My character who...
...I fell the most in love with: Callum MacGregor.
...made me smile the most: Finlay Grant
...I found the sexiest: Dante Risande, Prince Gareth and Tristan MacGregor
...I wanted to slap a few times: Claire Stuart
...affected me in a profound way: William the Conqueror
...I want to be friends with: Maggie MacGregor and Davina Montgomery
...I find distractingly handsome: Connor Grant
...sex scenes were the easiest to write: Connor Grant and Brand Risande
...I hated: all of my villains
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Welcome, Paula! Congratulations on the release of The Taming of Malcolm Grant. I’ve been looking forward to this story for the longest time. Please tell our readers what they can expect from Malcolm and Emma’s book.
Thank you so much for inviting me! It’s a pleasure to be here!
Hmm, what can you expect from Malcolm and Emma’s book? You can expect sizzle! Lots of swagger from a hero who has basically had every thing, including women, handed to him with the slant of his smile. You can expect him to fall flat on his handsome face when he meets a woman who isn’t affected by what she sees. You can expect romance and action and even a seeing eye dog.
Emma is one of my favorite heroines from the MacGregor/Grant series. What inspired you to create a blind character and why did you feel she was the right woman for Malcolm?
I already knew Malcolm from my precious books and I knew he needed someone to set him straight,
Emma doesn’t see with her eyes but with her heart, her intuition, her hands. Malcolm’s appearance doesn’t mean a damn thing to her. She’s looking for a good man with a good heart, a man of honor. Lucky for Malcolm, the first “glimpse” she has of him is him rescuing her beloved dog.
Dogs play a pivotal role in many of your books. What role do they play in your real life?
Oh, gosh, there isn’t enough time! I grew up with dogs. My dad brought home my first dog when I was three, a black lab/terrier, who shared my life for fifteen years. I currently am owned by six Chihuahuas whose collect weight is twenty-three pounds. They are the light of my life and bring joy to me everyday.
Malcolm is so much more than he appears to those who take him at face value. In what ways did he surprise you while creating his story?
When Malcolm first appeared in The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell, he was a careless rake whose only mission in life was to fight and bed women. He did both often and well. I saw changes in him when he appeared in The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd. When he sided with his sister, Caitrina ‘s decision to stay with her pirate and leave Camlochlin, I saw traces of regret that he hadn’t known love. Before I began writing his book, I sensed him as a lonely man in a mask with a very complex heart and a fear of never finding what his heart truly wanted.
You’re very skilled at creating a sense of time and place within your books. What draws you to the medieval era and to Scotland in particular?
Thank you for the huge compliment! I’ve always been drawn to the past, especially the medieval era. Much like my characters, I grew up on stories of King Arthur and his knights. If there is a king or a knight involved, I’m in! Scotland began to tug on my heartstrings about six years before I wrote the book that started it all, Laird of the Mist. I’d cry at the sound of bagpipes, fall into a dreamy daze looking at pictures, etc. It took a long time to tackle a Scotland set story because I thought it would be too emotionally draining. It was. Researching and writing about the MacGregors and the proscription against them had me crying more than I was writing. They are the clan of my heart and I’m so honored to tell their stories.
What’s the last book that made you laugh out loud?
I have to say—mostly because I don’t have much time to read—that it was one of my own. Seduced By A Highlander. Tristan and Tamas. J
October is the month when changing leaves, college football and homemade soups bring me joy. What are you looking forward to this month?
Ah, sweaters and boots and scarves. Scarves are my weakness. Not sweating will be nice too!
Where can readers connect with you online?
I love to connect with my readers. I can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Paula-Quinn-Author-336691429368/timeline/
And on Twitter @Paula_Quinn
Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/quinnsromance/
What’s next from Paula Quinn?
I’m currently working on book 1 of 4 of my Highland Heirs Part 2 series. Cailean Grant, Malcolm’s younger brother gets his own story!
Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Paula. Would you like to ask our readers a question?
Thank you so much for having me! I had a blast!
Readers, describe your perfect Highlander.
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Read my review of Seduced by a Highlander here.
Read my review of Seduced by a Highlander here.