Today, we're pleased to have Victoria Roberts as our guest! Please remember to leave a comment with your email address to be entered to win a copy of her new book!
Victoria Roberts writes sexy, Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past.
An avid lover of all things Scotland—simply, she writes what she loves to read. Prior to ever picking up a single romance novel, she penned her first young-adult novella (never published) at sixteen years old. Who knew her leather-studded motorcycle hero would trade in his ride and emerge as a kilt-donning Highlander wielding a broadsword?
Represented by the fabulous Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers and Western Pennsylvania Romance Writers.
Victoria lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband of nineteen years and their two beautiful children—not to mention one spoiled dog. When she is not plotting her next Scottish romp, she enjoys reading, nature and antiques.
Welcome, Victoria! We're glad you're here to talk about your Highland bad boys!
Thank you so much for having me today at Fierce Romance. I’m really excited to be here today.
Q: What inspired this story?
A: As soon as I read my first Scottish historical romance several years ago, I knew I had to write one of my own. My characters itched to get out. I recognized what I loved so much about the genre and incorporated those ideas into Temptation in a Kilt. The book is truly a love story.
Lady Rosalia Armstrong and Laird Ciaran MacGregor are attracted to one another and are definitely tempted to take their relationship to the next level, but what happens when realistic obstacles get in the way of a duty-bound, stubborn laird and a feisty, making-a-new-life-for-herself lass? That’s basically what I shot for. The hurdles Rosalia and Ciaran must overcome make it that much sweeter in the end.
Q: Sounds awesome! Why did you choose your setting and why was it perfect for your book?
A: Scotland was a given, but I didn’t want to be compared to the wonderful authors out there writing medieval. I also didn’t want my story to be too modern. After researching King James of Scotland/England, I was fascinated. I instantly knew this was the time frame and setting for the series.
Q: It is a wonderful time period! Which of your characters is most like you? Least like you? And why?
A: That’s a great question. I’m probably most like Aisling in personality (Aiden’s wife, Ciaran’s sister-in-law) but in truth, I probably have a trace of Rosalia in me too. Least like me would be Beathag. She basically stood for every conniving, manipulative woman that I’ve ever known. Yep, nothing like Beathag. *shiver*
Q: How do you choose names for your characters?
A: For Temptation in a Kilt, it was fairly an easy process for me. Rosalia was my great-grandmother’s name. James is the formal name of my best friend growing up. Ciaran I just plain fell in love with. LOVE that name! And some of the others were chosen by Gaelic baby names.
Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: Seriously? Scotland. Can’t think of another place I’d rather be. *sigh*
Q: LOL! Me too! I think we have a lot in common. :) What was the most important thing you learned (the thing that made all the difference) just before you made your first sale?
A: The marketing hook. I swear that was the most painful thing to learn. I still have scars!
Q: That's an important one. Can you share with us “the call” story?
A: *laughs* No one was home but me. The phone rang and my agent was on the other line. She asked me immediately if I was sitting down. I breathed deep, my chest pounded, my pulse raced and then I heard the most fabulous words.
“They bought the series.”
Not only did I sell my first novel, I sold a series! And darn it, no one was home! I screamed. I yelled. I jumped up and down. I called my Mom. I told the world.
Q: Wow that's awesome! Congratulations on selling your whole series! Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?
A: Write. Write. Write. Never give up your dream or let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough. Walt Disney said, “All dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Q: Great advice! What’s next for you?
A: X Marks the Scot is the next book in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series scheduled for release in February 2013. This is Declan MacGregor and Lady Liadain Campbell’s story.
Q: Cool! I love that title! Would you like to ask readers a question?
A: Thanks to everyone at Fierce Romance for having me today. It’s been great fun. Why do you read romance novels?
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