Catching up with Linda Blanchette & Giveaway!

Today we are featuring author Linda Blanchette Tremblay and offering you a chance to win one of two copies of any of her books just for commenting. Details regarding the contest are at the end of this post.

So, without further ado, here is what Linda had to say.

What are you currently working on and what inspires your muse? 

I am working on a story called “A brother for Darcy.”  I have often wondered if Darcy and Wickham were brothers, how much of Pride and Prejudice would have changed and a new story was born.  In this story, the Darcys take in a baby Wickham when he loses his parents.  I take the story from the time that Darcy meets young Wickham to when Darcy falls in love with Elizabeth.  All with the question of how would this simple change affect Darcy.

People inspire my muse.  I am a people watcher and love seeing people’s interaction.  It is why I second majored in Sociology. 

What prompted you to begin writing and do you write for other fandoms besides JAFF?

I read a lot of JAFF before I ever put words down on paper.  I became a plot beta for a friend who is a published writer.  One day, she said that I should write my ideas and stories.  A second career was born.   

I have begun to write a ‘North and South’ story, but I do not know if it will ever see the light of day.

What first drew you to JAFF and how long have you been reading it? Do you prefer Regency or Modern? Do you have any hobbies besides JAFF?

I adore love stories, and Pride and Prejudice was one of my favorites, but I didn’t know about fanfiction until ten years ago.  One day, I was in a store, and Abigail Reynold’s story was on sale.  In her acknowledgments, she thanked the JAFF world for their help.  It did not take long for me to search those JAFF sites and I became a fervent reader of P &P fanfiction.  

I read them all.  Some I will never read again like those including other pairings than Darcy and Elizabeth or a death of one of them, but I still read them all.  Other JAFF writers inspire me.  We are all different with unique views of Darcy and Elizabeth.  I love reading everyone’s take on our dear couple.

When I am not working, reading or writing, I am your stereotypical grandma.  I cook, sew, knit, crochet, and embroider.  I also travel with my kids and grandkids often.  We rent large houses and vacation together, generally near a beach.  My poor son in law and daughter in law, they are so sweet to allow this to happen.

 
What are three of your favorite resources to turn to when writing?

Since English is my second language, I always have a dictionary and thesaurus beside me when I am writing.  Another favorite resource is Etymology Dictionary which tells you when the word was invented.  I hate for a modern to slip into my Regency story.  My last resource is the Regency Encyclopedia.  Excellent resource if you are writing regency.  It has information for anything from laws to fashion.

Are there any people in your life who have inspired certain traits in your character or scenes? 

There have been many.  Whether is a friend or relative or a scene that has happened to me, and I think it would fit in the story.  I put them in.  However, I do change the name and try to keep the scenes vague enough, so they will not learn.  I like to keep my friends and family.

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We at DarcyandLizzy.com hope you have enjoyed hearing from Linda and to celebrate her newest book which was just posted on our forum, The Trails That Led To You, we are offering those of you who leave a comment here a chance to win one of two kindle e-books of any of her stories (including the new one). If you have trouble commenting here, please comment on the post for this blog on our facebook page.

You have until our next post (we post 15th and 30th) to comment. The winner to be announced on the forum and the DarcyandLizzy.com facebook page. So please check these sites to see if you have won.

To get in on the drawing, click on comments beside Discussion directly under the title. Good luck!

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30 Comments on "Catching up with Linda Blanchette & Giveaway!"

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Maria Maderi
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Thank you for the chance to get to know the Author and for giving us a chance to win your book. Much success to you and hope to see more books from you. Good luck!!!

Elaine Owen
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Hi Linda, it was interesting to get to “know” you here! You mentioned that English is not your first language. What languages do you speak?

Regina Silvia
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Thank you all for introducing me to a new author. Like Linda, I came to JAFF by reading a book (Pamela Aiden’s An Assembly Such as This) and could not get enough of it. All the very best to you on this second career!

Elissa
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I enjoyed getting to know more about you. I am so glad that you chose to begin writing your own stories and am looking forward to your next one.

Peggy
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Linda, thank you for taking the time to let get to know a bit more about you. Now, I really must know whether or not you cringed when your muse told you to make Wickham a brother to ODB. I wish you much success in your next projects.

Betty amadden
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I enjoy both of these authors so much.

Lis Batten
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Great interview, I’m also interested in what sets JAFF writers on their chosen path, thanks for taking the time out for this interview. Love your stories – keep writing 🙂

Glynis
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Great interview. I like to read how other people got into JAFF. I found it by chance in my book club magazine and haven’t looked back since. I would love to win a copy of this book so thanks for the opportunity.

Zoe Burton
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Thanks for sharing yourself with us, both with your writing and this interview! 🙂

Leah Pruett
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Wonderful interview! Can’t wait to read the book!

Maureen
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Great interview, thank you for taking the time to do it.

bludpoison
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Thank you for a giveaway and interview for her. I learn a lot from this interview. I indeed love to read her book and love to visit this forum.

JanisB
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Oh my! A new (to me) JAFF author! The premise is quite intriguing. Thank you for offering a giveaway.

Altho’ I studied French for a dozen years in school and Uni, can read French reasonably well and converse likewise, and had little trouble understanding and making myself understood in France, I found Canadian French — or quebecois if you will — far more difficult. I wonder if it is more difficult for quebecois speakers to learn English than for French speakers?

Looking forward to making your literary acquaintance.

Pam Hunter
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Great interview! Congrats on the book, and thank you for a chance to win a copy!

Linda Blanchette
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Thank you and Thank Brenda for hosting.

AnitaP
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I am in the middle of reading this story. It’s been very entertaining.

Linda Blanchette
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Thank you. I am glad you are finding it entertaining.

DarcyBennett
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Great interview. I hope you decide to share the North and South story you are writing as I would love to read it.

Linda Blanchette
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Thanks. It will one day get published. I work on it when I can.

Dianne
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I’m with the other commenters regarding your language but am curious to know as to what your first language is. I particularly enjoyed “The Corrupt Plan” as it was different from any other D&E tale I’ve read but there again, each of your stories have been “different”
Well done Linda.

Linda Blanchette
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Thank you. That is a compliment to my betas and me. My first language is French. My family and I are from Quebec.

Jennifer Redlarczyk
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W actually traveled through Quebec years ago and my limited French was definitely put to the test. Beautiful countryside. We stopped at McGill University and the town itself was so historic and awesome.

Linda Blanchette
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My youngest was suppose to go to McGill, but changed her mind at the last minute. It is beautiful up there. I love it.

Jennifer Redlarczyk
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Hi Linda, I, too, and surprised that English is not your first language. You rock! Also, i was just like you in discovering JAFF. When Barnes and Nobel was still in our neighborhood, I found a table filled with JAFF books and knew I had hit the jackpot. No stopping me from there on. And not long after I found the forums. Thanks so much for all of your writing efforts and continuing to post with us here at D&L. Jen Red

Linda Blanchette
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Thanks Jen. I hope everyone find a love for JAFF.

Carmalee
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I had no idea English was your second language, you write so well, very impressive. I love all of your stories and look forward to reading your new one. thanks so much for this interesting interview.

Linda Blanchette
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Thank you. You are very kind.

KateB
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Great interview Linda. I love your statement, that people inspire you to write , it’s such an ‘Elizabeth’ answer. And I’m impressed, that English is not your primary language, great job.
Congratulations on the release of your new book. 🙂

Linda Blanchette
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Really! Elizabeth! I am surprised because I really understand Darcy and love to write from his point of view. Maybe Elizabeth is growing on me like she did to Darcy.

KateB
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LOL, Elizabeth is a ‘people person’, but Darcy definitely develops that trait too. He actually always had one, but it wasn’t visible in social interactions, but in his devotion to all people under his care.

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