Author Interview: Lane McFarland
Today we have Lane McFarland with us for a short interview. Check the very end to buy her newest book!
Hi Lane, I know you have a day job involving a lot of travel. With your busy schedule, when do you find the time to write?
Yes, I do have a hectic day job that requires a lot of travel, but I write whenever I have a few minutes. I’ve written scenes while waiting in Starbucks for my colleagues to go to a customer meeting, sitting at the airport gate or while in flight, or in my hotel room at night. Someday, I hope to retire from my day job and write whenever I want!
I know reading has always been an escape for me. What drew you to write rather than just read everything in sight like I do?
Oh, I read everything in sight too. I love to immerse myself in a good book! But I have always enjoyed writing and secretly dreamed of a writing career. As I grew older, I longed to follow my dream and decided to write the historical romance series that had been running through my head. I am hopelessly hooked to writing. It is truly an escape to delve into my characters’ worlds. I love to research the time period, what was going on, and how people lived through those brutal medieval times.
Everyone has that one special teacher they remember. Who was the first person to encourage you to write professionally?
My English teacher in fifth grade, Mrs. Smith, gave the class an assignment to write a creative story. I jumped into the exercise with both feet! She recognized my love for writing and encouraged me to pursue a writing career. I often think of the dear lady who kindled that spark, and how much her support meant to me.
I’ve always wanted to write, but I’ve never been able to take that step. What steps did you take to enable you to write and publish your Highland Romance series?
When I first started, I didn’t know anything about the proper way to write. But I had stories rummaging around in my head so I just wrote them down. I joined Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and Celtic Romance Writers. They offer wonderful workshops, and I took as many as I could squeeze into my schedule. But it was the Hearts Through History Critters who helped me the most.
One author in particular, Tess St. John, took me under her wing and worked with me. She is the dearest person to give her time freely and willingly, just to help others. I have learned so much from her and the other critters, but I constantly strive to hone my writing skills.
With my day job, I am under constant deadlines and I knew there was no way I could take on one more. So, I made the decision to self-publish. As you know, a good editor is key to the success of your book. I was fortunate to find that and much more with One More Time Editing. Not only did the editors make sure I dotted my i’s and crossed my t’s, they checked my historical facts and kept me in line. OMTE’s collaborative services gave me confidence my book was in the best shape possible and ready to publish.
What would you say is your muse and how do you connect with him/her?
I find my inspiration in several places. Believe it or not, the best place for me to connect with my muse is on my treadmill. As I workout, ideas just seem to pop into my head. As a matter of fact, I was on my treadmill when I first decided to write my medieval Scottish romance series.
I also connect with my muse when hiking with my husband. Living in the North Georgia Mountains, we are surrounded by thick woods and crystal clear rivers with cascading waterfalls. The peaceful atmosphere never fails to bring out my muse.
Why did you choose the medieval period in the Highlands?
I’ve always been drawn to the medieval period. When I was in high school, we were required to read about Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. I was fascinated and found myself completely absorbed in the time period. It sparked an interest I couldn’t seem to satisfy. I read everything I could get my hands on and found a love for historical romance. When I decided to plunge into a writer’s world, there was no doubt which time period and genre I’d choose.
What’s next for you? Can we look forward to a new story soon?
Now that I’ve finished Cameron, Heather, and Lindsey, I’m writing Elsbeth’s book. I’m excited about finally getting a chance to tell Elsbeth’s story. Here is the book blurb to give you an idea of what’s in store.
Elsbeth MacDougall recoils at the violent Scottish rebellion and the bleak plight of orphans. Vowing to protect the homeless, she embarks on a journey to Scone and sets her course to become a nun, sheltering children from the cruelties of war. But when Brandon McLeod arrives at the Abby, he shakes her convictions and stirs provoking emotions she buried long ago.
After English soldiers murder his family, Brandon McLeod determines a course of revenge and leads numerous clans in Scotland’s fight for freedom. Bent on the annihilation of English oppression, he is resolved to a life of solitude, vowing never to marry and chance the pain of losing loved ones again. However, that was before he met the enchanting Elsbeth.