone to sleep. Numerous other readers have written to me saying similar things. Many of them have actually changed the way they shop and especially that they’ve started to store food and other supplies , so that if—God forbid—an EMP should happen, they will be better prepared. The books give a lot of information in the course of the story that people can emulate. I interpret these notes from readers as they’re way of saying that yes, they’ve been soul stirred!
Another word about branding: I did use only my first initials and last name for the YA series, so that my readers would know at a glance it isn’t my usual “sweet romance”. So my romance novels are written under my full name, Linore Rose Burkard, whereas for the Pulse Series I use L.R. Burkard.
Would you like to give a tip for any writers who may be listening?
It’s important to write the book on your heart, not the one you THINK you SHOULD write because it will make money, or because it’s what people want. A lot of gurus are out there saying you should research the audience before putting pen to paper to make sure your book will be marketable. Well, there is some truth in that—if you write a book about some obscure dog breed that only 200 people own, you’re not gonna have a bestseller. But there’s a big danger in that method, too. The book on your heart, the story that won’t go away, is most likely the one that will help point you to your purpose in writing. It’s probably the one the Lord is directing you to write; and it will be the one that most resonates with other people.
GIVEAWAY: Writers aren’t the only ones on a journey of discovery to know their purpose. Tell us, in a sentence or two, what you believe your purpose is, either personally or professionally. Ultimately, we all seek to glorify God, but how do you that? One commenter will win a copy of any of my books. (Print for US only, sorry, and as available.) You can see all my books at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Linore-Rose-Burkard/e/B001JSC7H6/
Or on my website at: http://www.LinoreBurkard.com
Readers can HEAR this interview (a shortened version) live here if they prefer: https://anniejenningspr.com/authorexpertwire/specialty/insights-into-the-writing-life/
Linore Rose Burkard is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. An award winning author best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, her first book opened the genre for the CBA. Besides historical romance, Linore writes contemporary suspense (The Pulse Effex Series, as L.R. Burkard), contemporary romance (Falling In), and romantic short stories. Linore has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and family, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots.