Interview & Contest: Vonda Sinclair

Jen: I’ll admit that I’ve been cyber-stalking Vonda Sinclair as she’s been promoting My Fierce Highlander.  So, when she asked to be a guest at RtB, I was excited to say yes.  So, without further ado, here’s Vonda. Vonda, will you please share a short bio with us?

Vonda: Absolutely and thanks so much for allowing me to visit with you today!

Vonda Sinclair’s favorite indulgent pastime is exploring Scotland, from Edinburgh to the untamed and windblown north coast. She also enjoys creating hot, Highland heroes and spirited lasses to drive them mad. She is a past Golden Heart finalist and Laurie award winner. She lives with her amazing and supportive husband in the mountains of North Carolina where she is no doubt creating another Scottish story.

Jen: Tell us about My Fierce Highlander and where is can be purchased.
Vonda: Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans–her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he’s left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family?

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.

It can be purchased at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and also other online booksellers such as Apple/iTunes and All Romance eBooks

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Vonda: My brother is a talented writer, but he rarely writes anymore. Also my grandma enjoyed writing poetry. Neither pursued it professionally.

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?

Vonda: I have to be comfortable, and with a back problem, sometimes that’s difficult. Sitting straight up in a desk chair is usually out for more than 15 minutes at a time. I do well in a recliner or walking on a treadmill while writing.

Jen: What are your biggest motivations to write? What keeps you going?

Vonda: I enjoy creating real characters, watching them come to life and get into all kinds of troublesome adventures. Plus, I simply love romance and watching two people fall in love.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Vonda: I’ve experimented with all the subgenres of romance that I enjoy and historical romance is my favorite. I would never want to write horror. I can’t stand that much blood and gore. 🙂

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?

Vonda: I read nonfiction books on the subjects I needed to learn about, such as Scottish history, King James, etc. I also use certain trustworthy websites to learn about Scottish culture, food and clothing. I traveled to Scotland to experience what it’s like. This helped me so much in making the setting authentic and real. I want to make history and Scotland come to life for my readers and I try to do this by adding in specific, important details.

Jen: Do you become attached to your characters and have a hard time letting them go, or are you happy that their story is told and you can move on?

Vonda: Both. I definitely become attached to my characters. They’re like friends and family to me. But I don’t feel like I have to let them go. I can visit with them anytime by reading the book again, or by putting them in another book as secondary characters. But I’m also happy that their story is completed and for sale so that hopefully readers will enjoy it as much as I did when I was writing it.

Jen: If My Fierce Highlander was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Vonda: Hmm. That’s a tough one. I’ll say Jason Momoa for Alasdair and Keira Knightly for Gwyneth.

Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?

Vonda: Nothing yet, but I think a trip to Scotland is in order. LOL

Jen: What’s next for you?

Vonda: The second book in the series, My Wild Highlander, is also out now. The hero is Alasdair’s younger brother Lachlan who gets himself into a fine mess.

Lady Angelique Drummagan, a half-Scottish, half-French countess, has suffered much pain and betrayal in her past. She wants nothing to do with the sensual Scottish warrior that the king has ordered her to marry because the rogue could never be a faithful husband, but she has little choice in the matter. Dangerous, greedy enemies threaten her from all sides and she’s in dire need of his protection.

Sir Lachlan MacGrath, known as Seducer of the Highlands, possesses a charming wickedness and canny wit which has earned him much popularity. After the king decrees that he wed the fiery hellion, Lachlan discovers there is one woman who can resist him—Angelique. Can he break through her icy façade and melt her heart, or will the dark secrets lurking in her past not only cost them their future together, but their very lives?

I’m working on the third in the series. It is about Dirk, Lachlan’s friend.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Vonda: My website: http://www.vondasinclair.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/VondaSinclair
Author group blog: http://fierceromance.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/VondaSinclair

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Vonda: Yes, do you like Scottish historical romance, specifically Highland romance, and if so why?

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