Grace Burrowes, Author of THE MACGREGOR’S LADY and a Give Away

I am thrilled to host the lovely Grace Burrowes for an interview. I have been a huge fan ever since I picked up my first Lonely Lord. I am reading  THE MACGREGOR’S LADY now, and I love it! Grace, thank you so much for coming on my blog today. We are all addicted to your books. 🙂

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1) What drew you to write your Highland Victorian series, the MacGregors? What do you love best about the Highlands as a setting for your books?

Grace: An author can benefit from a change of scenery in her writing, the same as in the rest of life. I’ve loved every one of Jennifer Ashley’s Scottish Victorians, and when I was looking around for a series to complement my Regency stories, Victorian Scotland called to me. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert considered the Highlands their familial refuge, and that lent the setting additional depth for storytelling purposes.

 

The Highlands are beautiful, of course, and full of history, song and good whiskey. Throw in some kilts and that accent, and what’s not to love?

 

2) One of the things I love about your series is that I don’t always have to wait six months for the next installment to come out. How do you manage to write so beautifully, but so quickly?

Grace: I’m not that fast, but I did spend several years writing, writing, writing before it occurred to me to pursue publication. I’m fortunate that my publisher, Sourcebooks, was willing to adopt the monthly publication schedule to ensure those backlogged stories could reach my readers in rapid succession.  And while I’m still very much learning my craft, I can apply what I know how to the polishing of what I wrote several years ago.

 

3) How did you come up with the concept of the Lonely Lords series? Which one of these gorgeous men is your favorite? (Mine is Douglas, so far)

Grace: The Lonely Lords is only loosely a series, with some books being more closely related than others. These are some of my earliest manuscripts, and they follow a sort of spider plant evolution. One book might have two spin-offs, another pair of books deals with two brothers. The secondary characters unify the series, as do some familial associations. I can see the series eventually stretching to fifteen titles, easily.

 

As for my favorite—Douglas is a dear, which is probably why he shows up in several other books as the voice of compassionate reason. Guinevere thinks he’s lovely, too, and she’s a discerning woman.

 

4) In your real life, you are a lawyer as well as an author. How do you balance the law with writing fiction?

Grace: My area of legal practice is child welfare law, and my role is to represent the children in abuse and neglect proceedings. This is meaningful work, but it can be grueling and occasionally disheartening.  I’ve always been a voracious reader of romance, but once I started litigating regularly, my need for the respite of a fictional happily ever after became imperative.

 

The progression from reading those happily ever afters, to writing them was natural, and while I still read a lot, I also rely on the writing to recharge my emotional well. The legal work gives my mind something to focus on when I need a break from the writing, because you can’t pursue child welfare cases lackadaisically.  An odd synergy, but there it is.

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Grace Burrowes’ THE MACGREGOR’S LADY in Women’s World

To celebrate the release of The MacGregor’s Lady, Grace Burrowes is giving away EIGHT iPads during the first two weeks of February! To enter to win, leave a question for Grace to answer in the comments. A random commenter will be chosen as the winner and notified via email. US and Canada only.

 

A second commenter will also be chosen to win a prize pack of The MacGregor Series books: The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, Once Upon a Tartan and The MacGregor’s Lady. US and Canada only.

 

Be sure to follow along in February for your chance to win an iPad from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Grace Burrowes. She’s visiting some blogs and chatting with fellow Sourcebooks authors!

2/3 Carolyn Brown

2/4 Jayne Fresina

2/6 Fresh Fiction

2/7 Debbie’s Book Bag

2/10 Jade Lee

2/11 Christy English

2/12 Bad Girlz Write

2/14 Megan Mulry

 

THE MACGREGOR’S LADY BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2014

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What if the steps they take to avoid marriage…

The last thing Asher MacGregor, newly titled Earl of Balfour, wants is a society wife, though he has agreed to squire Boston heiress Hannah Cooper about the London ballrooms. When he’s met that obligation, he’ll return to the Highlands, and resume the myriad responsibilities awaiting him there.

 

…Lead instead to impossible love?

At her step-father’s insistence, Hannah Cooper must endure a London season, though she has no intention of surrendering her inheritance to a fortune hunter. When she’s done her duty, she’ll return to Boston and the siblings who depend upon her for their safety… or will she? The taciturn Scottish earl suits her purposes admirably—until genuine liking and unexpected passion bring Asher and Hannah close. For if the Scottish earl and the American heiress fall in love, an ocean of differences threatens to keep them apart.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes hit the bestseller lists with her debut, The Heir, followed by The Soldier and Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal. She has a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish was awarded Best Historical Romance for 2011 by the RT Reviewers Choice Awards. Burrowes is branching out into Victorian and contemporary romances with Sourcebooks, as well as short stories. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland. For more information, please visit http:///www.graceburrowes.com.

 

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70 Responses to “Grace Burrowes, Author of THE MACGREGOR’S LADY and a Give Away

  • LSUReader
    6 years ago

    Congratulations, Grace, on the new release and on being featured in Women’s World. So, tell us: How would Asher and Hannah celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together?

  • Hi, Grace

    Are you an early bird or a night owl? When do you seem to do your best writing?

  • What a lovely interview!! I tweeted and shared.

  • One of the many things I love about your writing is the fact that you use “different” words. I’m glad my kindle has the dictionary on it! There’s always a couple words from times long ago that you use that add a depth to the reading.

    So, not a question, lol, but a thank you!

  • LSU… If I’m figuring this right, they’ll spend it waiting for the birth of their heir, who should be along any week now… What do you think we should name him?

    Bonnie, I’m sorta both, with a real dip in the day right after lunch. I write my best new material very first thing, when those alpha waves are still lingering.

  • Susan Gorman
    6 years ago

    Thoughtful interview. I liked the question about balancing your law practice with your writing.
    I have read several of your books….out of order …. and feel they can stand alone.
    Have you ever written a difficult character? Or a character faced with a life changing decision?

  • I love reading your books and wondered do you travel to get research for your books? And if so what places have you visited?

  • Angie Frawley
    6 years ago

    So happy to see a new book from you!!…I see you are in child law,I help teach autistic children( and the parents)..was wondering if you don’t mind sharing the tool YOU use to cope?..I am always looking for new techniques!..Reading is my top coping tool!

  • Gretchen H
    6 years ago

    I love historical romances set in Scotland! Have you been to Scotland? What is your favorite thing about Scotland? I think mine might be the accent!

  • Merci C
    6 years ago

    Your books are a treat. It is always a pleasure immersing myself to your novels. Do you have a favorite character among those you’ve created so far? Which of the novels you’ve written resonates the most to you?

  • Sheila M
    6 years ago

    Grace, don’t know if you remember me but we met for ‘brunch’ at the Starbucks at RWA in Atlanta. I love your story about how you started writing romance, that it’s a great outlet for you. I don’t remember if you ever got your own HEA and children??? Or are your books your children???? I’ve enjoyed you since the beginning!!!

  • Sheryl N
    6 years ago

    Congrats Grace! This is one of my faovrite series. I love your books and I think I got hooked by Darius, he is my favorite lonely lord. Please keep writing Scottish romance, you do it so well. Thanks

  • Love your stories, Grace! Which heroine is your favorite & why? Mine is Vivien from Darius–who is also my favorite Lonely Lord.

  • Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

  • I didn’t know you were a lawyer and a child lawyer at that. Amazing.

    Here’s my question. Have you ever used a case as a background to a story you have written.

    Mary

  • Mary Doherty
    6 years ago

    Hi Grace
    I am loving reading all the interviews you have been doing. Isn’t the internet great! If you had to go to all of these places, well you would be a very tired author! Lol! My question is, do you write every day or just on weekends? I know you have a day job and was wondering how you get it all done.

  • Georgie D
    6 years ago

    I wonder if you are getting the snow the south is getting socked with?

    Grace, your books are some of my Fav’s so I always look forward to the new one’s.

  • Suzanne Beauregard
    6 years ago

    I look forward to reading your books. Do you have a particular muse that helps you with you writing?

  • Penney Wilfort
    6 years ago

    Congratulations on your new book it sounds great! I love the cover, I’m looking forward to reading it
    Thanks for blogging here today
    Penney

  • Phyllis Lopez
    6 years ago

    Love your books, Question: Do you have a habit of snacking while writing?

  • Jadeen Johnson
    6 years ago

    Grace, since your so busy your husband must be very understanding. Does your husband help cooking or cleaning? My husband cooks for us,partly because I don’t like to but mostly if he wants to eat something that tastes good he needs to do it.

  • Connie Miller
    6 years ago

    What is a day in the life of Grace Burrowes like?

  • Diane Sallans
    6 years ago

    Grace – since you are a lawyer in the US, have you studied the British legal system very much? Are our systems very different?

  • Carol M
    6 years ago

    Have you thought about writing children’s books?

  • You must be so busy with 2 jobs. Does the writing part excite you or relax you?

  • Teresa Gibson
    6 years ago

    Love the variety of characters in your novels, each one different from the last. My question: what was your breakthrough to publication? Did you have an agent represent you or did you just keep submitting your work over and over?

  • Wow, I SOOO cannot picture doing my full time job and writing books too. Kudos to you for pulling it off, and with such fabulous books!

  • Daniela Kurzban
    6 years ago

    I just love the highlands!

  • Ella, Thanks for the tweet and share!

    Kathie, the vocabulary question is a tough one. My editor worries that for every reader who’s delighted to figure that sesquepedalian means a foot and a half long (like some of my words), six others are pitching my books against the wall. The trick is to use the words that character would use in that scene. A lot of my heroes are Oxford educated gentlemen, which a firm grasp of Latin, Greek, and French. They speak above a sixth-grade level, and that’s all there is to it.

    Susan, my toughest book EVER is coming out in September–The Laird. The issue, I will state plainly, is that the heroine suffered badly at the hands of the hero’s uncle when she was a child. Hero knows nothing and loves them both. Not everybody will be happy with that book… though the Happily Ever After is magnificently earned.

    Kimmyl, I’ve been to the UK several times–Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland. I’m adding Italy to my itinerary this year because a change of scene is a good thing for a writer.

    Angie, I write to cope. I journal, I see the acupuncturist regularly. I use a stress compensating herb called rodiola, I hang out with friends. I hang out with animals. I cry, I read good books. I focus forward as much as possible, I travel. And still, it’s hard. Much as what you do is hard. Somebody told me that people dealing with autistic children show every symptom of PTSD, because you have to so hyperalert all the time, same as if you were in a battle zone.
    Take care, and read lots of a great books!

  • Gretchen, I can’t choose one favorite thing about Scotland, but I’m verra, verra fond of tablet.

    Merci, I’m listening to the audio versions of The Coursthip, and The Duke and His Duchess, which will soon be available on my website. I love Their Graces, maybe in part because they love my characters as much as I do?

    Sheila, I became an unwed mother before it was popular–another story for another Starbucks. I have only the one daughter, but she is the best thing to ever, ever happen to me. All the heart and soul in my writing came from those parenting years. All of it.

    Sheryl, just for you: What A Lady Needs for Christmas, (October 2014) http://amzn.to/1eeD9nJ

    Maria, my favorite heroine right now is Lady Nita Haddonfield, because I’m writing her story. Vivvie was a dear–and named for the Vivian in Pretty Woman. Get it…?

    bn100, I do–I celebrate romantic love, and it’s important place in building communities EVERY DAY!

  • Mary, not a specific case, but I do draw on what the cases have taught me. This is sometimes a mistake. Lady Maggie, for example, who protected her grasping, sly birth mother for years from the Duke’s wrath, and protected the Duke from her mother’s schemes, is based on children have to choose between home and the safety of a foster care situation. Those children will, in the overwhelming majority of cases, protect their abuser, even when it jeopardizes the child’s own life.

    Most readers can’t grasp that. They haven’t had the life experiences that give them the ability to grasp such a sad dynamic. For some, I didn’t draw the character believably enough, and thus, for some readers, Maggie was…. too stupid to live. Ouch.

    All of which is to say, I draw on the day job at my literary peril.

  • Mary D–I write mostly in the mornings, when my clients are off in school, and then at night, I re-read what I’ve written. I do tend to marathon writing sessions on the weekends, too. Also holidays, snow days, insomnia nights…

    Georgie, we’re supposed to get The Beast In East by Wednesday evening. Oh, lovely.

    Suzanne, what helps me most is what I call, mental white space. It’s those times when you’re doing dishes, folding clothes, driving the usual commute. Your brain is in screen saver mode, and creative thoughts have a way of stealing right under your nose without any fanfare. I love it when that happens!

  • Carol, yes I have. I used to make up stories about four brave kittens–Blackie, Whitey, Hammerhead, and Bluebell–for my daughter. They were pretty good, too, and Heather could illustrate them!

  • Penney, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the book.

    Phyllis, not snacking. I’m thyroid resistant. If I look at food, I gain weight. I do swill a lot of decaf tea though.

    Jadeen, I am at present without a husband. I’ve never had one as a part of my household, in fact. (Another reason I have more spare time than most, I guess.)

  • Connie, a day in my life is wonderful. Get up, deal with the domestic beasts, turn on the computer, and fall in love. If I’m lawyering, then by mid-day, I’m heading into the office, but the evenings see me back on the computer or the treadmill desk, in love again. Pretty sweet.

    Diann, I study not only the English system, but the Scottish system, and not as they are today, but as they were 200 years ago. My yes, they’re different. The biggest difference is that a married woman didn’t legally exist apart from her husband under English law. Yikes!

    May, the writing part is my life line. The legal part, even after twenty years, can still press all my buttons.

  • Teresa, I’m the writer you are allowed to throw snowballs at. I sat at home and wrote merrily away for several years, no thought of publication, but friends and family kept jabbing at me. The first person I pitched bought my books. Sorry!

    MK–no kids underfoot, no spouse, no TV, and the bare minimum of housework. If you write 1000 words a day, you’re looking at nearly four books a year… if they’re good words.

    Daniela, me too! I didn’t realize that the Highlands include one of the rainiest places in Europe, a substantial portion of Europe’s wind, and subarctic environments too. For a small place, Scotland has a tone of variety.

  • Grace, please keep using big different words. They help make you books wonderful! If your editor took a poll of your devoted readers, I think the challenging words would win out. I am amazed at all you manage to do. I don’t suppose you have access to a fountain of youth so you can continue writing for the next 60 years or so? 😉

  • Betty Hamilton
    6 years ago

    I do love your books AND your wonderful give-aways!! I haven’t read THE MACGREGOR’S LADY…yet, but I am looking forward to it!!

  • Debbie Lou M
    6 years ago

    Grace, as I read over all the question, there is a lot of information you have given out. Thank you for such, sometimes personal, info. Didn’t see this question, if someone ask please forgive me, but i found it interesting you wrote for years without thought of publication. Does this mean even though you are majoring in on one book now,that you have several others in the fire? Ones that just need to be fine tune a little and then released?

  • Congrats on the new release, Grace. Did do you do research on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for this series. I’ve read some fascinating articles on how they treated their children poorly.

  • Thank you, Grace and Christy. My question for Grace: What is the one piece of advice for writers that you’ve found most useful?

    Keep up the good work!

  • aunt thelma
    6 years ago

    Hi Grace, Love all your books so far.
    I would like to know.. When you get ready to sit down and write, do you have some things that you have to have at hand? ie. coffee,tea etc.

  • Grace
    I have enjoyed reading all of your books especially your Victorian series. I would like to know how you determine the setting for your stories? The location then the plot or the plot then the location?
    Thank you
    Sue Lucas

  • Peggy Wright
    6 years ago

    I already told you I had tears rolling down my cheeks with The MacGregor’s Lady. Now you’ve got me wondering about The Laird. I suspect the depth might give me some angst, but that’s what I look for with good authors, and you and Mary Balogh give me plenty of angst. Think I missed the timeline here cause it was a workday but I looked in anyway. And Jack, my Gracious, I’d read that book for the chest alone. I am so shallow.

  • Angela Daffern
    6 years ago

    Goodness. Do you ever sleep?

  • Glenda, I do not have a fountain of youth, but Dad’s 93 and Mom’s 90, and they’re still puttering around in their own house…. kinda encouraging.

    Betty, we’re also giving away copies of the books, so maybe you’ll be reading it sooner than you think.

    Debbie, my Lonely Lords series, which at about… eight titles, and climbing, is a lot of my early work, polished for present consumption. We have four more Lonely Lords titles this year, and three more for next year, and then who knows where that series will end? The Scottish Victorians have all been written since I’ve started publishing, and I really do enjoy them.

    Mary Anne: Aspiring writers should WRITE more than they ASPIRE to write. More than they social network, more than they go to workshops and conferences. Finish those manuscripts, especially the first one. Write, write, write. Then write some more.

    Aunt Thelma, I’m constantly swilling decaf tea, but when I sit down to write, I like to take a minute, close my eyes, and get into the skin of the point of view character. Maybe I’m a big guy who’s legs reach nearly to the wall under my work table, maybe I’m a sweet young thing with a ball gown on, but that little exercise tends to make the more immediate.

    Sue, now that you ask, location comes before plot. Certain plots only work in certain locations. The story I’m working on now, with Tremaine St. Michael determined to get his hands on a certain herd of sheep (in Nick Haddonfield’s possession), those sheep wouldn’t survive in the Highlands. Period. So, the southern England we go…

    JanieC, yes, I did do research on Victorian and Albert, but please, spare them some sympathy: NINE children? NINE??? Victoria conceived very soon after she and Albert wed, and the babies came in rapid succession. I don’t think she was a very happy lady, generally, and Victorian child rearing practices would in some regards give anybody the horrors.

    Peggy, The Laird isn’t a cheery book, but it makes good on the promise of having everything come right in the end. I probably won’t write another one like it–I won’t have to.

    Angela, I am somewhat prone to insomnia. That wonderful time of life… when I can’t sleep, I get up and write, and it’s a fine way to spend a night.

  • Thank you for the interview, Grace and Christy. I have a question for Grace: Between the Regency and Victorian eras, which one do you enjoy setting your stories the most, and why?

  • Grace: I so admire you, being a child welfare lawyer as well as a successful writer. How do you manage your work/life balance?

  • Hi Grace! Who/what inspires you most to write these wonderful stories?

  • catslady
    6 years ago

    I’m thrilled that you have even more books coming our way. Will there be more of your Scottish stories? And I love the fact that I have to look up vocabulary words here and there. I always learn many things from your books and I can’t think of a better way to keep growing with so much enjoyment at the same time!

  • Hi Grace!

    Congrats on the release and thank you for sharing glimpses of your writing journey and thank you for helping improve the lives of those youngsters who often have nobody to advocate for them.

  • I think I saw on your website that a few of the upcoming Lonely Lord books are going to be self-published. I just wondered what your experience with self publishing has been so far.

  • Barbara Elness
    6 years ago

    Loved the interview Grace. With so much to do, working and writing books, do you have much time to read these days?

  • Congratulations on the new book, Grace!

    Do you have a favourite of your Lonely Lords? 😉

    Have a great day!

  • Sabrina Taylor
    6 years ago

    Grace,

    Do you ever write in regards to a problem you or someone else is having, and work through it in a book? Do you ever fall in love with your male characters and do any of them stay with you?

  • Hello Grace. Lovely interview. I enjoyed learning more about you. I have to say, you were the author that renewed my interest in historical romance. You write sumptuous feasts, rich in detail and layers. Something that was missing in so many of the new crop of historical authors. Keep up the good work!

    I think my favorite series is the Wyndhams. I know I spelled that wrong, darn it but the brain is too wiped out to go look it up. 🙂

    Oh, I’d love to read MacGregor’s Lady.

    You did a very nice job with the interview, Christy.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  • Janie McGaugh
    6 years ago

    I’m amazed that you wrote so much prior to thinking about getting published. Which book made you finally decide to go that route?

  • I just came across Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait in the library and am glad to find a new author to me with a backlist to start reading. My question is how do you decide how much dialect (Scottish) to have your characters use? Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Grace, I love that you give your readers credit for being intelligent enough to figure out subtle plot points. Has this ever given your editors or publisher fits?

  • marcy shuler
    6 years ago

    Hi Grace. Great interview. Do you find it difficult writing more than one series at the same time?

    bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Chelsea B.
    6 years ago

    I really enjoyed the interview! You have the most beautiful and romantic covers. Blessed by the cover Gods, you are! 🙂

  • Anita H
    6 years ago

    Great interview, Christy and Grace. My question for Grace – do you have any other authors you collaborate with in terms of bouncing ideas off of?

  • Mary, I enjoy both settings for different reasons. Regency England tends to be about London and the Home Counties while my Victorians are Scottish, which means (so far), Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Royal Deeside. The terrains are different, socially, culturally, linguistically, and of course, in terms of landscape. I like that variety.

    Alice, I don’t always keep things balanced. Thursday, I must be in court, no matter what book deadline breathes down my neck, no matter what clever scene just popped into my head. I try to see that as a good thing. While I’m lawyering away, my subconscious is working on the books. When I’m authoring away, my subconscious is tackling the hard cases. I can dream, can’t I?

    Ada, the readers inspire me most. I know what it is to feel absolutely beat up by life (and love), and to hold on to the new Loretta Chase or Joanna Bourne as my most reliable and effective coping mechanism. Books have been good friends to me, and I hope I can write some good friends for my readers.

    Catslady, you will be pleased to know that Lady Joan Flynn’s younger sisters are looking impatient and Lonely. I can see stories for them (at least) in 2015…

    ELF, you’re welcome. Seems to me that what most of us want in this life is a way to make a meaningful contribution. I feel I have that twice over, and that makes me very lucky.

    Moriah, so far, the self-publishing has been wonderful. The author loops are like a hive mind–you can ask about a French translator, get help with a coding problem, find anti-piracy form letters…. much sharing and mutual support. That said, the technical learning curve is steep, because each e-tailer has a different portal you have to master to get your file up where the readers can buy it. Learning new stuff is fun, though, so I’m fairly confident you’ll see Trenton: Lord of Loss for sale in April, followed by Hadrian and Worth shortly thereafter.

    Barbara, I find I’m reading a lot of biography–Robert Burns and Mark Twain (autobiography) have kept my company this winter.

  • Tin, I love all of these stories, each for different reasons. The readers, so far, as giving the highest reviews to Darius, Andrew, Douglas and Gabriel, with Douglas at the top of the heap. Darius, though, was an iBookstore Best Book of 2013, and that’s an enormous honor.

    Sia, I will always have a place in my heart for the Windhams. They’re the bunch that got me published, and they’re the bunch from whom so many other stories spun off. Then too, Their Graces are a delightful couple, over decades of loss, laughter and loss. I can hope all my couples grow up to be just like them.

    Sabrina, I do write about problems I’ve had, but I often don’t realize it until the book is on the shelf. For example, I walked away from the piano in my early twenties, despite a degree in music history, despite putting myself through college (debt free) as a professional musician. My back heart, my heart hurt, I’d lost the music… Then I write The Virtuoso, and take Valentine’s music away from him, too…. I went on to law school, motherhood, and many wonderful things. Valentine went to wonderful things too, but I didn’t see the parallels until the book was for sale. Duh.

    Janie, it wasn’t one book that made me dip my toe in the waters of publication, it was how easy the Romance Writers of American make it to start on that path. Local chapters everywhere, chapter conferences, workshops on querying and pitching… the National conference that year was in DC (my back yard). Why not give it a whirl?

    Elaine, that is always a question, because you want as much as you need to pull the reader into the character, not enough to interfere with the reading experience. My usual rule of thumb is to use some Scottish dialect when the character is first introduced, so the reader can hear him or her. Thereafter, if the characters around the Scot are noting the dialect–a moment of strong emotion, a particularly Scottish inflection–then I call it out to the reader. A Scot, for example, and fire off a final t like a short range missile, or nearly turn their r’s into d’s…. Oh, here I go….

    Lynne, yes indeed it has, to the point that… well, yes it has. My argument is that I am not writing the books to suit the market. I write the books how I write them best, and then the publisher’s job is to get the book into the hands of the readers who love it, wherever they may be. If I write the books simpler or less subtle for one reader, they’ll become too simple and obvious for another. Moving the writing around isn’t as productive as moving the marketing around, sez me. There’s something to be said for meeting in the middle–write how I write, but watch for opportunities to broaden the book’s appeal. Or that’s the counterargument.

  • Marcy, I LIKE writing more than one series at a time. Keeps me fresh and interested.

    Chelsea, my recent covers have been Jon Paul’s, and you can’t get any more blessed than that for historical romance.

    Anita, on two occasions, other authors have pulled me out of a real ditch. Joanna Bourne rescued The Laird, which is coming out in September. She asked the perfect, best questions to illuminate where the book needs to go. More recently, Susan Donovan rescued Tremaine and Nita’s story by helping me see where real life had sat on my book and was playing keep away with Nita’s emotional arc. Other authors are a manuscript’s best friend.

  • Victorian highlanders, who could resist? Great interview and I truly enjoy your books.

    As a lover of Victorian history, I’m wondering if there was a particular incident or bit of research from the period that you wish you could have included in a story but didn’t.

  • I like reading your books.

  • Tiffany K
    6 years ago

    Every time that I read that you practice family law it shocks me that you have time to write, and write such amazing books. Is there a character that you’ve written that you feel you can best identify with or relate to?

  • Molly R. Moody
    6 years ago

    Grace I’m wondering what you have in store for us after the “Lonlier Lords” as you call them? I know there’s your contemporary trilogy but what else do we have to look forward to in the future?

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