Interview & Contest: Victoria Roberts

Jen: Today we welcome historical romance author, Victoria Roberts to Romancing the Book. Victoria, please share a short bio and links to where you can be found online.
Victoria: Thank you so much for having me today.

Victoria Roberts writes sexy, 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 is also a 2012 Reviewers Choice Nominee for Best First Historical for her debut, Temptation in a Kilt.

Her second novel, X Marks the Scot, is available February 2013 and the third, To Wed a Wicked Highlander, September 2013.

Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Western Pennsylvania Romance Writers, as well as a contributing author to the online magazine, Celtic Guide.

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.

Website | Facebook | Celtic Guide

 

Jen: Please tell us about X Marks the Scot and where the idea came from.
Victoria:

He was a Highland Rogue—Wicked with a Bow and Just as Wicked with the Ladies.

Declan MacGregor hadn’t a care in the world beyond finding a soft bed and a willing woman…until he had to escort Lady Liadain Campbell to the English court. The woman needles him at every turn, but he can’t just abandon her to that vipers’ nest without protection.

She Never Asked for a Bodyguard…

Liadain wasn’t thrilled to be left in the care of her clan’s archrival. It was as if the man never had a lady tell him no before! And yet as whispers of treason swirl through the court and the threat of danger grows even sharper, her bitter enemy soon becomes the only one she can trust…

X Marks the Scot is the second release in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series. Declan MacGregor was Laird Ciaran MacGregor’s bad boy brother in Temptation in a Kilt and he’s back with a story of his own.

Declan was so good at being so verra bad. While I wrote the first book in the series, I knew this Highland bad boy needed to have an adventure of his own. What better way to make that happen than to pair him off with Lady Liadain Campbell, the bloody Campbell’s sister from Temptation in a Kilt. Sparks most definitely fly in more ways than one.

 

Jen: What age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Victoria: At sixteen, I penned my first young-adult novella without ever having read a single romance. I pounded out the words on an old typewriter with nothing more than a stack of paper and a tube of white out. The story flew from my fingers, often faster than I could correct the typing mistakes. When I was in my thirties, I rekindled that writing flame.

The call. Something every author wants to hear. My agent called to tell me that not only did she sell my debut manuscript, but she sold all three for a series. Could you imagine? Of course I played calm and collected on the phone, but when we hung up… No. One. Was. Home.

You read it right. I jumped up and down, screamed, had been waiting for this moment and had absolutely no one to share it with. So I called my Mom and Dad who were obviously elated, and then my Dad told me what kind of sports car he wanted me to buy him. lol

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Victoria: Pantser. Drives my critique partner crazy.

Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Victoria: Passionate. Heartfelt. Adventure.

Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Victoria: Rosalia was my great-grandmother’s name. And as soon as I heard the name Ciaran and saw it spelled, I was hooked. I’ve always loved the names Declan and Aiden, too. Keep in mind that I’m always looking for a new villain.

Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Victoria: Nora Roberts. I had the opportunity to sign with her and she’s such an amazing person and inspiration. She didn’t make me feel as though I was a low-man-on-the-totem-pole. In fact, my son came, sporting his kilt, and Nora told me how she used to take her son to book signings, too.  But the best part had to be when I thanked her for having me.

I then added, “Oh, and thanks to you I’m right next to you on the self.” Roberts-Roberts.

She smiled and said, “Glad I could help you out.”

I tried not to go too “fan-girl” on her.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Victoria: To Wed a Wicked Highlander is the next book in the series and scheduled for release September 2013. This is Alexander MacDonell’s story, Rosalia’s cousin from Glengarry.

 

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25 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Victoria Roberts

  1. Nicole Laverdure says:

    No, I never had the chance, because I live in Quebec Canada! ! But I would love to meet Kris Kennedy, she one of my favorites authors of Highlander series! Also, I would love to meet an author who writes similar stories , like you Victoria! I’m addicted to Highlanders, I really think that I will have to read your Bad Boys of the Highlands serie! Your coverbooks are very appealling to me!

    • Victoria Roberts says:

      Thanks, Nicole. You know my dad keeps telling people he’s the male cover model for my books and that Sourcebooks just photo-shops his head. lol. I’ll let him know you approve of the cover. 😉

  2. Sheila M says:

    “So good at being so verra bad”. Yup that’s exactly what I want in my heros. *Sigh*, now if only I could find one like that in real life……

    • Victoria Roberts says:

      I don’t know that we could handle those bad boys in real life, Sheila. I’ve been married to one for almost twenty years now, and that bad boy falls asleep on the couch at 8p.m. lol

  3. Maria D. says:

    I had a fan girl moment when I met Kresley Cole at a book signing and was so kooky that I ended up taking a picture of the table instead of Kresley….and I didn’t realize it till I got home because I forgot to look at the picture on the camera…sigh…lol

  4. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for the fun post and congrats to Victoria on the new release! Man, I would love to meet Nora Roberts but I’d probably be so star struck that I wouldn’t be able to talk 🙂 The only signing I’ve ever been to was w/ Rachel Caine and Chloe Neill. I could barely tell them my name!

    • Victoria Roberts says:

      Nora is actually very down-to-earth. I’ve been around authors who act like total divas, but Nora’s a class act.

      The last time I was there a woman was so nervous that she actually said, “I’m so glad to finally meet my favorite author… Danielle Steel.”

      Nora, ever the professional, laughed it off and said, “No matter how famous you become people always mistake you for someone else.”

  5. Crystal says:

    I got to meet Debbie Macomber a few times at book signings. I was so excited that I really didn’t say much except I love your books!

  6. Barbara Elness says:

    I attended the RWA Literacy signing last July and I had lots of fan girl moments. I got to meet Nora Roberts, that was awesome (my sister and I got our picture with her), but my favorite author to meet was Jennifer Estep. I love her Elemental Assassin series so much, so it was lovely to talk to her. Another favorite moment was asking for a picture with an author and being told I was the first person to ever ask for a photo with her. I thought that was cool that I got to be a first.

    • Victoria Roberts says:

      Barbara, someone actually did that to me, too. It honestly makes us authors feel really honored that readers like our books so much. It’s because of people like you that we do what we do.

  7. Leanna H says:

    I would love to have a “fan girl” moment and meet some of my favorite romance authors, Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, Jill Shalvis. I am always hesitant to go to book signings because of the big crouss.

    • Victoria Roberts says:

      Leanna, I’m sure you’d be surprised at yourself if you’d meet your favorite authors. In a good way…

  8. Brandi says:

    I’ve meet only one author so far, YA writer John Green. I just sort of stood there in awe of his wit and charm but didn’t say a word. I was happy for the moment. No fan girl squealing or shrieking. At least on the outside. 🙂
    Looking forward to reading Temptation in a Kilt and X Marks the Scot. I’ve never met a Highlander I didn’t like.

  9. Crystal Newman says:

    I love a book that deals with men in kilts. Who can resist them? I love these books because it just takes you back in time and makes you dream again. Thank you so much for sharing I really enjoyed it.

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