Please help me welcome Monica McCarty today to As the Pages Turn. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of the MacLeod trilogy (Highlander Untamed, Highlander Unmasked, and Highlander Unchained), the Campbell trilogy (Highland Warrior, Highland Outlaw, Highland Scoundrel), and the new Highland Guard series (The Chief, The Hawk, The Ranger). Her interest in the Scottish clan system began in the most unlikely of places: a comparative legal history course at Stanford Law School. After a short, but enjoyable, stint practicing law, she realized that mixing a legal career with her husband’s transitory career as a professional baseball player was not exactly a match made in heaven. So she “traded” in her legal briefs for Scottish Historical Romances with sexy alpha heroes. When not trekking across the moors and rocky seascapes of Scotland, Monica can be found in Northern California with her husband and two children.
Elizabeth Phillips, Lisa Kleypas (historicals), Cindy Gerard, Julia Quinn,
Julie Garwood, Tara Janzen, and a bunch of others I’m sure I’m forgetting!
kickbutt. If you could be one of your
heroines for a day which one would you be?
try to make them strong and resourceful, but also keep them “true” to my
conception of what the period must have been like. It can be a fine line
sometimes. I think I probably put a little bit of myself in each of my
heroines, so I identify with each of them. But if I were to pick one to be for
the day, I think I would be Christina—mostly so I could spend a little time
with Tor and see whether he is as impressive as I imagine him.
remember since I was probably around 12 or 13 and snuck them off my mom’s
bookshelf. I would guess something by Rosemary Rogers. I have a very distinct
memory of reading Sidney Sheldon’s THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT at about that
age, and although it wasn’t a romance it certainly was enlightening! I stopped
reading romance for a while in college and law school, but came back to it on
re-reading Julie Garwood’s THE BRIDE. I still re-read her books all the time,
and have them not only on my bookshelf but also on my kindle.
I’m not very inventive, I probably use the f word the most. I know, I know, not
a thousand if I thought about it for a while, but my gut response was Pride
& Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love all her books, but P&P and
Persuasion are my two favorites.
some good ones. Can we say Patrick and
Elizabeth in the cottage…SIGH! Or Tor
and Christina from uhmm..behind! Do you
do any special preparations mentally for the love scenes in your book? Do you tend to write them as the story go or
do you write the book than go back and put the scenes in later?
some of the most difficult parts of the book to write. I don’t have any special
preparations, but I definitely have to know the characters and think about what
they would be feeling at the time. Because of that, I could never go back and
put them in later; they have to be written “in place” for me.
Monica: The Ranger is the third book in my Highland
Guard series. It features Arthur Campbell, the best scout in the Highlands,
who’s been embedded in the enemy camp for two years. I know a lot of readers
were worried about what happened with him, so in this book you’ll get to find
out the whole story. The heroine is the daughter of the man who killed his
father, making the road to their happily ever after challenging. I hope readers
will enjoy discovering how it all works out. As for what’s next . . . let’s
just say I think certain people will be happy. I’ll be posting more info about the fourth Highland
Guard book on my website soon
That was the end of our little Q&A session. Man oh man do I have more questions for you Monica…lol. Anyway I hope you all have enjoyed Monica McCarty week. I highly recommend everyone check out her books. She’ll suck you right in I tell you. Her newest book The Ranger just released 1/4/2011 and is already #24 on NY Times bestseller list. Congrats on that.
For more information on Monica visit here. It is worth checking out. You get to see Monica’s hunky ex-baseball hubby. Also you can join Monica and her fans at her blog which I love to hang out at here.
Also if you missed the previous 3 posts I’m giveaway copies of her book.
- Click here to enter for a chance to win the MacLeod trilogy.
- Click here to enter for a chance to win the Campbell trilogy.
- Click here to enter for a chance to win the 1st 3 books in the Highland Guard series