Hi Maidens! We’ve got a great author for you today! Her name is Amanda Forester and she writes Scottish Medievals and you know how much I love Highland stories! For more information on Amanda and her hot Highlanders, please visit her website. In the meantime, you can help me welcome Amanda to Under the Covers!
Hmmm, interesting question. Five thing folks wouldn’t know: 1) Even though my sleep habits would suggest it, I don’t drink coffee; 2) I have been to England but despite my deep and abiding love for Scotland I have never set foot in the country; 3) I also have a deep and abiding love for chocolate (ok, maybe you already guessed that); 4) I enjoy travel by train; and 5) until relatively recently one of my greatest fears was that someone would actually read my writing!
Why did you decide to write Scottish historical romances?
To be honest I’m not entirely sure. I started off with the intention of writing a Regency and did a lot of research into that time period. Then for some unknown reason I sat down and wrote a Scottish medieval. Not sure what happened there, must be something to do with the kilts!
TRUE HIGHLAND SPIRIT is your latest release. Can you tell us a bit about this book?
Morrigan McNab learned to survive with a sword in her hand. Taking command, she is determined to protect her impoverished clan, no matter the cost. When an elusive French knight offers gold to fight against England, she joins the call to arms. Sparks fly on the battlefield as a forbidden passion smolders between Morrigan and Sir Dragonet. Yet Sir Dragonet holds a secret that will destroy the hope for a life together, and will make them rivals on a dangerous quest for a mysterious relic. As they fight beside each other against the English, and against each other to find the treasure, their love becomes a greater force than either can control.
What is Morrigan’s greatest strength? What is her greatest weakness?
Morrigan is profoundly gifted with a sword, a skill not particularly prized in woman of her time. Her greatest strength is her loyalty to her clan to use this gift to support her people, even if they do not appreciate her sacrifice. Another strength is her ability to find the humor in situations and even laugh at herself at times. Her greatest weakness is her general attitude, which at least at the beginning of the book might be described as severely cranky.
Why did you decide to go with a French hero instead of a Scottish one?
A very good question, after all in a Scottish historical one does expect a burly Highlander hero in a kilt. The trouble was, Morrigan needed someone completely different from the men folk she was accustomed to. She needed someone who could surprise her, keep her off balance, and ultimately make her fall in love. Besides, I met Dragonet in The Highlander’s Heart and kind of fell for him myself, so I needed to let him have a chance to be the hero.
If you could collaborate with another author, who would you pick and why?
There are so many fantastic authors I would be truly honored to work with, or just plain meet. If we are going to dip into the realm of fantasy, I would love work with Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer.
What book are you currently reading?
I just finished reading an ARC of a new Sourcebooks author Victoria Roberts. She will be coming out with a new Highland series this fall – definitely someone to look for!
What does a typical writing day look like for you?
Since I am still working the day job and have kids, my days are pretty much filled with working, childcare, and child activities. I don’t usually get to sit down to my computer until about 10pm and then I generally work until much too late, and then get up and do it all again. Makes me tired just thinking of it!
My favourite book of yours is The Highlander’s Heart. What is your all-time favourite book?
Each of my books when it is released becomes my new favorite. That way each of my children has a turn to be mommy’s favorite! My all-time fave romance novel has got to be Pride and Prejudice. I know I am not alone with that choice – what can I say? It’s a classic!
Sunrise or sunset? Sunset
Coffee or tea? Tea
Fave place to read? Anywhere, as long as I’m comfy and warm
Fave place to write? see above
If you could create a kilt, what color would choose? Sage green and black
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