When asked to do a Western the first thing I needed to do was decide where it would be set. Not having traveled much in the west – mostly due to a dread of flying – I had to decide what features I wanted first. Since it was a Scottish hero, I decided a somewhat mountainous area would be nice so researched all the mountainous areas. I picked the Ozarks because as I looked at all the pictures it reminded me just a bit of the White Mountains area in New Hampshire.
Then I had to get some books on the history of the area, look at a ton of pictures, and then hit the books on the flora and fauna of the region. It is often the small things, like mentioning the wrong bird, that can trip a writer up. I do have one thing on my side and that is that I almost always use a made up name for my setting so I don’t really have to research every nook and cranny of some town or city. So after a marathon reading session plus hours on the internet to collect pictures, I started.
My hero Iain and his six brothers came next. Just the thought of a man with six brothers I find interesting. I made them pretty much right off the boat Scots. I often think it would be fun to slip back to that time for a quick visit to listen to all the accents before they all became localized American, but then I recall advances like central heating and bathrooms and decide, maybe not.
I hope everyone finds my Scotsmen in America a good read.
From New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell comes a brand new series featuring the MacEnroys, a family of seven strong, seductive Scottish brothers who have come to America with nerves of steel—and who will take no prisoners when it comes to love…
A brutal attack on Emily Stanton’s family has left her for dead . . . until she is found in the woods by a handsome stranger with a thick brogue who vows to protect her. There’s only one problem: As a woman with a noble English background, she has no business keeping company with such a man.
For Scotsman Iain MacEnroy, Emily’s high-tone accent is a bitter reminder of the oppressive regime he left behind. The last thing he needs is to be burdened by the needs of a beautiful, blue-eyed Englishwoman. But taking care of elegant, educated Emily begins to transform Iain in ways he never imagined. Could it be that the deep divisions from the old world no longer apply in the new—and that Iain and Emily can share a passion as lush and wild as the Scottish highlands themselves?