Interview with novelist M Pepper Langlinais

Romance author
M Pepper Langlinais joins me today to
talk about her new regency romance, Brynnde.



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Bio:
M Pepper Langlinais is an award-winning screenwriter,
produced playwright, and published author.


M holds a Master of Arts in
Writing, Literature, and Publishing and a Bachelor of Science in
Radio-Television-Film. She has a love of Shakespeare, having both performed and
taught his work, and has also interned on Hollywood film sets. M worked for
Houghton Mifflin and Pearson before deciding to devote her full time to her own
writing (and occasionally parenting). She lives in Livermore, California with
her family, cats, and hamster.


Welcome, M. Please share a little bit
about your current release.
My novel is
set in Regency England and is about a middle daughter whose father is eager to
see his children settled. A neighbor has asked for Brynnde’s hand in marriage,
but the man in question is almost as old as Brynnde’s father and Brynnde
considers him dull besides. She is therefore keen to find another suitor in
order to avoid having to marry the neighbor. But while Brynnde seems able to
make matches for various friends, she cannot find anyone for herself. The one
person she was going to marry—handsome Viscount Burbridge—is no longer an
option after a scandal scotches their engagement.

What inspired you to write this book?

Brynnde is a Regency romance in the vein of
the old Signet and Zebra books. I used to read them all the time, and then
those lines folded and I missed them. After writing a couple of heavier books,
I wanted a lighter project and began playing with writing a Regency novel of my
own. It’s light and sweet and clean.

Excerpt from Brynnde:

She
was the first lady to arrive at the lawn but discovered the men had already
started. Her brother and Graeme Sommerford were laughingly arguing over a shot
one of them had made, and Brynnde reflected they had grown friendly quickly.
            As if
reading her thoughts, a voice at Brynnde’s ear said, “They seem to be fast
friends.”
            Brynnde
turned to find Garrick Sommerford—Lord Burbridge, she reminded herself, though
the name did not suit him, was far too stuffy—at her shoulder. She frowned, not
liking having been snuck up on, nor having her thoughts so openly spoken by
someone else. “It would seem so,” she agreed.
            Garrick
raised his eyebrows. “You disapprove?”
            “Not at
all,” said Brynnde. “As a rule, my brother shows good judgement in his choice
of friends. If he were laughing with you,
I might wonder, but as it stands…” She gave a tiny shrug.
            Garrick
placed a hand over his heart. “You wound me, Miss Archambault. Are you still
angry about yesterday evening? What if I were to swear I almost never suffer
such verbal clumsiness? That it must be your stunning beauty that has caused me
to trip over my own tongue?”
            Brynnde
looked hard at him, the angelic halo of his sunlit hair, the twinkle in his
slate-colored eyes. He was laughing at her! Again! “Insufferable,” she muttered
and stepped away to find a free target. She had a sudden and acute need to
shoot something.

What exciting story are you working on
next?

I’m working on three projects at the moment! I’m writing the second book in my
Changers series (a YA fantasy series published with Evernight Teen), I’m
writing another Regency romance (because it was too fun not to do again), and
I’m working on a YA contemporary version of Hamlet.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

When my fan
fiction started getting accepted to fanzines (back before you could just toss
it up on the Internet—that’s how old I am). I was about 18 years old at the
time, and I was so flattered people thought my work was good enough to
“publish.”

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I don’t
know if I’d say I write full time. I sort of split it with being a mother and
running a household. But I do consider writing my career. Every morning I get
up, get the kids ready for school, take them to school, take a walk, then come
back to the house and write and/or market for a bit. I try to keep appointments
and errands to only one or two days a week so I can devote discreet blocks of
time to just writing. That doesn’t always work, and there are always chores to
distract me, but I do at least try.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I need for
the house to be empty in order to write. Like, it doesn’t matter how quiet
everyone is being, or whether I have a white noise machine running—if I know
people are “around,” I can’t write.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

I wanted to
work in film or television. I wasn’t sure what that entailed, but I was
captivated by the screen, large and small. I guess in that way I always wanted
to be a storyteller. It took me a while to figure out that my way of telling
stories and fulfilling that dream was a bit different, and that I have my own,
original stories to tell rather than wanting to tell stories based on other
people’s characters.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

That I used
to perform Shakespeare and later taught it at summer camp? Or that I’ve had a
play produced and then turned into a short film? I’d especially love to have my
novel The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller
be adapted for the big screen. I guess I haven’t entirely given up that dream
of working in film after all!

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