The #MFRWAuthor 52-week Blog Challenge is back for 2018, and this week’s question is what is the “Favorite thing I’ve written, and why”. Yikes, asking an author this question is like asking a parent which is your favorite child.
That isn’t to say that we authors don’t have favorites among our book babies. For instance, Tova’s Dragon really is my favorite of all the novellas I’ve written. That story was a gift from the muse that came to me in the middle of the night. Luckily, I had the good sense to crawl out of bed, go into the living room, grab a pencil and yellow pad, and write it down. There’s no trusting middle-of-the-night memory!
As for my three historical novels, each one is special in one way or the other.
Rogue’s Hostage starts in Western Pennsylvania where I grew up, and ends in old Quebec, a favorite destination I traveled to with my DH. It’s also my first historical romance novel, the one that wouldn’t leave me until I’d finally sold it. It took me three years to research and write the book, and nine years to sell it. But Jacques and Mara just would not let me rest until their book saw the light of day!
Lady Elinor’s Escape, my sweet Regency romance, is special because I fell in love with the Regency subgenre, but hadn’t thought I could summon the voice. When I discovered that I could do so, I happily wrote a reverse Cinderella story set in one of my favorite cities in the whole world: London. In 2003, and again in 2015, I had the opportunity to visit London and see some of the places where Lady Elinor and her hero Stephen Chaplin lived and loved. I’m hoping to add some sequels to Elinor and Stephen’s story, though when I’ll find the time, I do not know!
My Western romance, Lily and the Gambler, also holds a special place in my heart because the idea came to me when my husband and I traveled to California’s Gold Country. I fell in love with the area around Grass Valley, which has a large Cornish population. Back in the 1850’s, Cornish miners were brought in to work the gold mines, which were deep vein mining, meaning they had to tunnel under ground. The Cornish had lots of experience tunneling down to mine tin, and the mines were played out. My Cornish heroine was born, as was the carefree gambler who tries to steal her heart.
I participated in the blog challenge sporadically last year, and I make no promises that I will manage 52 weekly Friday blogs this year. If things go as planned, there will be weeks I’m off traveling, and I know there will be weeks when I’m simply to busy to squeeze in another blog. All I can say is I’ll do my best in the challenge as I make the jump from 2017 to 2018.
Happy New Year to all!
Linda McLaughlin / Lyndi Lamont
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It really was difficult to pick a “favorite” book. They’re all special in some way. Yours are going on my TBR pile 🙂
It is difficult, Sherry, and I couldn’t do it!
for an author picking a favorite book is like naming a favorite child. They are all special in one way or another. thanks for sharing.
Thanks for visiting, Helen.
I haven’t gotten to Tuva’s Dragon yet, but I love all your other books! I’m hoping to take part in the hop when I can, but it looks like 2018 will be a busy year!
I hear you, Alina. Sometimes there are more important things in life than blogging.
You chose your favorite for somewhat the same reason I did — it came to me in the middle of the night and it practically wrote itself.
Isn’t it wonderful when that happens?
I also have a folder filled with legal pad scribbling from the mind/dream category. And it is difficult to pick just one, but your choices are good ones, so thanks for sharing!
It’s too difficult to pick just one favorite! I like the sound of your books. Especially, the Regency one. I’m adding that to my TBR. And, I’m from Eastern PA, btw. Nice to meet another Pennsylvanian! 🙂
Always nice to meet another Pennsylvanian, Tricia! Thanks for commenting.
I have a feeling a lot of us will compare picking our favorite to our children. It’s simply not an easy thing to do. Hope you get to do your three weeks of traveling. Have a wonderful new year.
It wasn’t easy. Hope you have a wonderful year, too.
Thanks for sharing