Sue-Ellen Welfonder

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: August 09, 2011

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TEMPTATION OF A HIGHLAND SCOUNDREL | Publisher: Grand Central Publishing | Release Date: July 26, 2011 | ISBN: 978-1609418397 | Scottish Medieval Romance

The second book in the Highland Warriors trilogy.
Three proud warriors locked in a struggle for victory.
Three beguiling women united in their vow to restore peace.

Despite an official peace, old conflicts smolder in the Glen of Many Legends. Kendrew Mackintosh, Chieftain of his clan, is famed as both a bold and hot-blooded warrior and a sensual lover. He has no intention of settling down . . . until he kisses a forbidden beauty whose passion matches his own.

Highborn and gently raised, Lady Isobel Cameron has long harbored a secret fascination for the fearless, charismatic Mackintosh-even though her brother is his sworn enemy. When destiny draws them together for one night, she can't resist him. But what begins as a flirtation soon becomes a fight for survival. A deadly new threat has come to the glen, and Kendrew and Isobel must learn to trust and protect one another-or pay the ultimate price.

What main genre do you write in?


Please tell us your latest news!

I'm celebrating the release of Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel and also wrapping up Seduction of a Highland Warrior, book three in my Highland Warriors trilogy.

Readers who enjoy bonus content can find lots on the Books page of my website. There's ""The Foretelling,"" a prequel to Highland Warriors. "The Glen Tour," a tour of the setting of my Highland Warriors trilogy, guided by James Cameron, the hero of Sins of a Highland Devil. There are also two excerpts for Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel.

Readers can also visit my blog, Tartan Ink. It's a joint author blog with my friend and fellow author, Karen Ranney. We post daily and have a warm and lively reader community:

I'm also on Twitter (@SE_Welfonder):!/SE_Welfonder

Future book news: next up is a new Allie Mackay title, Haunted Warrior, releasing in Jan. 2012. Then more Highland Warriors.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

The late Becky Lee Weyrich encouraged me to write. Becky was the Queen of Time Travel Romance in the 80s. We were friends and I worked for the airlines. Flying was my dream job, not writing. I'd send Becky letters describing my travel adventures in Scotland or far-flung corners of the globe. She told me she always `felt as if she was there, alongside me,' as she read my letters. And then she urged me to write. Without her nudging, I'd still be serving tea and coffee at 37,000 feet.

Please describe your writing environment.

My office is my turret. Literally, as it's on the third floor of my home. The walls are deep blue, the color of the Scottish saltire, and there's a large bay window overlooking the treetops. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and plenty of plaid lend coziness. My desk is a 450 year old beauty that once stood in a Bavarian castle. There are also lots of treasures from my Scotland trips, so it's easy to feel transported to the Highlands. Best of all, though, is the presence of my little Jack Russell. He shares my desk chair and helps me write. Devorgilla looks in now and then, too, just to keep me on my toes.

I need absolute quiet when writing and listen to classical music when editing.

Strong black coffee is always on hand in the morning and afternoons are all about Earl Grey Cream tea.

As a night owl, I do my best work after midnight.

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

The business side of writing. It's incredibly all-consuming. The demands on authors' time and energy increases by the year. It isn't enough to just write a good book. Authors have become as much a product as their work and we are expected to maintain websites, run our own blogs and do guest blogs, do reader newsletters, be available on all the social media venues, answer reader emails, present workshops, and also use our time, energy, and resources to offer things like video trailers, bookmarks, and trading cards. I could go on and on and on.

Through all of the above, we are also supposed to write books to deadline. And we all also have private lives to manage and lead.

In recent times, piracy has entered the scene and brings an entire new batch of problems. It would take days to stress how piracy impacts authors' careers. The financial loss and the time and energy spent fighting pirates is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I see piracy as the greatest threat to a writing career.

The brutal competitiveness and how unbalanced the business is, are two other factors I find very unpleasant.

Do you have any other author names? If so, what are they and what's different about what you write under each name.

I write Scottish-set paranormals for NAL under the pen name, Allie Mackay. These are my fun books and they're paranormal lights. I love them because they let me send a modern day, working class American heroine to Scotland where she finds love in the arms of a medieval Highlander. Most of these books are time travels or ghost romances. The heroines are always me, reliving many of the adventures I've enjoyed in Scotland. These titles have lots of humor and always the authentic Scottish settings and atmosphere my readers expect. They also have a good dose of Highland magic, legends, and lore.

Do you like to mix genres?

In writing, no. It's Scotland or nothing for me. There are a lot of crossover touch-points between my Scottisn medievals and my Scottish-set paranormals. At the end of the day, both my Welfonder titles and my Allie Mackay books are all about my deep passion for Scotland.

In reading, I do venture into other genres. I adore cozy mysteries and Regency-set historical. I love humorous contemporaries, too. I also love research books and spend hours reading nonfiction on my favorite topics: anything medieval, Scottish history, archaeology, Celtic myth and legend, the paranormal (hauntings, sacred places, etc.)

I do not read in my own genre. Hard fast rule. Only exception is Karen Ranney. She's a good friend and my blogging partner. Otherwise, Scottish-set romances and medievals are on my taboo list.

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

I read several books at a time, usually two or three romances and at least one research title. Just now I am enjoying Karen Ranney's re-issue, My Beloved. It's a wonderful book, her only medieval. Karen writes with style, intelligence, and incredible depth. I love her work.

Tell us all about "The Call" or "The Email"!

"The Call" came while I was walking my dog. I checked the land line's answering machine upon my return and heard my agent's voice, telling me "we had a home for Duncan if I liked the sound of Warner Books."

Of course, I loved the idea of writing for Warner. (now known as GCP)

The book was Devil In A Kilt and had been on the editor's desk all of two weeks. Several days after the sale, I received two sets of RWA contest scores for the book. They were horrid. If the book hadn't sold when it did, I might have tossed it in the bin.

But the book sold before the contest scores (and icky comments) landed in my mailbox.

Devil In A Kilt was and remains a huge success for me. If anyone is ever distressed by RWA contest results, I hope they will remember my experience and forge on.

What inspires your writing?

My lifelong love of Scotland and medieval history. Being of Scottish descent, I was raised to appreciate everything about Scotland and have been visiting there all my life. When I'm there, it's wild and remote places I love best. It's my time spent in such places that inspire me. When I work, my mind transports me back to these places I love so much. These places become my settings. My goal is to make the reader feel as if she is there. If I do that, I'm happy.

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

I LOVE animals, especially dogs. I have a Jack Russell and he definitely influences my work. He shares my desk chair, often falling asleep and then prodding me with his feet until I'm perched on the edge of my chair as I write. He's the little dogs in many of my books. The big ones are mostly based on German Shepherds from my childhood.

All my stories have animals (incl. a magical fox, an enchanted white stag, and mythical dreagans) and all of them are based on animals I have known and loved in my life. (most often dogs)

No animal ever dies in my books. They're all heroes and live forever. My great love of animals led to being asked to contribute a short story to Lori Foster's charity anthology, Tails of Love. Tails of Love benefits a wonderful no-kill animal shelter. I was and remain very proud and honored to be able to help needy pets through my writing.

Sue-Ellen Welfonder
also writing as Allie Mackay

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