DEB: Victoria, tell us a little bit about yourself.
VR: First, thank you so much for having me here today.
Let’s see. I’m a wife and mother. Home is in western PA, but my heart is in the Highlands.
DEB: What was your inspiration for this book?
VR: Alexander MacDonell made his appearance in Temptation in a Kilt. He was the cousin of Lady Rosalia Armstrong. Even in the first book, Alex wanted to make his father proud. Duty and honor were important to him and I thought it only fitting that the man had his own tale told.
DEB: Is it a single title or part of an on going series?
VR: This book is part of my Bad Boys of the Highlands series.
Temptation in Kilt (Laird Ciaran MacGregor and Lady Rosalia Armstrong) is the first in the series. X Marks the Scot (Declan MacGregor and Lady Liadain Campbell) is the second in the series and To Wed a Wicked Highlander (Laird Alexander MacDonell and Lady Sybella MacKenzie) is the third.
DEB: Were you always fascinated with Scotland or is this just an idea you got for the series?
VR: I don’t think fascinated is the appropriate word to describe Scotland. I’d say more like obsessed. Before I began my writing career, I was hooked as soon as my friend gave me my first Scottish historical romance to read. I couldn’t get enough. Between the bonny countryside, dramatic history, castles, clans, swords, men in kilts, oh my…
DEB: What is about the highlanders that you think draws romance readers to it?
VR: I can’t speak for other readers, but I can speak for myself.
Scotland is a country with such a rich history. I know the intrigue pulls me in like a magnet. These men and women were so proud, fighting for freedom, wanting to make a better life. The country to this day tries to preserve their historical landmarks and the memory of battles not to be forgotten.
DEB: Do you have a favorite author or genre that you like to read for pleasure?
VR: I switch up the genres a lot. I’ll read paranormal, regency, urban fantasy, mystery, etc.
DEB: How long have you been writing and what was your first experience with the publishing industry like?
VR: I’ve been writing professionally for about five or six years, but I’ve always dabbled.
My first experience in publishing was definitely not the norm. I finished my first manuscript Temptation in a Kilt in August, pitched to Sourcebooks in September, got asked for a full at the same time, was asked to pitch the series in March or April, found my agent in April and sold the series in June. So yes, my first experience in publishing was a whirlwind in a good way! Not only did I sell my first manuscript, but I sold a series. I still shake my head over that one and occasionally pinch myself to ensure I’m not dreaming.
DEB: Do you have advice for new writers?
VR: Follow your dreams and write your passion. Whether you write poetry, fiction, horror, sci-fi, put your heart and soul into your project and readers will see that you do.
DEB: Tell us something about yourself that readers may not know.
VR: I still cringe when I think about this one. My husband used to have a motorcycle (Honda Nighthawk) and in my early twenties, I drove it on a drag strip. Not the brightest of ideas considering I had it up to 70mph and then realized I didn’t really know how to ride a motorcycle all that well. Young and stupid.
DEB: What are you working on right now?
VR: I sold another series to Sourcebooks. I’m currently working on the first book of the Royal Rebellion series called My Highland Spy. This book should hit the shelves in fall 2014.
Thank you so much for having me today.
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