Nancy Lee Badger shares her notes from the front lines of the Highland Games in New Hampshire. Find out about kilted athletes and get a look at an excerpt of her new novel, My Dark Highlander.
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When nearly finished writing the third book in my Highland Games Through Time series, I realized I had forgotten to include a small story thread. This was my first attempt writing a series, and I heard how important it is to tie up loose ends. Jake Jamison, a secondary character in the first book, My Honorable Highlander, holds a book by a twentieth-century poet that my heroine says he should not be reading while standing in a historical village at a present day Highland games.
Sue asked me to talk a little bit more about my travels as an author. Recently, I went on several trips while collecting research for my stories. Besides getting some great plot ideas, I learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. As I have gotten older (my birthday was November 13th) I realize life is short; I had better take it all in. My memory being what it is, I jotted notes in a journal and used photography to help me remember my latest experiences. I have a small digital camera. Experimentation has proven irritating at times, like when I push the movie button instead of taking a simple photo. Grr!
These research trips of yours sound like action packed fun! Readers, enjoy living vicariously with Nancy today on her travels! Love the photos!! I used to be a big travel buff. I represented my company at trade shows and enjoyed flying up and down the east coast. Today, however, I am older and working for myself as a full-time author, but I still travel to writer conferences. Post 9/11, I find I enjoy traveling by car or train more than by air. Trust me, though. When the opportunity comes to visit Scotland, I am UP THERE! I recently traveled from my current home in central North Carolina to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to volunteer at the annual gathering of the Scottish clans. The trip, itself, was an adventure and I made sure to… Continue