Christina loves writing dark tales set in the 9th century featuring tough Highland warriors who are brought to their knees by their brave Pictish princesses.
She is published by Ellora’s Cave and Berkley Heat and has dipped her toe in the indie pub waters. She is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of America, the DarkSide Down Under Group Blog and Historical Hearts Group Blog.
Christina is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her family. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.
The Highland Warrior Chronicles
From the Kingdom of Dal Riada, Scots warriors Connor MacKenzie, Cameron MacNeil and Ewan MacKinnon pledge to keep the peace in the wild Highlands of Pictland. But each man is destined to fall in love with a Pictish princess – three cousins who are determined to save their beloved land from the savage invaders. Instead they lose their hearts to their wild foreign warriors.
Book 1 ~ Her Savage Scot
Book 2 ~ Her Vengeful Scot
Book 3 ~ Her Defiant Scot
Blurb for Her Savage Scot
When tough Scot warrior Connor MacKenzie rides into the barbaric lands of the Picts on a mission for his king, he never expects to be captivated by a beautiful Pictish widow. Drawn under her spell, yet unaware of her true identity, he risks everything for one passionate night in her arms.
Aila, princess of Pictland, swore long ago she would do anything within her power to help defeat the Vikings who invaded her land and murdered her husband. But after meeting Connor, her frozen heart thaws and once again she imagines a future filled with love and passion.
When Connor delivers the message from his king, Aila becomes a pawn in a deadly game of politics. Her heart belongs to Connor, but she must marry the prince of Dal Riada – Connor’s half-brother. But the fates have other plans for the star-crossed lovers as they fight their enemies and themselves to find true love.
A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Read Chapter One of Her Savage Scot
Release date: 20th November 2013
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Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
Thanks so much for having me at the Pen and Muse today! I’m originally from the UK, but now live in sunny Western Australia with my husband and children and three gorgeous cats.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
The idea first came to me a few years ago, after my agent asked me if I had ever thought of writing about Highland Warriors. It was while she was shopping my first book, Forbidden, and while editors loved the voice and story they weren’t sure about the Roman and Druid protagonists or the location – Cymru (ancient Wales).
Since I’ve always loved Highlanders (what’s not to love!) I started to research the history of Scotland. When I got to the mid ninth century and read about Kenneth MacAlpin and the mysterious disappearance of the Picts at the turn of the tenth century I knew I’d found the delicious hook I’d been searching for!
How do you create your characters?
I’m not sure I do. I’m convinced they’re real people somewhere in the ether, just waiting until the right moment before they invade my mind and hold my muse hostage. Although it sometimes takes me a while to get to know my characters, I don’t feel as if I’m the one creating them from scratch. They are there, fully formed, and my job is to uncover their secrets and find out who they are and why they’re here.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
The first short story I had published was inspired by a recurring dream I had over the course of several years. It got to the point where this dream was literally haunting me – in the end I had to write it down just so I could try and find out what happened at the end. The weird thing is, once I wrote that story I never had the dream again .
The inspiration for my Forbidden books, set in first century Britain during the Roman invasion, happened one night while I was tackling admin work. From nowhere this hot Roman centurion marched across my mind, looking for his elusive Druid princess. I was enthralled. Why was a Roman looking for a Druid when they were the bitterest of enemies? Of course I had to find out why and what happened next! So I wrote the book!
As for what got me started in writing, I’ve always loved writing. I loved English essay homework (I’m not sure my teachers did, since my stories were… long…) but it wasn’t until we moved to Australia that I decided to get serious about writing with the view to publication.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I’m lucky enough to have a spare bedroom as my office. I try not to have anything to eat or drink in there, and I never listen to music while writing because I find it distracting (when the muse needs sustenance, I play Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell repeatedly until the angst flows again!)
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I would love to know how my ideas come to me but I really haven’t a clue. A random word or thought can set the process in motion. I’ve never tried to analyze it because I have a terrible fear that if I do I’ll never have another workable idea again!
What do you like to read?
I love reading all kinds of books, but there must be a romance (even if the book isn’t marketed as romance) and a happily-ever-after. I don’t want my hero or heroine to die in the final chapter. No! They must end up together! So with that in mind I enjoy historicals, paranormal, fantasy, contemporary and rural romance. Luckily I have many writer friends who write in these genres!
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
If you can, join a local writers group. I’m a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and the help and support over the years has been phenomenal. And of course the friendships you make are invaluable. I’d also say don’t be reluctant to try writing different things, because you never know when something will really resonate not only with you, but with readers. Also be open to constructive advice (key word here is constructive!). Oh, and grow a thick skin because when you’re published not everyone is going to love your book J
Anything else you’d like to share?
I love hearing from readers! You can keep in contact through Facebook and Twitter or email me direct through my website.
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