When my editor and I were discussing ideas for upcoming stories she asked me what I thought about writing something Scottish.
I had to think about that for a moment. I’m not sure why because my favorite historical romances are Scottish based. And, really, who doesn’t like a man in a kilt, right?
So I thought about it for a moment and I have to admit the amount of research I would have to do was a bit intimidating. I’ve never written anything Scottish before.
I told Sue that I would definitely consider writing a Scottish historical romance—without a clue as to what I would actually write.
And then, months later, a scene came to me, fully formed—woman holding a pistol on a pirate and demanding his help. I was intrigued—as was the pirate—and decided the woman had to be Scottish and the pirate English because, you know, the two countries didn’t get along very well. And neither does the Scottish lass and the English pirate, come to think of it.
It’s probably not exactly what Sue was thinking. After all, the majority of the story takes place in London. But the misplaced Scottish lass—Mairi—was so much fun to write. And I loved her reaction to London (hint: it’s not a good reaction), and to Phin the pirate (hint: it’s a good reaction although she doesn’t think so).
These two were a lot of fun to write but I think I had the most fun with the scenes where the two really open up to each other and let each other see a glimpse into their souls. For me those are always the best scenes to write—the ones that make you sigh.
Which scenes do you like to read the best? The action scenes? Love scenes? Or the deep, introspective scenes?
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Sharon Cullen is the author of the historical romances, The Notorious Lady Anne, Loving the Earl and Pleasing the Pirate. She’s also published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance.
Her other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
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