Sunday, September 28, 2008

Regency Author Linda Banche Stops by for a Visit

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a brand new romance writer and I write Regencies. Most have humor, some have fantasy and occasionally I throw in a little paranormal. I have no idea how I developed this combination, but my stories trend this way.

As for writing romances, I've read them for a long time without ever thinking about writing them. But a few years ago I went on a romance reading binge. I quickly exhausted my favorite authors' books, and in my quest for more, discovered quite a few other authors I liked.

But after I had wallowed in romance for a while, (and did I have a good time wallowing), I ran out of books. My favorite authors can write only so fast, and I didn't like the second string. What to do? Why, write my own. Almost at once I discovered how hard writing is. But did that revelation stop me? No. Determined or crazy, I kept at it, and my novella will soon be e-published.

You have a new upcoming release. Can you tell us about it?

The Wild Rose Press will publish my very first book, Lady of the Stars, a Regency time travel novella on January 7, 2009. My Christmas present will come a little late this year.

Lady of the Stars is the story of a woman who sees a man she thought forever gone through the back door of a gazebo. Little does she know that back door is a time portal that whisks her back to 1817. Culture shock abounds on both sides, as she and the man she literally runs into adjust to each other. But as they fall in love (the story is a romance), the hero's family legend awakens. Will it bring them together, or tear them apart forever?

Lady of the Stars is a combination of the paranormal (time travel), fantasy (family legend) and humor, which is not obvious from the blurb above. Although the story's overall tone is serious, it does contain some funny scenes--at the beginning when the hero and heroine first meet and clash, and later on in the bedroom scene, where I have my best joke, the condom joke.

What are your dreams as a writer?

I love Regencies and I want to write them forever. But the market for historicals, and Regencies in particular, has contracted dismally in the past few years. In my dream, my witty stories and scintillating prose make me the next Amanda Quick. My unique combination of humor, fantasy and the paranormal sparks a spectacular upsurge in historical sales, with Regencies at the forefront. And I make a lot of money.

Ha! Someone will be the next Amanda Quick, but I very much doubt I will. I'll settle for making a few bucks and writing Regencies.

What advice do you have for other aspiring writers?

Keep trying. Lady of the Stars was a contest loser in The Wild Rose Press's Through the Garden Gate contest in 2007. But they saw enough there to ask me to resubmit. I resubmitted twice. And now I eagerly await my release date.

Thank you all,

Linda Banche
Regency romance--most with humor, some with fantasy, and occasionally a paranormal.
Lady of the Stars--Regency time travel, coming January 7, 2009 from The Wild Rose Press


Renee DeMarcus said...

Hi Linda!

Your book sounds fascinating. A portal that whisks one away to 1817? Man, do I wish I had one of those in my backyard!
What kind of research did you do while writing?

Jennifer Johnson said...

Linda not only can write well, but she knows a thing or two about these pesky things called computers having helped me at the Latte Lounge. Thanks again for that, Linda! And good luck with the book! I love gazebos.

Magdalena Scott said...


Welcome to SisterWriters! Your book sounds fascinating. I love that the gazebo is the portal.

Wishing you continued success,

Linda Banche said...

Wow, my interview was up for less than an hour, and I got three comments! Thank you all.

as for research, I have tons of Regency links bookmarked and find new ones practically every day. Lots come from fellow members of the Beau Monde chapter of the RWA, and some from writers' blogs like this one. Some are original sources from Google Books, and some are Regency writers and readers. Lots of websites out there.

For the contemporary parts of "Lady", Wikipedia is my friend. I know to beware of it, but it's a good starting place. It led me to the antique telescope pictured on my cover. That telescope, and astronomy as well, play an important part in the story. Astronomy is one of my interests and I included it in the story.

Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad I was able to help you in the Latte Lounge. Our "Fall into a Good Book" event there on August 26 (shameless promotion here!) was fun, if a little tiring.

Thanks for your good wishes, and to you and your sister writers for letting this newbie loose on your blog.

As for gazebos, the ones in the story are modeled after the summerhouses found on a resort near where my husband was born. The original portal was a gate in my losing contest entry, see


Maddie James said...

Welcome, Linda, to SisterWriters! We're glad to have you here. Best of luck on your book. I admire your sticktoitiveness!


jefictionwriter said...

Hi, Linda! Congrats on your novel! It sounds very interesting and I agree with Maddie, I admire your sticktoitiveness, too! It takes that kind of determination to make yourself seen in the very competitive world of writing.
Good for you!

Janet Eaves

Linda Banche said...

Maddie and Janet,

Thank you for your support. I'm glad to be here.


Cheryl Norman said...

Oooh, I see yours is a time travel. I love time travel! I'll have to buy that one. Right now I have Bess McBride's TRAIN THROUGH TIME in my e-reader to read.

Enjoyed your blog, Linda.

Cheryl Norman

Joanna Waugh said...

Hi Linda! Fellow Regency writer, Joanna Waugh, here. I'm looking forward to purchasing a copy of "Lady" come January.

Linda Banche said...

Hi Cheryl,
I'm sure you'll enjoy Train Through Time. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

Hi Joanna,
Thanks for coming by. I have my copy of your "Blind Fortune" at the top of my TBR pile.

I hope you'll both like "Lady of the Stars".