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30 days of Highlanders: Day 18: Interview with Author Veronica Wolff + Giveaway

May 13, 2011

Veronica Wolff is an award-winning, bestselling author with a soft spot for kilts and vampires. Not necessarily at the same time. Previously known for her Highlands Time Travel series, she's launching two new series with Penguin Group: The Clan MacAlpin Novels, featuring a family of strapping, seventeenth-century Highlanders, and The Watchers, starring a group of vampires and the teenaged girls who train to watch over them.

-Did you get to travel to Scotland or Ireland for any research?
Yes, and Monica McCarty is my travel buddy! We've traveled together through Scotland twice now, and hope to make our next trip in 2012.

 -Which of your Highlanders was hardest to write?
Aidan MacAlpin, my most recent hero, was definitely one of the toughest. When he was only ten, Aidan was mistaken for a poor chimney sweep, and as happened to “climbing boys” and other gravely impoverished folk in seventeenth-century Scotland, he was taken and transported to a West Indies plantation to work in indentured servitude as another man’s property.

In Devil’s Own, Aidan has returned, but many years have passed, and he’s a changed man. Robbed of his childhood, family, and country, he is scarred both physically and emotionally, and is bent on revenge. It was a difficult experience going deep into his character, trying to create realistic change for him and nurturing to life a realistic love story. That said, he was also one of the most moving characters for me to explore, and his relationship with Elspeth was one of the most satisfying and enjoyable to write.

-Do you have any secret obsessions while writing you can‘t live without?
Dark chocolate...though my obsession is not-so-secret! I also blast music--I love to write to hard rock or hard rocking Celtic music. An occasional glass of Guinness never hurt either.

**Where can readers find you? twitter,facebook,etc
I'm on Twitter and Facebook--please come say hi!

**Do you have a link to your book list?

**Do you have a newsletter?
Yes, and I only send it out when I've got a new book coming out, please don't be afraid to sign up! :)

*~*  Giveaways *~*

A signed copy of my latest book,
Devil's Own.

*~* I'm happy to ship anywhere *~*

To Enter you MUST:
~ Answer the question:
      - If you could have your highlander of your dreams, what would his name be?

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18 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Leanne109 May 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM  

His name would be Galen McKarvik.


florentine May 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM  

hmm.. maybe Eilidh Macniven

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Chelsea B.,  May 13, 2011 at 10:13 PM  

His name would be Connor! I dunno way, I've just always adored that name for a Highlander :-)


June M. May 13, 2011 at 10:47 PM  

His name would be Duncan McKay....I just like that name for some reason.

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Kasumi May 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM  

Two writers traveling for research, so great!

Thanks for the international chance :D


Victoria May 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM  

I think I'd name my highlander Tegan to Ferocious.


Danielle Gorman May 14, 2011 at 4:18 PM  

His name would be Aidan or Declan McClaren.

mbreakfield May 14, 2011 at 6:01 PM  

His name would be Lachlain MacRieve.

Kasumi May 14, 2011 at 8:06 PM  

Ouch, I totally forgot the name!
Sorry, sorry!

I suppose his name will be James MacCrain :D


Bakin_Goddess May 15, 2011 at 1:10 AM  

I don't have a last name but I love the name Connal or my favorite, Declan!

What wonderful names for wonderful men. It doesn't even matter their name I wouldn't imagine -- as long as they treated people with kindness and respect!

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meggerfly May 15, 2011 at 2:41 AM  

There are so many names! Duncan and Liam I think are my top picks!

Megan from Riverina Romantics

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Maria May 15, 2011 at 2:56 PM  

To bad we can't just pick one we already know like Adam Black or Daegues MacKeltar. But I guess they are already taken. So I love the name Liam and Jake. Those would my pick.

Thanks for the giveaway!

BLHmistress May 16, 2011 at 1:10 AM  

I would either go with Duncan or Conner


Anonymous,  May 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM  

His first name would be Dylan, but I'm not sure about the last name.


Danielle May 16, 2011 at 10:05 PM  

Callum... I just love that highlander name :) His surname? Anything starting highlander-esk

Trish May 17, 2011 at 7:18 AM  

My Highlanders name would be Kynon Caird

trishbrittingham at gmail dot com

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... May 17, 2011 at 8:04 AM  

I like the name Julius McGregor.

Silly since Julius isn't really Highlanderish but I still like it!


Camille May 31, 2011 at 9:22 PM  

tough question...hmm but I'd go for a Callum or James :) or even all three if I can lol

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