Today we're thrilled to welcome Linda Howard to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Linda's name has become synonymous with romantic suspense and is a staple for many romance readers. With the paperback release of her book Troublemaker, we got the chance to pick her brain! Ever wondered what the hardest book for her to write was? What she would do if she was placed in the same circumstances as some of her beloved characters? We found all of it out! So dive in and get ready to uncover it all! Thanks, Linda!
1. What has been the hardest book for you to write? Did readers have a similar reaction to it?
Linda Howard: From a technical standpoint, Kiss Me While I Sleep. There was so much research into poisons, pandemics, and Paris! I’ve never been to Paris, so of course I set a book there. :-/. Thank heavens for Google Maps, regular maps, tourist books, etc. I don’t think anyone other than the writer knows when a book is research heavy. From an emotional standpoint, though, the two most difficult books were Sarah's Child—which is an oldie—and Cry No More. Both of them wiped me out, and yeah, readers had the same reaction.
2. Your name is synonymous with romantic suspense, what do you love about writing in this genre?
LH: The sense of freedom, of being able to include multiple elements in a book. I look at everything—plot, dialogue, suspense, romance, etc.—as all part of the whole story, and I don’t like leaving out any one element (unless the story calls for it, of course). J
3. If you won the lottery like Jenner Redwine in Burn, how would you spend the money?
LH: Most of it would go into trust funds for the family. I would travel a bit more, but that’s about it. I’m not a jewelry or fancey clothes type of person. I’d fund no-kill animal shelters, give to the Salvation Army and St. Jude’s. I don’t need much, and a lot of people need help.
4. Of all the books you've written, what is the one title you would recommend reading?
LH: Oh, wow, that’s an impossible question, because it depends on what someone most likes to read. I write across the spectrum. Emotion punch? Cry No More. Want to laugh? Mr. Perfect, Troublemaker, To Die For. Lean more toward suspense? Kiss Me While I Sleep. Time travel? Killing Time and Son of the Morning.
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