This has been a long time coming. Upon reading Frantz’s books, Love’s Awakening and Love’s Reckoning (Reviews coming this week!), I was captivated. Yes, the romance was great, but it was the history that captivated me! The characters were also great. So, I wanted to get to know the author behind it all… Laura Frantz…
1. What is your favourite movie and if there is any character whom you would love to be, who is it?
My favourite movie is the BBC’s North and South with Richard Armitage – most romantically intense film ever! I would be Margaret, the heroine, in a heartbeat. Just watch the ending and listen to the Northbound train soundtrack and you’ll see why…!
2. Do you have a favourite song/artist?
My favorite music involves the fiddle/violin. One of my sons has played since he was seven so our house is full of music. I really enjoy Natalie MacMaster and Sarah McLachlan and musicians like them. I enjoy writing to music. Each of my novels should come with the soundtrack I listened to while writing.
3. What intrigued you about the history the Ballantyne series is based on?
I love the state of Pennsylvania and its history. The novels began when I stumbled across a bit of research about apprentices marrying the master tradesman’s daughter. I thought it would shake things up a bit if the master had 2 daughters – and the hero had to choose between them. Poor Silas Ballantyne!
4. If Hollywood made a film about one of your books, who can you imagine playing your characters?
I would love to be any of my heroines but perhaps Morrow Little most of all.
5. What is your favourite TV show?
Sleepy Hollow with the amazing Tom Mison who looks so resplendent in 18th-century uniform! I just wish they would leave out all the icky supernatural stuff. But the history in the series is quite good.
6. What is your favourite food- main and desert?
Chocolate cake and Thai food, not necessarily in that order! I love to cook – and eat though time in the kitchen is limited since publishing kicked in.
7. Do you have a favourite Bible Verse?
My favorites change due to the season of life I’m in. Currently I’m focusing on Proverbs 31:25 ~ She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
8. What do you love the most about writing and when did you realise your passion for writing?
I knew at age 7 that writing was my consuming interest. I started scribbling stories then and didn’t stop. All of them were *surprise* historicals .
9. What makes you laugh?
Life and the foibles we find ourselves in because of our humanness. God is very patient!
10. 5 interesting facts about yourself…
I always wanted to be a professional ballet dancer but have two left feet!
I attended college in England and lived in a castle.
My brother talked me into publishing my books.
I have a hard time NOT writing. I’m never really comfortable away from it and always remember feeling that way.
I’m a direct descendent of a Scottish laird (Sir George Hume of ) who was exiled to the American colonies in the 18th-century and trained George Washington as a surveyor.
11. Are you more for: coffee/mocha/hot chocolate? Hot chocolate with whipped cream!
beach/tropics/camping? I live in the woods so would say THE BEACH as I love the sun.
overseas or national holiday? Overseas. My great escape is always Scotland.
shopping/relaxing at home? Home, hands down. Love sitting by the fire in winter or on the deck in summer.
12. Where is your favourite holiday destination? Scotland, thanks to my Scottish roots. Can’t get enough of Edinburgh and all else over there. I even love haggis!
13. What is the most interesting historical fact you have researched?
Too many to count! Just this morning I came across a man called the Kentucky Giant who lived in the early 19th-century. He trained to be a horse jockey he was so small and then at age 17 he began to GROW. Neighbors would come to his house regularly to measure him. He eventually stood about 8 feet and his hand was 13 inches from wrist to middle finger. There are stories of him carrying small children in his palm. I hope to tuck him in one of my stories.
14. Do you have a favourite cartoon character?
Spongebob, thanks to my kids. What a crazy and original little sponge he is!
15. Are there any other languages, beside English, that you are able to speak, or wish to speak?
I love a Scots brogue or burr. My favorite language is French which I nearly failed in college and had to have a tutor to squeeze by. I love Latin, too, though it’s considered a dead language. I can speak a bit of German and Spanish but not well.