They can come from just about anywhere.
I can see a picture of a person in a magazine and see a potential hero or heroine. I can read a news article about a murder and start thinking about the kind of killer behind it and what his motivation was. I can open a travel brochure in the mail and see a castle set on that land.
For my newest medieval historical release, my inspiration came from a TV documentary!
I’m a former history teacher, so I’m drawn to anything having to do with history. I read books by Steve Berry and Brad Meltzer, who incorporate historical aspects into their plots. I read biographies and autobiographies. I watch movies such asLast of the Mohicans. I set my DVR to record PBS’ The American Experience. Yes, I’ll admit it—I’m a history geek!
I viewed a documentary about Vietnam prisoners of war last year. It started me thinking about how long some of these POWs were gone and how hard it must have been for them to assimilate back into society when they returned. It also reminded me how tough it was on their families while these loved ones were missing from their lives and how hard it might be to put that family back together.
That is the premise behind Word of Honor—Knights of Valor #1.
Geoffrey de Montfort leaves to fight in the Hundred Years’ War in France and is gone several years before he returns and marries his betrothed, Merryn Mantel. But that wasn’t enough. I had to split these friends and lovers up for even longer! I have Geoffrey disappear without a trace the day after their wedding. Merryn hasn’t a clue what happened to him.
For almost seven years . . .
Geoffrey returns to his wife a changed man. The bond of love is still strong between them, but they have become very different people in their time apart. Merryn has taken on the running of Kinwick, the de Montfort family’s estate, and this once sweet, shy flower of a girl now is used to wielding authority as a mature woman. Putting them back together after so long a separation brought up some interesting conflict! Thank goodness I write romance, so after all of their difficulties, they do receive their happily ever after.
And the best part? Since this book kicks off a series, I’ll get to keep writing for Geoffrey and Merryn. Their love story will continue as readers are introduced to new heroes & heroines whose own tales will play out. Sometimes Geoffrey and Merryn will play a small role in these romances, and sometimes they will have a larger one. But as a writer (and you as a reader), we don’t have to say good-bye to these two.
If you like a story that will pull on your heartstrings, then Word of Honor has your name written on it. You can purchase Word of Honor at:
And you won’t have to wait long to see the stories continue! Marked by Honor will come out July 6. It’s the story of Geoffrey’s best friend and cousin, Raynor Le Roux. On October 5, Code of Honor releases, the romance of Geoffrey’s niece. Three more de Montfort stories will be out in 2017!
Lauren Linwood eats too much dark chocolate but justifies it by walking every morning, where she plots away at her next book. http://www.laurenlinwood.com