Friday, February 24, 2012

Interview with B.J. Scott

Today on That's What She Said I have a wonderful author willing to do an interview for me.
Hello B.J.  And welcome to That’s What She Said. Why don’t we begin by having you tell the readers about yourself.

With a passion for historical romance, history in general, and anything Celtic, B.J. always has an exciting work in progress. Each story offers a blend of romance, adventure, suspense, and, where appropriate, a dab of comic relief. Carefully researched historical facts are woven into each manuscript, providing a backdrop from which steamy romance, gripping plots, and vivid characters—dashing alpha heroes and resourceful, beguiling heroines you can’t help but admire—spring to life. A member of RWA, World Romance Writers, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Savvy Authors, B.J. also writes contemporary, paranormal, time travel, and romantic suspense.
C.S. Lewis first captivated B. J.’s imagination in the fourth grade, and her desire to write sprang from there. Following a career in nursing and child and youth work, B.J. married her knight-in-shining-armor, and he whisked her away to his castle by the sea. In reality, they share their century-old home in a small Canadian town on the shore of Lake Erie with three dogs and a cat. When she is not working at her childcare job, on her small business, or writing, you will find her reading, camping, or antique hunting.

 I must say it is a thrill to interview a fellow Canadian.  I see you have a stunning background of relatives who have come from Scotland, Ireland and England. How much of that background do you put into your stories?I have always been fascinated with anything related to my ancestry and Scottish historicals are one of my favorite books to write. Highland Legacy actually has the town my grandmother was born in Kirkintillock in one of the chapters and make use of the Scott clan for part of it as well. Because my stories are historical, I have to rely on research to make sure the facts are as accurate as possible.
You’re a lucky woman to have your very own knight in shining armour. How much of your husband is the heroes you create.  He likes to tell people that hero is based on him and that he posed for the cover, but so far has not gotten anyone to buy it lol. For me a hero is strong, compassionate, of good morals fiber, romantic, and humorous. To be honest, my husband has all these qualities and more.
You’re bio says that you worked in the nursing field. Do you ever write your profession into your stories? When I write contemporary, and there is a medical emergency, it comes in very handy. I am planning to write a romantic suspense that takes place in a hospital so will utilize my nursing experience then. Even in historicals it comes in handy, but herbal medicines and old cures are used and I must be careful not to use modern terms.
What made you want to write historical romance?I have a passion for history, especially anything Scottish or Celtic so writing a Scottish historical seemed a logical choice. My favorite books to read are in the genre as well.

 Share with our readers how you did the research for your novel: Research comes from a variety of places, but for historicals it primarily comes from library and online information sites. A historical romance must have accurate information for the time period, but the historical facts cannot be more important than the romance. Romance drives the story and the historical facts, events serves to set the scene and helps to transport the reader back in time.
 Do you have anything in the works right now? If so, would you mind giving us all a glimpse into your creation? Yes. I am currently working on a sequel to Highland Legacy. This was always my intention, but since the book came out in Nov 2011, I have had many requests for a sequel involving the hero's brother and the healer in Highland Legacy.  I am also working on another Scottish historical, A civil war based time travel/paranormal and a historical novella. These are all at various stages, but hope to have the sequel finished and available to the public by summer of 2012.
Let’s have some fun:
What is your favourite song? Have several and picking one was impossible
What was your favourite toy as a child? A farm that I got for Christmas when I was nine.
What is your favourite food? Chicken parmesan
Chocolate or Vanilla? Depends:  like chocolate cake, but prefer vanilla ice cream
Boxer or Briefs? Boxers
Favourite color? Yellow

If you were the lead singer in a rock band. What would the name of your band be?
Right now with, the incredible amount of work it takes to promote my book,  trying to find time to write my next novels, working full time and running a small home based business...not to mention being a wife and mom to four dogs and a cat...  Dazed and Confused would be a fitting name ;)

And lastly. Tell us a joke.
A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

"Oh my," said the writer. "Let me see heaven now."

A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.

"Wait a minute," said the writer. "This is just as bad as hell!"

"Oh no, it's not," replied an unseen voice. "Here, your work gets published."

The readers are excited to hear about your story. Please share the blurb and excerpt from your latest release.
Faced with an abhorrent betrothal, Cailin Macmillan flees her father’s castle and quickly learns that a woman traveling alone in Medieval Scotland is an easy target for ruthless English soldiers. When Highland patriot Connor Fraser comes to her aid, his steadfast dedication to king and country is challenged by his overwhelming desire to protect Cailin—even if he must marry her to do so.
Accused of murdering one of her attackers and determined to rely on her own resourcefulness, Cailin dresses as a lad, intent on seeking refuge at the camp of Robert the Bruce. Can she elude an enemy from her past—a vindictive English lord bent on her utter demise—or will she fall prey to his carnal intent and be executed for a crime she did not commit?

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BJ Scott said...

Thanks for having me here today Shiela. Looking forward to answering any questions visitors might have.

Ann Montclair said...

LOLOL...loved your joke. But, seriously, it is so much fun to get to know you better, BJ.

Great interview (and even better book). If you haven't read Highland Legacy, you must!

Sandy L. Rowland said...

This entertained me to no end.
He must marry her to protect her, like it's the worst fate possible for him. that's an Alpha male for you. Love it!
And the comment about writers.
Yeah, it's about publishing and attitude.

Thsnks for doing a terrific interview and post.

BJ Scott said...

Thanks for visiting Ann and for your wonderful comments. Your support is greatly appreciated

BJ Scott said...

Hi Sandy

Glad you dropped by and enjoyed the post.

Susan M said...

Fun post B.J. Tell you husband he looks good in a kilt. lol

Shiela Stewart said...

My pleasure BJ! Love the joke!

Casey Wyatt said...

Great post BJ. Love the joke! And I love the name of the blog! I'm still working on trying to find the right balance between promo and writing. Right now, writing is winning out.

BJ Scott said...

Hey Susan,
I passed the message along to my hubby and he laughed.

Thanks for stopping in

BJ Scott said...

Thanks for stopping in Cassey and glad to hear you are busy writing. Need something to follow your other release Mystic Ink.

working on the sequel to Highland Legacy right now, but promo is a necessary evil. Fun though when it is on a great site like Shiela's

Bev Irwin / Kendra James said...

Hi Barb and Sheila.
Love the joke!
Your dreams are coming true. Get that next book done and you will be dreaming in technicolor.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bev.

I am working on it and he editor is waiting ;)

hope all your dreams come true too.

BJ Scott said...

oops! No anonymous here lol

the last comment was from me, Bev. Thanks again for stopping by and teh well wishes.

Callie said...

Hey B. J.

Loved Highland Legacy. Great interview ladies, enjoyed it.

BJ SCOTT said...

Thanks Callie,

You have some great ones too. A Run for Love and the second book in the series A Wife by Christmas.Looking forward to your third installment.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

It was so nice to get to know you better today, BJ. I love your sense of humor. :)

Since we are both in Celtic Hearts together you know I totally agree with you about Scotland. It stole my heart when we visited four years and I must return to see if I can find it.

Good luck with your next story. Anything about Scots interest me and that Highlander on the cover of your book is hawt!

BJ Scott said...

Thanks Paisley

So nice of you to stop by and leave a comment ;)
Scotland is on my Bucket list. The only place in the world I truly want to go. My hubby was born in England and has family there so a trip to visit his uncle and then to Scotland would be amazing.

Pat McDermott said...

Lovely blog, Sheila. Suggestion, BJ: Have the chocolate cake with a dollop of vanilla ice cream over it. Me, I'd add a little hot fudge sauce to that :-) What a fun interview! And I enjoyed the excerpt. Glad to hear your readers want more. Best to you and your romances!

BJ Scott said...

Thanks Pat

your idea for the cake sounds yummy!

Shiela Stewart said...

BJ has chosen a winner and the lucky person is......Sandy Rowland.

BJ Will be ikn touch with you soon.