Today, I’m interviewing Landra Graf, whose new historical erotica, With This Kilt, I Thee Bed, hit e-shelves everywhere this week. As I mentioned when I hosted her cover reveal, I love Landra’s stories because she can take unexpected protagonists or situations and make them into great stories. I was excited to share more about her characters, her stories, and what’s coming up next. Oh, and she’s giving away a $25 Amazon or iTunes gift card and a copy of her e-book!
Each of the three brothers in your book is hot and offers something uniquely special. Which brother is your favorite hero?
Such a hard question to answer. If I had to choose it’d be Hamish. He’s rough, but caring too. I loved writing his story the most because he challenged me when finding his heroine.
Which is your favorite heroine?
Athdara, of course. All my heroines are definitely strong women who take charge of their sexuality and don’t believe in letting men save the day. Athdara, she appealed to the tough girl in me. The one who wanted to run through the woods, fish, hunt and so much more.
What makes Scottish men sexier than other men of that time-period?
These men are some of the sturdiest and rugged men. They live in such a cold country and leave their legs bare. Those accents don’t hurt them a bit either. Whenever I think of a Scottish man I think of a tough, brawler who can hold his drink and loves his woman with such a fierce devotion you wouldn’t want to come between them. Wow! I didn’t know how school-girlish those last few sentences sounded until I re-read them, but yeah.
Where did you get the idea for these stories?
The first one came from a submission call for an anthology, which luckily got passed over. Only a few days after submitting the story I came up with the second one, and from there the idea spiraled out into three stories. All steamy, and more steamy then anything I’ve ever written. I really covered the gauntlet, IMO, with this book.
How did you come up with this clever title?
Ha! Funny question because for the longest time I didn’t know what I’d call the darn thing. My brain likes to marinate on things, my term and it may sound silly, but it’s true. I’ll put a thought it my head and my subconsciousness rolls around with it and then spits out an answer when it’s ready. The title came to me while sitting at my computer working on edits. I’d just finished with edits on the first two stories and boom the thought came. I then polled Facebook, like all good authors do. *snickers* The votes were all in favor, thankfully.
What do you want your readers to come away with when they close your book?
I want them to remember the characters and be inspired by them in some way. Whether by owning their sexuality, being a support for someone, or loving a person they way they are and not asking them to change– those are some of things I try to write in my books and I can only hope readers see them too.
We have talked about what a steep learning curve there was to self-publish. Do you have any advice for writers who want to self-publish?
There’s more to self-publishing then the cover and editing. So. Much. More. Besides a solid marketing plan, there’s a lot of administrative work required, along with some unavoidable expenses. So I encourage others seeking to self-publish to research, research, and ask questions. Give yourself plenty of time to not only get the book in the best shape, but to learn about formatting, the different online marketplaces and the time it will take to get all your work loaded, etc.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on a fairy-tale re-telling of a Grimm story called, The Seven Ravens. My version is going to be diesalpunk romance with an assassin and a bounty hunter. If there’s one thing I like to do it’s push boundaries and of course, go against the mold.
Thank you Lori for hosting me and my lovely highlanders on your blog today!
I bet you want to know where you can buy Landra’s new book, which is chock full of highlander goodness– three stories, one price.
Did someone say giveaway? Here you go!
Prize: 1 $25 Amazon or iTunes gift card and the With This Kilt, I Thee Bed e-book