Guest & Contest: Willa Blair

Top Five Reasons Why Being an Author is Great!

1.  Don’t watch the clock – or wear a watch.

 When I retired from my day job, I stopped wearing a watch.

Yeah, I know, none of you twenty-somethings out there wear one either, except as a fashion statement.  Your smart phone does almost everything you need.

But for me, losing the watch symbolized freedom.  No more nine to five workdays, bad bosses or commuting headaches.  I write when the Muse strikes, whether it’s an hour a day or fifteen hours a day.  My commute is twenty steps down the hall.  I see hummingbirds and flowers outside my window.  The only worker bees are the kind the buzz.  And the only bad boss in sight is me – or maybe my husband if I’m in the zone and he finds out he has to make dinner.

 2.  My creative side runs wild

In college, I studied languages.  During my day-job years, I earned a degree in computer science, worked in technology, management, even (gasp!) budget.  All pretty left-brain stuff.  But growing up, I was a bookworm and a writer.  So getting back to my creative, right-brained side has been a relief.  Of course, left-brain comes in handy to keep my manuscript organized and on track when I’m plotting.  But my creative side now rules my life – and I like it!

 3.  Living in a world of my own making

I was the kid in elementary school whose teacher sent notes warning my parents that I spent too much time staring out the classroom window. (I still got A’s.) I’ve always had an active imagination.  Now I get to use it, live in it, and work in it.  Creating fanciful worlds with talented, feisty, heroines and blazing hot heroes is fun!

 4.  Opportunity is knocking

What a great time to be an author!  Gone are the days when a handful of publishing houses controlled who published, what got published, how authors got paid, what books cost, and where they got distributed.  All of that is still available and still attractive to some.  Thanks to the digital revolution in publishing, there are more small presses, e-pub-only houses, and of course, authors can now self-pub and make great money at it without the stigma of self-pub being the method of last resort.  Authors with long careers in traditional publishing are branching out by self-pubbing while signing contracts for other books with traditional houses.  You can have your cake and eat it, too, frosting and all!  With ice cream, anyone?

 5.  Fans!

Every author says this, but my fans are the greatest!  I’ll never get tired of hearing someone say that they love my book and can’t wait for the next one.  Their comments on my blog, Facebook page, tweets, and emails let me know that they’re out there and they like what I’m doing.  Writing is a solitary profession.  On the days when I’m feeling lazy or rushed, my fans remind me that I have an obligation to write the best possible story, so that they can enjoy my heroes and heroines the way I do.  What a great job!

 

We have an exclusive sneak peek at Willa’s upcoming release, Highland Seer:

Donal MacNabb is loyal to his adopted Lathan clan, yet he resents being a pawn in their treaty negotiations with the struggling MacKyries. The MacKyrie clan needs his skills as an arms master, but its Laird is bartering for more than Donal is prepared to give.

Ellie MacKyrie knows the Lathan treaty will help protect her clan from the neighbor determined to seize her holdings any way he can–
including forcing her into marriage. But she has another reason to want the Lathan alliance. She has Seen the stubborn Donal MacNabb reaching for her in her dreams.

While Donal fights to save a clan in trouble, his desire for the MacKyrie Seer wars with his obligation to his Laird. Before she is forced into a marriage that will destroy her clan, Ellie must find the heart behind Donal’s gruff exterior and convince him he is the man of her dreams.

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Willa Blair is the best-selling and award-winning author of Highland Healer, her debut novel,  the first in a series set in the 16th century Highlands, when the old ways, and old talents, still shaped events.

She always wished she had several psi talents, such as reading her husband’s mind, cleaning house by simply thinking about it, and flying.  But alas, no.  So she endows her characters with special talents and lives vicariously through them.  She loves reading and writing romance novels set in the past, present and future.

She realized her life-long dream of becoming a published author after retiring from her day job to write, travel, and enjoy life.  Married to her own military hero golf  fanatic, she lives in the Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio, where she writes, feeds hummingbirds year-round and has too many hobbies to count.

Her debut book, Highland Healer, is an Amazon bestseller.  The next book in her Highland Talents series, Highland Seer, is due out later this year from The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, and other retailers.

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28 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Willa Blair

  1. Sebella Blue says:

    There’s nothiing like a good book with a kilted hero. The sexy.brogue doesn’t hurt. The dynamics between the clans always makes for an exciting story. Highland Healer sounds like it would be a great read.

    • Thanks to Romancing the Book for inviting me to be here today!

      And thanks, Sebella Blue. I hope you like Highland Healer!

      Good luck to everyone in the contest!

  2. Sandra Dailey says:

    Even though I’m still working part time, I agree with everything you listed. It’s a wonderful life. (I brought home those notes from the teacher too.)

  3. Marcy Shuler says:

    I’ve never thought about having psi talents before, but being able to clean the house by thought alone sounds wonderful to me! LOL

    The books both sound great, Willa. 🙂

  4. Antoinette says:

    This book sounds wonderful! I cannot wait to read more. I would love to be able to fly. I have had many dreams that I could and I wake up sad knowing I cannot. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    • Thanks! Keep an eye on my website or Facebook page – I’ll announce a release date as soon as I know it.

      I love those flying dreams. They don’t happen often enough to suit me.

  5. Jeanne Miro says:

    Hi Willa!

    How I envy you for being able to retire and instead have the job of your dreams! Highland Healer sounds wonderful – what a great story to write as a debut book!

    I’m afraid the only physhic ability is that our family pets(both cats and dogs) are attracted to me! My husband said that I can silently communicate with them but in reality I think it’s because I’m the only one that remembers to read them! I must admit I can get the cat off the counter by just snapping my fingers and giving him “the look” but I don’t think that counts!

    I blame my ancestry for wanting to read Highland Healer so much. Many years ago my husband and I were able to finally visit Scotland and as soon as we got there I felt an affinity to the countryside and felt like I had finally returned home. I’ll never forget looking across the countryside and imagining myself walking down the road along the stone walls with my ancestors just in front of me and calling back to me to join them. My imagination or the past merging with the present? I’ll never know but I can dream it was true.

    • What a fabulous experience! I’m jealous – I haven’t made it to Scotland yet. The farthest north I’ve been is York, but I’ll get there!

      My neighbors call me the cat whisperer. Our new vet was shocked to walk into the examining room and find my almost 14-year-old cat draped over my arm, completely relaxed. Not what he usually sees, especially from cats, in his office. But some of us just have that knack – you must have it, too!

  6. Kristina says:

    I do love a good Jimmy cover! Add a good Highland story and I’m hooked!! 🙂

    Cleaning the house by just thinking about it would free up so much reading time! I hate doing the dishes!!

    • There’s a reason Jimmy is on so many covers. He’s very versatile, and he has a good eye for what works.

      I hope you enjoy my Highland books.

      San Marcos is a great town – there’s a terrific little restaurant there called Cool Mint Cafe. We’ve met friends from Round Rock there several times. That’s quite a drive from south of SATX if you do it most days of the week. I hope you’ve got a good way around 35!

  7. Thanks again for having me here today. I loved everyone’s comments and I hope everyone enjoys my Highland Talents series. Keep an eye on my website or Facebook page for updates! Good night!

  8. Nicole Laverdure says:

    Hi Willa
    I know I cannot enter the giveaway because I live in Canada. I do have a question for you that maybe your could answer. I am looking everywhere to buy your book as a paperback on Amazon.ca, Chapters, etc. et they only offer the kindle ebook.Would you know why! thank you so much
    congrats for your debut in writing . The cover is gorgeous!

      • Nicole Laverdure says:

        Thank you Willa, I just wrote your publisher and asked them. I could probably order from Amazon.com, but they would recommend it to buy directly from Canada. also, it can take up to 2-3 weeks for shipping. If I can’t find it, I will buy the ebook

        • TWRP may not ship any faster. They do print-on-demand, so their printer is also Amazon’s printer.

          Look at it this way, by the time you get it, Highland Seer will be that much closer to coming out so you won’t have a long gap between them. :^)

  9. Nicole S. says:

    Ooh, a psi ability! I would definitely pick some type of flying/teleporting ability! I want to see the world and it takes so long to get everywhere and there are just so many places still to see!

    • Me, too! I always wanted a transporter. I thought that was one of the coolest gadgets on Star Trek. The communicators were neat, too. And we all have those now.

  10. Barbara Elness says:

    I’d like to be able to teleport – I think it would be awesome to skip all that traffic and to be able to go anywhere in the world I wanted instantly. Of course I’d like to be able to take someone with me too. 😀

    • Barbara, yes – teleportation or a transporter. I’m with you. After sitting in DC beltway traffic for years, I would have loved to be able to beam myself around!

  11. Chelsea B. says:

    I would love to be able to teleport. I can’t drive because of health reasons, so that would be amazing 🙂

  12. Meghan Mack says:

    I would say reading minds but then I really wonder if that is something I would want. I remember there was a movie some time ago where the guy could read women’s minds and sometimes I think ignorance is bliss!!!

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