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Today I’m on the ‘Secrets of a Highland Warrior’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Nicole is the author of Harlequin’s #LoversandLegends series and co-author of the #LochmoreLegacy series. Currently, she lives in Seattle and can be reached via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. If you don’t hear from her, she’s eating Haribos and drinking copious amounts of tea while frantically trying to find a happily ever after.
The key to his past…
…lies with the enemy sharing his bed!
Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Rory Lochmore had expected to wage battle, to claim land and finally secure his standing within his clan… Instead he won a wife. A McCrieff wife. Their convenient marriage could unite the two long-feuding clans forever. But can a political alliance give way to a passion strong enough to stand the secrets of the past?
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
It’s lovely to be here!
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve been reading romances forever, and it was inevitable that I attempt to write them. But oh, boy did that take some time! My first few were saved to discs dated decades ago. But it wasn’t until I went on a castle trip to Wales that it all made sense. I saw the stories all there…then it became a matter of writing them….and I’m still writing them.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Well, once I discovered romances in my teens, I’ve been devoted to reading them. But I’ve been known to read Rowling, Lewis and Tolkien along the way, too. Before that? I’d have to say: King of the Wind, Anne of Green Gables, Bunnicula (about a vampire bunny…because those have to exist).
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Can I pick them all? If I had to pick just one, it would have to be the cartoonist, Gary Larson. I laugh at all his jokes, but I just can’t think like he does!
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I think I’ve been to tea with all my characters…and the refrigerator (we eat a lot of late-night snacks together).
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I’m in the habit of the non-habit. Except with certain foods (tea, Haribos, popcorn), the rest of it is just higgledy-piggledy. I wish I could have a habit, but I’ve got two kids. So I write or chat when I can. Like now…it’s 11pm.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Luckily for my friends and family, they’re not very Medievalish so they’re in the clear. Unluckily, for me, I’d truly like to add some names or give other subtle hints that a reader is in my books. But my stories tend to be epic sword fighting, mead drinking, and pages and pages of well…you know. So, it’s probably best I leave out anyone I actually know.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Because #LoversandLegends is a series, I have to plot for a bit. Each book is a standalone, but there are families and villians entwined so I just need to make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be…then the story is out of my hands and into the heroine’s and hero’s.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
If you want to write a series, it helps to draft extensive spreadsheets for timeline and character development. That way when you’re on Book Ten, you can thank your past self for doing it!
What are your future plans as an author?
The next release will be in the #LoversandLegends series. I’ve got a villain who needs to be redeemed. Look for Reynold’s release later this year!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Marriage of Convenience or Enemies to Lovers? Rory and Ailsa are definitely both. Enemies from differing clans, who negotiate to marry on the day they meet. What kind of marriage night would that be? A bit like:
‘Take off your gown.’ Rory’s voice was no more than an order and with a tone she imagined he gave to his men when training began.
A marriage for peace this was not. The most Ailsa could do now was to ensure her clan did not lose any more to King Edward. Still, she did not bend to any man. ‘And so I’m to simply take off my gown. No polite conversation, no offers of ale?’
A muscle clenched in his jaw. ‘What more is there to say? Do you think of yourself as unwilling, Wife?’
There was no possibility to feel like a wife. He had arrived this very day and was still her enemy though her father forced her to see reason. Even with such a logical decision and agreement to save her clan, Ailsa could think of no diplomatic reply.
Rory must have seen her indecision for his upper lip curved sardonically. ‘That’s what I thought. We both know what must occur tonight. Take off your gown.’
She wouldn’t. Not because she had some fanciful dreams of what her wedding night would be, but because she was worth more than this. ‘You first,’ she replied.
That stopped his frustrating pacing. ‘What did you say?’
‘I said you first to undress. Why should it be only me?
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Nicole Locke.
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