I first met MK back in 2015 when I was a blogger on Wordpress. I instantly connected with her because she wrote historical romantic adventure which was one of my favorite genres back then. She was so kind and understanding. I ran across The Captivating Quill and reconnected with MK a few months ago. I asked her if she’s be willing to sit down with me for an interview and she agreed without hesitation. See, what did I tell you? Such a kind woman. So, grab your favorite beverage and sit down with us. Take it away, MK.
Do you have any odd writing habits?
Not odd, or at least I don’t think so. I have a prep process that helps keep me focused. The house has to be clean. I always have a tall glass of water, a cup of tea, and a little chocolate at my desk. There are fresh flowers and lots of books on the shelves. It’s more that I need my space just-so in order to stay on task.
Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?
Many authors at different stages have inspired me. Not necessarily because I want to write like them, but because their work spoke to me and sparked a metaphoric fire in me to do better. Susanna Kearsley, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Sarah E. Ladd, and Jo Goodman are the ones I can think of right off. I cannot pinpoint what about their writing provides inspiration, but I always get an extra push of “I want to be a better writer” after I’ve read their books.
If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?
Either a pastry chef or an anthropologist.
Do you have a favorite spot to write? What is it?
Yes and no. I enjoy writing outdoors, looking up at the mountains, but I prefer to write in my studio with the big screen and standing desk, if for no other reason than to save me extra visits to the chiropractor.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?
I write under two names, one for historical and one contemporary. Right now, I’m working on finishing up a contemporary/romantic suspense in my Kyndall Family series. I’m also working on another contemporary romance project for later this autumn, and a historical Christmas novella in my British Agent series. There’s always a lot going on, but I do try to pace myself.
Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?
No drinking, smoking, or caffeine, which is probably why I turn to chocolate for a little boost. Chocolate is my vice, a pleasurable one. I have to put a lot of effort into not eating too much of it.
What is your biggest fear?
What do you want your tombstone to say?
I don’t want a tombstone. I’m in the market for a good mountain top where my ashes can be scattered with my pup’s.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. I don’t like flying so it would come in handy.
What’s on your bucket list (things to do before you die)?
Return to Scotland, Tour Ireland, Walk the path of Hadrian’s Wall, and write as many more books as I possibly can.
Title – Wild Montana Winds
Author – MK McClintock
Genre – Historical Western Romance
What happens when a mountain man tries to tame the heart of a Highland lass?
Ainslee McConnell turns down every eligible bachelor who asks for her hand, for she knows none can quiet her adventurous spirit. When she travels from Scotland to visit family and seek new experiences, she discovers a life more rewarding than she could have imagined.
Raised in the wilds of the Montana mountains, Colton Dawson lives as rancher, mountain man, and tracker. He is content . . . until one day a spirited Scottish lass crosses his path on her way to Hawk’s Peak. When a moment in Colton’s past revisits him, he fights to keep safe those he loves most.
Return to Briarwood and Hawk’s Peak to experience a timeless western romantic adventure that will sweep you away on the wild Montana winds.
Colton recalled a conversation he once had, the night after Ethan first lost Brenna to his own stubbornness. She had returned to Scotland and Colton found Ethan walking through one of the fields, dusted with an early autumn snow. They stood together in the field, watching the moon rise higher above the snow-capped peaks, illuminating the vast ranch. It had been Gabriel who ultimately pushed Ethan out of his brother’s misery and back on the right path to Brenna, but Colton never forgot what Ethan said that night.
“There is no greater mistake a man can make than deny his love for the only woman who was meant to have his heart.”
Colton never told anyone of that conversation or of the deep pain he had witnessed in Ethan’s eyes. Years later, Ethan and Brenna had brought two beautiful children into their family and were happier than Colton had ever seen two people, unless he also considered all the other couples at Hawk’s Peak. He thought it might be only the Gallaghers who were destined for great bliss, until he watched Ben and Amanda exchange vows on a cool summer morning at the small church in Briarwood last month.
He did not spend a lot of his thoughts wondering if their joy would one day be his own. Content to track and hunt, work cattle and soothe horses, Colton had everything he ever believed he wanted. Now Ainslee’s presence conflicted his simple life, and he found himself without complaint as he watched her shift and heard a soft sigh escape her lips.
Colton’s well-trained horse, used to sneaking up on game and men alike, remained silent, swishing only his tail. Less than one minute later, despite the quiet, Ainslee stirred atop her boulder. It was she who shifted and saw him through sleepy eyes. The slow smile she offered him showed no surprise at his presence.
“How long have you been there?” She covered a yawn with her hand and straightened her skirts.
“Not long.” Colton dismounted and let his horse graze on the tall grass by the water. “Brenna wondered where you went.”
Ainslee’s gaze shot upward to look at the sun’s placement in the sky. “I was gone longer than I planned. I wanted to stretch my legs and see more of this beautiful place.”
“Brenna didn’t mind. She said something about you spending a lot of time on your own.” Colton watched a bit of color rush into her fair cheeks. “From what you told me, it sounded like you were around a lot of people, at home and at university.”
Ainslee shrugged and met his gaze. “Would you mind? Climbing on rocks is always much easier than climbing off while wearing skirts.”
Colton didn’t mind at all. He slid one arm around the back of her waist and rested the other at her front. Without much effort, he lifted her off the rock and let her slide slowly to the ground. She lingered a few seconds. They did not look at each other, but the connection between them was still as strong as it had been on the trail from Bozeman to Briarwood.
He wanted to remain indifferent, and for a man unaccustomed to great emotion, going against his natural instincts proved to be easier than expected. Colton knew one day, probably soon, Ainslee would return home to Scotland or continue her travels. He did not see her as someone eager to settle down in one place, and he was not a man to leave the only land he ever wanted to call home.
Read an extended excerpt – Chapters 1-3
MK McClintock is a multiple award-winning and nominated author of historical romance, western romance, and historical romantic mystery. As McKenna Grey, she writes romantic suspense, thrillers, and heartwarming, small-town romance. Her stories of adventure, romance, and mystery sweep across the Rocky Mountains to the Victorian British Isles, with places and times between and beyond. She enjoys a peaceful life in Montana where she is writing her next book.
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