I recently took A Highland Ruby on a blog tour to introduce the story to readers not familiar with the Highland Treasures series. I had a fantastic time meeting those who are interested in the Scottish historical romances, and decided to publish one of the interviews on Historical Heartbeats. The questions are a different type from the usual author interview.
Please tell me three words that describe yourself starting with
A, B, and C.
Three words I would use to describe myself as an author are ambitious, brave, and consistent.
What are your three favorite things?
Three of my favorite things are my family, my home, and writing.
Are you self- published or with a publishing company (if so, which one?)?
I am self-published with my publishing company, Bethabara Press.
What for you is the best part of writing? What is the worst?
The best part of writing for me is getting the stories out of my head and on paper. The worst part is giving necessary time to promote the books.
Is there a process you stick to, or do you just write as it hits you?
I outline the story and make a detailed description of the characters.
As the plot unfolds and the characters take on their own personalities, the storyline twists and turns. The final version is similar, but not exactly like the outline.
Was there any particular inspiration for your characters or story?
After engaging in genealogy research, two branches of my family pricked my interest. I traveled to the places they lived, researched old records, and attended family reunions and gatherings. Stories about their lives began to form in my imagination and begged to be written. The Wades of Crawford County series came from researching my family who immigrated from Tennessee to Missouri before the Civil War. Research into my Scots ancestor who traveled from Scotland to North Carolina during the early 1800’s resulted in The Highland Treasures series.
What’s the one thing you would do if you could be your character for a day?
If I could be Flora Vass from A Highland Ruby for a day, I would ride my Highland pony over Ferindonald (the name for the Munro lands in the Scottish Highlands) and absorb the fresh beauty of the Highlands. I would probably take my bow to kill a stag for winter meat and a hare for the night’s meal.
Will there be more books in your series, or can you tell us about any previous books?
A novella is planned for the Highland Treasures series entitled, A Love for All Seasons. The story is a prequel to A Highland Pearl, and is about the mother of Andrew and Gavin Munro.
Blurb from A Highland Ruby: Highland Treasures Book 2
She must choose between a life of adventure with the man she loves or a settled, secure life with her betrothed. Flora Vass put Gavin Munro out of her heart and mind until he returned to Scotland after an adventurous five years in the New World. Gavin left no doubt he returned to make the bonnie Flora his own and intended to fight for her. Flora’s betrothed, Iain MacKay, and Gavin’s brother, Chief Andrew Munro, had other plans. Andrew needed her to marry the MacKay to bring peace between the two clans. Iain MacKay wanted an heir. War with England looms on the horizon, forcing Flora to choose between her heart’s desire and her logical choice.
He dozed and dreamed of Flora in the emerald gown again. Now her waist-length hair matched the deep red color of the large ruby hanging from a gold chain. The ruby and gold glinted in shards of green light flashing around her and in her eyes. How lovely she appeared, with flawless white skin, ruby red hair, and eyes to match the emerald gown. Gavin’s heart near burst with her beauty. While he watched, Flora removed the ruby from her neck, dipped the stone three times in a crystal goblet of clear water. The water turned red as the ruby.
She held the goblet out to him. “Take this and drink. The ruby’s water will drive the evil away and make you well.”
“Aye. I desire to be well.” Gavin reached for the beautiful crystal chalice now filled with red water.
Just as his hand touched the chalice, a large boot kicked his foot. Flora disappeared with the red, healing water. Gavin’s eyes popped open. He remained still, grabbing the sgian dubh from his boot with one hand and the pistol from his belt with the other.
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About Brenda B. Taylor
The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.
Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.
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