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Q & A with Margaret Mallory
Every writer dreams of getting “the call”. What were you doing when yours came? Who got to hear the good news first?
Margaret: I was in a parking lot an hour and a half from home, and I had just come out of an exhausting, all-day workgroup meeting on high risk kids. Before starting my car, I saw that I had a call from my agent and called her back. She told me that Grand Central was offering me a two-book deal. I was dying to tell someone, but I couldn’t reach a soul. I left a screaming message for my husband, then I had to drive through terrible and seemingly endless road construction & rush hour traffic before I could talk to anyone. It was lucky I didn’t get into an accident!
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
Margaret: In Stephen King’s book, On Writing, he recommends setting daily page or word-count goals. I’m a slow writer, but I am also extremely goal-oriented, so this has been the very best advice for me. When I’m writing my first draft, in particular, I set daily, weekly, and monthly word-count goals.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Margaret: My biggest adventure will probably always be the two years I spent living in West Africa when I was in 7th & 8th grade. My latest big adventure was travelling to Scotland with my daughter to research this series. By the way, I’ve posted photo albums that go with each book on my website. We had an amazing trip, & I’m dying to go back.
Q & A With Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Sue-Ellen: It’s so much fun to be here to celebrate Seduction of a Highland Warrior’s release at such a popular romance site. Readers: Romance Junkies sent me a list of questions and it was so hard to pick just three. As I’ve done so many Q&As over the years, often with these questions: (‘why Scottish medievals?,’ ‘what’s the appeal of Highlanders?,’ ‘why do you love Scotland so much?’), I ran with the more unusual questions.
Romance Junkies, thanks for the opportunity to be a bit different today!
RJ: What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Sue-Ellen: Before writing, I worked for the airlines for 23 years. Flying free was a wonderful perk and I took full advantage, spending those years seeing the world, both on duty as a stewardess and through constant private travel. I could note scores of grand adventures that I remember fondly, but one of the wilder trips was backpacking through the whole of Indonesia with a girlfriend. We traveled rough, using only sleeping bags, at times bathing in rivers or ponds in the middle of bamboo forests, we opted for only local transportation, and visited places so remote that our blond hair and blue eyes astonished the locals, and where head-heading was in full swing only fifty years or so before. In fact, in some villages in these more remote areas, we were now and then invited into the ‘shamans’ huts to see their collection of trophy shrunken heads. We also were lucky enough to witness a wedding in Bali (incredible) and several ritual funerals on some of the less-visited islands. A stop at a cave inhabited by millions of bats was a highlight, as was exploring the cliff-side burial caves of Sulawesi which are filled with a jumble of bones and skulls while the cliffs have rows of life-size wooden effigies of the dead guarding the cave entrances. (think Indiana Jones) See here: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/bizarre/news-macabre-burial-sites-indonesias-torajan-people
RJ: When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
Sue-Ellen: I love to eat and love to eat everything. There isn’t anything I won’t try. One of my greatest pleasures when I flew and traveled so much was discovering out-of-the-way dining spots, the places frequented by locals and where I could enjoy whatever regional specialties were offered. I still do this when traveling and also collect cookbooks from places I visit so I can try and duplicate foreign foods in my own kitchen. (I love cooking and baking). I’ve enjoyed street vendor fare in Thailand, the most delicious steamed mussels in Bruges (Belgium), escargot and frog legs in the most scrumptious garlic sauce in Alsace-Lorraine (France). A favorite foodie adventure was when a Turkish shopkeeper at Istanbul’s famous bazaar took me to lunch at a tiny, hidden away restaurant where a table was spread to groaning with Turkish specialties, all to be washed down with lots of raki. Indeed, such a luncheon is called a ‘raki table.’ And I love, love, love haggis, which is always my first food indulgence when I’m in Scotland.
RJ: What is your favorite comfort food?
Sue-Ellen: Potato anything. I’m a potato zealot and proud to be one. I love potatoes in any and all variations. I could live on potatoes and be entirely happy. And if I could time travel back to medieval Scotland, potatoes would be the one thing I’d take along. (well, also my dog) Otherwise, forget mascara and email, give me my tatties. A favorite recipe is Stovies, a Scottish specialty made with potatoes, onions, garlic, and leftover roast beef. Here’s a genuine Highland recipe from my blog, Tartan Ink: http://tartaninkblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/the-great-stovies-recipe-saga-iii/
Thank you so much for having me here today. It’s been wonderfully fun to chat outside the tartan box for a change. Not that I don’t love Scotland passionately – I do!
Highland Blessings! Sue-Ellen Welfonder
“Spellbinding! Few writers share Margaret Mallory’s talent for bringing history to vivid, pulsing life.” — New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley on Knight of Desire
THE CHIEFTAIN by Margaret Mallory
Publisher: Forever Mass Market /$7.99; February 26, 2013
Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his lands, and duty determines whom he will fight, trust . . . even marry. Seeking guidance, Connor turns to Ilysa,
a young lass with the gift of foresight, who reveals an approaching danger-and a passion that burns only for him. But the warrior must make a powerful marriage alliance, and Ilysa’s bloodline is far too humble.
With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she’s ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?
About Margaret Mallory
Margaret Mallory abandoned a career as a lawyer to become a romance novelist. Why this surprised everyone, she doesn’t know. Who wouldn’t rather have thrilling adventures with handsome Highlanders than write briefs and memos? Margaret lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, a goofy dog, and a crabby cat. With her children off to college, she spends most of her time working on her next book in The Return of the Highlanders series. Margaret loves to hear from readers.
“Few writers can bring history to life like Sue-Ellen Welfonder! For anyone who loves historical fiction, the books in the Highland Warriors trilogy are a true treasure.” – New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham
SEDUCTION OF A HIGHLAND WARRIOR
By Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Publisher: Forever Mass Market /$7.99; January 29, 2013
At the King’s request, chieftain Alasdair MacDonald has sworn to preserve the peace in the Glen of Many Legends. Though he’s handsome and fearless, his warrior’s heart belongs only to his beloved land—until the fair sister of
his oldest enemy shatters his defenses, branding his skin with a single touch, and sealing his fate with one stolen kiss…
Lady Marjory Mackintosh will do anything to unite the warring clans, even seduce Alasdair Macdonald. She has loved the rugged Highlander since she first saw him and now, as temptation leads to surrender, Marjory dares to possess him, body and soul. But a dangerous new menace enters the Glen, and he will stop at nothing to strip Alasdair of his honor—and the only woman who can claim his heart.
About Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines. Now a full-time writer, she’s quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle. Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.