My friend and talented author, Eliza Knight, asked me to participate in this blog tour about my writing process. I don't usually write about my writing process but it was fun to think about.
I hope readers will enjoy this story! It's a bit different from some of my others. But I always say that. LOL I do try to make each book different from the previous ones so readers can't anticipate what will happen next. Of course, since it's a romance, we all know it will have a happy ending. But what kind of emotional and physical trauma will the characters have to endure before they get there?
Rebbie is probably one of my most well-known secondary characters and it was fun to learn more about his past. He does have some interesting secrets. :)
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
This is difficult to answer. One way my books differ is that generally my heroines are unconventional for historical romance heroines. I rarely write innocent, inexperienced virgins who have little in the way of backstory. The heroines who pop into my mind have an interesting past and usually they've endured hard times in one way or another. These women are sometimes not pure as the driven snow (but sometimes they are), nor are they strumpets. LOL But somewhere in between, much like modern women in some ways. Of course, they have to conform to society's edicts to an extent, but they're not defined by it. They have often been controlled by men in the past, but when they have an opportunity to make their own decisions and choices, they go for it. Deep down, they're strong, admirable women who care about their family members and friends, and would risk life and limb for those they love. But they're not perfect. They have flaws, and in many cases, some of the men in their lives in the past have forced them into abhorrent situations. But this doesn't destroy the women. The saying what doesn't kill you makes you stronger applies in this case.
But, even more important to me is the romance. I love writing about the complex and spellbinding process of two people falling in love. It is a mélange of intense emotions such as fear, hope, joy, excitement, anger and many other things. Setting these stories in historic Scotland dictates that the characters must follow a certain set of cultural and societal guidelines, which I enjoy. It's wonderful to watch love flourish in these sometimes harsh conditions, like seeing beautiful heather bloom on a rock cliff.
Once I get a section roughed in, I go back and flesh out the scenes in a couple more drafts, adding emotion, description, and lots of other things to give the reader a full experience as if they're living in the story. Once I get this done for the whole story, I go back to the beginning and smooth and polish. Then it's ready for my critique partners and beta readers to go over.
Ashley York has a MA in history and writes books set in the high Middle Ages in England, Scotland and Ireland.
L.B. Joramo loves to write, research the 18th century and hike.
Gwyn Brodie writes Scottish historical romance set in the 1600s.
My Fierce Highlander is still on sale for .99 cents!
Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her--give up her son or the man she loves.