The desire to write historical fiction has long been my
passion. Since elementary school, I wrote stories in my spare time, the first
being a horse story while a student in the third grade. I earned three degrees and
worked as a public school teacher and administrator. Only after retirement did
I fulfill the dream of publication.
Welcome to Stitches Thru Time,
Brenda. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Congratulations on your newest release! Tell us a bit about your A Highland Ruby.She must choose between a life of adventure with the man she loves or a settled, secure life with her betrothed. Flora Vass forced Gavin Munro out of her heart and mind until he returned to Scotland after an adventurous five years in the New World. Gavin leaves no doubt he returned to make the bonnie Flora his own and intends to fight for her. Flora's betrothed, Iain MacKay, and Gavin's brother, Chief Andrew Munro, have other plans. Andrew needs her to marry the MacKay and bring peace between the two clans. Iain MacKay desires an heir. War with England looms on the horizon, forcing Flora to make crucial decisions.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book?Through genealogy research, I discovered my Scottish roots and heritage. My ancestor, Duncan Munro, immigrated from Scotland to North Carolina in the early 1800’s. He married, then moved his family to Alabama. After the Civil War, his son immigrated to Louisiana where the son’s daughter met and married my great-grandfather. I traveled to Scotland three times in search of my Scots family and found them in the Highlands. While in Scotland, I toured the seat of Clan Munro, Foulis Castle, and the land of Ferindonald. Ferindonald means, “the land of Donald”. Donald, ancestor of the Munros, ventured to Scotland from Ireland as a mercenary soldier to assist King Malcolm in fighting Viking invaders. After visiting Scotland, the Highland Treasures series was born.
Wow! What a treat to visit a place that holds so much history for you and your family. I'm sure your book holds more than just Scottish history. What do you hope folks will take away from your story?My desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it touched my heart in the writing. I want readers to enjoy my books, engage with the characters, become enmeshed in the story, and generally be enthusiastic supporters and fans.
Don't we all. ;)
Do you have a favorite scene in the book? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?I have several favorite scenes, but will choose one to share. Gavin had to literally fight for Flora’s love. Her betrothed, Ian MacKay, did not let her go easily.
“Aye, Flora my love, I was in nae danger from the mon. He fights like a dandy, no’ a warrior. I’m only glad he said to the death instead of first blood.” Gavin gave her a squeeze, lifted her face to his, placed his hand on the back of her head, drawing her to him, and kissed her hard and passionately. With all the emotions from the depths of a bursting heart rising to her lips, she returned his loving kiss.
Lifting her lips from his, she said, “My heart canna lose you again. ‘Twould break into a thousand pieces, and I would die for certain.”
“You’ll ne’er lose me. I’m yours forever,” he said with another kiss before Lady Murchison cleared her throat.