About the Book
When it comes to weddings, Liss MacCrimmon’s mother, Vi, has her own ideas about tradition. Instead of white, Vi sees tartan, tartan, and more tartan. And she sees it at the Medieval Scottish Conclave at the Western Maine Highland Games. Add picketers protesting the reenactment of a historic battle and a reproduction broadsword as a murder weapon and Liss finds herself smack in the middle of another mystery. If Liss doesn’t solve this one, and quickly, she might never say “I do,” let alone “til death do us part.”
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“If at first you don’t succeed, Try, try, try again.” Attributed to W. E. Hickson, a British educational writer. The why should be self-evident to anyone who has ever tried to sell a novel or short story.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I was brought up to believe there was nothing I couldn’t do if I set my mind to it. It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t eventually be published.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I wrote newspapers for my dolls when I was about eight.
When and why did you begin writing?
I can’t remember when I didn’t write, but I got serious about writing for publication in 1976 after I realized I was not cut out to teach seventh graders.
How long have you been writing?
My first book was published in 1984. Bagpipes, Brides, and Homicides will be my 46th published book.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Mysteries, but historical novels are a close second. I’ve also written children’s books and nonfiction.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The desire to be published.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Getting to the end of the rough draft. After that, it’s just a matter of fixing whatever needs to be fixed.
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