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