Welcome, Sandy Blair!
By Sandy Blair
Zebra Books — November 2006
A Rogue By Any Other Name
Scoundrel. Seducer. Sir Ian MacKay deserves to be called the Thief of Hearts. Yet he is a man with a mission: to return
Though Ian insists that no woman has ever refused him, Kate vows to resist his scandalous charm. Leading him on a merry chase all over
With a magical blend of humor, passion, and adventure, THIEF IN A KILT is sure to steal hearts. —New York Times Bestselling author Lorraine Heath
Blair's attention to historical and regional detail supports a fine balance of action and romance, making this political potboiler a winning read. —Publishers Weekly
What do you like least about this period? Anything that constrained you or that you had to plot carefully around?
The most difficult part has been assessing the real leaders of the period and keeping track of alliances which regularly changed dependent on the year, chieftains, marriages or church matters.
What sparked tis book? Was it a character? An historical event? A scene you just couldn’t get out of your head?
It was the character, Ian MacKay. He first came to life in A Rogue In A Kilt. Sensing he could take over the story I sent him on a mission, knowing full well he’d return. Immediately following A Rogue’s release, fans began asking for The Thief of Hearts tale, so here he is.
Did you have to do any major research for his book?
I had three research projects running while writing A Thief: I had to find interesting quotes by famous authors in print prior to 1411, 2.) I had to learn the history and layout of the
Did you stumble across anything really intersting that you didn’t already know?
Hmm…I found the Tower’s history fascinating. Did you know the guards fed the lions (who survived a few years in cages barely larger than their bodies) not bulk horse meat and such, but live sheep and goats?
The more I researched
And I had fun plotting Kate’s run, deciding when she’d hit rivers, castles, etc.
Any historical mea culpas to fess up?
Oh ya, what author hasn’t? In both A MAN and in A ROGUE, I mentioned potatoes, a New World veggie that had yet to be introduced in
I do use “ye” (rather than thee, thy, thou) across the board for reading ease. That’s a long standing, mutually agreed upon decision between my editor and me.
And not until after A THIEF went to proof pages did I learn that during this period the Tower was locked up not at midnight--as I had been led to believe--but 10:00PM. Imagining all sort of “history police” emails, I contacted my editor in a panic. I was able to remove “midnight” but couldn’t rework the paragraph—much less the scene--without creating a major headache in another department...namely printing.
What/Who do you like to read?
I enjoy good writing, be it historical Romances (Henley, Garwood, Heath), non-fiction histories, historical fiction (
How did your writing carreer take off? Was it a Zero-to-Published kind of thing? Or did you have ten finsihed books under the bed before you sold?
I finished my first manuscript in 1999, then joined RWA where I learned why it was being rejected. Rather than rewrite it, I started anew, and entered my second manuscript into the 2003 RWA’s Golden Heart. It won Best Paranormal manuscript, which garnered my agent Paige Wheeler, who sold it in a two book contract to Kensington.
Care to share a bit about your writing process? Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you write multiple drafts or clean up as you go?
I’m a “thoughtful pantser,” a linear thinker, a plodder, simply putting one foot in front of the other. I will have one character well fleshed out in my head and know something about my black moment before I start, but beyond that…it’s a great adventure. And I tweak as I go. (I loathe rewriting.)
What are you planning to work on next?
Thanks for asking. I’m currently working on two things…First my next time-travel, A HIGHLANDER FOR CHRISTMAS, scheduled for release in October 2007.
And second…as a thank you to readers and to celebrate the release of A THEIF IN A KILT, I’m giving one reader an expense paid trip to the 2007 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention being held in Houston, TX this coming April. The gift includes round trip airfare from any major city in the contiguous US, your registration fee and all meals, book signings and publisher parties that includes, a 5 night stay in the convention hotel, and a special dinner with yours truly. Details and application form can be found on HERE!.