Today on the blog our Spotlighted Author is Hannah Mae Linder.
Hannah Linder is an agented, twenty-one-year-old, Regency-era author residing in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. At the tender age of twelve, she unknowingly found her passion as she sat down to type the first words of her debut novel, Love Unknown. Under the pen name Willowy Whisper, Hannah writes in several different genres: historical, contemporary, western, and medieval. Recently discovering her passion for all things Regency, Hannah has decided to pursue her writing career in an era of elegance and grace. All Regency-era novels will be penned under her real name, Hannah Linder. When not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments, songwriting, painting scenery, laughing with little kids, and collecting vintage hats. Her greatest desire is to please her Savior, and to write in a way that glorifies and uplifts Him.
Check out the interview below!
Kylie: What would you say inspired you most to become a writer?
Hannah: When I was twelve, I heard news that my second cousin was endeavoring to write a novel. I then told my mom, “Hmm, I think I’ll do that.” I never imagined when I sat down to type my first chapter that I was discovering my life passion.
Kylie: Do you have any favorite author(s)? What about them stands out you?
Hannah: Most definitely! Terri Blackstock is one of my all-time favorites, because she writes books you just plain can’t put down. Kristen Heitzmann is another favorite. Her descriptions and her way of “pulling you in” are so incredible, and her stories stay with me long after I’ve finished reading. As for poetry, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Edgar Allan Poe are hard to beat!
Kylie: If you were to pick an all-time favorite book, which would you choose and why?
Hannah: That’s a hard one! Out of all the books I’ve read, though, Michael Phillip’s “The Heather Hills of Stonewyck” has probably affected me most emotionally. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, couldn’t stop feeling sad, even long after I’d finished the book. Such a deep, incredible story! I don’t think it’s one I’ll ever forget.
Kylie: What are some things you enjoy spending your time doing outside of writing?
Hannah: Playing instruments, painting, photography, dressing up in vintage hats and gowns, and watching black-and-white movies!
Kylie: How does your faith come into play in the books you write?
Hannah: I love to write stories where the characters face real-life struggles. Like forgiveness. Like trust. Like faith or lack of faith. But in the end, there’s nothing better than letting my characters use all the hardships, all the mess-ups, and all the tragedies to bring them closer to God.
Kylie: I have read several of your historical and contemporary fiction books and they were all excellent – can you share with us some things you enjoy about writing in different eras?
Hannah: Oh, this is such a fun question! I have always been fascinated with so many different eras—and each time period has different aspects about it that I love. From the early days of Regency England clear down to the more modern-American life of the 1950s, I love delving into the past and imagining what it might have been like. I may have been born in the wrong era, but at least I can write in anyone I wish.
Kylie: Do you have any upcoming projects or books we can be watching for?
Hannah: I have two Regency romantic suspense novels that are unpublished, which my agent is still sending out to publishers! Hopefully one of those novels will find a home with a publishing house in the near future! I am also currently writing another Regency novel, and am excited for the day I get to share it with the world!
Kylie: Thank you for stopping by to talk with us, Hannah – looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for you and your writing!
Hannah: Thanks so much for having me here today, Kylie!