Today I’m excited to welcome author Linore Burkard as she answers some tough questions so we can get to know her better. And, Linore is offering free PDF’s to readers who subscribe to her email newsletter, so read on through to find out how to do that.
Linore, you used to write Christian regency romance. What inspired you to write this very different series?
When my sweet historical romance series was published, I never dreamed my next would be YA/dystopian. What a switch in genres! So, how did I go from one end of the writing spectrum to another? Blame it on an idea that refused to die. I read a headline about how close the earth came to suffering a catastrophic electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, in 2012. We missed the worst effects of a solar flare by a hair (in space terms); but the “what if” factor had been set in motion. What if that flare hadn’t missed us? What if I was a teen raised on electronics–or an adult medically dependent on them–and it all went dead in a matter of seconds? What if the next flare doesn’t miss? PULSE, the first book in my PULSE EFFEX Series, was born. This month, the third installment, DEFIANCE, releases!
The third is done! DEFIANCE released two days ago, on May 23rd. I won’t give away the story except to say that like Book Two (RESILIENCE) there’s a great deal of suspense and action—but more romance, too.
Can you tell us about the new book?
DEFIANCE continues the story of survival for the three girls and their families that began in PULSE, but it follows a new thread of two men we know from Book Two (Resilience). One is named Roper, and he was so much fun to write, because he’s a wonderful guy. He was a youth minister before the pulse, killer handsome, but charming and with a great sense of humor. His specialty is one-liners, the kind a stand-up comic would use. Some are groaners, but his humor brought a lighter note into an otherwise dark situation. He’s a love interest for one of the main characters, which was also a way to bring some light into a dark scenario.
DEFIANCE wraps up the story, has more romance than the former books, but just as much as action and suspense.
Would you share some favorite bits of dialogue from the books?
Sure. I’ll give a snippet from PULSE. 16-year-old Sarah confronts her brother Richard, who has learned about EMPs at college and realizes the deadly implications. She says,
“I can’t believe this. It’s only been a day without power and everyone’s
acting crazy!” Richard plopped down next to me, opening the apple pie he’d
managed to get while McDonald’s was being looted.
“That’s because everyone knows this is bad.”
I still didn’t want to believe that. “How do you know for sure? What if the power comes back later today or tomorrow?”
He looked at me sideways, chewing. “It won’t.”
“How do you know for sure?”
“Because it’s not just the electric, Sarah. It’s everything. ALL electronics. It’s not
just a power outage. It’s a catastrophic thing, like I told you, an electromagnetic
pulse. It affected everything that’s electronic, and that’s why people are freaking
out. When you can’t turn on the news, or drive anywhere, or heat your house or
go to a store to buy more food, people WILL panic.”
I took a shaky breath. “How long do you think it will last?” My mother came into
the room carrying Jesse. She’d heard my question and looked at my brother,
Richard was silent a moment, looking down and fiddling with the sturdy paper
wrapper of the pie. “A long time.”
What accomplishment means the most to you?
What I’m proudest of seems to change as life goes on. At one time, it was graduating magna cum laude from CUNY (City University of New York). Then, like any author, I’m proud of my books; but what means the most to me is my marriage and family. The Lord graciously gave me a wonderful husband and five children. Relationships are the most rewarding thing in life. Books will perish, all man-made things will one day be consumed, but people are eternal, and nothing matters more than eternal beings. People are what God cares about most, and what he calls us to care most about.
About Linore: Linore Rose Burkard wrote a trilogy of regency romances for the Christian market before there were any regencies for the Christian market. Her books opened up the genre in the CBA. She also writes YA Suspense/Apocalyptic fiction as L.R. Burkard. Raised in NYC in a family of ten, she now lives in Ohio with her husband and five children. A longtime homes-schooling mom, she still schools her youngest daughter, preferably with coffee in one hand and her iPad in the other. Her latest PULSE EFFEX SERIES takes readers into a “chilling possible future for America, while affirming the power of faith in the darkest of times.”
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About Linore’s books:
When an electromagnetic pulse takes down the electric grid of the nation, three teenage girls and their families struggle to survive. In this heart-pounding vision of the future, most of the population doesn’t survive. Has the world collapsed forever? Who can survive when technology fails?
In this action-packed sequel to PULSE, L.R.Burkard takes readers on a spine-tingling journey into a landscape where teens shoulder rifles instead of school books, and where survival might mean becoming your own worst enemy.
In the electrifying conclusion to the PULSE EFFEX, readers take a fast-track journey to discover the fates of Sarah, Andrea, Lexie and their families. Against ever-increasing threats, resistance must give way to defiance. But can ordinary teens and their families withstand powerful forces and keep hope alive?