**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, WILLA BLAIR
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I love being an author! Even more than becoming a lounge singer, an idea I gave up on very quickly (too much smoke), being a published author has always been my dream.
Okay, I’m kidding about the lounge singer idea. But I do like to sing, and used to sing in chorales and choirs. I even sang at two weddings. So yes, I can carry a tune. And I married a man who can’t carry a tune in a bucket. But he’s great at just about everything else.
Meeting and talking to other authors is one of the main things I love about this job. We understand each other. No one thinks it strange if the topic of conversation flows from how to kill your first, second and third victims to the latest change Amazon has made to its algorithms to who the Queen of England was in 1745. We authors have a reputation for being introverts, but get us in a group, and you can’t shut us up.
Speaking of shutting up, I’ll stop now and answer your questions!
1. How did you get started writing?
I honestly don’t know. It’s just something I was always good at. I believe I owe a lot of my “talent” to the fact that I love to read and always had my nose in a book. If it’s possible to absorb an ability through osmosis, I did it by reading – a lot.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I’m one of those cross-genre authors who can’t sit still in one place. My published books are Scottish historical paranormal romance. They’re historical romance and they’re “light” paranormal romance – psi talents, not vampires or shapeshifters. I’ve started two contemporary books – one has psi elements, one doesn’t – and I’m plotting a scifi romance series that will, of course, have a few characters with psi talents.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
There are lots of things I like about writing. First and foremost is hearing that my fans like my books. I imagine every author loves that. Then there’s getting to know the characters, taking them on their journey, and finishing the book.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Sitting for hours, staring at the computer. But I found a keyboard rack that’s just at the right height for me to be able to stand and type, so I do that once in a while. I’m lucky that we live up on a hill, so I can walk outside and stare off into the distance or watch the birds flitting around the feeder to give my eyes something different to do while I think about the next plot point.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I wish I knew. My Highland Talents series is set at a difficult time in Scotland’s history, so there are lots of possibilities for conflict between characters and clans. Other ideas, like the contemporary books I’m working on, just show up. I might picture a scene, and then story flows once I start writing. I’ve learned that it’s important to write. Start typing. See what happens.
6. What is your typical day like?
I start out by checking social media, answering emails, posting on Facebook and twitter, and such. Then I look up and realize hours have gone by. Only occasionally do I write in the morning, since I’m not a morning person. I’m more creative in the evening and late at night. Hmmm…maybe I should be writing vampire stories!
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Conflict is tough for me. It drives the story, and the more trouble your characters face, the more interesting the book will be. I get that. But having dealt with a career’s worth of office conflicts, I’d rather avoid it. So it takes effort for me to pit the characters against each other.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Highland Seer is the second book in my Highland Talents series. Highland Seer officially released yesterday! It’s out now on all the usual ebook providers, and in print from The Wild Rose Press and Amazon.
I had fun writing this book because the hero and heroine are not typical romance leads.
Donal MacNabb is not the laird of his clan. He doesn’t have land or wealth or armies of his own. In fact, he’s living with an adopted clan as their arms master. He’s the strong, silent type who does not trust easily. In the first book, Highland Healer, his suspicions about the Healer, Aileana Shaw, caused a lot of friction. So I knew that Karma would have to pay him back in the second book.
Karma takes the form of Ellie MacKyrie, who is not your typical blushing, virginal heroine. For one thing, she’s not a virgin, she’s a widow. She’s a Seer, so she has a talent that Donal has to learn to accept as real, and oh, did I mention that she is the laird of her clan? So on top of everything else, she outranks Donal.
You might think they could never make a match, but you know they will. It turns out that Ellie is exactly what Donal needs. It just takes him a while to realize what Ellie knew even before she met him – when she saw him in her dreams.
Links to Willa’s website, blog, books, etc.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/willablair – Like my Fan Page!
https://www.facebook.com/willa.blair.5 – Friend me!
http://ning.it/Vswn8D – Goodreads
http://amzn.to/186cnLQ – Highland Seer Amazon buy link (ebook and print)
http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=5354 – Highland Seer ebook buy link at TWRP
http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=5338 – Highland Seer print buy link at TWRP
Links for Highland Healer.
http://amzn.to/19zXYe7 – Highland Healer Amazon buy link (ebook and print)
http://ning.it/UZMNb9 – Highland Healer on Nook
http://ning.it/V1gXY2 – Highland Healer on iBooks
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/highland-healer – Highland Healer on Kobo
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Willa and her novel, HIGHLAND SEER, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Willa is giving away one signed print copy (U.S. only) of her novel, HIGHLAND SEER, to one of her lucky readers who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Don’t miss this chance to read the second book in her Highland Talents series!! Thanks, Willa, for sharing your stories with us!