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INTERVIEW WITH LOUISE:
JA: Welcome Louise, lets start off with how you became a writer?
LL: I’m not sure how I became a writer! Writing is something I’ve always done. I’ve always been creative and I’ve always had characters and scenes pop into my head – usually at the most inappropriate time. So, with my hand on my heart I can honestly say I do not remember a moment where I thought to myself I’m going to write. For a little more info about me visit: http://www.louiselyndon.com/
JA: Would you share with our followers the inspiration(s) behind your latest book release?
LL: I love to people watch. I love to try to guess what people’s stories are. What has happened to them in life? Where have they come from? Where are they going? Why are they the way that they are? I always have those questions, and more, in my mind when I sit down and create characters for my stories. So, with those questions lodged in my head, the next question I ask myself is, where do these people belong? What time frame? Because when characters pop into my head they do not necessarily belong in the time period I am from.
When Lord Aymon, the hero of – Of Love and Vengeance – first made himself known to me, I saw him with a sword in his hand. Hmmm… which period had men wielding swords? Lots of periods, really too many to choose from. OK, so let’s put Aymon to one side. I’m not too sure about him at the moment. I don’t have a clear image of him in my head.
Now, the heroine of, Of Love and Vengeance – Lady Laila, I saw very clearly. When she first came to me she was wearing a bliaut and was very skilled at shooting a bow and arrow. Hmmm, tunics and bliauts? Swords and bows and arrows? Medieval. But, the medieval period ranges from 500 AD through to 1500. That’s a lot of years. Which year to choose? Argh, too many choices. I don’t do well with too many choices!
It just so happened I had been visiting York – a medieval town in the north of England. I had spent the day wondering around medieval ruins. Those questions I mentioned at the start of my post filled my head as I visited the medieval ruins. What were the people like back then? Did they share the same hopes and dreams as we do today? Did they have the same issues as what we do? So, I started thinking about Aymon and Laila. I knew without a doubt they belonged in medieval times – somewhere in the middle of the period.
Well, we have a major conflict during that time – the Norman invasion of England. Aymon is Norman. Laila is English. And now we have conflict! Lots of it!
From there, Of Love and Vengeance, was born!
JA: That is absolutely fascinating, Louise. Tell us a little bit about your choice of publishing.
LL: I am with a digital first publisher – The Wild Rose Press.
JA: Is this the genre you generally write in? Have you considered others?
LL: I’ve considered lots of other genres – mystery, erotica, thrillers, contemporary – but my voice is historical romance set in the medieval time period.
JA: Do you have other published works?
LL: Not at this point in time – but watch this space. I am about to submit the follow up to Of Love and Vengeance, to my publisher.
JA: Do you write under a pen name?
LL: I do. Louise is my middle name and Lyndon is my father’s first name. He died when I was four so I thought this would be a nice tribute to him.
JA: Have you won any recognition or awards that you would like to share with us?
LL: I won first place in the Crested Butte Sandy Writing Contest in 2013 in the historical romance category. It was for my story, The Promise, which is now called Of Love and Vengeance.
Q: Louise, are your books available in print, e-book, or both?
LL: Of Love and Vengeance is available in both e-book and print form.
JA: How much promotion and marketing time do you spend on your book and yourself as a brand?
LL: I do a lot of marketing as I think it’s important to get your name out there. The world is a giant place and fortunately the internet is brilliant for marketing because you can reach a lot of people all over the world. Marketing, I believe, can either make or break a book. It’s just trying to find the right marketing tool!
JA: Do you spend a lot of time plotting your stories, or do you just run with it?
LL: No, I’m a proud panster! I just tend to run with it and hope for the best. I don’t recommend this as you can waste a lot of time, but I’ve tried to plot and just can’t do it.
JA: Do you spend much time in research, or do you write from experience?
LL: I do need to research, but I tend to research as I go along. For example, today I was writing a scene where someone has slipped something into the heroine’s tea to cause her to have symptoms of a miscarriage. So, I looked up medieval herbs that can cause the symptoms of a miscarriage and continued writing.
JA: What Point of view do you feel most comfortable with, first person or third? Have you ever tried using the second person in any of your works?
LL I always used to write in first person and thought that was my strongest point of view. But, my editor advised me, Of Love and Vengeance, would work better in third person, not first. I thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a go. So I had to go back through the entire manuscript and change it to third person and I am glad I did as I think it’s now a stronger story. And oddly enough, I am now more comfortable writing in third person. I don’t think I could ever go back to first person. I’ve never tried to write in second person.
JA: Louise, are there any writing-related websites that you have found useful?
LL: I absolutely love Writer’s Helping Writers – http://writershelpingwriters.net/
JA: Please share any forums or networking sites so readers can find you.
LL: Absolutely – long before I was published I was on social networking sites. I’m completely addicted to twitter! I can be found here:
JA: What do you think the future holds for a writer?
LL: I think the future for writers is full of wonderful possibilities – people will still want to read. Now, the question is, how will they read? Will print books come back into fashion? Will there suddenly be a rebellion against e-books? Is there a new technological invention just around the corner waiting to revamp the writing world again? Who knows? What I do know it’s very exciting.
JA: Thank you for a great interview Louise. My best wishes for a successful tour and a bright future.
Forced to marry Lord Aymon to ensure her young nephew’s survival, English Lady Laila vows undying hatred for the Norman she holds responsible for the deaths of so many innocents. Discovering Aymon has committed an act of treason gives her the chance to seek vengeance he deserves. But can Laila let Aymon die at the hands of the king once she learns the truth?
A hardened Norman warrior, Lord Aymon has lived through atrocities no man ever should. With the invasion of England over, all he wants is a quiet life and a wife who will give him heirs and obey his every command. Instead, he finds himself wed to feisty and outspoken Laila. But when she learns the truth of his treasonous act, can Aymon count on her to keep his secret?
Laila heard them long before she saw them. Their angry, frenzied shouts and thunderous roars filled her ears. With her hands tied securely behind her, she was dragged up the lane toward Tyburn Gallows, where she was to be hanged for a crime she did not commit. The mob sounded blood thirsty. Large. Frightening.
There was no sign of Aymon. Or Hugh. Had they left her alone to die?
Her chin trembled and her nails dug into her palms.
She suddenly fell to her knees and screamed until she tasted blood at the back of her throat. She kicked out and tried to crawl free as her hair was almost torn from the roots as she was pulled up and shoved along the lane.
Her eyes burned with her tears.
“I am innocent!” Laila screamed.
urThey came around a corner, and that’s when she saw them. There must have been a least two thousand men, women, and children, hungry for her blood. And when they saw her, they erupted into a wild fever of roars and cries for a slow and painful death. Their thirst had been piqued, and now it must be sated.
Laila was shoved into the center of the clearing.
She glanced wildly around in a desperate search for Aymon’s towering, bulky frame. She could not see him.
But what she could see was the Tyburn Tree. The gallows she was to be hanged from. The executioner, hooded, stood beside the tree as he waited patiently for her. Laila’s mouth suddenly went dry.
Louise grew up in country Victoria, Australia, before moving to England, where for sixteen years she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne.
She has been writing the moment she picked up a copy of Diana Gabaldon’s first Outlander novel twenty something years ago. She thought to herself, ‘this is what I want to do’ – not travel back in time, but become a novelist! She has always had snippets of dialogue and scenes floating around in her head with characters screaming at her to bring them to life.
In 2013, Louise won first prize in the Crested Butte Sandy Writing contest – Historical category for her story, The Promise, which is now called, Of Love and Vengeance.
When not writing, she can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls – under the guise of competing in Spartan races all over Australia.
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