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Karen Lingefelt probably dreamed of being a writer while still in the womb.  As a preschooler, she scribbled with crayons in picture books to put her own spin on the text.  In school she sat at her desk defiantly writing stories when she should have been working on her remedial math assignments.  Later she joined the Air Force and when she wasn’t traveling overseas, she spent her off-duty hours banging out epic sagas on a portable typewriter.  Even after leaving the service to become the stay-at-home mom of three special needs children, she eked out a few minutes to continue pursuing her lifelong dream.   

Now the author of lighthearted, romantic romps set in Regency England, she lives in Florida with her family.  Readers can visit her at http://www.karenlingefelt.com or at her blog, http://www.karenlingefelt.blogspot.com. 

Q. Tell us one interesting detail about yourself?

A. I was born in Forks, Washington, which for many years wasn’t a very interesting detail at all, until it became famous as the setting for Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series.   

 

Q. Why are you a writer?

A.  As a child I had a very vivid imagination, populated by equally imaginary friends.  Writing stories was—and still is—my way of playing with those friends.  I’m also a better writer than a talker.  I’m a terrible introvert who can barely hold up my end of a conversation—I don’t even like talking on the phone.  Writing allows me to put some thought into what I want to say before I say it, so my foot stays on the floor and not in my mouth.   

 

Q. But why Regency?

A. I have hundreds of historical romances taking up space in my house, most of which are set in the Regency period.  I think I just like the wit and humor, the comedy of manners, that are more likely to be found in that setting than elsewhere.  And I believe it’s a natural fit for my writing voice.   

 

Q. What other books do you like to read?

A. I love historical fiction, especially fictional biographies and memoirs by authors like Margaret George, Philippa Gregory, and Jean Plaidy.  I’m also a big fan of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series.  As a teenager making the transition from children’s books to more mature fare, I fell in love with the works of R.F. Delderfield.  But my favorite book of all time is probably The Winds of War by Herman Wouk. 

 

Q. What kind of heroes and heroines figure in your stories?

A. My heroes are always the sort of man with whom I would want to live happily ever after—if I weren’t already doing so!  They’re kind and compassionate, always defending the underdog—and they love the heroine in spite of her flaws—or maybe because of them!  My heroines, on the other hand, are always misbehaving and courting scandal, shocking others who probably secretly envy their daring.  They’re not afraid to stand up for themselves or others in the face of injustice—Susannah, for example, took a huge risk doing this for a younger woman in Bride in Hiding.  But if my heroines were proper Regency misses who always adhered to the rules, then there’d be no story!

 

Q. What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

A. Always back up your work, preferably in more than one place.  Now if only I could learn to take my own advice!

 

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Much Ado About Charlotte (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[Bookstrand Historical Regency Romance, M/F, HEA] Charlotte Jordan’s life is in chaos. First, she ran away with a Shakespearean acting troupe. Then, she was forced to marry her cousin, only to be jilte MORE...

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The Duke and Miss Jones (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Regency Romance, M/F, HEA] Abandoned at the altar, Penelope Jones is relieved to escape an unwanted marriage, then outraged when her newfound freedom is curbed by a powerful duke who decrees MORE...

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Karen Lingefelt: The Historical Romance Collection, Volume 1 (MF)

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Box Set #59: Karen Lingefelt: The Historical Romance Collection, Volume 1 (All 4 books for $3.99) In Bride in Hiding, Susannah Kirk hopes to escape an unwanted marriage by posing as a lady’s companion MORE...

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The Earl and I (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Regency Romance, HEA]  Grace Jordan has one week to find the husband of her choice if she wants to avoid marriage to a black sheep cousin.  She schemes to join a country house party MORE...

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Heart of Gold (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Historical Romance, HEA] As her widowed mother’s constant companion, Lauren Cameron can only dream of traveling the world in search of adventure—until Prince Anton Danilov abducts MORE...

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Because He's a Duke (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Regency Romance, HEA] Stranded at a wayside inn, Amanda Shaw must work as a serving girl to pay her bill—and that includes warming the bed of Blake Mallory, Duke of Halstead, when he sp MORE...

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The Highwayman's Lady (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Regency Romance, HEA] Captain Jack Jordan, newly returned to England from the Peninsular War, is only having fun with friends when he poses as a highwayman to waylay a lady’s carriage. MORE...

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To Catch an Earl (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Regency Romance, HEA] James Patton, Earl of Thorndale, prefers to find a wife by chance to his mother’s matchmaking.  When Emily Rawlinson prevents her niece’s elopement only MORE...

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Playing the Countess (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Regency Romance, HEA] Gabriel Burton returns from the Napoleonic Wars to England where his reclusive uncle, the Earl of Ellsworth, enlists him to fight a new battle. A young woman in London i MORE...

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The Duke's Foolish Heart (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Regency Romance, HEA] Sophie Patton needs a temporary fiancé so her spoiled younger sisters can visit London to find husbands before they’re as old as she is. Enter Troy Griffin, Duke of Ai MORE...

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Wagered to the Duke (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Regency Romance, HEA] En route to a dreary governess position, Katherine Baxter meets a frightened young woman whose brother wagered and lost her to a Scottish duke traveling to London, where Kat MORE...

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Pride and Promises (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Regency Romance, HEA] When Malcolm Hayward, Earl of Whitbourne, promised widow Elizabeth Townsend he’d do her any favor she asked, he hoped it would lead to an affair—and maybe marriage. Inst MORE...

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The Truth About Georgiana (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Regency Romantic Suspense, HEA] She can cause scandal just by opening her mouth, whether to say something shocking or steal a kiss from a handsome stranger. To Georgiana Hayward's horror, her des MORE...

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Confessions of a Lady Ruined (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Historical Romance] Julia Bassett can’t bear living in the household of the handsome lord who once charmed and then ruined her—especially while he prowls London’s ballrooms for a wife! Forc MORE...

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Bride in Hiding (MF)

Karen Lingefelt (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.)

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[BookStrand Regency Romance] She thought hiding in plain sight would be the perfect plan—but alas! Susannah Kirk hopes to escape an unwanted marriage by posing as a lady’s companion in the bridegroom’ MORE...

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