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Author Spotlight Laura Frantz

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz crafts a suspenseful tale of love, betrayal, and new beginnings in The Lacemaker.

When colonial Williamsburg explodes on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save a man who should be her enemy, Patriot Noble Rynallt.

Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle side with the radical revolutionaries or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant readers with a story that is historically accurate, exciting, and taut with romantic tension.

Frantz_LauraCan you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m an almost empty nester who just discovered IKEA so am excited about redecorating and gardening again – and writing, of course, in a too quiet house.

When did you start writing your first book?

Age 7 after reading all those little historical biographies written for children about famous people. I still remember standing in front of that shelf and just where those little books were when I first learned to read. It was a magical experience. Then I began writing a book like them.

How did you choose the genre you write in? Or did the genre choose you?

I’ve always read historical novels since childhood so the genre chose me, I guess. I can’t imagine writing anything else, especially a contemporary novel! I’m fascinated by how differently things were done back then and the lives people lived. I used to say I was born in the wrong era and wanted to be back in the 18th-century until I discovered their aversion to bathing and how disease-prone they were. I am so thankful for my Keurig and hot bath!

Does writing energize you or exhaust you?

Energizes, inspires, and fills me to the brim. People exhaust me though I love them! I crave quiet and the natural world and just a plain old pen and paper. It’s amazing what that combination becomes!

Do you believe in writer’s block?

Hmm. I believe there are certain seasons in which it is harder to write but I’ve never had writer’s block. Once I start writing the story just takes over and sort of tells itself. I think block would be very hard to endure as for me writing is such an escape and has been since I first began.

Do you create an outline before you begin? Do you have the end in mind, or do you just wait and see where the story takes you?

I’m a total writing ‘panster’ and outlining is too much like counting calories to me! I never have the end in mind. I love to be surprised. THE END is always hard for me. After living with a story and its characters for so long, I really do find moving on bittersweet.

Screen Shot 2018-01-07 at 8.15.30 PMWhat kind of research do you do? How long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I research for at least 3 months before beginning a book and then continue researching while writing. Thankfully, I love research almost as much as writing. I find so many plots and characters and story threads through research. Truth really is stranger than fiction!

Are you part of a community of authors? If so, how has it helped you?

I pretty much fly solo though I’ve been to two of Tamara Leigh’s retreats at her beautiful home outside Nashville. She is a culinary queen, the epitome of graciousness, and we get a tremendous amount of writing done while feeling spoiled by our beautiful hostess and surroundings. I always leave feeling blessed and refreshed and inspired! Writing can be a very solitary experience. Books get written in isolation, not company, so anytime I can meet with fellow writers who live in that oddly creative zone and who understand that life, I’m blessed. I love conferences, too, like ACFW though don’t attend as many as I’d like to.

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, A Moonbow Night, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

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