There are many classic elements to the story. That’s why people read romance! But I do write unusual settings and time periods. The Borders setting, the early Tudor time period, and the incorporation of real historical characters combine to give this story a twist. Oh, and I talk about catching salmon in 16th century Scotland!
I’m basically a pantser, not a plotter. I rework a book through many drafts and change every time. Often, I go back to layer in backstory or motivation for something that changed later in the story. I was worried that I would get to book three and need to change something that was already set in stone in books one or two. But I had a piece of advice from a fellow writer who said, leave things as open ended as possible. I did, and it all worked out.
Oh, and one more thing! I'll have a post here on Unusual Historicals on Tuesday on the Scandalous Affairs of Queen Margaret of Scotland. She is appears off-stage in CAPTIVE OF THE BORDER LORD and on-stage in TEMPTED BY THE BORDER CAPTAIN. She was the sister of Henry VIII of England and you can see the family resemblance!