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I've always been an incurable romantic, so I adore books about love and happy endings. This makes reading and writing romance an excellent genre choice for me. Also, I started my career as a literary poet with two degrees in creative writing. Since I chose not to pursue that path, historical romance is a perfect place for me to exercise my love for lyrical language. I enjoy painting scenes of poetic beauty, such as the one in Shetland Summer where Drummond, the hero, first meets Gemma, the heroine.
I love romantic stories of great deeds by great people from the past. Since I feel certain many of those great deeds were accomplished by women, but only a few of them were written down, many of my books have "augmented history." I take a real event or person from the past, then slide in my fictional hero and heroine, telling the story of the event from their point of view. In Shetland Summer, my story focuses on the real 16th century Earl of Orkney and Laird of the Shetland Islands. History records represent him as a terrible tyrant, so he became the villain in my story. Gemma Sinclair, the heroine, is struggling to free her uncle from him. In the process, she plays a part in what history tells us really happened to the earl, although that's just a subplot of my story. The focus of the story is on the growing love between Gemma and Drummond and the barriers they must overcome to find love.
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