Interview with Janice Maynard

Hot For the Scot FINALThanks for having me today! You suggested answering a few questions for your readers, so here they are in no particular order…  J

Tell us about your current series.

As a mom, I would never be able to love one of my daughters more than the others. But when it comes to books I’ve written, I have to admit that my Kilted Heroes series has been so much fun to create.

I happen to be an Outlander addict. If you’ve read the books or seen the TV show, you know what that means. So I came up with the idea of three friends (equally obsessed with Outlander) who travel to Scotland in search of adventure and romance. The Kilted Heroes series is a trilogy. I hope by the time readers finish all three books they will love Scotland as much as I do!

What is your least favorite part of writing?

That one’s easy. I really don’t like reading the final galleys…checking for boo-boos. By then I’ve looked at the same words and paragraphs so many times, I’m over it! It would be nice to farm that part out to an assistant, but since I’m a control freak, I’m stuck with it.

What did you want to be when you were a child?

 I honestly don’t remember as far back as childhood aspirations, but I do know that when I was fourteen I wanted to be an interpreter at the U.N. I loved foreign languages, and I thought that job would make me very exotic. Sigh…

Do you have critique partners?

 Oddly perhaps, the answer is no. I have a very tight writing schedule, which leaves little time for passing chapters around and meeting to discuss them. I have six books coming out in 2016, only one of which is a re-release. Even my agent doesn’t read my work, unless it is a brand new project we are trying to sell.

HotFortheScotTour copyWhat is your favorite dessert/food?

 I’m going to cheat and answer both. Favorite dessert? Homemade chocolate chip cookies. Favorite food? Steak, salad, and baked potato…if the meal is very good. No sense wasting calories on sub-par cooking.  J

Do you have a view in your writing space? What does it look like?

 I’m not a sit-at-the-desk kind of writer. I roam. I wander. I take my laptop all over the house. Even though I do have an official office, it’s not where I do my creative work. One of my favorite places is a chair in our bedroom where I can look out at our wooded backyard. Though I can’t see the actual Smoky Mountains, I can see the foothills. Very beautiful and peaceful.

 What do you have planned for the future?

 Some days the future seems hazy. A crystal ball would be nice! I like to plan out the year, but with many obligations, both personal and professional, there are always surprises in the mix. I feel very fortunate to be doing what I love fulltime. At the moment, I have four more books contracted with Harlequin and another four in the works with Kensington.

Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?

 Without a doubt, the people I have met. Readers, other writers, editors, industry professionals…so many women (and a few men) who care very much about stories with happy endings that enrich lives and bring joy to the reader. Writing is by its nature a solitary profession. But at conferences and via e-mail and social media, I’m able to connect with friends and colleagues. It’s a great blessing to be part of such a wonderful community!

Thanks for having me today. Happy Spring and Happy Reading!

Janice Maynard


In Janice Maynard’s sweet and sexy new series, three childhood friends with a shared passion for the Outlander novels and TV show decide to travel to Scotland looking for adventure—and their very own Highland heroes…

 It’s a dream come true for schoolteacher Hayley Smith. No homework to grade, no students to corral, no social media, Internet or cell phone…just a month amid the heather and rolling hills around Inverness. A brawny alpha male in a kilt is probably too much to ask for. But Hayley is in heaven ambling around Loch Ness, gazing and then…falling into the icy water, before being rescued by a strong, chivalrous local hero…

Retired soccer star Angus Munro, aka Angus the Angler, is a little insulted and a whole lot intrigued when Hayley doesn’t recognize him. How long has it been since anyone saw beyond his wealth and fame? And how long before the macho athlete and his modern-day American damsel in distress act on an attraction that could make even the misty Scottish moors sizzle with heat? Long enough, maybe, for both to figure out if this is an affair to remember…or the start of something everlasting…





Janice Maynard Bio PicAuthor bio:

USA Today bestselling author Janice Maynard knew she loved books and writing by the time she was eight years old. But it took multiple rejections and many years of trying before she sold her first three novels. After teaching kindergarten and second grade for a number of years, Janice took a leap of faith and quit her day job. Since then she has written and sold over thirty-five books and novellas.

During a recent trip to Scotland, Janice enjoyed getting to know the “motherland”. Her grandfather’s parents emigrated from the home of bagpipes, heather, and kilts. Janice lives in east Tennessee with her husband, Charles. They love hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.

Hearing from readers is one of the best perks of the job!

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