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Monica McCarty

"What was she trying to do to him? Was this what being in love was supposed to feel like? Was it supposed to make him feel out of control? "

Monica McCarty, Highland Warrior

Monica McCarty

Monica McCarty

What do you get when you mix a legal career, a baseball career, motherhood, and a love of history with a voracious reader? In my case, a Historical Romance Author.

Like most writers, I’ve always loved to read. Growing up in California there was always plenty to do outside, but all too often I could be found inside curled up with a book (or two or three). I started with the usual fare: The Little House on the Prairie series, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Watership Down, Nancy Drew, and everything by Judy Blume. Once I cleared off my bookshelf, I started swiping books from my mom. Some, like Sidney Sheldon’s The Other Side of Midnight, probably weren’t the most appropriate choice for a pre-adolescent—although they were definitely illuminating. I can still remember the look of abject horror on my mom’s Catholic-girl-face when I asked her what a virgin was. After that rather brief conversation, she paid a little closer attention to what had disappeared off her book shelf, and steered me in the direction of Harlequin and Barbara Cartland romances. I was hooked. I quickly read through the inventory of the local library and was soon buying bags of romances at garage sales.

Law School was also where I fell in love with Scotland. In my third year, I took a Comparative Legal History class, and wrote a paper on the Scottish Clan System and Feudalism. So I immediately dropped out of law school and went on to write Scottish Historical Romances…well no, not quite. You see, I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. My father was a lawyer, I was a “poet” (i.e., not into math), and I love to argue. It seemed natural.

So I finished law school, got married, passed the CA bar, moved to Minnesota (with a few stops along the way), waived into the MN bar, worked as a litigator for a few satisfying years, moved back to CA, had a couple of kids, realized that a legal career and being a single parent for most of the year (due to husband's career) would be extremely difficult, and THEN decided to sit down and write.

And how did I end up writing romance? It’s not as divergent as it seems. What I loved about being a lawyer are the same things I love about being a writer—research and writing. The only thing missing is the arguing, but that’s what a husband and kids are for, right?

The MacLeods of Skye Trilogy
2007 - Highlander Unchained
2007 - Highlander Untamed
 
The Highland Guard Series
2014 - The Raider
2013 - The Hunter
2012 - The Recruit
2012 - The Saint
2011 - The Viper
2010 - The Ranger
2010 - The Hawk
2010 - The Chief
2014 - The Arrow
 
The Campbell Trilogy
2009 - Highland Scoundrel
2009 - Highland Outlaw
2009 - Highland Warrior
 
All Titles
2007 - Highlander Untamed
2007 - Highlander Unchained
2009 - Highland Warrior
2009 - Highland Outlaw
2009 - Highland Scoundrel
2010 - The Chief
2010 - The Hawk
2010 - The Ranger
2011 - The Viper
2012 - The Saint
2012 - The Recruit
2013 - The Hunter
2014 - The Raider
2014 - The Arrow