Can you believe we're almost to the end of July already? Summer is flying by...at least for me. :) I'm always ready to welcome back cooler temperatures again.
Today I'd like to welcome L. R. Burkard. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
I grew up in a family of readers and, ever since the joy of getting my first book out of the library, I have loved books and stories.
I know what you mean. I still remember as a little girl walking to town to pick out books at the library. When do you fit writing into your day?
Actually, that depends. Once I get going in a novel, I spend up to eight hours a day and let other things slide. After I finish a novel, I take up to two months off, where I'm only doing blog posts, email, and jotting notes and thoughts for the next book. I don’t do serious (ie., novel) writing every single day. This is probably not the best model to follow, by the way! It's just how I work best.
LOL. As long as it works for you. :) Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book?
My latest book, RESIIENCE, is a sequel, so the inspiration really started with PULSE, book one in the Pulse Effex Series. PULSE asks the question, "What happens when the whole world stops?" It deals with an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) that takes down the electric grid and all electronics for the nation. My inspiration came when I discovered that this could really happen. It's not science fiction! I wanted to explore what life would look like, and how that would fit with a Christian worldview. I also wanted to raise awareness of the threat (Retired newscaster Ted Koppel is doing that, too, like in his book, LIGHTS OUT), so that people can take steps to prepare—just in case.
That sounds fascinating. I know you've peaked my interest. How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
It's impossible for me to keep my faith and worldview out of my writing. I believe my work is a calling as well as a gift, so I'm very concerned with being true to that calling. I can't write something just because I think it would sell, for instance (and many writers do); I have to follow the paths I feel the Lord is opening for me, and only those paths.
I know what you mean about the two being intertwined. What genre do you write?
I was first published writing Christian historical romance. When I began, there were no Christian regencies to be found—nada, not one. So I wrote one. Harvest House ended up giving me contracts for three, and that is how the genre of Christian regency romance began. While I do have more regencies in my files, right now I'm writing YA/Suspense. Once I finish the third book of the Pulse Effex Series, I'll probably focus on some of those unfinished romances, both historical and contemporary.
Now. I know why your name is familiar. :) I believe I read some of your historical romances. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
My favorite verse is probably a life verse that the Lord gave me when I became a Christian, which is Matthew 16:25. He reminds me of it whenever I seem to get off track, getting my priorities wrong.
"For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it."
The question it makes me ask is, 'Am I living sacrificially for the Lord, or am I consumed with self and pleasure?'
Great reminder. Apart from writing, what is your favorite creative outlet?
Probably cooking, with gardening and decorating as runner ups.
Sounds like a great way to unwind too. What is one thing you hope readers will take away from your story?
My historical romances are full of warmth and laughter; they're "feel good" stories. I'm happy when readers leave them with a smile. Many report reading my regencies over and over.
As for the Pulse Effex books, until Congress decides to take the threat of a grid-down event seriously enough to harden our infrastructure (and so far they haven't, despite their knowledge of the possibility of it being rendered useless), I hope readers will react like one who said, "I've started prepping after reading this book!" Or, "I've stepped up my preps after reading this!" Because the best takeaway would be that they've found out that life can change drastically, and for a long, long, time, but they can do something about it. They can take steps to assure the survival of their families.
You have me convinced to pick up a copy and start reading them. Here's where you can find the books.
PULSE link: http://amzn.to/1JYR0Qg
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