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Today I’m on the ‘The Highlander’s Secret Son’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Jeanine Englert’s love affair with mysteries and romance began with Nancy Drew, Murder She Wrote, and her Grandmother’s bookshelves full of romance novels. She is a Golden Heart ® Finalist, Silver Falchion, Maggie, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romance and mystery. Her Scottish Highland historical and historical romantic suspense novels revolve around characters seeking self-acceptance and redemption. When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved rescue pups, as well as mysteries and romance with other readers.
His first love
Now his sworn enemy…
What is Fiona MacDonald doing on the run across his lands? With a wee baby as well! Brandon once loved this woman with all his heart―until her family killed many of his clan. Now, as the new Campbell Laird, he must make sure she pays the price for her betrayal. But how can he claim his vengeance if what she says is true…? That her child is his son and heir!
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was 8 years old. I wrote poetry and short stories, but it wasn’t until 2013 when I joined Romance Writers of America that I became serious about trying to become a published author. In 2019, I published my first book, a Victorian romantic suspense, Lovely Digits with Soul Mate Publishing.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I have always loved to read, and my parents used to take me to library to get the max number of books I could for the summer reading program. My favorites when I was young were Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew. I still love to read mysteries, like the Lady Darby series by Anna Lee Huber, and of course romance. My favorite romance authors are Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux, and Mary Jo Putney.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I would love to talk at length with Jayne Anne Krentz. Not only do I love her Amanda Quick books, but I’ve loved every writing session I’ve heard her speak at and learned something new every time.
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 would love to sit down with Lady Darby (a character from Anna Lee Huber’s Books) as well as Lucy and John, the heroine and hero from my first book, Lovely Digits.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I use music to plot many of my scenes, and I write best early in the morning (like 5am early) with just my lamp on and several cups of black coffee.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
The ideas I get are often triggered by a meshing of something in my current environment with something that’s been spooling up in my imagination without me even knowing it. And I never know when it will finally push itself to the forefront of my mind. For example, the opening scene to The Highlander’s Secret Son came to me right before I went to sleep one night, so I had to get up and scribble it out on a piece of paper before I went to sleep. So, yes, maybe those people in my life should worry. 🙂
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a “plantser.” After rewriting books multiple times due to not having an outline, I now use Plottr software to help me visually plan out my ideas before I begin, even if many of them change.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Here are my top 5 best advice tips:
1) Finish the book.
2) Just because an agent or publisher says yes to you doesn’t mean you have to say yes to them. Pick the agent and publisher that are right for you.
3) Stay in your own lane. Do not worry about what other authors are doing or you will lose your purpose and your joy.
4) Listen to your books as you edit.
5) Edit from the end of the book to the beginning.
What are your futureplans as an author?
I would love to one day be a full time author and be able to live off that income. It would allow me to write 4 books a year: 2 historical and 2 mysteries, and that would be bliss to me!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Set-up: This is an excerpt taken from The Highlander’s Secret Son. It is the moment our hero and reluctant laird, Brandon Campbell, realizes that the baby he has found is his son.
Brandon blinked at the beautiful little creature gurgling at him. The boy smiled with joy, glee. Hope. The kind of smile he hadn’t encountered in some time. He swallowed hard and stared. He and Fiona had shared more than one clandestine night together and he’d planned on making her his bride, despite the objection he knew her father would have had against the union. The night of the MacDonald attack on Argyll Castle had severed any such plans.
It was more than possible that the boy was his, but was it a trick? She’d deceived him before, and people he’d loved had died.
‘Why should I believe you?’ he asked.
‘Because I give you my word.’
He released an ugly laugh. ‘Your word? It will take far more than that for me to believe you. Not after all you’ve done.’ He stood and crossed his arms against his chest.
‘Curses! Look for yourself, then. He bears the mark of the Campbell upon his arm.’ She glared at him and nodded towards the boy.
Brandon squatted and gently tugged back the grey wool blanket that surrounded the boy. The sight of the pink egg-shaped birthmark along the wee babe’s forearm sent a ripple of recognition scampering down his body. His heart beat feverishly in his chest. The mark was identical to his own, and that of his older brother Rowan.
Glancing up, Brandon met Fiona’s gaze. The mask of indifference, anger and mischief was gone. The softness of her features and the longing in her eyes confirmed the truth. His stomach dropped.
The boy was his.
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Jeanine Englert.
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