First, let’s talk a bit with the author.
If you use a pen name, how did you decide on it?
I had wanted my pen name to be Diana Leigh, the name my mom had decided to call me before I was born. Little did she know my dad gave the nurses a totally different name they had never even discussed! When I Googled Diana Leigh, I found she was a jazz singer in New York and already had www.dianaleigh.com, so it was back to the drawing board.
I’ve always loved alliteration, so I started trying out first names that I liked and putting a last name that started with the same letter with them. Somehow Lauren Linwood resonated with me. It flowed well—and it’s looked great on my nine book covers!
What drew you to being a writer?
I always made up stories when I was growing up and would act them out with my dolls and my friends. Giving life and a voice to the people I saw in my mind was the most natural thing in the world to me.
Do you do anything special to get in the mood to write?
If I waited to be in the mood or for the muse to strike, I might never get anything accomplished! A lot of writing is BIC—Butt in Chair. You simply have to make yourself do it. I do like to light a scented candle. Sometimes I’ll turn on my noise machine and write to waves rolling in and out or a rain shower or babbling brook. I cannot have music playing, though. I start to sing along with whatever song I hear, and that totally pulls me from my story and era.
Wat is in your TO BE READ pile?
WAY too much! I read everything from thrillers to romance to suspense to horror. I also enjoy biographies. I’ve had to learn throughout this writing journey to budget my time and be a little more selective in my reading so I have enough time to write.
How do you come up with a story line?
My magic words are What if…
I use that phrase every time I begin a new story. What if twins were literally separated at birth became A Game of Chance. What if a Texas Ranger was the son of a famous outlaw turned into Ballad Beauty. What if an English nobleman’s family refused to ransom him and he was left to rot in a French prison is A Bit of Heaven on Earth? (and no – the prison is NOT his piece of heaven here on earth)
What are you currently working on for your next book?
I love to read series, but I’ve never written one before. I decided I wanted to tackle that challenge, so in 2016 you’ll see the first two books in the KNIGHTS OF VALOR series. The first, Word of Honor, will come out next summer, with the second (as yet untitled) releasing in late fall.
How did you come up with your title?
My working title was Aura of Love since my heroine Kallen sees auras about people. My editor wasn’t feeling that, so I christened it A Knight for Kallen. Griffith definitely IS the knight for Kallen.
Do you have a favorite character and why?
You’ll laugh at this, coming from a romance writer, but my favorite character is not one of my heroes or heroines. It’s actually a pair from A Game of Chance. Max is a millionaire in his 90s and is feisty as they come. He’s close friends with my heroine Lily and related to my hero Jed. His butler Harold has a dry sense of humor. The two of them together were comical and endearing and my favorite characters I’ve ever written.
BLURB – A Knight for Kallen
Kallen de Mangeron grew up in a convent, her noble family never knowing of her birth. When a new Mother Superior informs them of her existence, they send trusted knight Griffith Sommersby to escort her home.
Griffith’s heart broke when he lost his wife and infant son during childbirth, and he’s kept his feelings locked away from the world—until he meets Kallen. He soon learns her dark secret—that she sees auras around people—which allows her insight into their actions and personalities.
Now Quentin, bastard brother to the king, decides to harness Kallen’s gift in a plot to win the throne. Will Quentin successfully use a kidnapped Kallen as his political pawn, or will Griffith be able to stop him before Kallen changes the course of England’s history?
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AUTHOR BIO – Lauren Linwood
Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.
A native Texan, Lauren lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.