I'd like to introduce Nancy Jardine, a writer from Scotland, to tell us about her writing experiences. Welcome, Nancy, I'm happy to have you as my guest and I find your publishing career interesting from the point of view of a writer from another country.and being Scotish myself, even more so.
Dipping in a toe and using what I know….
It’s fantastic to be hopping across the cyber Atlantic, from
visit with you today, Micki! I’d love to
tell you a little about my writing though I don’t fit into the category of one
particular sub- genre since I’ve written non-fiction and fiction. I relish the
challenge of trying something different. Scotland
To date my published career is a mishmash. In 1999, I produced a pack of historically based non-fiction teaching materials for my teacher colleagues in
, volunteering my time and
effort to that non- profit making venture. Aberdeenshire, Scotland
A walk of a few hundred yards from my house in the
will take me to something that’s been there for a very long time. It may be the
nearby ruins of village of
Kintore , built in 1296, a square keep which
had six floors and is now the most fantastic crumbling shape. Alternatively, it
could be one of the Bronze Age standing stone circles that can also be found
just up the hill from my home… or the remains of Ancient Roman marching camps -
though admittedly they are underground! Hallforest Castle
In 2002, my village school was housed in a Victorian-built granite building which was deemed no longer suitable for the purpose. A brand new school building was to be erected directly behind the Victorian school, on what had been a sports field. From Victorian times, it was known that there had been a Roman Marching camp (possibly Agricolan and dated around AD 84) on that site. Thorough archaeological digs were undertaken, over the years 2002-2004, and the findings were astounding!
Instead of the possible 4,000 soldiers being camped 200 steps from my front door, the conclusions were that there may have been as many as 10,000 Romans encamped there, during three possible uses of the site. I was SMITTEN. I’ve always loved history; it was my favourite teaching subject; and I was inspired.
The kids in my 2004 class, (Did I say I also taught at the school across the road?) wrote fantastic stories about Roman soldiers invading Kintore - the local Celtic tribe battling against the
Roman Empire. Not to be outdone by kids, my 2004 summer
vacation was spent writing my time-travel novel for 10 -14 year olds, in which 3
kids time travel back to Roman Kintore. (That novel, after revamps and rejection
slips, is currently with an publisher) Edinburgh
My 2005 summer vacation was spent writing a non-fiction history book of
since no-one had ever created one.
Not from Aberdeenshire, I had to learn a lot in a short time. An OPEN day in
Sept 2005, while we still inhabited the old school building I researched, was
planned. I wrote furiously that summer and produced ‘a skweel at Kintore fir monie a year’:
the first recorded school dominie of
Kintore teaching a class in 1574! My colour plated book (old photos and
illustrations) was professionally published. Around 400 copies were sold; all
profits going into school coffers since I had
volunteered. Kintore School
My 2007 summer vacation (YES- I was a vacation writer) was spent writing a historical romantic adventure, set in Celtic/Roman times. That story became my published novel, The Beltane Choice (Crooked Cat Publishing) which has gained mostly 5 * reviews- though it was not published till August 2012.
In 2008, I cut back from full-time class teaching and began write more fiction. I decided to try contemporary romance. The Wild Rose Press gave me contracts for my contemporary novels: Monogamy Twist (published Aug 2011) and Take Me Now (published Aug 2012). Monogamy Twist is a sensual ancestry based mystery and Take Me Now is a corporate sabotage mystery. The former has an updated Dickensian style weird bequest of a dilapidated English manor house. The latter is set on an island castle off the west coast of
, the main characters zipping
around the world in floatplane, jet and catamaran. Take Me Now is also sensual, like Monogamy Twist, but is my first attempt
at marrying an element of suspense with humour. Scotland
Topaz Eyes (Crooked Cat Publishing Dec 2012), my second ancestral mystery, has a complicated ancestry based plot. Third cousins who have never met before are brought together in
, to solve a family mystery.
Their quest to find a set of long lost Mughal jewels takes the main characters
to Heidelberg, Germany Vienna, Amsterdam, Duluth and
Rochester ( Minnesota) and . Not all is rosy in the family,
though. The sub-genre of Topaz Eyes
overlaps mystery, suspense, intrigue, and a little romance – death, danger and
mistrust abounding. New York
During 2013, I’ve completed two follow on novels to my Celtic Britain novel, The Beltane Choice. They’ve now been submitted to Crooked Cat Publishing. It’s a nail biting time waiting for a decision on them! I’ve started a three book family saga set in
which starts in the
Victorian era. Yet a different sort of writing and time frame. Scotland
Thank you so much for inviting me to enthuse about my writing career, Micki. Any questions from you or your readers I’ll be delighted to answer.
Nancy Jardine lives in the fantastic ‘castle country’ of
her husband of many years. She spends her week making creative excuses for her
neglected large garden; doesn’t manage as much writing as she always plans to do
since she’s on Facebook too often, but she has a thoroughly great time playing
with her toddler granddaughter when she’s supposed to be ‘just’ childminding
twice a week. Her writing is peppered with history whenever possible, and those
lovely locations she’s visited around the world- too good not share. Blogging
takes up a good slot of her writing time, covering this and that topics! Aberdeenshire,
’s writing at her
Amazon.com author page; http://amzn.to/RJZzZz Nancy
She can be contacted at: http://nancyjardine.blogspot.com http://nancyjardineauthor.weebly.com http://on.fb.me/XeQdkG Twitter @nansjar http://about.me/nancyjardine http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/nancy-jardine/3a/9b0/a91/ Google+ email: firstname.lastname@example.org