You know, I have a weakness for Scotland. And Scottish men. And kilts. And accents…and…let me put that all aside and introcude today’s guest, B.J. Scott, who wrote a lovelt book with most of those things in it:
No longer content in the shadows of his older brothers and on a quest to find his destiny, Bryce Fraser’s chosen path is fraught with danger, passion, and decisions. Can his unspoken love for spirited, beguiling Fallon be triumphant in a time of war and uncertainty, or will they both fall prey to the devious plans of a traitorous laird from a rival clan?
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1. Tell us a little about one of your favorite minor characters. Will they show up in another book?
I have a soft spot of Alasdair, the oldest of the three Fraser brothers and the least likely to fall in love or take a bride. He is big and gruff and not as handsome or debonair as his two younger brothers, can be a bit awkward, especially around woman and likes to present a tough exterior. He is the hero in my third book Highland Homecoming, when we get to see the real man, he truly is.
2. How do you go about picking your character’s names?
I try to select names that would be not only memorable, but ones that would suit the time period or the theme of the book. I try the name on for size as I develop the character and if it fits, I keep it. I have been known to change a name part way through a book.
3. What does your family think about your writing?
My family members are my biggest supporters and fans. My husband, Steve, is very encouraging and thrilled that I am realizing my dream. My mom, a long time romance reader loved the book and so did my other family members. But they have to say that, don’t they lol
4. How do you come up with your ideas? Do you start with an image, a character…?
I know it sounds cliché, but the ideas just come to me. Sometimes, like with my first book Highland Quest it was the idea for a story and the characters evolved. In Highland Quest, it was a little of both, but primarily the need to tell Bryce and Fallon’s story.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go? How about anywhere in time?
I would live in Scotland. Mind you we visited Hawaii and it was pretty nice. I would likely go back to medieval times or mid 1800s, two of my favorite time periods to write about.
6. Do you have any writing rituals?
Not really. I work full time, have a small business on the side and have a hubby, house, four dogs and a cat in my life so write when and where I can. I do like to have some background noise going on while I write. I don’t like total silence.
7. If you could have a truly unusual pet, what would it be?
A Giraffe. They are my favorite animals, so unique and such gentle creatures.
8. If you had to share a house with a vampire, a werewolf or a ghost, which would you pick?
A ghost. I have lived in several homes that were reported to be haunted by spirits and always felt comfortable. I love reading stories about ghosts and watching TV specials about them. I have never been fond of vampires or werewolves. When I write paranormal it is with ghosts.
9. What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the third book in my series, Highland Homecoming. This is Alasdair’s story and surprisingly enough, I think it might end up my favorite of the three.
10. If people from the future could describe you or your career in one word, what word would you like it to be?
11. Do you have any hobbies?
I have lots of hobbies, but since I started to write, that takes up most of my free time. I do a variety of hand crafts, like to read, go antiquing and camping.
12. What are three of your favorite movies?
Braveheart, Dances with Wolves, Gone with the wind
13. When did you realize that you were a story teller?
A true Gemini I was born with the gift of gab and need to tell a story. However, I first got the urge to write in earnest after taking a creative writing class at college and the teacher told me she thought I could write for Harlequin. Never really though it possible until then.
14. What is the biggest mistake that new writers make?
Thinking that once their book is done and in the hands of the publisher their work is done. It is only beginning and the promo end of writing has to be the hardest part.
15. City or country?
16. What is something that always makes you happy?
Cuddling with one of my dogs. They love you no matter what.
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