Today I welcome R L Syme to Suspense, She Writes! R L is celebrating the release of her book The Outcast Highlander.
Scottish Historical Medieval
He's lost his family, his title, and his honor, but he can't lose her...
Kensey MacLeod returns home after a failed marriage alliance in France to find her world in turmoil: her best friend married to an English sympathizer, her mother at death's door, and her father imprisoned and thought dead. As an English lord descends to claim her father's lands, Kensey escapes north with her mother and brother, and runs straight into the arms of the outcast Highlander.
Driven from home and family by a crazed father, Broccin Sinclair refuses to stand aside while the English invade his beloved Scotland. But who should he champion? The freedom fighter who saved his life, the family who has forgotten him, or the woman who captured his childhood heart?
Welcome, R L. First, tell us a little about yourself.
I work at a children’s theatre, teaching singing and directing music for our musical performances. Additionally, of course, I am a writer, and I find I love the creativity of having multiple artistic options.
As writers, we often become emotionally attached to our characters. Who is your favorite hero you’ve ever written?
Definitely the hero from this latest book, The Outcast Highlander. Broccin Sinclair is committed and loyal. He falls with his whole heart and he stays true. The woman who captures a love like that is a lucky woman indeed.
Have you ever fallen in love with or had a crush on one of your heroes? Tell us about him.
I would say that I have a little crush on the hero of my current WIP, which is sort of freaky because I’m writing a YA historical and he’s only 17! But he is just so charismatic and so magnetic. He’s sort of like a young Chris Hemsworth. You look at him and you just know he is amazing and deep and passionate.
How do you develop your heroes? Do you imagine their personality or their physical appearance first? Do they grow as personalities as you write or do you do a character sketch before you type the first word?
Their personality definitely appears first. They are sort of nebulous, and a set of actions, at first, but they develop into this person, and then their physical appearance develops (and sometimes changes).
I like to give my heroes a personality quirk, just so they aren’t too perfect. Have you ever written a quirk for one of your heroes and what was it?
Oh, definitely. I think every hero has to have a personality quirk. Broccin, for instance, has a martyr complex and it gets him into major trouble. He’s the kind of person who would rather deny himself what he really wants and maintain his loyalty than hurt someone he loves to get his way.
How do you name your hero?
I do a lot of list searching, once I know what their personality will be like. Often, their name just sort of materializes, and then changes as their personality becomes more evident.
Who is your favorite hero in books, movies, or television?
There was once a man named Jamie Fraser… J
Who is your hero in real life?
Definitely my dad. He is so smart and so kind and generous. He works so hard and tries to make the world a better place for as many people as he can. He’ll always be my hero.
Tell us about your most recent release and where we can find it. Who is the hero and what do you like about him the most?
The most recent release is called The Outcast Highlander and is the first in a series of medieval Scottish romances. You can find it on Amazon and BN.com and CreateSpace. The hero’s name is Broccin Sinclair and he has been unfairly treated his whole life. Yet he develops this intense love for a young, beautiful girl when he’s a young man and he remains true to her for the rest of his life.
I enjoyed having you on Suspense, She Writes today, R L!
R.L. Syme works at a youth theatre, teaching kids performing arts and musical performance classes/camps when she's not writing. Otherwise, she's putting her Seminary degree to good use writing romance novels. Let not all those systematic theology classes go to waste...
R L is sponsoring a giveaway!
2 great prizes !! Grand Prize: R.L. is giving away a Kindle Paperwhite. As a secondary prize, she would like to give away a set of Scottish Historical romances from some of her favorite authors.