Interview & Contest: Grace Burrowes

GraceBurrowesJen: Today we are excited to welcome Grace Burrowes to Romancing the Book. Grace, will you share a short bio with us?
GB:  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes is the author of the acclaimed Windham Family Series, The MacGregor Trilogy and The Lonely Lords Series. Her debut novel, The Heir (2010), as well as The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (2012) were both included as Publishers Weekly Best Books of their respective years, in the romance category. A practicing attorney specializing in family law, Grace lives in rural Maryland, where she is working on the final book in the Windham series, Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait (October 2013) and third MacGregor story, The MacGregor’s Lady (February 2014), and many more books.

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Jen:  Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
GB:  Once Upon a Tartan is the second book in my Scottish Victorian “MacGregor” trilogy, and the idea for it sprang in part from my familiarity with custody disputes—one child cannot live simultaneously in two different households—and from my love of the Scottish Highlands.

Honor or happiness—he can’t have both.

Tiberius Flynn may be every inch an English lord, but smart, headstrong beauty Hester Daniels has no use for his high-handed ways–no matter how handsome, charming, or beguiling he is. They only see eye to eye in caring about the feisty little girl who is under their protection.

Tiberius’s haughty insistence that his wealthy estate in England is a better place for the child than her beloved, rundown Scotland home sparks Hester’s fierce protectiveness, and the battle lines are drawn.

Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
GB: My bestest fun.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
GB: I went to Scotland, several  times and hope to go back frequently.  There’s no substitute for firsthand experience of a society and its surrounds, and no telling what details I can pick up that will enliven a scene or a character. Scotland is beautiful, and much of it is desolate, in part because so many Scots opted for taming the American wilderness rather than their own.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing?  Easiest? Most rewarding?
GB: Any creative endeavor is scary—you can wake up tomorrow, and the well—of ideas or enthusiasm—might be dry. The market changes overnight and what you love to write might go out of vogue. The laws change, piracy only grows, more and more talented authors enter the arena each season…. Two important things remain in an author’s grasp, though: First, I control how much of my resources I invest in writing, and for me the writing is top priority. I love to write, love the struggle of crafting a strong scene, buffing my prose, wrestling with a plot, all of it. Second, after the writing, my relationship with my readers comes next. There’s a lot of blather about discoverability lately, but how discoverable I am is largely in my readers’ hands. The folks out there who get my voice and my values are going to be the best advocates for my writing, and interacting with them is a sheer pleasure.

Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
GB: Particularly for historical romance writers, I have a sense that we stand on the shoulders of “giantesses.” Judith Ivory was my first keeper author, quickly followed by Mary Balogh, Loretta Chase, Eloisa James and (early) Julie Garwood. All of those authors combined a keen interest in history with a deft ability to use the language. I re-read them again and again, and always find something new and wonderful in their stories.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors?  What are you reading now?
GB: Joanna Bourne is my all-time fave, auto-keeper, nobody bother her so she can write faster, author. Carolyn Jewel has a prodigious talent, writing both steamy Regencies and terrific paranormals. Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series is sheer genius, and Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove stories are magnificent.

Right now I’m reading, Man’s Search for Meaning, (Viktor Frankl) and Julie Anne Long’s It Happened One Midnight.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
GB: Spend time with a tall, dark, handsome fellow named Dante. He has the most gorgeous eyes, is the soul of patience, and has never let me down. (Thoroughbred/draft crosses are known for their sense and soundness.)

Jen: What’s next for you?
GB: I’m working now on a 2014 Christmas story for Lady Joan Flynn, whose brother Tiberius is the hero of Once Upon a Tartan.

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50 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Grace Burrowes

  1. Grace, can I just take a moment and comment on your covers?? They are simply stunning! I know never to judge a book by its cover but I would gladly read yours based off just the covers themselves 😉

    I can’t wait to continue the MacGregor Trilogy. Once Upon a Tartan sounds fantastic!

  2. Sheryl N says:

    I want to start out by saying that I am a huge fan of Grace’s. I read Darius first and I was so taken by that book that I had to start reading all the other books that she wrote. She is such a great storyteller. I am loving this series right now. I read the Bridegroom Wore Plaid and couldn’t wait to read Once Upon a Tartan.

  3. May says:

    You, Tessa Dare, Julie Anne Long and Joanna Bourne are my favorite writers! 🙂 All your books are my must-buys! 🙂

  4. Kate Sparks says:

    I love it when the hero is sooooo certain that his way is the ‘right’ way, then has trouble proving it. Love your writing!

  5. MzKara says:

    Ditto to Sheryl N, I started with Darius and Grace Burrowes is now an auto read for me as well. I love this little universe that she has created and the interconnected stories. Getting to revist Ian & Augusta was as much fun as watching the Tye and Hester’s story unfold.

  6. MsChris1161 says:

    Grace, to paraphrase a favorite movie line of mine, “You had me at The Heir.” Such a wonderful story, you were immediately on my must-buy list and are taking up more and more space on my bookshelf as keepers! This new MacGregor series has been equally amazing and I thank you for keeping them coming!!

  7. Janice Hougland says:

    I’ll have to check out Joanna Bourne, Grace…thanks for the tip! Personally, though, I don’t think anything can beat your writing. Also, I’m really looking forward to your continuation of Tiberius’s story in your 2014 Christmas book. I’m so glad you enjoy your writing–’cause I want you to keep at it! 🙂

  8. Joanne B says:

    Congrats on the new release. Once Upon a Tartan sounds lke a wonderful addition to a fantastic series. Can’t wait to read it. Any idea how many books will be in the MacGregor series? In the future, will you ever revisit the Windhams?
    Thanks for the interview. I will have to check out Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series.

  9. Chris Bails says:

    Big fan of your books Grace. Love the Windham series. Still have to read the last two books to catch up. This book looks good, another great excerpt and another amazing cover.
    I sure wish I could have gone to Scotland to do research also. My research would be finding out what they wear under their kilts. LOL. I am also a big fan of Tessa’s books, but have not read anything by Joanna Bourne before. Will have to check her out.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. ki pha says:

    Love ya Grace! It’s so great to see past characters in your books~ and Love Tessa Dare and Julie Anne Long!!! Julia Quinn is also one fabulous author with many much more loved authors out there. But do you think you’ll have plans to write a story for Fiona?

  11. Sandy Xiong says:

    Whoever are your models for your covers, where did you find them? All your covers are to die for because they are gorgeous and has this elegant feel to them. This book is on my TBR list and I’m hoping I can read it before school starts next week for me. Congrats on your latest release and thanks for the giveaway

  12. BookLady says:

    Congratulations on the publication of Once Upon a Tartan! The cover is absolutely beautiful. Even though you currently live in Maryland and have visited the Scottish Highlands, have you ever considered moving to Scotland?

  13. Betty Hamilton says:

    I am currently reading Ethan, Beckman is next and I am looking forward to getting a copy of Oe Upon A Tartan!!

  14. Anne says:

    The novels are so enjoyable and special. Once Upon a Tartan sounds wonderful. Wishing you the best of happiness and success.

  15. jules says:

    Congrats on your new release! I can’t wait to read it but I am most looking forward to the novellas with Morgan and Archer and Jonathan and Amy. Do you have release dates for them yet? I see that your website has release month but I was wondering if you have an actual date yet. My tbr pile and wishlist are so big that I have to plan out my book buying very carefully 🙂

  16. Kezia Shugrue says:

    I remember reading The Heir for the first time. I couldn’t believe I was reading an author’s first published work! So off I went on Google, trying to find out under which psuedonyms you’d been writing. From that first book, your writing has been polished, your heroes so very sexy, and your heroines original and authentic. I passed your writing on to my eldest daughter (along with that of Diana Gabaldon) when she turned 18 as a sort of welcome to the fun side of being an adult. She’s been hooked on both of you ever since. In addition to all the hours of pleasure you’ve given me, thank you for that mother/daughter bonding experience.

  17. Jeanne Miro says:

    Hi Grace!

    The first time I “met” you was when I picked up a copy of The Heir and fell in love with your stories. I love all of your series and try to pre-order them now that I have a Kindle but missed getting The Bridegroom Wore Plaid back in December (bad husband – he didn’t check my “Wish List” for Christmas!).

    I’m always amazed at how much I feel like I’ve actually met the characters in your stories after just a few chapters and appreciate the work you put into your stories to really develop your secondary characters as well.

    I was wondering if you ever wrote a character (whether primary or secondary) that once you started writing the story you found yourself writing differently than you first expected you would and what made you change what the character was like?

  18. Polly says:

    Following you blog to blog, because I love to see what questions are asked and how you answer. My favorite answer today – Dante. I believe he has shown up in book or two… all those big men need a big horse. And I appreciated the serious side to your response about the challenge and reward of writing. And you know I have been a BIG fan since book one. Please keep them coming.

  19. Tammy S. says:

    I love the Windham family, even though the family is big every seems to have their own special niche that makes them a great team. I also love the banter between brothers and sisters.

  20. Marcy Shuler says:

    I would love to go to Scotland, but I’m glad you have, Grace, because you clearly describe the beauty of it in your books. Thanks for taking me there with you.

  21. Jess1 says:

    Congrats on getting such a great review at this website. It sounds like you ride horses (Dante), which is a skill that is so romantic that I wish I knew how to do it. Tiberius is such an strong and interesting name for the hero. Any particular reason for choosing it?

  22. Leanna H says:

    I so agree that the creative aspect of writing is challenging. I could write a 20 page paper in two days and get an A in college as long as you gave me a topic yo write about. I cannot be creative.

  23. catslady says:

    I am currently reading my first Mary Balogh and just finished my first Tess Dare. There are so many good books out there and I have to say Grace’s books are up there with the best. I am so glad she is writing about Scotland. What a wonderful place to get to research! I am really looking forward to her newest books!

  24. Sandy Kenny says:

    Congrats on the new release, Grace! It sounds like Hester and Tiberius are going to go head-to-head and we, the lucky readers, get to sit back and watch the feathers fly! I love it when characters who may not get along at first have a common goal and become a good team. Thank you for providing me with yet another set of characters to fall in love with!

  25. kimmyl says:

    Congrats and loves the book excerpt. I was wondering whenever you went to Scotland do you ever use your research from there in your books?

  26. Marie says:

    Grace, thank you so much for your writing. Your stories are among my favorite historical romances! Thank you for the author suggestions, too. Out of curiosity, are there other locations or time periods that you’re interested in exploring in the future? Perhaps it’s too early to say, though. 🙂 I’m thrilled to have the chance to learn more about Victorian Scotland. Thanks again for participating in the blog tour!

  27. Sebella Blue says:

    I’m not surprised by some of your author faves, they match mine to a tee. Well, except of course you are on my list. I think your personal knowledge of your subjects certainly shines through.

  28. Grace,
    I thoroughly enjoyed your post on this blog. I’m waiting impatiently for the next one in your Lonely Lords series. I already have it pre-ordered. I agree with you on most of your favorite authors. Mary Balogh tops the list for me!

  29. Carolyn McKenzie says:

    So enjoying your books and looking forward to many more!! You not only give your readers a story they can get lost in but one they can learn so much from. Thank you for sharing your love with us your readers!!

  30. Congratulations on your new book! I’ve been reading the LONELY LORDS and I LOVE them. Also just finished Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait. Love that one, too…must get Valentine’s book soon. Loved him in Darius! Yes, I have a love affair with your books!

  31. Tracey says:

    I started reading Grace’s book with the first one, The Heir. And I haven’t stopped. If you are contemplating reading Bridegroom and Tartan, I encourage you to do so. You won’t be dissapointed. Actually, you could read any of them and you wouldn’t be dissapointed.
    UMMM…how did Kathie (above) get Lady Jenny’s book? I want one. Please.

  32. Monica V. says:

    I have never read a Joanna Bourne book so thanks for the recommendation! I’ve just ordered two of her books from the library. I agree with Grace’s opinion of Tessa Dare and Carolyn Jewel and I am a big fan of Grace Burrowes!

  33. Larisa says:

    Grace, from a reader’s perspective you’re building a backlist at tremendous rate. Getting a new tale from you monthly is the highlight of my reading this year!

  34. June M. says:

    First, congrats on the new release. I am a fan of your books and I can’t wait to read this book 🙂 I love how the two main characters are both want what is best for the little girl, but can’t agree what that is, LOL. Can’t wait to see how to figure out how & where to raise her 🙂

  35. Barbara Elness says:

    I love reading books set in Scotland. There’s just something about those rugged men from the rugged terrain of the Highlands that appeals to me, and who can resist those kilts?

  36. I have to say your covers are beautiful too. I’m a “cover girl” myself. The cover catches my eye and helps to draw me in. Your book sounds great along with the eye-catching cover. I’d love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway!

    Wanda Barefoot

  37. Janie McGaugh says:

    I really enjoy reading your books, because the characters are so real. You quickly become one of my favorite authors.

  38. Marcia Berbeza says:

    Got hooked on Scottish romance in my youth when my grandmother kept buying copies of “The Hepburn”. I figure that must have been one of her favorite books. Never found it anywhere else, just always at Grandma’s house.

  39. Carol L says:

    Grace, I’ve loved your books and characters.I’m looking forward to reading these next books. Thanks for this chance. Covers are just beautiful.
    Carol L

  40. Diane P. Diamond says:

    I’m a huge fan of yours Grace, and love everything that you write. I’ve read a lot of your books, and have enjoyed every one of them. I’ve just finished reading Darius, and Nicholas and absolutely adored them.

    I love the beautiful art work on your covers. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win. 🙂

  41. JOYE says:

    I am always looking for new authors to read and your books sound like the kind I enjoy. I like the titles and the covrrs of your books.

  42. gamistress66 says:

    the custody battle as the basis for the h/h interacting initially is a little different & interesting — usually they occur cause people are splitting, not what brings them together. was it difficult to research through the laws in place in that time period/place relating to the issue?

  43. Ada says:

    Hi Grace, I’ve always wondered how much say authors get for the covers of their books. Yours always draw my eyes and I just wanted to say huge kudos for the lovely covers. Can’t wait to read this!

  44. Anita H. says:

    Hello Grace, I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of your books yet but after following this book tour, I’m very anxious to! Thank you for sharing all your insights and stories in your different interviews! I’ve learned quite a bit more about Scotland than I did before and look forward to checking out the rest of your books as well!

  45. Karen H in NC says:

    I must be living under a rock. I am an avid historical romance fan and have read only one book by Grace. And while I enjoyed it, I don’t understand why I haven’t read more of her work. I’ve only great things about her stories so I must really put her books on my BTB list. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

  46. Emma says:

    How long did it take to write Once Upon a Tartan? “congrats on the release.” Once Upon a Tartan sounds wonderful.. Please enter me in this contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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