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We have a wonderful guest post for you today by Laura Vosika, author of the historical fiction novel, Blue Bells of Scotland: The Trilogy (Gabriel’s Horn Publishing).

10 Fun Facts about Blue Bells of Scotland

by Laura Vosika

  1. Blue Bells of Scotland started as the story of Shawn Kleiner. Niall, as characters often do, had ideas of his own.  He let me know he had a story, too, and the book changed drastically.
  2. One of my favorite scenes in the book was added specifically because a member of my writers’ group said he couldn’t wait to see Shawn play trombone in 1314, now that he’d seen Niall play harp in the present.
  3. Speaking of scenes, my twins’ antics as two-year-olds make a cameo appearance in the novel, as Amy’s young cousins.
  4. I spent two weeks in Scotland visiting the locations in the novel, including backstage at Inverness’s Eden Court Theatre.
  5. I climbed a mountain—Sron a Clachan—in medieval-style leather boots to get a feel for what Shawn felt like, hiking mountains in 1314.
  6. I was so entranced by Finlarig Castle that I wrote it into a scene when I got home.
  7. A very minor character from Blue Bells of Scotland became, largely of his own accord, a major character in Book 2, The Minstrel Boy.
  8. Blue Bells of Scotland is the only novel I know of which features a trombonist as a main character.
  9. The title of the book is taken from a famous theme and variations well-known to trombonists, which is in turn based on a much older folk song.

10. It took 3 years to write Blue Bells of Scotland, although I set it aside for about a year of that time.

Laura Vosika grew up in the military, visiting castles in England, pig fests in Germany, and the historic sites of America’s east coast.

She earned a degree in music, and worked for many years as a freelance musician, music teacher, band director, and instructor in private music lessons on harp, piano, winds, and brass.

Laura is the mother of 7 boys and 2 girls, and lives in Minnesota.

Her latest book is Blue Bells of Scotland: The Trilogy.

You can visit her website at www.bluebellstrilogy.com.



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