25 March 2012

Linore Rose Burkard


Linore Rose Burkard is the author of Coach and Four: Allisandra’s Tale and of Before the Season Ends,The House in Grosvenor Square, and The Country House Courtship

I met Linore through some online groups, including ACFW and HisWriters, those who have either published or planned works with European characters. Several years ago I met Linore when I attended her workshop at the FaithWriters' conference in Detroit.  We also got to hang out and share some laughs at American Christian Fiction Writers’ Conference in Indianapolis.


Linore, welcome to Overcoming Through Time.  Would you share either the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help, or the most tragic situation or circumstance one of your character’s has had to get past?
I have had to overcome my penchant for drama in real life. As a child, I didn’t realize I had a way of magnifying things, or that I was highly sensitive. I always felt “different” from other people, but once I got a hold on the fact that a part of me needed drama, I was able to channel it into my fiction writing. It may not sound like much of a victory, but it made a huge difference in my life. I got free of so much angst, too. 


What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
I have a few, but one of my top verses is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord; plans for good and not for evil, for welfare and not for calamity; to give you a future and a hope.” There were times in my life when the future looked like a dark black curtain and to say I had little hope would be an understatement. The Lord made me really examine this verse, and I had to decide to believe it, or I’d be calling Him a liar.


Disability friendliness:
Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio? Do you have any in large print? 

I’m happy to say that all my books are available as ebooks with audio capability.  Also, except for my short story Coach and Four, they are all in large print, too. Amazon usually shows the large print option on the print version pages. (Here’s an example of one. The House in Grosvenor Square (Thorndike Christian Fiction) )

What has been the most important thing you hope your readers will get from your books and why?
One theme I always try to emphasize is that on one level, the gospel message is utterly simple. The Bible invites us to come, to receive the Lord, to repent, and that’s it, that’s all we need do to be saved. In the sense of taking the invitation at face-value, it’s really a simple message. God offers salvation to all who will accept the gift. Theologians can argue about free-will vs. sovereignty (I personally believe in sovereignty) but Jesus doesn’t ask us to figure that out in order to be saved. He says, “Come. Just as you are.” I love to have a character in each book who realizes this and takes God at His Word.

As you researched your books, did you learn anything that particularly touched your heart?
During my research, I did a lot of reading about Jane Austen. It touched me that even though she was a longtime critic of evangelical Christianity, she was honest and open enough to change her thinking before she died, and to share that in one of her letters.

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?
No. 


Thank you, Linore, for agreeing to answer these questions.  Have a blessed day and keep on writing!!
Thank you, Carrie, for having me!



GIVEAWAY:  Leave a comment and your email to be entered in this week’s contest.  Drawing will be late Saturday.  Your choice of Linore Rose Burkard’s books, choice of format.

33 comments:

  1. hi Linore!
    Welcome on OTT. Thank you for the interview!
    Always good to know more about an author. Many times interviews like this has made me decide to read a book by the author.
    I hope you'll have a fun week with us. :))

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  2. I've loved regency ever since I read Pride and Prejudice for summer reading in High School. I'd love to read Linore's books, thanks for a really great giveaway!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. Thank you for the interview, ladies, and for being our guest this week on OTT, Linore! You are truly one of THE best regency era authors today, and reading your books was an immense pleasure for me. Especially when I read two books back to back...approximately 700 pgs. of sheer regency bliss. :)

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  5. I enjoyed reading the interview with Linore Rose Burkhard. I have not read any of her books but would love to win and read one. Thank you for the chance! frederickmolly@yahoo.com

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  6. MARIAN, about now you should be about two hours away from getting up and I am here getting ready to go to sleep! I hope Linore will enjoy visiting with us this week!

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  7. LIZ, have you read any of Linore's books? I love that she writes in the omniscient style as you rarely see that in Christian fiction. I haven't gotten brave enough to try that myself but I prefer to read books written that way.

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  8. DIANA - Regency bliss is what that is called when you read two of Linore's books back to back!

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  9. Regency bliss, yes, and exhaustion. lol! I didn't even take a break; just headed from the first one straight into the second and finished them in a few days. 700 some odd pgs. is alot to read in such a short time, but I had to see how it all turned out! The first one really wasn't a stand alone; it goes straight into the second one.

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  10. CARRIE, do you really think I get up at 6 in the morning?
    Most of the time I get out of bed around 5 to take a new painkiller, check my email and when the painkiller works I go back to sleep till at least 8. I guess I have sent you emails around 6 in the morning, but I'm still very sleepy then. ;)

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  11. Here's wishing a very special birthday to a very special lady! Happy Birthday, Linore!

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  12. Happy birthday, my good friend! I did't know you were a sensitive child! And I thought I knew you so well. LOL. You inspire me, Linore with your boldness to share God's word with lost family members and others who you meet. You are a wonderful roll model for Christian women. I love ya!

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  13. Happy Birthday Linore!
    Your books were some of the first I read when finding historical fiction in the inapt market, that compared to what I liked to read.

    I really enjoyed your last one as well--a quick and compelling read. Looking forward to more. Do you have a new series coming?

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  14. That was supposed to be inspy not inapt! Oh brother! I hate auto correct.

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  15. Happy birthday, Linore! What a beautiful time of year to celebrate a new year. My daffodils and hyacinth are blooming for you. Have a blessed day!

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  16. Happy Birthday Linore!! Hope your days is beautiful!

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  17. Happy Birthday, Linore! I have read all your books and look forward to reading many more :) Before the Season Ends is my favorite. I hope Coach and Four is expanded into a full length novel.
    Best wishes for a glorious day!

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  18. Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for the interview! I was really touched by what you said about how you are highly sensitive and have always tended to magnify things and how writing has really helped you channel those emotions. I have always been the same way, and although I am not a writer, I have always loved reading. What you said now makes so much sense in my life. Thank you for sharing! I am such a fan of all your work and have all of your books, so please let someone else have the chance to win them. Thanks again! Megan S.

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  19. DIANA - well like you said on the phone today - that long read was well worth it!!! MARIAN - um, well, I wasn't sure if your doggy got you up that early for a walk!!!

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  20. DEBBIE LYNNE, There are so many things to love about Linore. She was a great speaker at the FaithWriters conference in Detroit. Awesome writer for these four books. And HILARIOUS in person at the ACFW conference in 2010!!

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  21. HAPPY HAPPY Birthday, Linore!!! You are such a wonderful friend. Love you a bunch, and hope your day is special. In fact, I think you should celebrate all week!!! Happy Birthday!

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  22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Linore. So nice getting to know somethings about you and your writing. Your novels sound like the ones I enjoy reading.

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  23. What a great interview! Thank you :) I actually have a copy of Before the Season Ends on my kindle that I should probably get to reading!

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

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  24. Happy Birthday To a Wonderful Writer! Your books are AMAZING! Thanks for the wonderful interview! :)

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  25. CARRIE, doggy loves to sleep late. ;)

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  26. MARIAN that sounds like a good doggy! LOL!

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  27. LIZ is our winner of the extra birthday giveaway! CONGRATS, LIZ on WINNING one of Linore's books - an extra this week in honor of her bday. Blessings!

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  28. Wow, I'm overwhelmed by the responses! Be prepared for a mega comment here.

    What a wonderful bunch of ladies! Thank you ALL for the fabulous responses and birthday wishes. It was a treat to have a spot on this blog go live on my birthday, and now it's an even bigger treat to read the sweet responses here.

    Diana, I'm honored that you plowed right through 700 pages of my work. (I often say, I have the BEST readers, and the blog comments here are further evidence of that. My readers are so encouraging to me. And loyal! Anne and Debra, I'm so touched you came by.)

    I also have the BEST friends! Melanie Dickerson and Debbie Lynne Costello are my wonderful friends who help keep me accountable in my writing, and Carrie, I seem to remember YOU being the hilarious one at conference! (Funny how that works, huh?)

    Thanks for the warm welcome here, Carrie, Marian and Diana. And all of you who commented, THANK YOU! Megan, I am so blessed that you identified with the sensitivity thing, because I was thinking I hadn't shared enough about it to help anyone. When I was young, no one ever told me that I magnified things, and kids don't realize these things about themselves. Once we DO identify this penchant, it can help. As a writer, it's this very trait, I think, that helps me portray my characters realistically, so I pray that the Lord will reveal how his "gift" (and it is a gift!) is to be used in your life as well. What the enemy wants to use for evil, God can use for GOOD. The Lord is GOOD!

    HUGS and Blessings to All!
    PS: Kathy, I LOVE spring flowers. Just posted a pic of a daffodil on facebook yesterday. Thank you!

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  29. Forgot to mention, that even though COACH AND FOUR: ALLISANDRA'S TALE doesn't touch on therapeutic issues, the heroine of my almost finished novel (tentatively titled, SHIP OF DREAMS: A TITANIC ROMANCE)suffers from the same kind of debilitating anxiety that I used to have.
    She has to board that great big ship alone (you'll have to read the book to find out why!)and I realized while writing that I could REALLY understand how that would feel for a person with anxiety issues. Having been healed from much of that in my life, I've also been able to demonstrate (I hope) how knowing the LORD makes such a difference.

    This book is taking me much longer to finish than I hoped, but I want it to be every bit as good as what you all have most enjoyed in my other books. I'd appreciate your prayers as I finish this project, in fact. Thanks much.

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  31. CONGRATS PAT JEANE DAVIS - our WINNER this week! Random.org picked you from all those who responded.

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