Today I am interviewing author Laura Frantz and sharing about my first Lit Box which is built around A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz!
About A Bound Heart: Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a new beginning—together.
But first, here is my review of A Bound Heart!
Genre: Historical fiction, romance.
Rating: 4 and 1/2 stars.
Recommendation: Anyone 13 up.
My favorite character/s: I’ll go with Larkin as my favorite character, she is a special character even if she’s not as adorable as Lark. Anyway, Larkin being a beekeeper was interesting and it was neat to follow her story . . . I can’t say enough about her . . . But if I say more I’ll give away the whole story and we don’t want that, *sighs* Just believe me Larkin is a wonderful heroine.
My Verse for Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (King James Version.)m
My Thoughts: I hadn’t read any books by Laura Frantz until I snagged a copy of this book off of Kindle Unlimited, (FYI, I read this and The Mistress of Tall Acre in two days, back to back I love the writing style so much.), I’ve read books set in Scotland and books with characters that are indentured but this was my first time to read a book with both and I loved it! The only downside was that it ended when it did I would have loved to read more about Larkin, Magnus, and Lark.
About Laura: Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.
And now for the interview: (Miss Frantz’s answers are bold.)
What gave you the inspiration for A Bound Heart? When did you first have that inspiration? The story is based on the true story of my sixth greatgrandfather, a baron in Scotland who defied the English king like our hero in the book and was exiled to Colonial Virginia. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!
When writing A Bound Heart what would you say that you learned about your writing that you hadn’t known before? My writing is not for those who prefer rapid fire reads. I love taking my time with plot, characterization, romance. And history trumps romance for me at this stage of the novel game:)
If you could live in any of the places mentioned in A Bound Heart (during the same time period) which would you choose? Definitely Colonial Williamsburg, one of my favorite historic sites. What I’d give to see it as it truly was in Lark’s day. Ankle deep mud or dust and all, depending on the season!
Which of the characters was your least favorite? (Yes, a horrid question, I know.) And which was your most favorite? Love it! My least favorite character is Isla. She is no lady, no matter her upbringing and airs. Truly, pretty is as pretty does. My favorite character is Larkin. He came to life so vividly even though I had no plan to put a baby in this book. But there he was, our red-headed handful!
Will you please describe your favorite place to write as though you were describing a character’s favorite place? Tucked in the shadows and sunlight of the cabin loft, where birdsong and a warm breeze streams through the cabin chinking, and all is peace.
Of the books you have published, which is your favorite? And what about your favorite unpublished book? Hmmm. 🙂 I have favorite covers such as Love’s Reckoning but no favorite books of mine. All are beloved to me for different reasons, truly like children. My favorite unpublished book was the Dances With Wolves sequel I wrote in my 20’s. I loved that story so much. Still do!
And I asked a friend what she would ask you if she could and she would like to know, “How do you come up with all your amazing book plots?” I was just wondering that very thing as I finish up this current novel set in Jamestown, VA in 1634. Only about six chapters from the end and everything is just falling into place. Only a month ago I was scratching my head wondering how on earth it was all going to come together. Voila! The Lord never fails in inspiring us with plot lines that we could never think up on our own!
Thank you so much for honoring me with this interview!
Now for the Lit Box of A Bound Heart!
A Lit Box with a paperback, ebook, or audiobook is $24.95
A Lit Box without the book (in any format) is $14.95
What is a book you would like to see have a Lit Box built around? Did you enjoy this interview? I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!