MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE PRESENTS…..
SCOTTISH- MEDIEVAL AUTHOR SUE-ELLEN WELFONDER!!
What an honor and pleasure to have you with My Book Addiction and More today!!
Good morning Sue-Ellen!!
MBA&M: Please tell those readers who may not know you, a little about Sue-Ellen Welfonder?
SE: Thank you so much for inviting me. I’m delighted to be here.
For readers who don’t know me, here’s a mini-bio that sums me up pretty well.
Former flight attendant, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, has three grand passions: Scotland, the paranormal, and dogs. All can be found in her romances, Scottish medievals and Scottish-set paranormals written as Allie Mackay. Of Scottish descent, she lived in Europe for fifteen years and still makes frequent visits to Scotland.
I’ll add that I love all animals, not just dogs. I hate shopping, rarely watch TV, and enjoy living quietly.
MBA&M: What is the allure of writing Scottish medieval romances?
SE: Writing Scottish medieval romance is a natural extension of who I am. I’m of Scottish descent, so was raised to love Scotland and appreciate the culture and tradition. My passion for Scotland has always been there. Likewise my interest in medieval history. These passions were there long before I even considered writing and they will continue to be a part of life when I no longer write.
In general, I believe Scottish medieval romance appeals because of the beauty of the land, the deep and poignant history, and the proud, brave men and women who define Highland Scotland. Few places offer so much to love, admire, and fire the blood. All that combines to make Scottish romance popular with readers and the many authors who write it. Even other genres, such as urban fantasy, often have a hero connected to the Highlands. Everyone loves Highlanders. I don’t need to mention the accent, the kilts, the pipes, the castles and mist, the heather and moors, etc, etc. What’s not to love?
MBA&M: You also write as an alter ego, Allie Mackay, what are the challenges in writing with an alter ego?
SE: The writing itself is a pleasure. I love my Allie Mackay titles and have so much fun working on them. The challenges are in the logistics. It can be trying to juggle dual deadlines. For example, it never fails that when I am in the worst deadline heat for one publisher, the other will send work that also needs doing yesterday. Deadline looming on one book? Be assured, major revisions for the other title will arrive and have the same due date as the other book’s deadline. Or a deadline will fall on the release date of the other title, causing all kinds of fun with deadline work, plus release date promo work.
MBA&M: The third in the “Highland Warriors series” will soon be released, what is the release date,and what made you decide to write this series of three proud Highlanders and the three strong lasses that win their hearts?
SE: Alasdair’s book, Seduction of a Highland Warrior, will be out later this year, available in Dec. I decided to write my Highland Warriors trilogy because I’d written books for all the characters in my MacKenzie series and had no desire to write stories for Duncan and Sir M’s grandchildren. I did not want to show either of these well-loved heroes as grandfathers, as would then have been necessary. So I needed a new series.
Proud Highlanders and their deep love of the land always inspire me, so it wasn’t hard to come up with the trilogy. And (my readers surely know this) I really love strong heroines. I can’t abide weepy, sobbing women in real life and certainly don’t want to write them. Readers can always expect to find heroines with backbone and spirit in my books. I enjoy writing them that way and watching them come to life on the page as they stand tall and go after their dreams.
MBA&M: If you could step into one of your books which one would it be and why?
SE: My Allie Mackay title, Some Like It Kilted. It remains my personal favorite under both names. The American heroine is the only heroine I’ve ever written who didn’t start out loving Scotland. Changing her mind about a place she was determined to dislike was lots of fun. Scotland won her heart big time (obviously), as did the hero, Bran. He’s another reason I love this book so much. He’s probably my favorite of all my heroes. He’s big, gruff, and rough around the edges, has a heart of gold, the sexiest burr, and he loves dogs. He also has a sense of humor and gives great neck nuzzles. My kind of man.
Also, the book’s setting, Barra in the Hebrides, is one of my favorite places in Scotland. So I would not mind slipping into the pages of Some Like It Kilted and ending up there for good, like the heroine, Mindy.
MBA&M: If you can, tell our readers about your next project(s)?
SE: I am superstitious about talking about upcoming projects until close to the release date. I will say that I am working on a new four-book series (Scottish medieval) that is a spin-off on my Highland Warriors trilogy. These four books have the most roguish ‘bad boy’ heroes I have ever written. They are handfuls and so much fun. Likewise, I am just starting a new Allie Mackay series (Scottish-set paranormals) that blends old and new characters. I really love these books.
Ardvreck Getting Closer Still!
MBA&M: We at My Book Addiction and More know you enjoy Scotland,when will you be going back?
SE: Good question. For years, I visited Scotland each autumn. I’d love to fly over in mid-Oct. But my little dog is now 13 ½ and he has a few health issues. He’s also become needy in age. I am no longer comfortable leaving him. I didn’t travel during his first year as he needed me then, too. Now, much as I love Scotland, I love my dog more. So we’ll see. I might pop over for a brief visit, but it all depends on how Em is doing at the time.
Kilt Rock Skye!
MBA&M: Who would you say your hero/heroine is,be it person,animal,or character from one of your books? Why?
SE: My greatest hero is Robert Bruce. I’ve loved and admired him as far back as I can remember. The reasons are obvious as he was Scotland’s greatest hero king. Yet when you research him in depth, you discover the amazing man he was as well. He truly was one of those larger-than-life people who stand heads and shoulders over the rest of us. Men and women alike loved him, his enemies respected him, and his passion and devotion to Scotland still shines brightly today, many centuries later. Some of my most memorable trips to Scotland have been those dedicated to visiting sites tied to his life and career.
MBA&M: Sue-Ellen, please tell our readers where to find you and where they can find your wonderful books?
SE: Readers can visit my website: www.welfonder.com to stay updated on releases, find a printable book list, check series order, and find excerpts and buying links. They can also join my mailing list: http://welfonder.com/mailing-list/ (I do special giveaways for these readers.)
Readers who enjoy chatting regularly with authors, can find me daily at my blog, Tartan Ink: http://tartaninkblog.wordpress.com/
And I’m also on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SE_Welfonder or @SE_Welfonder
Sue-Ellen do you have anything else to add?
SE: Just many thanks to My Book Addiction and More for inviting me to be here today.
I’ll give away a copy of my most recent release, Haunted Warrior, an Allie Mackay title. International readers are welcome in the drawing. (See Below)
As always, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More and our readers today!!!
Reading level:Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback:352 pages
Publisher:Signet; Original edition (January 3, 2012)
Kendra Chase is exhausted from her work as a ghost whisperer, so she’s been looking forward to her vacation in Edinburgh. But work awaits her as the tiny fishing village is being excavated, and supernatural uprisings have been reported.
Graeme MacGrath knows the source of the psychic trouble. The excavation is disrupting the protective veil between this world and darker, more ancient ones. He hates to admit it but he will need the fetching Kendra and her paranormal abilities to save the town he loves from unspeakable evil.
*Sponsored by the author*
Sue-Ellen is offering 1 lucky commenter a print copy of “HAUNTED WARRIOR” by her alter-ego Allie Mackay. Open to International readers. No P.O. Boxes,please. Giveaway to run from today,March 30 until March 6,2012.
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