Eliza Knight is the multi-published author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain, and enjoys cold winter nights when she can curl up in front of a roaring fire with her own knight in shining armor. Visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com or her historical blog, History Undressed, which was recently mentioned in a feature article in The Wall Street Journal.
Q: Welcome, Eliza! We always love it when you visit our blog! Please tell us about Highland Tryst in the Something Wicked this Way Comes anthology. And do you have a review you could share with us?
A: Highland Tryst by Eliza Knight:
Having sworn off love, Kari Howard isn’t adverse to a little lust when a hot Highlander lands at her feet. Literally. Fin has traveled through time, and given what he’s packing under his kilt (good Lord!), Kari expects the sexy Scotsman to make her quake. But she doesn’t expect Fin to shake her very foundation…or cherish her for who she is.
From Black Raven’s Reviews: I was so enthralled with the HighlandTryst that I wished he lived in this century. Ms. Knight’s writing is smooth and relaxing but has a powerful sexy edginess that draws the reader into the story making you feel as if you are one of her main characters. Highland Tryst is a great adult bedtime story. I know I had pleasant dreams.
Q: Awesome! What inspired this story?
A: I love funny, sexy, time-travels with Highlanders. It’d been awhile since I wrote the last one (Take it Off, Warrior), and when I saw the call for SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, I thought there was no better opportunity than to write the story that had been niggling in my mind. HIGHLAND TRYST was born. It’s a quick fantasy—totally out of the realm of reality, where a jaded, modern day gal gets the man of her dreams—literally he drops at her feet.
Q: This sounds like fun! I love time travels, especially those involving Highlanders, and can't wait to read this. How did your story’s setting impact your plot or characters?
A: The setting in this story, the beach of Ocean City, MD, is actually quite important because it helps the hero realize his skills as a good swimmer and life-saver can transfer into this new world. Additionally, I wanted it to be near a university, which Salisbury University is right near there (about 15-20 min) and is used fictionally in one scene. There is also a hospital close by (about 10 minutes away), which I needed since my heroine is an E.R. nurse. I grew up visiting Ocean City several times a year, and actually we have a house near there now so we visit the area several times a year.
Q: How do you choose names for your characters?
A: I chose the heroine based on one of my good friends, who asked me to write a story for her. HIGHLAND TRYST does not have anything to do with her real life, and is purely a work of my creative mind, although I did toss in a few jokes she’d recognize! As for the hero, his name is more of a joke between my husband and I. There is a street we drive by often called MacClintock, and we shout it out every time—yes we are dorks. And I really just liked the name Finley.
Q: That's so neat that you used your friend in the story. Did you choose the title of your book and if so how did you do it?
A: The title of the book was originally TRYST WITH A HIGHLANDER, but alas, it didn’t work for the publisher, so they shortened it to HIGHLAND TRYST.
Q: Which element of this story was the hardest for you?
A: The hardest part for me when writing a time-travel is trying to figure out how they will stay together. It has to be major. We’re talking about transcending time. The hardest part about writing a short story is making their love and attraction believable. I love the idea of love at first sight and soul-mates, but readers don’t always, so trying to mix that element with real life chemistry and character traits can be tough when you only have a certain number of words to work with.
Q: Yes, I can see how that would be difficult. What’s next for you?
A: I’ve just finished another short time-travel and now I’m working on a full-length time-travel. I’ve yet to write one (although I have several other romance/historical fiction novels under my belt.). I really want the length of a novel to explore all the aspects of a time-travel. I’m excited, the characters are great and the first scene is vivid and filled with tension!
Q: Sounds fantastic! Would you like to ask readers a question?
A: I’d love to ask readers a question! Do you like time-travels? What aspect of a time-travel draws you in?
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