Stepping into the Light – Researching the Scottish Highlands

Stepping into the Light – Researching the Scottish Highlands

There’s a saying among writers to write what you know, but quality research can fill in the gaps. So when I started to write Stepping into the Light, I knew that I would have a lot of gaps to fill, starting by researching the Scottish Highlands. Although, I should probably back up a bit first. My original idea for this book started with a dream that contained elements of Snow White along with a wicked

Stepping into the Light – Why I Choose To Write About Castles

Stepping into the Light – Why I Choose To Write About Castles

There’s just something about a castle to fire the imagination and make every girl dream of being a princess. And with several semi-recent royal weddings in England, there has also been a rise in novels featuring royalty from fictional countries. So why would I choose to write about castles too? Over the years, I’ve collected a folder of story ideas that percolate on the back burner of my brain until one rises to the top

Stepping Into the Light – Sometimes the Most Heroic Live in Plain Sight

Stepping Into the Light – Sometimes the Most Heroic Live in Plain Sight

The seeds for the first book in the Within the Castle Gates series started as a dream that quite honestly had a bit of a Snow White fairy tale twist. I woke up thinking about a heroine whose scars were actually a blessing instead of a curse. In fact, having already survived the worst life had to give, she embodied the fact that sometimes the most heroic live in plain sight. Overlooked. Scarred. Judged. Belittled.