Please help us welcome today’s guest…
VICTORIA ROBERTS, author of MY HIGHLAND SPY…
MBA&M: What is the allure of writing about Scottish Highlanders tales of romance, and intrigue?
Thank you so much for having me today.
I can only speak from my own experience, and I have to say that I’ve been drawn to the Scottish Highlands ever since I picked up a Hannah Howell novel. There is something about the lands, the struggles, the triumphs, that is beyond words. It’s a feeling, a sense of honor that these men fought so hard for freedom and justice. The country is so rich in history that I can’t help but write this genre. Scotland, kilted men, bagpipes… What’s nae to love, eh?
MBA&M: Tell us in your own words about MY HIGHLAND SPY?
Lady Ravenna Walsingham has been an English spy for many years. When she’s sent to the Scottish Highlands to discover whether or not a certain Highland laird conspires against the Crown, she’s not exactly ecstatic about the assignment. She’s to masquerade as a governess for the laird’s son and thinks Highlanders are nothing but a bunch of kilted barbarians.
Laird Ruairi Sutherland lies to the king and is surprised when an English governess shows up on his doorstep. He has enough troubles between his father-in-law and the other lairds that want to raise arms against the English. The last he needs is a woman—an English woman—under his roof.
Sparks fly, tensions rise, but love is definitely in the air…
MBA&M: List five things readers may or may not find fascinating about you as a writer?
1. I don’t outline. I know the first and last line of my manuscript and go. It drives my critique partner crazy, but she loves me.
2. I have a full-time day job and write before and after work. I also have a husband of 21 years and two kids (13 and 9.)
3. I can’t listen to music when I write. Must. Be. Dead. Silent.
4. I finished my first manuscript (Temptation in a Kilt) the end of August, pitched in October, landed an agent and a series deal in April. I know. That doesn’t sound real, but I’m living proof that dreams can come true.
5. The first time I met Nora Roberts I thanked her. When she asked me why, I said, “Thanks to you, I’m right next to you on the shelf.” (Roberts-Roberts) She laughed and said, “I’m glad I could help you out.”
Thanks so much for spending time with me today.
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“Roberts’ newest features a surprise-laden, quick-paced plot, replete with unconventional and fiercely independent characters. Her lyrical prose grabs readers’ attention, and the high level of emotional tension simply adds to the depth of the story. This book begs to be read and reread.”
—RT Book Reviews
This Highland Laird won’t bow to the Crown
Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do—he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.
But this lady spy might make him…
Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess—a job easier said than done—she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.
If she doesn’t betray him first
Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves in an English spy?
Victoria lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty one years and their two beautiful children—not to mention one spoiled dog. When she is not plotting her next Scottish adventure, she’s dragging her clan to every Scottish festival under the sun. Visit her at http://www.victoriarobertsauthor.com
Award-winning author Victoria Roberts writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was named by RT Book Reviews as “one of the most promising debut authors across the genres” and was also a 2013 RT Reviewers’ Choice award winner for X Marks the Scot.
Represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America® and several local chapters, as well as a contributing author to the online magazine Celtic Guide.
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