Guest Author Olivia Stocum

Today our guest is Olivia Stocum author of yesterday’s book “Moonstone”  and last weeks book “Dawning”. Here are links to those posts. Moonstone: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4UA Dawning: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4T3

Let’s find out more about Olivia and her writing.

Olivia Stocum Author

1) Where is your home town?

I live in Owego, New York, a historic town by a river that floods at little too often for comfort, in a two hundred and fourteen year old house, that has the uncanny ability to be completely surrounded by water and yet still not succumb to the rising floods.

2) Tell us the significance of the title “Moonstone”

Originally Moonstone was meant as a description of my hero, William’s eyes. There is something in the Celtic gene pool that produces very dark hair with pale gray eyes. (Which is what William looks like.) Eventually, it came to mean more… but you’ll have to read the book to find out.

3) Where is Moonstone set?

Historic Scotland, early 1600’s, in the North Highlands. The exact location is completely fictional.

4) I don’t think I’ve read the word “Kilt” in your book? Is there a historical reason?

Yes. The kilt as we know it did not exist until the late 1700’s. I know some writers use the term anyway, but I’m kind of a stickler about such things. You’ll also note that I don’t use the word Sporran  for the same reason.

5) I love your rugged brave Scottish men, tell us how William got his shoulder injury.

William was injured in a battle in Sweden, where it was common for young Scottish men to hire themselves out as soldiers.

6) You had fun with some Gaelic words in this book, tell us a couple that William was caught saying.

LOL. Yes, he was caught, wasn’t he.

Here’s a few of the words used in the book:

Mo leannan – this means, my darling, sweetheart, love …

Bean sídhe – A female fairy, otherwise known as a banshee. Often she heralds the coming of doom. (Which sounds awful, but when William first met Rhiannon she was tied up with rope, and he got some of her blood on him. He knew their destinies where somehow intertwined, but he wasn’t entirely sure why or to what end.)    

Fey – Again associated with fairies, meaning one who is destined for tragedy.

Tha gràdh agam ort – I love you, or literally, I have love on you. Rhiannon is actually the one to say this (at least in Gaelic anyway)

 7) Tell us the motives behind Reginald’s actions.

Laird Reginald was a troubled man from an abusive past. I felt bad for him, really, and wished there was some help for him, but there weren’t any therapists around in the 1600’s, and William had to deal with Reginald for what he was; a threat to his family.

8) If I was around in the 1600’s I think I’d want to be rescued by some of the men in your books, who is your favourite?

Oh boy, you ask a lot of me. Let’s see… Ronan (from Dawning) is my beef head. He can be a tad dense, especially when it comes to women, but he’s completely loyal to Triona. William is my strong, sensitive guy. Unfortunately, he loves a little too deeply, and that makes him overprotective to the point of sometimes smothering Rhiannon. Then there’s Graham, my giant Norse throw-back. On the surface he’s a bear. Inside, he’s a big softy. And lastly, there’s Alec. He’s young and has a few lessons to learn about love, but his current broken heart won’t last forever…

OK, so I didn’t pick a favourite, and I don’t think I ever could! I love them all for who they are, AND for who they will become.

9) I did enjoy all the Scottish vocabulary, which of those words did you enjoy using the most?

Probably mo leannan, but I like all of it.

10) I feel there’s a story to be told for young Graham next, what do you think?

Absolutely. In fact, that is why he wasn’t present at the beginning of the book. While he was away visiting his niece, I was busy getting him in over his head with a certain young noble woman.

Moonstone by Olivia Stocum

Find a copy of Moonstone here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Dawning: Historical Romance

Find a copy of Dawning here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

I’ll certainly keep a look out for the next book in the series.

Romancing September – Olivia Stocum (Day 7)

Day 7 on Romancing September, please join me in welcoming author Olivia Stocum as our guest author, then pop over to Georgia to catch up with her views on writing romance in today’s society with Stephanie in a few hours.

Olivia Stocum AuthorLet’s go and find out some more about Olivia;

1) Where is your hometown?

My hometown is Owego, New York. It’s a historic town dating back to the Revolutionary War. I still live there. My house is 213 years old and has been in my husband’s family for three generations. I love ‘old’ things. Houses, towns, furniture…

2) How long have you been writing?

I started writing as soon as I had the ability to form sentences on paper. I couldn’t wait to learn how to read and write. I just knew books and I were a love match.

3) Have you always written romance?

Yes. It all started with Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast.

4) Before we get into the book, I must compliment you on the cover, It’s gorgeous! Who designed it?

An uber-talented woman, Stephanie White. https://www.facebook.com/StephsCoverDesign Check her out if you’re in the market for a book cover. She really cares about your vision for your book.  

5) “Dawning” is a historical romance, is this your favourite style?

Yes, it is. Although, that said, I do have a paranormal series about a female werewolf in the works.

6) Set in Scotland in 1599, what made you choose this time and setting?

I wanted to create a world where the great kilt, castles, and damsels in distress all existed at the same time. Since the Great Kilt didn’t come into use until the mid fifteen hundreds, and castles fast went out of style in the sixteen hundreds, (yes, some people do still live in them, but for the most part they were no longer being built) I realized this was my best choice.

7) Do you have any family link to the MacAlastair clan that you wrote about? 

Nope. I completely made up the clan out of my imagination. I did that on purpose, because I knew the last thing I wanted was hate-mail because I made someone’s great-great-great-great grandfather into a bad guy. (Or something to that extent). My grandmother was Scottish however, from the Davidson clan.

 8) Clans are renown for their fierce protection of family, how do you show this in the book?

I could talk about Triona’s father, who is laird, or William, who is heir apparent, or even Triona, who is painfully devoted to the both of them. But I think it’s our hero, Ronan, who shows this the most. He has no idea who his parents are, and although he has been adopted into Triona’s clan, he isn’t able to accept it. He sees Triona alone as his legacy. And he will do anything to build his own clan around her.

9) Tell us more about the mysterious “Blackhawk” in your book, does his reputation precede him?

It does, and in ways he doesn’t come realize until the end of the book. Ronan (AKA Blackhawk) describes himself as the sort of mercenary who only sells to the highest bidder, but at closer examination, he’s left a trail of goodwill behind him. Maggie, for example, who was sold into harlotry at thirteen. Ronan pays off her debt to the man who owns her, then uses his powerful influence to find her a position as a lady’s maid, changing her life forever.  

 10) I was surprised when one reviewer picked you up on your lack of historical content in “Dawning” it is after all a fictional piece. Would this comment influence your future writing?

I don’t see it as influencing my writing at all. I’m very much like Jane Austen, who wrote her books during the Napoleonic Wars, yet never found it necessary to take her reader onto the battlefront. My books are ROMANCE. I write about relationships of many kinds. Friends, father and daughter, cousins, and yes, lovers. That is the essence of my writing. I don’t pretend that it’s something it’s not, either. I never once said that Rob Roy or Bonnie Prince Charley would be making an appearance in any of my books.

11) Fans are clamouring for a publishing date of your next book “Moonstone” do you have a date yet? Is it a sequel to “Dawning”?

Yes, and yes. The release date is January 2014. The book is written, and I am doing some of my own editing before it goes off to my hired editor next month. It’s about one of my most admired characters, William MacAlastair. I have yet to find a woman who doesn’t like him, and I can understand. Secretly, I’m in love with him too. (But don’t tell my husband, please.)

 Thanks for having me on your blog, Rosie. I really enjoyed our interview!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00024]You can go and find “Dawning” here on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Thanks for being my guest today Olivia, I loved your answers!