Friday, June 10, 2016

Yorkshire author Lindsay Townsend and "Plain Harry" - her enchanting medieval romance #WRWBuzz

Today the World Romance Writers group is talking to one of our British members, Lindsay Townsend. Lindsay lives in Yorkshire in the north of England. Good to meet you, Lindsay, and thanks for dropping in!

Lindsay Townsend
Please tell us what genre you normally write?
Historical Romance mostly, plus modern Romantic Suspense

That's an intriguing mixture! Please tell us about your story for the Letterbox Love Stories anthology.
I wrote “Plain Harry” as a medieval historical romance, opening with a letter and containing letters from the hero and heroine to each other while they court. It’s a love story and a getting to know story, during which Harry and Esther heal themselves and each other. Both have been wounded by life in the past. This story shows their recovery, set against the backdrop of an English countryside and an English spring.

That sounds such a charming story. Why did you choose this setting?
I love English woods and flowers, the landscapes of England, its rich past and its varied light and weather.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
 My local bluebell wood. I also adore Venice.
I love the bluebell woods in England, too, especially in May. What is your idea of the perfect holiday?
 Visiting a new place to see the people, smell the scents, listen to the sounds and absorb the wildlife and culture.

What sources do you use for inspiration in your writing?
An English wood

Paintings, music, the internet, books, films, people-watching – my inspiration comes from everywhere.

What do you do when you aren’t writing?
I love to read and listen to music.
Where do you write, and why does that spot work for you?
I write in a small corner of a study full of books. I also write on a pad of paper and take that with me when I’m mid-story.

If you had to marry someone from film, books, or television, who would that be?
Faramir from Lord of the Rings. I think he has real depth of character and is an overlooked son, so he has my sympathies.

Faramir is a great character! Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe in mutual attraction that can I grow into love very quickly. If that counts as love at first sight, then yes.
Thanks so much for dropping in today to introduce yourself, Lindsay. It's been lovely to meet you!

Here is the blurb to "Plain Harry" - Lindsay's story for the Letterbox Love Stories anthology
Recovering from a brutal marriage, Esther is living quietly as a widow when a letter from her brother Sir Stephen destroys her contented life. Stephen orders her to marry Sir Henry—but who is this “Plain Harry” and how will he treat her?

Set in medieval England in a time when women had few rights, this story shows how love can flourish in the unlikeliest of places and between the unlikeliest of people.

helena fairfax, lindsay townsend

You can find Lindsay on her website/blog Lindsay Townsend or on Twitter @lindsayromantic

If you have any questions for Lindsay, or any comments at all, please let us know by visiting us on Facebook or at the WRW Reader's Group. We'd love to hear from you!