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Hello, everyone! Meet Louise Lyndon:
Louise grew up in rural 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.
In 2013, Louise won first prize in the historical romance category of the Crested Butte Sandy Writing Contest for her story, The Promise, which has since been retitled and is now known as, Of Love & Vengeance. Her second novel, Of Love & Betrayal is available now.
When not writing, Louise can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls!
I’m so happy to have fellow Wild Rose Press author Louise Lyndon with me today. Louise has published two medieval romance novels, Of Love and Vengeance, and Of Love and Betrayal. Here’s the back cover blurb for Of Love and Betrayal:
Aveline de Bondeville is on the run. Determined to keep out of the hands of the cruel Raimbaut de Blois she will do whatever it takes to stay alive. And so when she finds herself in the company of Troy de Gysborne she must quickly decide if she can trust him. But can she confess to murder knowing it would mean her certain death?
Troy de Gysborne did the unthinkable; he tore the bonds of brotherhood and left a path of destruction in his wake. And now Troy must face those he betrayed, including the father who long ago renounced him. But to confess to the crime he committed will cost him everything. Including Aveline. But can he remain silent if it means losing the woman he loves?
Louise, thanks for being here.
Louise: Thank you for having me. It’s great to be here.
I’ve read both your books, and love your strong female heroines. And your heroes are powerful, kind, and stubborn, an irresistible combination. And you manage to weave in rich historical detail of the Norman Conquest (11th Century). What a great escape! I love how you sweep me away to the medieval time period, and there’s something very satisfying in being able to witness tenderness in that hard scrabble world, like finding a flower in the desert.
Louise, when did you become interested in writing romance set in the medieval period?
Louise: Surprisingly it’s only been in the last few years that I’ve wanted to write a medieval romance. I’ve been writing romance for as long as I can remember, but not set in that time period. It was while I was on a weekend trip to York, UK (I lived in England for 16 years and surrounded by history everywhere!) did I get the idea for, Of Love and Vengeance (the first book). I’ve since written two books in that time period – a third is in the planning stages. At the moment it’s called, Of Love and Honor.
You must have done an amazing amount of research for these books. What’s the most bizarre bit of research you’ve found?
Louise: I have a degree in history (medieval) – so I knew a bit about that time period before I started to write. But, the medieval period is HUGE, so I still needed to do research for that particular part of the medieval period.
I wouldn’t say this was bizarre – eye opening more like it… For, Of Love and Betrayal, there is a lot of reference and a few flash backs to torture. So, I had to research medieval torture and what was used. And while I found lots of information on the actual equipment, I didn’t know how, for example, it felt to have my back flogged. So, people being people, regardless of which period they’re from, are the same – in the sense we all feel pain, etc, no matter what century we live in.
I found an article by a guy who’d been held captive and was tortured (by having his back flogged among other things) and he went in to detail about how it felt. While it gave me a great insight on how to write that scene, it also gave me goose bumps because this happened to a real live person – which is a common reaction for me. No matter when something happened, I always remember it happened to real, live people.
Let’s play a game called “The Moment When.” Where were you the moment when you decided to write medieval romance? Tell us how you got started on that quest.
Louise: I was on a weekend trip in York, England. I was roaming around some medieval ruins – and as I often do, I was running my hand over a medieval wall thinking, “I’m touching the same stone someone touched all the way back in the eleven hundreds”. Being from Australia, we just don’t have that much white history in our country – so, despite being in the UK for 16 years, it always amazed me I was standing/touching something more than a thousand years old.
Then suddenly voices popped in to my head. And that was it. They wouldn’t leave me for the rest of the trip. I got back to the B&B and quickly wrote the first chapter. There was no going back. These people needed me to tell their story – Of Love and Vengeance.
Where were you the moment when you got the idea for Of Love and Betrayal?
Louise: I was in bed actively avoiding doing housework! Not going to lie, I hate housework and will do anything to avoid it – even drawing up a family tree of Aymon and Laila (the hero and heroine from Of Love and Vengeance) long after the book had been accepted for publication. I had listed all of their children and grandchildren – and one name kept popping out at me. Troy. And I knew his story needed to be told. At that point in time I didn’t know what his story was, but he was definitely being louder than the others so I knew it’d be his story I’d be writing next.
Where were you the moment when you got your first contract?
Louise: I was on my way to work. I was about one minute from walking in to the building I work in and I thought I’d quickly check my email before I got in to the office. There was an email from Allison Byers and I thought, “Damn, a rejection, I won’t bother reading it…” Anyway, it turned out not to be a rejection and I had to re-read the email several times making sure I was reading it correctly. I called one of my sisters and squealed down the phone. I ended up being about twenty minutes late for work – but I didn’t care!
Now on to music. I use music to inspire and energize me. Do you listen to music when you write? What music gets your creative juices going?
Louise: I have to say I can’t listen to music while I write. I find it too distracting. I can, however, have the TV on in the background (volume on low) – I can’t write when it’s too quiet. I don’t really get inspired by music. I love music, but it doesn’t tend to inspire me. I constantly have ideas pop in to my head at random times and from there dialogue will form in my mind, then characters, and so forth.
If you could go on a date with any historical figure, who would it be?
Louise: How far back in history are we talking? I think I’d have to be with someone of wealth. Not because I’m shallow, but because I know enough about history to know the less well off did not have a good life – I wouldn’t be able to survive such a harsh lifestyle.
What’s in the works for you?
Louise: Hopefully it won’t be long before my contemporary romance is out. It’s called, Nowhere To Hide – any more detail than that I can’t say just yet.
I’m in the planning stages of, Of Love and Honor – which, just like Of Love and Betrayal, will feature the grandchild of the hero and heroine from, Of Love and Vengeance.
Thanks so much for joining me today. The winner of Louise’s giveaway is in for a treat. Enjoy!
**Giveaway!** To enter the giveaway, answer this question: Who is the most famous person Louise has met, and what did she say to them? The answer can be found on her website:
Then, leave your answer in the comment section, and you’re in the running. I will put the names in a hat and pick one tomorrow at 5:00 EST.
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