Thursday, October 27, 2011

Q & A with Vonda Sinclair!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

My Wild Highlander is the second story in my Scottish historical romance series (My Fierce Highlander was the first.)

My Wild Highlander:

Lady Angelique Drummagan, a half-Scottish, half-French countess, has suffered much pain and betrayal in her past. She wants nothing to do with the sensual Scottish warrior that the king has ordered her to marry because the rogue could never be a faithful husband, but she has little choice in the matter. Dangerous, greedy enemies threaten her from all sides and she’s in dire need of his protection.

Sir Lachlan MacGrath, known as Seducer of the Highlands, possesses a charming wickedness and canny wit which has earned him much popularity. After the king decrees that he wed the fiery hellion, Lachlan discovers there is one woman who can resist him—Angelique. Can he break through her icy fa├žade and melt her heart, or will the dark secrets lurking in her past not only cost them their future together, but their very lives?

Purchase My Wild Highlander

Purchase My Fierce Highlander

Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the interview.

2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

This is part of my favorite scene:

The passage opened up and they moved through a large dim church filled with empty pews. Only a couple of candles lit the plain interior. Five of King James's retainers wearing royal livery waited near the pulpit along with a dour Protestant minister.

"What is happening?" Angelique asked.

"We are to be married, as you ken." Lachlan set her on her feet at the front of the church.

She pulled him aside. "Have you lost your mind? We cannot marry now. Not like this," she whispered loudly.

"Aye, 'tis necessary to marry in secret. Someone wishes to kill us. They are wanting your estate through any means, fair or foul." His harsh expression told her of the seriousness of the matter. "King James bid us to go ahead and marry. Now. We have the special license."

"But I must wear my wedding gown and I did not bring it. I will not marry in my shift and a blanket. Barefoot."

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

After reading romance novels nonstop for about a year. After that first one, I was addicted. Then one day, as I was reading an especially hot, amazing hero, I thought why don't I create a story featuring my own hot, yummilicious hero? I could make him do whatever I want. LOL As I was learning to write, I wrote a contemporary romance first. I didn't want to overwhelm myself learning to write AND doing historical research. I wanted to take it one step at a time and learn the novel writing process right.

4. Tell us a little about your daily writing routine. Are you a plotter or pantser?

I'm a hybrid plotter/pantser but I probably lean more toward the pantser side. I find I have to know before starting what the hero's and heroine's goals, motivations and conflicts are. I need a broad overall vision of where the story is going so I'll know beforehand that it will work out in the end and have a tight, fast-paced plot where everything ties in together. After that bare bones framework, I let my imagination take flight.

5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I can't really share what I'm writing with anyone while I'm writing it. My muse insists that I keep it a secret until I'm finished. :)

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

At first, the idea of historical research intimidated me because I wanted everything to be spot on accurate. But once I went for it, I discovered the historical research wasn't so bad and I actually enjoyed it. One perk is research trips to Scotland. I find that my stories truly feel more Scottish since that first trip.

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I was reading a Sandra Brown book when I said, hey, why don't I write a book? I don't know her but I have to say she inspired me to become a writer. As for friends, I have a wonderful critique group called Rebels I've been with for years. We always encourage and support each other on our writing journey.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My husband has always supported and encouraged me in my writing. He believed in me even more than I believed in myself at times. My parents and other relatives are happy about my publishing success.

9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I enjoy photography, graphic art, hiking, swimming, jewelry making, travel, etc.

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

I'm working on the next Highlander novel in this series. It's about Lachlan's friend, Dirk, and a woman he meets in a mysterious way.

11. How can readers connect with you online?

They can find me at:

My website:

Author group blog, Fierce Romance:



Thanks so much for interviewing me! This was fun!



Thanks,, Vonda!

And as a treat for readers, Vonda says:

"I'll give away an ebook copy of My Fierce Highlander."

Okay, folks, Vonda has been grilled by me, so now it's your time to ask her questions.
That's how you'll get your name in the hat to win her book.


Lynn's Romance Enthusiasm said...

How much time do you spend on research for your books? Is travel a big part of your research?

Kathleen O said...

If you were not a writer, what other occupation would you like to attempt??

Vonda Sinclair said...

Romance Reader Enthusiast, I don't know exactly how much time I spend on research. Sometimes days and days as I'm starting a book to get a feel and a broad overall knowledge of a certain area or time period. Sometimes as I'm writing I find I need a certain specific detail and I might spend half a day looking for the exact tidbit I need. My favorite kind of research is definitely through travel and in person research. I LOVE traveling around Scotland and exploring the castles, ruins and prehistoric sites.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Kathleen, I'm not sure! I'm so hooked on writing I don't want a different profession. LOL But I might be a therapist since I have a background in psychology. Or I might be a photographer or a writing teacher.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Hmmmmmm, you're already a writing teacher, and I might add a great one. :) Since I already have your stories in my Kindle I am not reading the excerpts...don't want to spoil my surprises when I get to read this story. Loved 'My Wild Highlander' and recommend it to anyone who wants a good read.

Are you writing on the next story, Vonda???? I hope so.

derekd said...

I'll echo Paisley's comments about your ability as a writing coach. Having read the first two in this series, I can recommend them with confidence.

*Drums fingers* Patiently waiting for number three. Good luck with sales Vonda.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thanks Paisley and Derek! I'm so glad you both approve of my teaching abilities. And thanks to you both also for reading my books! You're the best!

Tamara Hunter said...

I love your books, Vonda! I'm jsut amazed at the level of your research. You really do a good job of bringing the characters and the surroundings alive.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Great interview, Vonda. I'm happy to say I'm one of the Rebels. It's a great group of ladies who've become very special friends. Don't include me in the drawing. I already have MFH and LOVED it!

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thanks, Tamara! I'm so glad you enjoy my books! How sweet of you to say that! And thanks for reading them! I do enjoy learning those little details I can use to bring the story to life.

Carol, thanks! Go Rebels! :) You guys are like my writing family. And thanks so much for liking MFH!

Unknown said...

You MIGHT be a writing teacher or photographer??? You're pretty modest, my friend. You're a writing teacher and photographer extraordinaire. (Reference those amazing book covers of yours!) To top it off, you write some of the best books I've ever read. You're generous and kind and a fabulous friend. Yup! You'd make a terrific therapist. I wish you all the best with these two books, Vonda--and I can't wait to get my hands on that next book. I loved the interview, too. Thanks!

chey said...

I enjoy highlander stories.
Do you have a favourite genre?

Vonda Sinclair said...

LOL Donna! Thanks so much for saying I actually am a writing teacher and photographer. :) But I would consider myself an amateur at both things really. Thanks so much for your compliments about my books! I'm thrilled you enjoyed them! You are an awesome friend too!

Vonda Sinclair said...

Hi Chey, Yes, Highlander stories are my favorites too! I can't get enough of hotties in kilts wielding swords. :)

Tami Dee said...

Great interview, Vonda! I LOVE your books, you are a gifted author who is going places!

Alexa said...

Yay, Vonda! I'm so psyched for you! In your research trips, what has been the most surprising thing you've learned or seen?

Vonda Sinclair said...

Wow Tami! Thanks so much! I LOVE your books too!

Alexa, thanks! There is always something surprising in Scotland although it's not always research related. On a recent trip, we parked in a pull off spot on a one track road in Sutherland so I could take some pics of spectacular scenery across the road. A string of about 50 caravans (small camper vans) passed before I could cross the road again. I thought I was going to freeze to death in the cold wind. WHY would there be a string of 50 caravans in the most remote area of northern Scotland where there were almost no other cars or people? Who knows? LOL

winnie said...

Hi Vonda, my question for you is, since you say that you're more of a pantser, I was wondering if you have characters that really surprised you as you are writing their story or if there were moments where the story takes a surprising turn as you fleshed it out?

Vonda Sinclair said...

Yes, a lot of times secondary characters are the ones who surprise me. It's like they spring out of nowhere and take on a life of their own, all without my planning or working on them. This happened when Lachlan was a secondary character in My Fierce Highlander.