Suzanne Enoch is one of the more prolific voices in historical romance and with
the release of her newest book -- the first in a brand-new series -- HERO IN THE HIGHLANDS she
is ready to introduce her readers to the sexy Major Gabriel Forrester and the
head-strong Highlander Fiona. Enoch took a few moments to answer some questions
about HERO IN THE HIGHLANDS and why she loves writing Scottish romances and
What is your favorite part about writing historicals?
Suzanne Enoch: When I'm writing a historical romance, I get to
immerse myself in a completely different world for weeks. I get to imagine big,
sweeping moments and put them to paper, to orchestrate those clever
conversations we all wish we could manage on the spot, to be, for choice
moments, in the heads of people who are really a lot more exciting than I am.
Which is your favorite: Scottish romance or straight regency?
Suzanne Enoch: I love the larger-than-life quality of a
Scottish romance, but I also love the intricate dance of a Regency. They're very
different, but I don't think I can honestly choose one over the other. I do miss
one when I'm working on the other; I think doing both keeps me fresh, like being
on a working vacation.
Is Gabriel your sexiest hero yet?
Suzanne Enoch: He's pretty sexy, isn't he? It's funny, because
he's very duty-minded and disciplined, but I kept imagining this guy with all
this...not fury, but lust for life, I think, that's always ready†to explode out
as soon as his uniform comes off. Like the uniform's keeping him focused, and
underneath it he's Tarzan.
Why do you think antagonistic relationships work in romance?
Suzanne Enoch: I tend to write very strong-will people, and by
design this other person is trying to find a way to fit into what either
protagonist may well think is a perfectly-balanced life. That creates conflict.
I mean, it would be boring if the hero and heroine met, went "yeah, cool," and
then lived happily ever after. You need friction to make a fire.
Why do you think Gabriel and Fiona are so well suited for each
Suzanne Enoch: Gabriel and Fiona are actually very similar in
character. They're both very duty-minded, and very independent. They're both
coming into the story thinking their livelihood, their duty as they know it, is
ending. I love when they begin to realize that they're kind of on the same
journey, and that as capable as each one is, together they're unstoppable.
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