Interview with Willa Blair, author of His Highland Bride
29 Nov 2017
What can you tell us about your new release, His Highland Bride?
His Highland Bride is the final book in my His Highland Hearts series. In the earlier books, Mary Elizabeth Rose helped her younger sisters defy their father and marry the men they love. Now, she’s left behind, caring for Cameron Sutherland, who was injured while helping her youngest sister cross Scotland. Mary and Cameron are much alike—both duty-bound to their respective clans, so accepting the consequences of falling in love is especially challenging for them.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I was born a writer. It just took a while to become an author. I had a lot of help and inspiration along the way—my mother, several teachers, and other authors. I wouldn’t be where I am without all of them.
Who is your favorite couple from literature?
Honestly, I don’t have a favorite, but the ones I love to re-read still grace my keeper shelves, and I have a lot of shelves.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
An Eloisa James historical romance and a Suzanne Brockmann contemporary. I enjoy reading and writing many genres.
What is a typical day like for you?
I’m not a morning person, so I start my day with tea and social media. My writing time comes later in the day or at night, when I’m most creative and productive.
What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?
My husband and my cat—and not always in that order! And though I like city conveniences, there’s nothing like a beautiful day in a beautifully remote place, such as Scotland’s highlands.
What scene in His Highland Bride was your favorite to write?
Cameron Sutherland is ordered home. It’s not a spoiler to say he doesn’t stay there. I love the scene when he returns to Mary. He’s full of enthusiasm and eager to claim her, but his sudden appearance overwhelms her.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
Two, actually. “I strive.” And Yoda’s famous quote from Star Wars: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
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