Behind Every Great Woman Writer is a Man (in a kilt!)
My debut Scottish historical paranormal romance novel is out and I am doing the Highland Fling. Not really, but I would if I had the sturdy calves and tiny waist to look good on a stage. DRAGON’s CURSE came to me after I decided to use the vast array of knowledge, which lay readily at my fingertips…and in my bed.
My husband is a giant of a man with Nordic coloring and an ancestry reaching back to the Scottish Highlands. I fell in love with a six-foot four, blonde haired, blue-eyed God while in college in Plymouth, New Hampshire. I knew he was a European history major vying for a liberal arts degree, but I enjoyed watching him play lacrosse and he enjoyed driving me around in his ’65 Mustang.
The Scottish research actually began with his grandfather, Lester Bean Badger, who was in his nineties when we met. Lester, a Vermonter through and through, owned an original copy of ‘The Life & Family of John Bean of Exeter & His Cousins’ and had actually helped author Bernie Bean with some information. Retracing the family’s path from Scotland to America consumed Richard and me for many years to come.
Once we had two sons of our own, finding out about where this Scottish side originated turned more important. We started attending the New Hampshire Highland games with Richard’s family from their inception in 1975. Richard started volunteering his time in the early 1980’s. After the boys got older, I joined in. I recently was awarded a 10-year service pin and Richard received a 25-year pin!
Time spent at the games—along with people we have met, research books we picked up, photos we took, and notes I jotted—morphed into several story lines. I used clan maps and encyclopedias on Scottish history to choose a time, corresponding historical events, and locations. Richard helped me decide which story thread made sense, and our mutual enjoyment of the games keeps us interested and working toward a common goal—publishing my completed novels!
Besides DRAGON’S CURSE, released June 25, 2010 by Whispers Publishing, I completed a larger Scottish historical using other important events along with a time travel twist. I am currently searching for an agent who has the same passion for witches, dragons, and all things Scottish—someone like me!
Buy the time you read this, Rich and I will have returned from a 4-day trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina where we again attended the Grandfather Mountain Highland games www.gmhg.org. Other games we have enjoyed in years past are…
The Vermont Highland Games www.quecheescottishfestival.com
The Main Highland Games www.mainehighlandgames.org
And the New Hampshire Highland Games www.nhscot.org. In fact, you’ll find Rich and me under the Information tent, next to the parade grounds, in September, again volunteering our time and expertise to bring the Scottish life to other Americans curious of their origins. Feel free to stop by and say hi!
For a little more on the historical aspect of the games, read my article HIGHLAND GAMES: THEN AND NOW: http://bit.ly/bJXkR8
Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington Long Island, eldest daughter of Robert and Audrey Beegle. She raised a family in the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. She now lives with her husband in Raleigh, NC and writes fulltime. She loves everything Scottish. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Nancy also writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense as Nancy Lennea, www.nancylennea.com. She is celebrating the release of her Scottish historical DRAGON’S CURSE, available now from Whispers Publishing, www.whispershome.com. For excerpts and information visit…
Her website: www.nancyleebadger.com
Her blog: www.RescuingRomance.nancyleebadger.com
Sometimes a special gift and an unwanted curse cannot keep destined lovers apart.
Brianna Macleod has accompanied a shipload of her guardian’s friends to a remote island off the coast of Scotland. She eludes these Highland hunters to keep her innocence…and her gift of sight. Her attitude against falling for womanly desires changes when she nearly drowns. Saved by the talons of a terrifying winged beast, she awakens—naked—in a cave, beside an unusual man.
Cursed by a vengeful witch to transform into a dragon at inopportune times, Draco MacDonald hides on this deserted island to live alone: until he plucks a servant girl from certain death. Fueled by jealousy, and tempered by fear for her safety, he succumbs to an unfamiliar desire to mate. Her kisses propel him to dare to make her his own.
Set in 1592 Scotland on the Scottish island of Staffa, the cursed hero battles a ghostly witch, a hunter set on rape, and his own growing desire for a young woman with premonitions of his death.
Her kisses propel him to dare to make her his own.