The Sound of a Hero
For my American friends, I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. Those of you from other places may wonder a bit about our yearly turkey orgy, but it really is about more than over-indulging in food and football. It’s a time to give thanks for the people and blessings in our lives. Heaven knows, I’ve got plenty to be thankful for (not the least of which is that the left overs are almost gone!)
My blog guest today shares how an author can deliver not only the sights of her setting, but its sound as well. Mary Wine is a fellow Brava author who sets her historical romances in beautiful Scotland. She found a unique way to fix her hero’s brogue in her ear.
My blog is now yours, Mary!
Mary Wine Meets a Scotsman
What makes the holidays so special? A feast for the senses. All the good cheer begins with the smell of the house, cinnamon, bread, turkey, candles and a host of other things. It all rolls together to make these days amazingly special.
I think a good book should hit a reader the same way. You should be able to feel the frost on your nose if it’s winter time or smell the flowers if it’s Spring. That’s a challenge for an author but one that I think completes the story. Sure, we all read for the story but the setting is important too. Just tossing in a few ‘ye’’s and ‘yer’’s doesn’t transform the inside of that book to the highlands of Scotland.
Although, getting a grip on the Scottish brogue is interesting work. I had a wonderful opportunity two years ago when I turned around in of all places, a historical cat house in Alaska and discovered myself sitting next to a gentleman from the Highlands. I actually asked him where he was from because I didn’t want to put my foot into my mouth by saying he was from Scotland, in case he wasn’t. He laughed at me and asked “Cannae ye tell woman?”
It was the beginning of a wonderful conversation. It turned out he was in fact a Highlander and traveling on the same ship we were. Now, it’s the honest truth I met him in a bar, that was also once an infamous whore house. Over the next few days, I was privileged to spend a fair amount of time with him and it was enthralling to listen to his brogue. It was also very interesting to learn about Scotland from someone who called it home.
Yes, ladies, he did in fact bring his kilt. On formal night, my husband and I love to dress in our Victorian finery. Hey, they said formal but they neglected to give a year. Well, our new highland friend was very happy to join us in his kilt and he looked smashing in it.
When I returned home and began to work on ‘To Conquer a Highlander’, I think I heard his voice in my head as I was writing the dialog. It really brought Torin to life, just a little bit more for me. Not that I have trouble seeing my heroes, in fact, there has been more than one instant when I’ve had to demand they take a break so I can sleep! Scottish Highlanders like Torin don’t like to be told what to do…by the way. But no book was ever written in a single day…I keep trying to tell my heroes this fact and they just glare at me and interrupt my sleep. LOL.
Yes, I’m that into my writing. I do wake up at night, with the perfect scene in my head and I debate whether or not to get up and write it. I hope you all enjoy the book enough to feel it’s worth it and thanks for having me by to blog.
For more, please visit http://www.marywine.com
Mary’s bio: Mary Wine has written over twenty novels that take her readers from the pages of history to the far reaches of space. When she’s not abusing a laptop, she spends time with her sewing machines…all of them! Making historical garments is her second passion. From corsets and knickers to court dresses of Elizabeth I, the most expensive clothes she owns are hundreds of years out of date. She’s also an active student of martial arts, having earned the rank of second degree black belt.
Thanks for visiting, Mary! I’d so love to see your costume closet sometime. Here’s our question for discussion today: Why do you love Scotish-set romances?