Today I've decided to share with you the books that steered me in the direction of writing something set in Scotland. For each one I'll explain why it was important to me.
Monica McCarty's 1st book was a great read for this Scotland lover, but it was a HUGE help for me as a writer. It was the first time I truly saw and understood the concept of GMC, goal, motivation and conflict. I'd always been a plot oriented writer- bombs, kidnappings, murders, car chases. But the concept of characters changing over the course of a story had always been difficult for me to "get" as a writer. Other writers talked about the magic of Deb Dixon's GMC book, but that hadn't worked for me. But somehow, someway, Monica's book helped me finally make that transition from amateur to true, professional author.
Diana Gabaldon's Outlander was what I consider sealed my fate as a romance novelist. I read that book, LOVED it and decided then and there I HAD to write. I wanted to affect readers the way her characters affected me. (I mean, come on. Who doesn't love Jamie Fraser????)
Katie McAlister's Men in Kilts had me laughing so hard I had tears falling down my cheeks. I was thrilled with the opportunity to read a contemporary romance set in Scotland. Sure, I loved my Scottish historicals, but wanted something different. You might say Katie's books gave me the OK to write a contemporary Scottish story. Her success told me that there was a market for these types of stories.
Terri Brisbin's Taming the Highlander. I was just at the start of my "I love all things Scottish" phase and so I read the back. I glanced at the other books in my hand, added up the cost and put Terri's book back. But I couldn't stay away. I can't remember if I put something else back or I just sucked it up and bought this one as well, but I was thrilled I did. I've since read several books by this author and I've loved them all.
So there you have my list of my favorite Scottish stories that played some part in getting me where I am today. If you haven't read these, I hope you look into some of them (if not all)! Let me know what you think. If you've read any of these leave us your comments.
Later today I'll be sharing some other inspiration! Don't forget to come back and see!
Have you read any of these?