Hi there readers , I got a chance to chat with Laura Frantz about why she became an author, her latest books and what’s in the future for upcoming novels. Check it out below : ( there’s a sweet reader’s choice giveaway chance at the end of this interview. “Just tell me if you have ever read any of Laura Frantz’s books and if so what’s your favorite 🙂
1. Me : Where did the desire coming from to become an author ?
Laura : I think it’s God’s gifting and often known at a young age. I was 7 when I knew. Recently I found an old journal and I’d written in very childish letters, “I want to be an author.” It made me smile. I didn’t really have a clue what an author was at that age !
2. Me: Who is your favorite author ?
Laura: Oh, I have so many but right now it would be Elswyth Thane who wrote historical fiction until about 1980 or so. She had an amazing command of the English language and a great grasp of history. As far as authors within the CBA, I would say Liz Curtis Higgs, Francine Rivers, Serena Miller, Joanne Bischof, Joan Hochstetler, Julie Lessman, MaryLu Tyndall, and Lori Benton. I hope I’m not forgetting anyone but am sure I am!
3. Me: Where does the inspiration for your stories come from ?
Laura: Lots of real-life history! For example, the inspiration behind my latest novel, Love’s Reckoning, came from a little snippet I read that said colonial apprentices often married into the family they apprenticed with. For Courting Morrow Little I used my lifelong fascination with Indian captivity stories. I think the Lord is the source of our greatest inspiration as history is really His story and there is so much to draw from.
4. Me: What do you think makes a good hero or heroine ?
Laura: Integrity for the most part. They need to have both good qualities and a few flaws. Mostly they need to have a heart for each other and the Lord. If the reader falls in love with a character or feels the character is a friend or someone they’d like to know, then an author has done a good job in creating them.
5. Me: What is your favorite book to have written ( if you have one) who are your favorite characters?
Laura: I think of my books kind of like I think of my kids and can’t pick just one! But I do have a special fondness for Eden Lee in Love’s Reckoning because of her gentle spirit and the way she lets the Lord right the wrongs in her life. And I love Colonel McLinn in The Colonel’s Lady because he’s such a tortured soul and struggles with many of the things I struggle with.
6. Me : What do you think makes a good romance ?
Laura: Lots of romantic tension and angst. When the heroine and hero are together the reader needs to feel that sizzle or romantic pull. Readers need to fall a little in love with the hero themselves.
7. Me: Do you have any fun things that help to get you in the writing mood?
Laura: Oh my yes, great question! I love music such as soundtracks from romantic or dramatic films. Or instrumental tracks like fiddle music or harp music or classical.
8. Me: What are you reading right now ?
Laura: Just research books mostly but I’m getting ready to read Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden. Love that cover! I tend to read mostly historical fiction but I do like a contemporary novel now and then.
9. Me: Can you tell us anything about any new writing projects coming soon?
Laura : There are 2 more Ballantyne books to go and then I return to 18th-century Virginia to write a story about a young widow and an arranged marriage. Can’t wait!
10. Me : What do you hope that readers take ways from your stories ?
Laura: That the Lord loves them and has a plan for their life. That no matter what happens He is always there for them and will bring good from whatever happens to them. He really is the Father who never fails us.