Logan McAllister survived years of indentured servitude in the Americas to reach this moment. Now he’s returned to Scotland, ready to redeem the secret promise from Sheena Montgomery’s father – that his years as an indentured servant would earn him Sheena’s hand in marriage. But when he arrives home, he learns that Sheena’s father has died, his contract has been lost… and Sheena is engaged to another man.
Eva Maria Hamilton spent years studying people from all different years of academia and brings that understanding of the human condition into each of her written pieces. An advocate for lifelong learning, Eva Maria Hamilton studied in Canada and the United States, earning a diploma in Human Resources Management, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, and a Master of Science in Education.
Welcome to Ink Dots, Eva Marie. Thanks so much for having me Dorothy! I’m so excited to talk with you and your readers!
So are we! Tell us where you're from. I live in Southern Ontario, Canada with my husband of almost thirteen years and our five year old daughter that we homeschool.
How did you come to write Highland Hearts? I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of indentured servitude. Why would someone sell themselves? What would happen to that person after their indenturement commenced? These and a ton of other questions wove this story together during a very a tumultuous time in Scotland’s history.
I can imagine you had the best time writing Highland Hearts. What’s the most fascinating thing you discovered in your research for this book? The Act of Proscription of 1746 prohibited Highlanders from wearing kilts or tartans, having weapons, and even playing their bagpipes, and this Act wasn’t repealed until 1782. Wow, no kilts or bagpipes for 40 years! Such a great detail to discover.
Speaking of discoveries... have you been to Australia? No, I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Australia, but if I ever get the chance, it would have to be for an extended visit, because there are so many things I want to see and experience. Yes, extended is a good idea. You'd need months... and even then you might have to miss something.
In the meantime... what’s on the horizon for Eva Maria Hamilton? I’m currently writing another novel, that is linked to Highland Hearts, and I will hopefully have news soon, as to its publication with Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line.
Congratulations. It sounds like you're working hard! Where can we find you on the internet? Please visit me at my website www.evamariahamilton.com to find out more about me.
Can you include the first few paragraphs of Chapter 1? Sure, here's the Amazon link to the book where you can read the first scene from Highland Hearts.
Thanks for sharing your book and writing journey with us. We look forward to hearing more about your achievements in the days ahead.
What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word Scottish? I think of our next door neighbour growing up, and her beautiful accent. Anyone else love the melodious sounds of the Scottish brogue?