Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Research: Scottish American Style

I didn't have an opportunity to go to Scotland before writing my Scottish inspired fantasy time-travel series—Garden Gate. I read dozens of books and ran internet searches on the clan, time period and setting. I also traveled to North Carolina and attended the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering O' Scottish Clans where the stories begin.

To immerse myself in the culture of my characters, I continue to attend Scottish gatherings in the US. If you're on the East Coast and so inclined here are a couple of upcoming events you might consider attending:

New Hampshire Highland Games on September 16, 17 & 18 at Loon Mountain, Lincoln, NH.
Maryland Renaissance Festival with guest Albannach from Scotland on September 24 & 25 near Annapolis, MD.
Virginia Celtic Gathering & Highland Games on September 30 & October 1 at Rockahock near Williamsburg, VA.
Stone Mountain Highland Games on October 14, 15 &16 at Stone Mountain Park, GA


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Dawn Marie Hamilton writes Scottish inspired fantasy and paranormal romance. You can also visit Dawn Marie at Castles and Guns on Tuesday September 13 & 27. Twitter: @DawnM_Hamilton


Pat McDermott said...

You're so dedicated to your craft, Dawn. Thanks for posting these festival dates. I should try to get to Loon Mountain.

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Hi, Pat. Definitely attend if you can. You are sure to be inspired. Thanks for visiting Voices From The Heart!

Josie said...

I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Scotland several years ago. We did a home exchange and had a wonderful time. Although it rained every day, we'd still revisit in a heartbeat.

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Sounds great! We hope to go one of these days, but life keeps getting in the way. :) Thanks for dropping in.