Congrats on your debut novel publication. Can you tell us a little about your writing journey? Which books/authors most inspired you?
Thanks so much for your congratulations! I first discovered my love for writing at twelve years old, when I wrote my first novel. Since then, I’ve continued to write with passion and am always entertaining the next story idea in my head. Jane Austen is definitely one of my greatest inspirations!
Beneath His Silence takes place in England during the Regency Era (1814). What do you think attracts so many readers to this specific historical period? What is your favorite aspect of it?
I think the main attractions to this era are all found in Jane Austen’s novels: the witty dialogue, the who-loves-who mystery, the slow yet brilliant lifestyle, the rules of society, and the dresses, balls, carriage rides, and manors.
As for me? My favorite aspect of the era is simply the romantic aura it always conjures up in my head. You can hardly think of the Regency Era without imagining Mr. Darcy striding through a foggy field with his cape blowing in the wind, now can you?
Like Mr. Rochester, the hero keeps a dark secret locked in the attic. Please talk a little about this gothic element of the book and your process for developing flawed characters and villains.
I love writing the darker side to every story. The unknown shadow. The twisted mind. The strange and looming danger that the hero and heroine must conquer. In Beneath His Silence, Lord Sedgewick’s terrible secret allowed me to pull this novel deep into the gothic vibes, which I had so much fun with.
As for developing flaws, both in the hero and the villain, I always draw back on their backstory. What happened to them as a child? Why do they think this way, or react this way to certain situations? In understanding the why behind their struggles, it allows me as the author to either bring them to a place of healing (as with the hero), or to bring them to a place of complete demise (as with the villain).
Will other characters from the book be protagonists in future projects?
Do I have plans for that? No. Could it happen in the future? You never can tell.
If you could describe Beneath His Silence in five words, which words would you pick?
Romantic. Mysterious. Gothic. Regency. Passionate.
What is up next for you in your writing career?
Up next is When Tomorrow Came, a Regency Romantic Suspense novel releasing with Barbour this coming April.
More About the book:
Will Seeking Justice Lead to Her Own Demise?
A Gothic-Style Regency Romance from a Promising Young Author
Second daughter of a baron—and a little on the mischievous side—Ella Pemberton is no governess. But the pretense is a necessity if she ever wishes to get inside of Wyckhorn Manor and attain the truth. Exposing the man who killed her sister is all that matters.
Lord Sedgewick knows there’s blood on his hands. Lies have been conceived, then more lies, but the price of truth would be too great. All he has left now is his son—and his hatred. Yet as the charming governess invades his home, his safe cocoon of bitterness begins to tear away.
Could Ella, despite the lingering questions of his guilt, fall in love with such a man? Or is she falling prey to him—just as her dead sister?
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Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Barbour Fiction (October 31, 2022)
ISBN-10 : 1636094368
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More about the Author
HANNAH LINDER resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Books & Such, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award winner, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).
Hannah is a Graphic Design Associates Degree graduate who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, and International bestsellers. She is also a local photographer and a self-portrait photographer.
When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments—piano, guitar, and ukulele—songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse. To follow her journey, visit hannahlinderbooks.com.
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