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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Interview with Author Victoria Roberts and Giveaway

Award-winning author Victoria Roberts writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was named by RT Book Reviews as "one of the most promising debut authors across the genres" and was also a 2013 RT Reviewers’ Choice award winner for X Marks the Scot.

Represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America® and several local chapters, as well as a contributing author to the online magazine Celtic Guide.

Victoria lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty one years and their two beautiful children—not to mention one spoiled dog. When she is not plotting her next Scottish adventure, she’s dragging her clan to every Scottish festival under the sun.

Find Victoria at:
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First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I’m so glad to be here today. Thank you for having me.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m award-winning Scottish historical romance author Victoria Roberts. Home is in western PA, but my heart is always in the Highlands of Scotland. I’ve been married to the same man for 21 years and have two beautiful kids. My daughter is 13 and my son is 9 years old.

Did you always want to be a writer?
I’ve always dabbled with writing, and I’ve been drawn to the arts for as long as I can remember. I rekindled that serious passion for creative writing in my thirties. Once I did, there was no turning back.

What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
Panster all the way. I do not outline. I do not plot. I know my first and last line of the manuscript and give my muse full rein. And that drives my poor critique partner crazy more often than not.

Where do your ideas come from?
If I ever find out, I’ll be sure to let you know. Strange things have been known to inspire me. For instance, Declan MacGregor’s charming personality in my second novel X Marks the Scot was loosely based from Ian Somerhalder’s character in The Vampire Diaries.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Oh, no. I’m one of the few who don’t Twitter, but how about this? English spies and men in kilts wielding big, er…broadswords.

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I love to read mysteries, paranormal, and regencies in my spare time which doesn’t happen too often.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
I have many favorites, but I just finished Grace Burrowes’ new one The Laird. Ms. Burrowes always spins a great tale.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
Believe it or not, love scenes. I can torture my characters and have conflict all around with no problem, but I usually have to edit loves scenes more than twice.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Mary Wine. I’ve met Ms. Wine on several occasions and she has so many fascinating stories about history and costume making. She’s a wealth of knowledge and a lot of fun in conversations.

Lynn Kurland. Her Highlander time travels are all such heartfelt love stories. I’d love to sit and chat. She’s one of the authors who inspired me to write.

Charlaine Harris. My daughter and I met her at the RT Convention after the Giant Book Fair let out. She was so outgoing and kind. I would love to dine with her. We wouldn’t even need to talk about books. Her personality was delightful. Just. Like. Ssssookie.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I’m working on a Scottish historical anthology with bestselling authors Willa Blair, Eliza Knight, Vonda Sinclair and Terry Spear. Kissing the Highlander is scheduled for a Valentine’s Day 2015 release.

Those were great questions. Thank you for having me!

What’s your favorite spy movie? Sourcebooks will give away one paperback copy of My Highland Spy (US and Canada only, please.)

This Highland Laird won't bow to the Crown

Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do-he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.

But this lady spy might make him...

Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess—a job easier said than done—she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.
If she doesn't betray him first

Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves in an English spy?

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Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 copy of My Highland Spy

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  • What’s your favorite spy movie?
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  1. Im not sure I have a favorite but I really enjoyed "Salt"

  2. I loved the 007 movies with Sean Connery.

  3. Replies
    1. I don't remember that one. Who was in the movie?

  4. Anything with James Bond (Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig).

  5. Mr. and Mrs. Smith!!! Thanks for sharing and congrats to Victoria on the new release! Sounds awesome!

    1. Hi Erin. I love Mr. and Mrs. Smith! Angelina and Brad are so freaking cute together.

  6. This was a very good book. I can't wait for the next one!

  7. Just about any James Bond movie would work for me, but I recently watched "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and I thought it was pretty good. Thanks so much for the giveaway and congrats to you on the new release!

  8. Favorite spy movie for me probably is Bourne series, hands down. Can watch and rewatch and still be on the edge of my seat.

    1. Oh, I love Jason Bourne, Em. Those are really great.

  9. I don't watch many spy movies but I am a huge fan of James Bond movies

    1. Hi Chantale. James Bond movies rule for spies.

  10. Mr. & Mrs. Smith or any of the James Bond movies with Sean Connery.

  11. Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

    Marcy Shuler

    1. Hi Marcy. I never tire of Brad or Angelina movies. I also loved SALT.

  12. I liked the James Bond and Bourne movies.

  13. The Bourne movies. Also Mr. and Mrs. Smith. (Seems like most of them were already mentioned!) The Bond movies, I like my spies to be sassy with a sense of humor thrown in.

  14. I think I've mentioned the Bourne Identity and Get Smart but I watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol last week again and I remembered why I liked that movie so much when it came out. Not a fan of the others but that one I loved, specially with the comic relief of Simon Pegg =D

  15. I don't really have a favorite one. I enjoy the Bourne movies and the Daniel Craig Bond movies.