Tell us about your book(s)!
First, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog!
I have two series I am working on. My first is the Clan Grant Series set in medieval Scotland. My first novel, RESUCED BY A HIGHLANDER, won the Sneak Peek contest for the Historical Romance category in 2013. It was an important contest to me because it is judged by readers, librarians, and booksellers.
My next novel is the second in this series, HEALING A HIGHLANDER’S HEART. This is Brenna’s story and begins when she is kidnapped at knifepoint and whisked through the Highlands with no knowledge of her captor. She is renowned as a healer and accepts the task she is asked to do. I hope to release this next month.
My second series is the St. James Series set in Regency England and the first novel is THE DUKE AND THE DRESSMAKER. My favorite character is actually the Dowager Duchess and she will have a strong role in all the books in the series.
Who would you like to talk to that is famous?
I would love to talk to Diana Gabaldon or any other seasoned romance writer. I had the pleasure of meeting Loretta Chase recently and she was gracious and inspiring. I know I have much to learn and what better place than from experience?
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I guess I am fortunate as I have never experienced this. I have trouble getting the time to sit and write, but once my fingers hit the keyboard, I can’t stop!
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
The value of any novel is in the eye of the beholder. What one person loves, another will hate. Having said that, I admit that I have read every one of my reviews and I will never stop (even though I am advised not to read them). The good reviews are my motivation to keep writing and also help give me direction.
Reading comments, reviews and emails have helped me to refine my brand. I will always write fast-paced, emotional romance. I love historical, but I could write in other romance genres. But emotional is the key to what I love writing. I hope to make readers shed a tear or two. You will often see children in my novels as I was a pediatric nurse. It has been responses from readers that have helped me to see where my passion truly rests and it is this emotional world-building that I attempt to create. I love to write about characters healing, both emotionally and physically.
As to the bad reviews? At first, they did bother me, and it has taken me awhile to be able to recognize the difference between constructive criticism and attention-seeking behavior. There is a BIG difference. I always read constructive criticism and have taken much from it. Now I have learned to recognize attention-seeking reviews for what they are and I do not put any merit in them.
Read a romance, of course! I also love to swim and take ballet lessons.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
Trust your instincts. There is usually a guardian angel trying to lead you in the right direction.
What is your favorite book?
I don’t have just one, but probably PRIDE OF LIONS/BLOOD OF ROSES by Marsha Canham, OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, INTO THE WILDERNESS by Sara Donati, and THE SECRET by Julie Garwood would be my top five. I actually ran a blog at www.keiraskeepers.com where I reviewed my favorite historical romances. You will find them all there.
Who is your favorite author?
Any of the above.
What is your favorite movie?
Forrest Gump…..that emotion pops up everywhere!
Where was your most interesting trip?
Charleston, South Carolina. The city and the beaches are enchanting.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Probably the time I fell down the library steps. I try to fall gracefully from my ballet, but I don't think it looks graceful to others. My daughter was hysterical!
White wine or red? White wine
Coffee or tea? Both
Cook dinner or order take-out/delivery? Neither. My husband cooks the best dinners!
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Vanilla, all the way!
Pancakes or eggs? Eggs
Sleep in or get up early? Would love to sleep in someday, but forced to get up early.
Laptop or desktop for writing? Usually desktop, but that is changing.
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