Ironing…and Where Ideas Can Spring From by Lauren Linwood

Author at Work

Lauren Linwood here. The question I’m most asked by readers and my friends and family?

Where do your ideas come from?

It can pop out from so many places. A half-remembered dream. A line from a book as I’m researching. A picture in a magazine that inspires a character. But my latest idea started when I was ironing one day. Yes, ironing! I don’t do it often, and I usually wait until I’ve stockpiled a few movies on my DVR to choose from. I’ll watch one or two (okay, sometimes there is a MOUND of clothing) to help pass the time as I attack the shirts and slacks that need to be ironed.


*Note to self—don’t wear or think about donating that pesky blue blouse—it is impossible to get it ironed just right because of those dang pleats!

The medieval era has fascinated me for many years, so I’m always looking for a new twist to throw at my knights and damsels. I found the perfect one to use when I was ironing. I’d actually caught up and had no movies awaiting me, so I dialed around and found a talk show to iron to. Did I ever hit it lucky! The host was interviewing a woman who claimed to see auras around people. She said these auras surrounded a person’s body and varied in shade.

That got the writer in me to thinking . . . what if a medieval woman could see auras?

From there sprang to life my latest historical romance, A Knight for Kallen.

Because Kallen can see auras, she guards this information carefully. If discovered, she might be accused of being a witch. In the late Middle Ages (1301-1500), she would have been labeled a heretic and brought to trial. She would be been brutally tortured to gain a confession, including the use of thumbscrews to crush the bones in her thumbs or via the strappado, where a victim was suspended by a rope tied about her arms and then dropped so her arms were pulled from their sockets!

Then, as a confessed witch, she might have been hanged, though it was more common to burn a witch alive in order to release the impurities from her soul. No wonder Kallen hides her gift from everyone!

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Kallen de Mangeron grew up in a convent, her noble family never knowing of her birth. When a new Mother Superior informs them of her existence, they send trusted knight Griffith Sommersby to escort her home.

Griffith’s heart broke when he lost his wife and infant son during childbirth, and he’s kept his feelings locked away from the world—until he meets Kallen. He soon learns her dark secret—that she sees auras around people—which allows her insight into their actions and personalities.

Now Quentin, bastard brother to the king, decides to harness Kallen’s gift in a plot to win the throne. Will Quentin successfully use a kidnapped Kallen as his political pawn, or will Griffith be able to stop him before Kallen changes the course of England’s history?


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*A Knight for Kallen is a finalist in The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards. If you enjoyed Kallen & Griffith’s love story, please give them your vote!





Follow Lauren Linwood:

As a child, Lauren Linwood gathered her neighborhood friends together and made up stories for them to act out, her first venture into creating memorable characters. Following her passion for history and love of learning, she became a teacher who began writing on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Lauren’s historical novels focus on two of her favorite eras—medieval times and the American Old West. History is the backdrop that places her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. She also writes romantic suspense, where modern heroes and heroines unite to defeat a strong antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey. Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.

2 Responses

  1. jessicajefferson

    I’m all about the mundane sparking ideas. Inspiration during driving hits me a lot – I actually carry a voice recorder and have been known to use my Dragon dictation software on long car trips. Makes me look completely crazy to those around me.