Author of Conquered Heart
Please join me in welcoming historical romance author Kara Griffin to Books & Benches for a 5 Question Q&A.
“WOW! Fast paced, well written with well-developed, strong-willed, engaging and dangerous characters.”
In 250 words or less, what can you tell us about your newest release?
My latest book release, Conquered Heart, tells the story of a Highlander sent in service to Robert the Bruce. Graeme’s life hasn’t always been easy, but then he meets Kerrigan who affects his heart and brings about a sense of peace to him. Together they must abide by the promises they’ve made, but in a perilous time, it is not so easy. Woes abound and their love is tested by events that force them to concede to their hearts.
What story are you working on next, and what inspired it?
I’m working on book 2 of the Legend of the King’s Guard series. This is Liam and Makenna’s story. It’s a darker story than the first book and full of heart-wrenching events. Makenna must get through to Liam’s Unbreakable Heart or lose him forever.
Do you consider your books plot-driven or character-driven? Is that how you naturally write, or do is there a purpose for what you chose?
My books are definitely character-driven. When I visualize the story, it’s always the characters who speak their will to me. I usually write a sentence or two for each chapter and then write from the cuff. Sometimes it’s not easy because the characters can be uninspiring.
What type of hero do you like best?
I adore heroes who are tough, but sentimental, yet aren’t afraid to give their heart. The warriors I write are often war-wearied men who are affected by uncontrolled events. I cannot help but give them a partner who will help and gives/shows them how to love.
What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?
Patience. Which is extremely rough for me. I’m very impatient and want success, much like many authors out there. I write because of the joy, primarily, but I would love to have success as an author. So each day, I take a deep breath, cross my fingers, and go forth.
Kara Griffin is the author of the highly acclaimed Pith Trilogy and The Gunn Guardsman series. Both series has received tremendous praise from reviewers and readers. She has been writing for over 17 years, publishing over 15 novels, and has a true passion for writing historical stories filled with love, friendship, and honor.
She's been married for over 27 years and has raised 3 daughters, who are on their own paths to love. Her first grandchild arrived early this summer, a wee hero who is the joy of her life. Family is extremely important to her.
"Kara Griffin has done a superb job researching the Scottish time period and has a way of bringing you instantly right into the story."
In protecting the King of Scotland, Graeme Cameron will do whatever it takes to ensure Robert the Bruce’s safety. He and his comrades become the victim of circumstance and are now exiled. As they hide, they realize others are worse off than they and hire themselves out as mercenaries.
Kerrigan Campbell is desperate to find her laird and protector’s son. Then she hears of the legendary king’s guard and seeks them out. She runs across their leader in the midst of a battle, but he’s not what she expects. When she and Graeme find an abandoned bairn, he bids her to help him locate its mother and in return he’ll recapture her laird’s son.
Graeme has many a challenge before him – how to keep he and his friends from being executed for doing their duty, aiding the sweet lass in recovering her charge, finding the bairn’s mother, helping their king defeat England’s army, and gaining a pardon for their involvement in the king’s misdoings. There’s one challenge that thwarts him and that’s Kerrigan. She’s conquered his heart and more . . .
Date Published: August 6, 2016
Series: Legend of the King's Guard series, book 1