August 22 – Caroline Linden

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Caroline Linden is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I write the sort of stories I want to read. Beyond that… it’s the best job ever! No commute, tons of fun research, and book purchases are tax-deductible.

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

I quit my job, in part to write. It was a good job with great benefits and a nice salary, and I was good at it. But our children were very young, so working full time outside the house was really taxing on our family (and the daycare costs were incredible), and when my husband said he thought I should quit—effectively walking away from that career—I did. I had started writing my first book but I didn’t have an agent or even a writer’s group to turn to, let alone any income from writing. It was an enormous leap of faith which ended up really paying off (although only after some scary years of wondering what the heck I was thinking).

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

For the emotional connection. For seeing two characters find each other and recognize their kindred spirit, who will understand them, accept them, respect them, love them, want them.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.

One year my husband planned a trip for just the two of us to Aruba. He arranged to have our kids go to his parents, he scouted out the best hotels, he found great restaurants. And then we went, just the two of us. Our kids were in elementary school and it was hard for us to get away; the trip was a big splurge for us then, and it was so WONDERFUL to have him to myself for almost a week.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Not to take things too seriously. Laugh instead of getting annoyed.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

I love discovering the little things about life in the late 18th/early 19th century that are surprisingly familiar and “modern.” Things like, several pieces of Napoleon’s furniture were on wheels, to make them portable. An exquisite hand-carved writing cabinet, which opened into a desk, was wheeled, so it could be taken easily from room to room. 

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

Sometimes I write multiple stories at once, but usually one story will rise to the front and say, ‘I’m ready, I know where I’m going, let’s go.’ It’s hard to start writing a story when it’s only got a beginning, even if it’s a great beginning. 

 

If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I would love to have a historic house (cottage or mansion) in England for a month. I’d spend a week in another century if I could take a big bag of modern medicine and toiletries with me…

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

People write to me, or even come to events, and tell me they liked my book—sometimes even that they loved it. They say it got them through a hard time, or lifted their spirits after some scary news. The knowledge that my work, my words, means something to other people is the most inspiring part of the job. I never want to let those readers down.

 

Caroline recommends:

Robert Galbraith is really J.K. Rowling, but the Cormoran Strike series is so, so good—and it’s got a brewing romance! I love mysteries, but honestly half my interest in this series is about what will happen between Strike and Robin, his assistant.

Robert Galbraith   –    robert-galbraith.com   –   @Amazon

 

I always recommend my friend Maya Rodale’s books; they’are always fun, funny, and emotionally moving, and her new series is coming to America—specifically New York in the Gilded Age. She once described it to me as “Girl Bosses of NYC” and I can’t wait for the first book, Duchess by Design, coming out this November.

Maya Rodale   –    www.mayarodale.com   –   @Amazon

 

And a new-to-me author I am loving is Tracey Livesay. We met at an RWA conference and then I bought her book and now I am a big fan! She doesn’t have a big backlist yet but it’s all just lovely.

Tracey Livesay   –    www.traceylivesay.com   –   @Amazon

 


Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before discovering that writing fiction was far more fun. Since then, the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series three times, which is not related but still worth mentioning.

Her books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have won the NEC-RWA Reader’s Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA’s RITA Award.

She lives in New England.

 

Buy Caroline’s books:

 

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

 

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Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)