Interview with Author Louise Lyndon

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                                             Interview with Louise Lyndon

I’m delighted to have one of my favorite authors and colleagues, Louise Lyndon on my blog today.

**Big Giveaway**  Anyone who leaves a comment on the blog will be entered into a random drawing for an Amazon or Barnes and Noble gifted copy of 3 books-that’s THREE: Of Love and Vengeance, Of Love and Betrayal, and Nowhere to Hide. How generous is that?   The winner will be randomly picked on Sunday night 3/at 5:00 .m. Eastern U.S. time.

Welcome, Louise!

Louise: Thanks for having me, Jennifer!

You have a brand new release out called Nowhere to Hide, published by Loose-id. Congratulations!  I started reading it, and the story grabbed me from the first paragraph. I can’t wait to devour it. And the best thing is it’s book 1 of the Justice Served Series.

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Enjoy the back cover blurb, folks!

“Forty years ago the Australian rural town of Burrawang Bend was the scene of a brutal murder, and the townspeople are still calling for justice. Marlee Moore, the suspect’s and victim’s granddaughter, is fighting to clear her grandfather’s name. And no one is going to stand in her way. But when things take a dangerous and deadly turn, Marlee must turn to the one man she was determined to run out of town.

Devon Reilly, investigative journalist for his hit TV show, Justice Served, is in Burrawang Bend to solve the forty-year-old cold case murder. But, he didn’t bargain on Marlee keeping him from investigating the case and he soon questions where her loyalties lie. With the living? Or with the dead? But when Marlee and her son’s life are put in danger, Devon knows he is the only man who can keep them alive. But what happens when he soon realizes he is the bigger threat to the woman and kid he loves?”

Louise, as an author of two medieval romances (see book covers below) what prompted you to write a contemporary romance?

Louise: You make that sound as if my characters gave me a choice in the matter! No, but seriously… A while ago I read an article about a granddaughter who discovered that her grandfather (who she loved and admired all her life) actually turned out to be a NAZI and was responsible for sending millions to their death. It wasn’t a light read! She struggled with trying to equate the two men she knew – the loving grandparent versus the NAZI war criminal and how she found it difficult to still love him knowing what he’d done in his past. It got me thinking. I knew I wanted to deal with a similar theme (finding out your loved one was not who you thought they were) and I also knew that the theme wouldn’t really fit into the medieval time period. As soon as I realized that everything else just fell into place.

Tell me about your heroine.

Louise: Marlee Moore. Single mum. Business owner. She’s been thrust into a situation she couldn’t foresee and really has to dig deep and work out how she is going to get herself, and her son, through it. I think she is pretty ‘average’ and by that I mean she could easily be a friend of yours. She’s one of the gals, down to earth, and likeable.

What makes her special?

Louise: She knows her strengths and weaknesses and isn’t afraid to admit when she needs help. I think that makes her pretty special.

Your heroes are always fascinating. Tell me about this one.

Devon Reilly. Former New South Wales and Australian Federal Police Officer. Host of his own TV show, Justice Served. He’s someone who is very passionate about what he does. If someone murdered me then I would want Devon investigating the case. He’s like a dog with a bone!

What makes him special?

He can admit when he’s wrong. Eventually.

Your book is set in Australia. Sometimes a setting can be very much like a character. How does the setting of Burrawang Bend, Australia influence the story?

Louise: I always view a setting as another character of the story. Burrawang Bend is a fictional town, very loosely based on a town that I used to live very close to growing up. I deliberately chose the setting of a small town for the simple fact that in small towns (as I know from personal experience!) everyone knows your business pretty much before you know your own business! This story wouldn’t have worked if it was set in a city because you can easily disappear in a city and live anonymously. I needed Marlee to be in a position where she had to defend her grandparent – where the stakes were high if she failed in her defense of him.

What did you enjoy about writing this book?

Louise: That I based it in Australia (which is my country). There is something enjoyable about setting a story in your home country, using specific language and settings to that country. I really enjoyed that.

Did you find switching from historical to contemporary a challenge?

Louise: A little bit. From a heroine point of view, not so much, as I like to think I write strong female characters. The hero was another story! I’m used to having them wield swords and other weapons of choice; I couldn’t really have my modern day hero do that. Instead I had to use other skills.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?  I so enjoy seeing your pictures of nail art on Facebook and Instagram. Could you tell us about how that hobby got started?

Louise: Yeah, that’s kind of gotten out of control! Just a little bit. Well, it started because I wasn’t happy with the results I was getting when I paid a professional to do my nails. For the money I was paying I expected more and thought I could do a better job myself. I started watching YouTube to learn how to do different designs and to get design ideas. From there I started doing my own, more intricate designs. I have now taught myself how to do my own SNS nails (which is a dipping powder system of acrylic nails). So now I don’t even go to a nail salon and am now self sufficient and completely obsessed.

What’s next for you?

Louise: Book two in the Justice Served series – tentatively names, Nowhere to Run. It’ll feature Ryan Callahan, who briefly appears in Nowhere to Hide. Stay tuned!

Thanks so much for joining me today, Louise.

Thanks for having me!

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Buy links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCBYT91

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XCBYT91

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B06XCBYT91

Loose ID: http://www.loose-id.com/justice-served-1-nowhere-to-hide.html?___SID=U

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/nowhere-to-hide-37

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Louise_Lyndon_Nowhere_to_Hide?id=uJU7DgAAQBAJ

Interview with Louise Lyndon

**Giveaway!**  Chance for a randomly drawn  winner to snag an autographed copy of Of Love and Vengeance.  Keep reading to find out how to enter.                                                                                                                             

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:

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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:

http://www.LouiseLyndon.com  

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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