Cathy Macrae and I met on a Scotland tour and bonded over our love of reading and writing. She is a member of RWA where she serves as PRO liaison for her local chapter and is also a member of Celtic Hearts Romance Writers where she is newsletter co-chair. Cathy, also, won the 2011 Golden Claddagh in the Celtic category. She has a writing style that leaves you on the edge of your seat in anticipation for what will happen next. Thank you for sharing with readers today. It is a joy to have you on my blog!
CaSondra, thank you so much for having me here today! I have been a fan of yours since we met in Scotland last year and I am so excited to share my book with you.
How does it feel to have your debut novel hit the market?
Oh, it was surreal for a bit, then wow! But I love seeing it up on Amazon and reading the reader’s reviews. It’s a lot of fun, really.
Mary is an independent, young lass. Tell us more about the heroine in The Highlander’s Accidental Bride.
Mary is the 16 yr. old companion to Laird Barde’s daughter. The daughter of the castle chatelaine, she had no expectations or desire to marry above her station, and has always thought, once Lady Miriam married, that her life would be spent quietly loving the man she chose. That is, until the morning she woke in the laird’s bed.
That would be quite a shock for any woman! What about Eaden, Laird of Scott Castle, will cause readers to find him a swoon-worthy hero?
I have to admit Eaden isn’t very a sympathetic hero in the beginning. He is under a lot of pressure from the king to marry his arch enemy’s daughter, but after he discovers he has married the wrong woman, he does his best to convince Mary that life with him could be good despite their rocky start. He is very sincere with her and offers her a chance at happiness. There are a few ups and downs, but he does his best to woo his unwilling wife. *sigh*
He definitely grows on you (in a good way 🙂 ) as the story progresses. Tell us more about The Highlander’s Accidental Bride.
The Highlander’s Accidental Bride, set in 14th century Scotland, is a sensual romance with period dialogue and mild language. Sexual tension between the hero and heroine spice up the journey of two people from very different stations in life as they struggle to build a life together. Meanwhile, a jealous ex-mistress and a secret from Mary’s past threaten to keep them apart forever.
What inspired you to write Scottish Historical Romance?
That’s a good question. I want a happy ever after in my books, so, of course, the romance genre. Scottish historical? Well, somewhere between a love for strong heroes and feisty heroines came the kilts and hunky Highlanders. I mean, who can resist? 🙂
Who can resist a happy-ever-after? Not me. So what are you currently working on?
I am currently writing the third book in the Highland Bride Series.
Ranald, Eaden’s younger brother, is a captivating character. Would your readers be amiss to hope to see him as the main character in a future book?
Ranald is the hero in the next book J The working title is The Highlander’s Reluctant Bride.
Sent by the king to secure a strategic castle on the Firth of Clyde, the lairdship of the Macrory clan is promised to Ranald Scott if the current laird dies before his son returns from war in France. But to bind him to the clan, he must wed the laird’s rebellious daughter who has her own plans and a secret that could destroy them.
That is great to hear! He quickly became a favorite. There is an abundant amount of research for historical romances, not to mention learning the language of the period. How do you keep all that information at your fingertips?
I have several websites on my browser that I use on a regular basis and a ton of others in the wings, so to speak. I also have awesome critique partners who are very quick to catch any anachronisms that might slip in or who I can call on if I can’t find something. I don’t like to jump back and forth while I’m writing, so I do most of my research before I start and pick up the odds and ends along the way.
Do you have a favorite writer(s) that influences your writing style?
There are several authors I love to read that certainly influence the way I write. I love the imagery of MM Kaye, and the action found in the writing of several current authors in the Scottish Historical Romance genre. I’d hate to start listing them all! My style is to jump in, become a part of the story, and take off running!
So readers can get to know you a wee bit more, what is your favorite Scottish meal?
Wow! Surely you aren’t referring to how long it took me to try haggis when I was in Scotland, LOL! I think just about anything I ate there was great, and the breads and scones were absolutely fabulous. Of course, that brings back memories of clotted cream and strawberry jam….Yum!
Where can readers connect with you online?
Thanks again, CaSondra! It has been fun chatting with you!
Thanks, Cathy! Congratulations on The Highlander’s Accidental Bride and for climbing to the top of the Amazon Hot New Releases in Historical Romance. If I hadn’t told you yet, that is a beautiful cover! Now, I must go in search of clotted cream. 🙂 Yum!