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Several years ago, Linore Rose Burkard wrote a Regency Inspirational Romance series, which was published by Harvest House. Because her newest series is Science Fiction, she has chosen to publish them with her initials so that readers will know which genre they are getting when they pick up one of her books. Today we have the privilege of meeting Linore and her most recent novel, Resilience. Before we begin, here’s a quick look at the story.
In this action-packed sequel to PULSE, L.R.Burkard takes readers on a hair-raising journey into a landscape where teens shoulder rifles instead of school books, and where survival might mean becoming your own worst enemy.
Welcome, Linore! What inspired you to write this series, or this novel in particular?
The PULSE EFFEX Series began when I learned how very possible it is for the electric grid of the United States to be taken down; in other words, rendered useless. It could happen due to a solar flare, or a terrorist attack. The enormity of such an event, the implications of what life would be like in the aftermath just tugged at my heart. Most people are unaware of the danger, and worse, utterly unprepared to survive if it ever happens. (I pray it doesn’t.) So I wrote the first book, PULSE, showing what life might look like in the aftermath of such an event. It’s not a pretty picture!
I think we would have chaos on our hands! Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
RESILIENCE continues the survival story that started in PULSE, of three teenage girls and their families, but it was more fun in places. I had the opportunity to bring in a character named Roper. He’s a wonderful guy, was a youth minister before the pulse, terribly handsome and charming and with a great sense of humor. His specialty is one-liners, the kind a stand up comic might use. Some of them are groaners, but he uses his humor to bring a lighter note into the dark situation the characters are in. He also becomes a love interest for one of the main characters—another fun aspect of the story. The book ends with his fate sort of in the balance, so I can’t say how he shows up in RESURGENCE, yet—I’m writing this third installment to the trilogy right now—but I certainly haven’t forgotten Roper. And I don’t want my readers to, either.
He doesn’t sound like a forgettable character. 😉 What do you hope your readers take away from RESILIENCE?
I get emails from people who say, “I’ve started preparing after reading this book,” or, “I’ve stepped up my preps after reading PULSE.” These words are music to my ears—this is what I hope to see happen—because as I say in the afterword of the book, even if a catastrophic electromagnetic pulse never happens, other disasters do. Even an ordinary bad storm can take down local electricity—the event in my books is like a disastrous storm magnified a thousand-fold (and it really could happen), but it’s always wise to be prepared for lesser emergencies by having a stock of extra supplies on hand—water, food, a medical kit, etc. Every year thousands of people lose power and find themselves in need of basic supplies. In the event of a huge disaster on the scale of PULSE, no help will come. Not for a long time. People need to be prepared to help their families survive.
On this note, one of my favorite bits of dialogue in the first book is when 16 year old Sarah confronts her brother, who has learned about EMPs (electromagnetic pulses) at college and realizes the deadly implications:
Sarah: “I can’t believe this. It’s only been a day without power and everyone’s acting crazy!” Richard plopped down next to me, opening the apple pie he’d managed to get while McDonald’s was being looted. “That’s because everyone knows this is bad.” I still didn’t want to believe that. “How do you know for sure? What if the power comes back later today or tomorrow?”
He looked at me sideways, chewing. “It won’t.”
“How do you know for sure?”
“Because it’s not just the electric, Sarah. It’s everything. ALL electronics. It’s not just a power outage. It’s a catastrophic thing, like I told you, an electromagnetic pulse. It affected everything that’s electronic, and that’s why people are freaking out. When you can’t turn on the news, or drive anywhere, or heat your house or go to a store to buy more food, people WILL panic.”
I took a shaky breath. “How long do you think it will last?” My mother came into the room carrying Jesse. She’d heard my question and looked at my brother, listening.
Richard was silent a moment, looking down and fiddling with the sturdy paper wrapper of the pie. “A long time.”
It would definitely be a benefit to have some basic supplies on hand. If you could live during the time period of your novel, would you? Why or why not?
I pray that our country never has to experience a grid-down event, and I would not want to live during one, because it would mean that roughly 70% of the population would perish, and in very short order. (This isn’t my opinion; a Congressional committee came to this conclusion after studying what the effects of a catastrophic EMP would have on the United States. The link to the transcript of this committee’s conclusion is on my website.) If it were to happen, I see that as God’s judgment—but again, we need to pray for our country, that it never does!
That’s for sure! Tell us a little more about you. What accomplishment means the most to you?
I’m proud of my books, as most authors are—but what means the most to me is my family. The Lord graciously gave me five children and raising them has led to the most challenging and rewarding experiences I could wish for anyone. Books will perish, all man-made things will one day be consumed, but children are eternal souls and nothing matters more than eternal beings. People are what God cares about most, and what he calls us to care most about.
So true! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Linore!
Your turn! Let’s brainstorm. List one or two things (in the comments below) that you’d definitely want to have available if the power grid collapsed.
More about Linore:
Linore Rose Burkard wrote a trilogy of genuine regency romances for the Christian market before there were any regencies for the Christian market. Her books opened up the genre in the CBA. She also writes YA Suspense/Apocalyptic fiction as L.R. Burkard. Raised in NYC in a family of ten, she now lives in Ohio with her husband and five children. A longtime homes-schooling mom, she now schools her youngest daughter, preferably with coffee in one hand and an iPad in the other. Her latest PULSE EFFEX SERIES takes readers into a “chilling possible future for America.”
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When an electromagnetic pulse takes down the electric grid of the nation, three teenage girls and their families struggle to survive. Has the world collapsed forever? Who will survive when technology fails?
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