Today at Book Savvy Babe, historical romance author Vonda Sinclair is here with an interview and giveaway of her book My Fierce Highlander. I loved this Highlander story, I rated it 4.5 of 5 stars! (read my review)
BSB:To Kick this inteview off, why don’t you tell us about My Fierce Highlander.
Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans–her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he’s left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family?
Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her–give up her son or the man she loves.
BSB: What made you decide to start writing Highlander Romances?
I’ve always loved Highlanders and Highland romance novels. Fierce warriors wearing kilts and swinging big swords to protect clan and country is irresistible. Also the Highlands are a romantic, atmospheric and forlorn place. At times the scenery is so beautiful and picturesque it seems unreal. But the reality is that the weather is harsh. Highlanders had to be strong to survive the tough conditions. What makes it seem forlorn is that sometimes when I visit a site, I remember that hundreds of years ago a clan or village of people would’ve been living there in groupings of stone cottages. Now, only the foundations remain. This is when my imagination kicks in and I try to imagine what it must have been like. When walking through the castle ruins, I try to imagine who lived there and what life must have been like. I’m a romantic at heart, so I always imagine sexy, strong chiefs and lairds who do their best to protect the clan.
BSB: If you could cast your characters in a movie, who would you choose to play your main characters?
VS: I would say perhaps Jason Momoa and Keira Knightly.
BSB: Oohh, I love Keira Knightly, great choices! What character in My Fierce Highlander is most like you?
VS:Probably the heroine, Gwyneth. She’s very practical and she deals with things as they come. She’s a survivor and refuses to give up when she wants something.
BSB: How do you research the setting and time period for your books?
VS:The best way for me to research the settings in Scotland is to visit to get a sense and feel of things for myself. The best way to learn about something is to experience it. Plus, trips to Scotland are among my favorite, most treasured times. I did write the first version of My Fierce Highlander before I visited Scotland. When I came home, I had to change a few details. Scotland is a lot more drenched with water than I realized. LOL Also visiting a furnished castle puts everything in perspective and makes it seem more real. As for the time period, I read nonfiction books on history and culture.
BSB: What 3 qualities must romance heros have?
VS: I love heroes who are strong, tough alphas, but at the same time they are compassionate and protective of those they love. I love that sort of fierce-tender duality they have going on. And they must be sexy!
BSB: Just for fun, I always play a game of Would You Rather. Please have fun with the questions and explain your answers:
Would You Rather: have your flight delayed by 8 hours or loose your luggage?
VS: Oh wow, I hate layovers and flight delays with a passion. But I really can’t lose my luggage. So I’d have to say the lesser of two evils here would be the flight delay. LOL
BSB: Would You Rather: Watch a marathon of the TV show Mash OR watch the Food Network all day and not be able to eat?
VS: I’m not a Mash fan but I am a Food Network fan. Still, I like to eat when I’m hungry. I suppose I could tune out a Mash marathon and write while it’s going on.
Thank you so much for interviewing at Book Savvy Babe! To learn more about Vonda Sinclair, visiter her site: http://www.vondasinclair.com/
Vonda Sinclair is offering a giveaway with her stop at Book Savvy Babe today! One commenter will get an e-copy of My Fierce Highlander! Contest open to anyone who reads e-books, US and International. Must be at least 18 to enter. Contest will run one week, from today (Monday the 27) through Sunday March 4th at midnight. How to enter:
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