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What made you decide to become a writer?
Having a great imagination and enjoying reading, I began writing my own stories in the third grade. I wrote a story about a horse similar to Black Beauty.
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
I love plotting and characterization. When I am writing, I must get into the head of the Point of View character to understand his/her actions and words. My characters take on a life of their own and sometimes go a way I didn’t plan. Usually, they work through the plot with a happy ending. I wrote A Highland Emerald, the third novella in the Highland Treasures series, in first person which took much soul searching into the heroine’s inner most being.
Where did the inspiration for your books come from?
The inspiration for the Highland Treasures series began with family genealogy research. I discovered my connection to Clan Munro in the Scottish Highlands and made a trip to Scotland searching out family members. I found a Munro relative who is a tour guide in the Highlands. He guided my husband and me through Ferindonald, the Munro clan lands. I fell in love with Scotland and decided to write a historical fiction novel about the clan of my heritage.
How does your faith and spirituality work with your writing?
My books have a Christian world view and I hope are inspirations to all who read them. Each story is laced with the threads of enduring love and faith.
What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I want readers of my books to come away with strengthened faith and belief in the Lord.
What is one of your favorite scenes in the Highland Treasure series?
One of my favorite scenes in A Highland Emerald is the scene when William declares his love for Aine.
When you are stressed, maybe a deadline’s approaching too fast, what is your favorite snack food? Or do you have another way to cope?
When I’m stressed, I like to sit in my favorite writing chair, sip coffee or hot chocolate, and meditate.
If time and money were not a concern, what one skill would you like to learn?
If time and money were not a concern, I would learn more about writing by engaging in research, especially through travel to the locations of the stories.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I live close to a large lake in a beautiful wooded area of Texas. My husband and I enjoy water sports, and he especially likes to fish. We’ve had a wonderful life living close to the lake.
What are you working on next?
I am writing the last of three stand alone novellas in the Highland Treasures series entitled A Highland Home. When the Highlander novella is complete, I’ll add a novel and possibly a novella to the Wades of Crawford County series. Sonny Wade, a character in the Wades Series, is crying for his own story.
Do you have any Highlander books on sale or at a discounted price?
Yes. A Highland Bride is on sale for $0.99 during the month of January.
On sale for $0.99 during January
Romance and revenge brew in the sixteenth century Scottish Highlands. Alistair Munro returns to Scotland after six years of exile in France to find is wife, son, and estate in the hands of another man. Alistair determines to regain his property and child. The beautiful sister of Clan Munro’s chief, a distant cousin to Alistair, attracts his attention and captures his heart; however, Davina must solve conflicting issues before her affections can belong to Alistair. Can the two overcome adverse circumstances to love again?
A Highland Bride, an inspirational Scottish historical romance, is the fourth book in the Highland Treasures series. The series continues in the sixteenth century Scottish Highlands.
Suddenly, a large hand grabbed her shoulder, spinning her around. Alistair’s face loomed close to hers. His eyes pooled with mirth. “Lady Davina. What brings you to the battlements on such a blistery day? You should be inside beside a warm fire, working on your embroidery.”
Words would not come from her restricted throat. She could only gaze into his handsome face with the corner of his mouth turning up in a smile. He moved closer, wrapping his powerful arms around her in a crushing embrace, then covering her lips with his. The gentle touch became more demanding until Davina’s knees buckled with the intensity. She could not help but wrap her arms around his neck and return the caress with the same passion.
His embrace, the first with a man since her husband’s death the previous year, felt so very comforting. She could only clutch his broad neck even tighter.
Ali pulled her arms away and held them in his firm grasp. “Forgive me. I should no’ have taken the liberty.” He stepped back.
Davina stood, searching his stoic face. “I dinna understand. Why did you kiss me then?”
She watched his lips turn up and wanted to cry. He used her, played her for an infatuated fool. Before she could form a rational thought, her hand rose to his cheek with a loud slap. He promptly caught the wayward limb. She tried to wrestle it free, but he held firmly, all the while staring into her eyes, then at her lips.
Davina turned her head. “Let me go or I’ll scream.”
Upon hearing her cry, a guard rounded the corner of the tower wall. Ali released her hand. She hastily climbed down the ladder, almost slipping on the wet rungs.
“Is all well, sir?” She heard the guard ask Ali. “Aye. All’s well. Return to your post,” the knight replied.