Why write in the Scottish Historical romance genre?? What is the appeal of this genre in today’s reading market?
I write in this genre because it is what I loved most to read when I started writing romances. I love the genre for a lot of reasons:
I have a Scottish heritage that my grandparents introduced me to when I was ten – the first time I ever heard a bagpipe. I was instantly mesmerized by the sound, and loved the grounding I felt on learning about my Scottish roots as a MacGregor, even though my ancestors left Scotland to come to America in the 1600s. This genre brought that heritage alive for me, the romance story lines making it particularly easy to connect with the Highlanders of my distant past in a personal way.
I love that the highland women were treated more as equals than in most European cultures/countries. Did you know a woman could be a clan chieftain, even back in the middle ages? This allows for truly strong heroines in my books, even if they don’t always realize how strong they are at first.
I love that the land and the weather can be as much a character in the story as any person, and that the conditions the Highlanders lived in forced them to be resiliant, creative, and self-reliant, but also dependent upon each other, in a mutually beneficial way, to survive and thrive.
As a writer I appreciate how much conflict there was in the medieval Highlands, from feuding clans, to English invasions. Lots of juicy story possibilities there.
And then there is what is often now called superstitious beliefs of the medieval Highland culture, the beliefs in magic, other beings – selkies, fairies, brownies, etc., and mystical connections to the land and the people that came before the Scots, via sacred wells, standing stones, stone circles, and other ancient markers, that harkens back to the fantasy novels I devoured in my 20s and 30s, and even now to stories like the Harry Potter series, giving me the freedom to incorporate magical and/or mystical aspects into some of my stories while staying true to the culture of the medieval Highlands.
Also harkening back to my love of high fantasy, I love that the men carry big swords, some people live in castles, and if you want to travel anywhere you have to do it on foot or by horse. Life was challenging in a life or death way, and the people had to be strong enough to thrive in it. The lack of modern technology forces me, as a writer and as a reader, to really imagine life without these lovely things like laptop computers, to figure out things as basic as taking a bath, were accomplished, and why these things we take so much for granted today, were such luxuries, or opportunities for creative problem solving. It makes me appreciate my technology so much more, too!
Oh, and last but not least, there’s nothing quite so appealing as a man in a kilt. It takes a certain amount of self-confidence to carry that off in the modern world, so in my mind anyone wearing anything that might be considered a kilt in medieval times must also have that confidence. And really, what’s sexier than confidence?
So those are the things that appeal to me about the Scottish historical genre both as a writer and a reader. I can only imagine that my readers love at least some of these same aspects as much as I do – especially the kilts!
Thank you for stopping by today! Congratulations on your newest release! I thoroughly enjoyed HIGHLANDER REDEEMED and look forward to the next installment in this exciting series!!
TITLE – Highlander Redeemed
SERIES – Guardians of the Targe
AUTHOR – Laurin Wittig
GENRE – Historical Romance (medieval)
PUBLICATION DATE – May 12, 2015
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 272/86,500
PUBLISHER – Montlake Romance
COVER ARTIST – Regina Wamba
Scotia MacAlpin may be only eighteen years old, but she’s no stranger to trouble. Her latest incident—which resulted in a death and forced her clan into battle—has made her an outcast among her exiled people. Scotia is tired of being ignored and trapped in the shadow of her sister, a gifted Guardian of the Targe; and she’s become hell-bent on destroying the army out to capture the ancient Highland relic for their English king.
Duncan of Dunlairig has looked out for Scotia since she started to walk. She was as restless and reckless then as she is now—only the stakes have become higher and more perilous. While the rest of Clan MacAlpin ostracizes her, he secretly helps Scotia become the warrior she yearns to be. But the real test of her skills may come when Duncan needs her help—and her long-forgotten heart—in this thrilling and romantic Guardians of the Targe tale.
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Duncan braced himself for the verbal battle to come, but before he could make himself known, Scotia began to move, hesitantly and without her usual grace, but so focused on her task he could almost taste her determination. She watched her feet, letting her weapons go slack in her hands. Even so, he quickly recognized the exercise Malcolm had been teaching the lads a few days ago. She shook her head, then started the series of moves again, talking to herself just under her breath. She repeated the process over and over until, all of a sudden, she flew through the short exercise as if it were a dance she had known her entire life, thrusting, parrying, spinning, attacking the dirt clad roots of a toppled tree. The sharp sound of wood on wood reverberated through the forest like a woodpecker hammering on a hollow log.
His breath caught in his chest. She was magnificent. Beautiful. Strong.
She fought as if demons threatened her life.
And Duncan could not take his eyes off her. She was everything he would expect her to be if he did not know her so well.
Laurin Wittig was indoctrinated into her Scottish heritage at birth when her parents chose her oddly spelled name from a plethora of Scottish family names. At ten, Laurin attended her first MacGregor clan gathering with her grandparents, and her first ceilidh (kay-lee), a Scottish party, where she danced to the bagpipes with the hereditary chieftain of the clan. At eleven, she visited Scotland for the first time and it has inhabited her imagination ever since. She writes bestselling and award-winning Scottish medieval romances and lives in southeastern Virginia. For more information about all of Laurin’s books, visit LaurinWittig.com
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