A Scottish story
Many years ago, I was invited to submit a story to an anthology of Scottish Romance. It was supposed to be a maximum of 12,000 words long, but as usual, I went a little over and submitted mine at 15,000 words. I was willing to cut it, but the publisher said that was fine.
Readers said they liked my little story, but many also said it was too short and they would love to read more, so, having got my rights to it back, I decided to extend the story. But then I got busy with my Berkley books and the little Scottish story languished, almost forgotten.
I don’t normally write Scottish romance, but my family on my dad’s side is Scots and I had learned to recite the Selkirk Grace before meals long before I laid eyes on Scotland.
The Selkirk Grace:
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be Thankit!
Then when I was between 7 and 8, we went to live in Scotland, just for a year, for Dad’s work, and I soon developed a love of All Things Scottish. I returned to Australia speaking with a strong Scots accent, as did my siblings. Partly that came about because when your group of little Scots friends fall suddenly silent when you speak with your “funny” accent, you soon learn to fit it. <g>
And reading through this story again, I realize I’ve picked up a bit of a Scots cadence to my character’s dialogue — I hope not too much. I’m going to send it to a few readers to see if they think it’s too much.
I have a cover, and the story, so as soon as I have all my ducks in a row, I’ll publish it. I’ll let you all know when it’s up.
So what do you think? Do you like the cover? Would you read a Scottish romance?
Great cover and can’t wait to read it!
Love the cover, Anne – and would love to read it! As you know, I’m verra fond of a Scottish romance!
I love the cover! I can’t wait to read this book. My maiden name is McDonald. Born and bred in a small town in Tennessee, USA though. Not Scotland. Thank you so much for sharing your God given gift of telling stories. I look forward to each and every one.
Yes and yes! I like stories set in Scotland but really, I’ll read anything you write!
I have lived in Scotland for 47 years, and I would love to read it. Great cover.
I love Scottish romances and think your cover is great. Look forward to the book release. My grandfather emigrated from Scotland about 1900 or so and would sometimes tell us stories about its history and life there. Have all your books (I hope) and can’t wait for whatever comes next.
I love Scotland – it is “in my blood” though I have absolutely no Scots in my ancestry. I would most certainly read your Scottish romance.
Written by Anne Gracie, then it is automatically on my reading list! The cover is amazing ❤️