Kayden, tell us a bit about Timeless Passion. The story is set around a Scottish New Year’s demonstration, Hogmanay, at Barkersville Pioneer Village. Tasha Banner is the director of the museum and did the demonstration that brought Dougal MacBride to the future.
Now we'll speak with Tasha: What did you think the first time you saw Dougal MacBride?
The first thought in my head was what a hunk. He had such a muscular body. Then he started to talk and I loved his brogue. I honestly thought he was a reinactor who had dressed up for the demonstration. He really looked the part and sounded the part. Little did I know he was authentic to the time period we were demonstrating.
Very cool. What was your second thought? That he was crazy. I mean really, he believed the log cabin was his home and ordered us out so he could eat his supper. Not the thoughts of a rational man.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Certainly not, but he was very attractive. There was a ruggedness about him that was appealing.
What do you like most about Dougal? He is a genuine person. Once I got to know him, he was a truly caring person. He has a great work ethic, and he believes in putting his all into the job. He’s funny and charming. What’s not to like?
How would he describe you? At first a very bossy woman, then he realized that I was only doing my job. It’s funny that we are both workaholics, but that is one reason we get along.
What made you choose to be director of a pioneer village? It chose me. I love history and loved being able to preserve it. My family settled on the farm I live on back in 1824. It is my heritage that I’m teaching every day at the working museum.
What is your biggest fear, Tasha? It takes a lot of money to keep the museum open. The buildings have to be maintained, the taxes on the grounds are high and I can’t tell you how many developers what to buy us out and put in housing development. It’s a struggle every day to keep the village open. If I fail we’ve all lose because our history will be lost.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? I have so many, but I’ve always loved Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. He is a bit of a rogue. I think he always loved Scarlet, but got tired of her nonsense.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Take every day as if it was your last and do your best.
Thanks so much, Tasha, for spending time with us. Now it’s time to chat with Kayden. What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Every romance book written and every romantic movie. I love the concept of falling in love despite all the problems that occur. I’m just a romantic at heart.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I’m a history buff so I actually went to a local pioneer village that was doing a demonstration of the Christmas season. When I walked into a log cabin they were doing a Hogmanay demo and I just felt I was living the experience. I hope readers feel the same way when they read Timeless Passion.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? My publisher is The Wild Rose Press and they are wonderful. My critique partner got published with them years ago. She had to stop writing because of family obligation, but I watched what The Wild Rose Press was doing. I really liked what I saw so when I was ready to submit they were the first publisher I send my manuscript to. Luckily for me they bought it.
What projects are you working on now? I have another book coming out January 13, 2016, titled Red Hot. It’s part of the Candy Hearts series and I’m really excited about it. I have another book waiting for their approval and of course I’m writing another. This time it’s a ghost story and I’m excited about that, too.
Thanks for inviting us to be here with you today.
Thank you for coming. This has been fun and we rarely have a time travel story on our blog. We hope you'll return when Red Hot comes out.
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