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.
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.
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