Interview with Linore Rose Burkard
Before the Season Ends
What about the regency period first caught your attention that made you want to write about it?
I fell in love, so to speak, with the Regency from reading Austen and Georgette Heyer. I’ve only read (I’m almost embarrassed to admit) about five or six of Heyer’s many regencies–I still have a lot of them waiting. But I knew I wanted to be able to entertain like her, and do it with a Christian perspective. It was something that hadn’t
been done yet, at the time. I totally wanted to be able to express some spiritual truths that God had taught me in a fun package like a regency, while being true to the era, to my characters, and to my readers. I researched and read and read and read, and all of that reading just fascinated me more with the period.
I was appreciative of the glossary at the back of the book. Was that your idea or Harvest House’s to include it?
It was my idea, but my editor was equally “for” it. I had put a glossary on my website, but readers find it much easier to look at the back of the book to find out the meaning of a word rather than have to get online. We’re going to put another glossary in the sequel, The House in Grosvenor Square. Not just for new readers, but because there’s some new regency words and slang I got to put in the book, that weren’t in the first.
With which Jane Austen character do you most identify?
Hmm, interesting question. Probably Emma for being well-meaning but blowing it!
What are some of your favorite research books for the regency period?
Even though it’s more Victorian than Regency, Daniel Poole’s “What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew,” is very interesting. Not detailed enough, but it’s a great overview. I also like biographies of George IV (the Regent), the letters of Jane Austen, and memoirs from the period. Looking up old periodicals is priceless, too. Another book, The Regency Underworld, came in handy for a lot of the information I put inside The House in Grosvenor Square. So far there is no one book that really covers everything in a way a writer can use. So you just pick up bits and pieces, and more bits and pieces from different sources.
What words of encouragement would you like to offer others wishing to write in a subgenre that isn’t currently popular with Christian Publishers?
I’m not an editor working for a publisher, or an agent, so I can only tell you what I think will work. Write an excellent book, an irresistible book—it doesn’t have to be popular to get contracted. It just has to be very, very, good. If you can get a few key people to believe in your work, the work itself will convince everyone else.
Thank you for having me today, Diana! Remember, if you get a minimum of ten unique commenters, you can pick a winner for a free copy of Before the Season Ends!
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here’s my review of Before the Season Ends.
Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard is a delightful read. Burkard does indeed fill the gap left by Jane Austen. This Christian regency read takes you to England, 1813. Ariana Forsythe has the fortunate chance to come out into society because of a rich childless aunt. Arinna hasn’t been raised like most of the young girls having their season. Gossip make her uncomfortable as does putting yourself as more important than others.
Arianna Forysythe is someone you would desire as a best friend. You root for her throughout the book. She has several misadventures, which throws her into the path of Mr. Monray.
Mr. Monray is the new Mr. Darcy! He is of course most desirable and uncatchable by any of the girls having their season; he has even managed to escape others in previous season. Then Ariana falls into his world and everything begins to tilt for him.
This book had many moments of well-written humor.
The faith aspect of this book is well done as well. Ariana’s faith is real and her actions are consistent with that faith.
I’m looking forward to the next regency by Burkard.
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