MEET THE AUTHOR GINA CONKLE

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

Cecelia MacDonald of A Scot is Not Enough

               “It’s my pleasure to introduce Gina Conkle—a woman who reads too many books at once and doesn’t flirt nearly enough. In my humble opinion, Gina was born in the wrong era. She lives in sunny southern California where no dukes, lords, or Viking warriors can be found. To compensate, she conjures these men in her mind. This is why she writes so many stories set in the past. Everyone knows Gina prefers stone castles over sand castles.”

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

My WIP is For a Scot’s Heart Only (Scottish Treasures, book 3) and it’s almost done! The book releases April 2023.

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

Mary Fletcher is a cool, smart, and better-with-things-than-people corset maker. She’s nearing her thirtieth birthday and never had the chance to live for herself (she raised her younger sister). Though Mary claims to be hunting the last of the Jacobite treasure for her clan, she’s really hunting for something else (a sense of adventure perhaps?), she’s partnered with the scarred ship master, Thomas West, in order to find it.

Mary might finally be living for herself.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

Rory MacLeod is a bare-knuckle brawler with a military past. He’s more anti-hero than hero because he goes where the wind blows, as long as it serves his purpose.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

The series was conceived when I read about the lost Treasure of Arkaig.

Spring 1746, the French sent two ships packed with gold, ammo, and medical supplies to aide rebel Scots. However, the English were hot on the French ships’ trail. The French quickly unloaded seven caskets of gold on a beach near Arisaig (western Scotland). By this time, the rebels had already surrendered. The treasure was passed around with some Scots taking gold for themselves, while others protected it. There was sharp division among rebel Highlanders on the purpose of the gold: some wanted it to fund a new rebellion, others thought it should go to Highlander who supported Bonnie Prince Charlie (because most suffered badly after Culloden), and Charles Stuart thought the gold should go to him.

To this day, much of the gold hasn’t been accounted for. Modern day treasure hunters follow clues, believing part of the Lost Treasure of Arkaig is still out there.

The series plays on shocking historical facts which have only recently surfaced.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

My plan was to write a marriage of convenience romance for For a Scot’s Heart Only, but that changed.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

Sometimes I write with pen and paper. Sometimes I write stream of conscious from a main character’s POV. Sometimes I go and read.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

No.

  • What is your writing snack?

Right now, I have a small bowl of popcorn beside me.

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

My husband and I really dove into gardening this year. It’s been fun.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

Christmas. I love the festive spirit, the lights and decorations, and spending time with family. Spring is a close second because…flowers.

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

Historical romance with a side of historical fiction! I prefer pre-Regency (though, yes, I do read Regency). There are certain eras I especially enjoy: mid-1700s, medieval, Viking Age, Roman Empire, or ancient times/cradle-of-civilization. It’s harder to find older eras because much of historical romance centers around Regency. Hist fic offers a great variety of time periods. Oddly enough, I do read some contemporary romance.

  • Do you have a writer mission statement? What is it?

No. I wrote a business plan and a job description.

  • What music do you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

Sometimes I listen to music. Sometimes I write in absolute quiet. The music I listen to runs the gamut of 70s songs, to fairly recent pop tunes, to classical music, movie sound tracks, or Loreena McKennit (for writing Vikings).

JUNE QUESTION OF THE MONTH

 Tell us about your favorite June vacation memory. Or tell us about the vacation that your main character took this year.

A favorite June vacation was camping the summer between third and fourth grade. Growing up, we didn’t take a lot of vacations. The same is true when my boys were growing up. My husband never took taking family vacations as a kid. With our two sons, we took occasional trips, maybe once every 3 or 4 years, otherwise summers were spent at home: going to the beach, the zoo, the local aquarium, or staying at home and having friends over.


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