Sweet Surrender to Wicked Ways Tour ~ Exclusive Interview with Paula Quinn & Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by, FBL is participating in The WICKED WAYS of SWEET SURRENDER blog tour featuring the ever fabulous Scottish romance novelist, Paula Quinn!  Today, she stops by to answer some Q & A's.  Find out if Paula creates detailed character profiles before writing or if  the characters come to life as she writes.
  The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd

As the sheltered niece of a Highland chief, Caitrina Grant longs for adventure beyond the lush hills of Scotland. So when a pirate ship glides into the loch, tempting her with promises of exotic lands and hidden treasures, Trina sneaks aboard. But she is unprepared for the consequences-and the seductive captain who demands the ultimate price for her deception . . .


For Alexander Kidd, the sea is no place for a lady. Pursued by deadly enemies from every direction, Alex won't rest until he claims the bounty of riches left to him by his father, the notorious Captain Kidd. A stowaway will not be tolerated-no matter how beautiful. But soon fighting his desire for Trina becomes his toughest battle yet, and he will have to make an agonizing choice: sacrifice his quest-or lose the woman who has stolen his heart.

The Sweet Surrender of Janet Buchanan


Janet Buchanan is no man's property. She refuses to marry her family's sworn enemy-consequences be damned. She'd rather take a dagger to the brute herself. Yet when a tantalizing-and infuriating-man from her past comes to her rescue, Janet finds herself undeniably tempted by his hot, hungry kiss.


Notorious for his prowess as a lover and a fighter, Darach Grant has only one goal in mind: to defend his kin's land from the impending siege of a hostile clan. The last thing he needs is the delicious distraction of Janet Buchanan-the only woman who can stir his ire as deeply as she warms his blood. But Janet's intended will stop at nothing to claim her, forcing Darach to choose between surrendering his honor . . . or his heart.
What kind of research did you do for this book? 

I did months of research for The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd. He’s my first pirate so I researched how they live, what they eat, what they wear, why they wear earrings, etc. Captain Kidd sails the seas, so I researched ship, Brigs, in particular, and the workings of them. How to sail basically. I researched many ports of call for this book, including Portugal, the West Indies, Africa, and Madagascar, (not to mention the Sargasso and Caribbean seas) also what life would have been like in those places in the early eighteen century, Researching Portugal in this era was unforgettable.

What do you think is the greatest creative risk you've taken in this book?   

Taking on so much. As I said, I did months of research. I want these characters and their surroundings to feel real. The risk was creating a believable  swashbuckling tale of adventure. I think I achieved it, but we shall see.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 

I can’t really choose a favorite chapter or part of the story I liked writing the best. It was an adventure and I loved every part of it. Perhaps, because of all the Errol Flynn movies I’ve watched, I found a little more enjoyment writing a scene where Alex had to swing on a ratline (rope) from one ship to another to get to Caitrina in time. It played like a movie in my head.

Do you write detailed character profiles before writing or do you find that the characters come to life as you write?  

Both. Usually, they just come to life in my head before I start to write. I want and need to get to know them better and I find that doing a detailed character analysis on them helps. It’s just to pick their brains and understand why they would and wouldn’t do or act a certain way. Once I begin writing their story, they always develop more on their own.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

It’s mostly all imagination. I do, however, write a lot about honorable men.  That comes from real life. I’ve always been drawn to integrity and honor. It was demonstrated to me by my dad, my brothers, and my best friend from my early teen years, my husband.

New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her
love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings. 

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