Becky Banks

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: October 05, 2011

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The Legend of Lady MacLaoch | Ha'iku Press | Romance | May 23, 2011

A legendary love, an unforgiving curse, and the discovery of a lifetime . . .

Centuries ago a vengeful curse buried itself deep into the history of the MacLaoch clan and become a legendary tale told by all those not cursed by its words.

In present-day Scotland, the laird and chieftain of the MacLaoch clan is an ex-Royal Air Force fighter pilot who has been past the gates of hell and returned a changed man. Rowan MacLaoch does battle with wartime memories and a family curse that threaten to consume him-unaware that his life and that of the history of the clan will be changed forever by the arrival of an American woman.

Cole Baker, a feisty recent graduate of a master's program, stumbles upon the ancient curse while researching her bloodlines. Moved by the history of the MacLaoch clan and the mystery of its chief, she digs into the legend that had been anything but quiet for centuries.

On their quest for answers, Cole and Rowan travel to places they have never before been and become witnesses to things they have never before fathomed. The legend-one started with blood-will end with more shed as its creator finally exacts her justice.

What main genre do you write in?


Please tell us your latest news!

Hello! And thank you Night Owl Reviews for hosting me!

The most recent news from this part of the world is that The Legend of Lady MacLaoch has just received stellar reviews from all bloggers from our recent blog tour! It was an amazing tour - the bloggers were fabulous, ton of giveaways, and a ton of excited feedback about the book. Yay!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Well, I don't really have any one particular author that I love above all else. I read a wide selection of subjects and most are fiction. Some of my favorite books are: The Witch of Black Bird Pond, Lord of Scoundrels, A Wrinkle in Time and On a Highland Shore, to name just a few.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes, I was right around seven years old when I started putting my thoughts to paper. My mom encouraged me to write and purchased a pink diary for me that was adorned with fairies. I loved it so much that I would log everyday what happened. Which read often like this: 4/7/88 - I had a good day. 4/8/88 - Today I had a bad day. I didn't get a gold star.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

A lot of the great advice for writers is already out there. I'd say from my personal experience is, don't look to others, look to yourself for inspiration, i.e. - follow your own path, march to your own drummer, and do what YOU want to do. And above all else have any finished product professionally edited, and edited by someone in your genre or writing style. A good editor is indispensable.

Please describe your writing environment.

I'd love to! My writing environment varies from place to place, recently I spent a month at home. The picture is of my family's property on Maui, it's a pasture at the edge of a gorge looking out to the ocean. It's my best office yet!

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

Ah, great question. The most challenging part of writing for me is finding enough time. If I could I'd start a novel and not stop until it was finished 200 pages later that would be ideal! Though, not very practical. ;0)

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

My husband, he's my one man support network. Right before press time earlier this year I was working 100-hour weeks and the only reason why I still have my sanity, the house is still standing and the pugs haven't moved out was because of him.

Do you like to mix genres?

Yes I do. I think well rounded and complex stories come out of cross genre pollination of one's manuscript. In The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, I've had reviewers comment that there are action, adventure, paranormal (mysticism) and historical (within romance) categories that the book falls into. Though reading it, it just feels like a well-told story.

What inspires your writing?

Life. I've crafted entire stories from news clips about people. The Legend of Lady MacLaoch was inspired by a trip I took to Scotland with my husband. Then I fed the inspiration whisky (Scotch whiskey) and bagpipes until the book was completed!

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

Yes, my two puggies are my comic relief. They don't necessarily influence my writing, but do improve my mood! It's hard not to be happy around a pug. :0)

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Ah, wow. Difficult question. I gave this much thought and after a paragraph or two on why I could not answer this question I thought, it has to be someone monumental like Madeline Albright! So there you go, the strong willed, no nonsense, most powerful woman I can think of. Now, where to go to dinner??

Thank you for having me and happy reading everyone!

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