Lindsay Eland knew she wanted to be a writer ever since fifth grade, when she won an honorable mention for her book “What Can You Learn From a Giflyaroo.” The book received rave reviews and was highly acclaimed among her family and friends. Sadly, with only ten hard-bound copies produced, the book is now out of print. A true romantic, an avid baker, and a lover of all that can make her laugh, Lindsay lives in Breckenridge, Colorado, with her husband, their four kiddos, a great big dog named Cowboy, two rats, and various bears and foxes that venture into their yard. One day Lindsay hopes to own a horse, and she’ll name him, of course, Mr. Darcy.

Q&A with Lindsay

What is Scones and Sensibility about?

My book is a story about a girl who discovers that life is not a fairy tale but that in fact, its so much better. Polly, my main character, who loves Jane Austen and LM Montgomery, wants those she loves to find the love of their lives. and she decides she’s the best person to do that. Of course, she has her own ideas of what love looks like, and things become disastrous and hilarious at the same time.

2901916_2901916-R1-028-12AWhat experiences in your life prepared you or qualified you to write this book?

I had a wonderful childhood growing up with lots of laughter to be had, stories to listen to, and delicious food to eat. Around the dinner table is where most of the laughter and stories took place, so food always seems to be a central part of most of my stories. I also had parents that were very much in love and both very romantic. This book came from all of these things.

Why did you want to write this book?

I wanted to write this book to make people: young and old,  laugh, and to encourage my readers to enjoy who they are. I also wanted to create something that blends together the things I love most: family, friends, food, and romance!

Why do you write for a middle grade/YA audience?

I love this age so much. There are just so any changes taking place: both bad and good, confusing and wonderful during this time of life. And it makes me sad to think that people lament that age rather than look at all the wonderful things that happen. It’s also such a great time to explore laughter and sadness, tears, and joy because that time of life is so filled with all of those things in a really real and intense way.

Tell us about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids?

I am married to a real-life Mr. Darcy and have four kids that are the wonders of my life.

If you would like to interview Lindsay, please email her at lindsayeland at me dot com!

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