1) While I was researching When a Scot Loves a Lady, a gorgeous bartender in a cozy pub in Edinburgh taught me how to enjoy whisky. (Scots spell whisky without the “e”, which he also taught me.) Also, the bartender turned out to be a rock and roll guitar player in a band.
Wonderful Vanessa Kelly invited me to interview Corinna Mowbray and Ian Chance, the heroine and hero from My Lady, My Lord, for her readers. Corinna thinks it’s a great idea. She hosts a fashionable, elite salon in London, and enjoys conversing on all sorts of subjects. The trouble is, when we suggested it to Ian, he… well… he squared his handsome jaw and headed toward the card room.
Long ago I wrote a story in which the heroine’s sister played a minor part. This sister, barely sixteen, had wide doe’s eyes and a sweet, pensive smile. In that story a handsome young gentleman noticed those wide doe’s eyes and sweet, pensive smile.
He noticed them and he could not forget them.
But that story was not theirs. It went along its way, leaving them stealing glances at one another, tongue-tying him when their gazes met yet offering him no opportunity to become un-tongue-tied.
To write my Rogues of the Sea trilogy I did quite a fair bit of research about pirates. So I wrote a little piece about a typical day in the life of a buccaneer for the lovely folks at RT Book Reviews. The trouble was that as I wrote it, Alex Savege, the hero of Captured by a Rogue Lord, kept adding his observations. Here I offer you the result: my summary, with a rakish earl’s commentary on the life of a pirate.
To write When a Scot Loves a Lady, I drew upon poetry that I’d long known and loved. Here are the bits that made their way into the novel.
They’re maistly wonderfu’ contented
Robert Burns, “The Twa Dogs”
Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting
That would not let me sleep.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2, 4–8