Meet A.J. McKinley. If you haven’t read any of his books, here’s a taste for you. You’ll definitely want to read the whole thing.
I know everyone asks this but why did you decide to write romance?

After everything that happened tae me, various people kept telling me that I 

should write a book. 

So, I did  and being as though there was a significant romantic element tae my

story, I decided tae make it a Romance/Action book.

What was the hardest thing you had to do when you started?

This probably sounds a wee bit silly but It was actually remembering how tae 

write, spell, use punctuation etc. I had nae needed tae use any

 of those kind of skills in my line of work. My first book was actually the 

first thing I’d written since High School.

What was the easiest thing?

Putting details in tae the story, mainly because a lot of them were fairly fresh in 

my mind.

How long did it take you to finish your first manuscript and where did the idea come from?

Each one took a wee bit under 3 months tae complete. Both books are inspired 

by true events that happened tae me, the first book more so. 

The second book does have some fictional elements blended in with

 events that did happen.

Tell me about your first contract?

LOL I promise I will if it ever happens 😉

Do you base any of your stories on real people or places or events?

Aye, most definitely. But with the people, names have been changed tae protect 

the innocent, and guilty!

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years?

With my background and history, I dinnae tend tae look too far in tae the future. I just take each day as it comes and whatever happens, happens!

What do you enjoy most about being an author?

Personally I love hearing fae people after they have finished the book and 

chatting tae them aboot it.

Okay, quick fun questions:

Favorite ice cream

Mackies Rum & Raisin

Favorite music

Classic Rock

Favorite movie

The Hangover

Favorite time to write


If you could be stranded with a movie or television star who would you pick?

Jennifer Anniston, I’d jump reet on top of h…..Och I mean, reet next tae her and 

start asking her questions aboot ‘friends’

If someone played you in a movie who would it be and why?

Probably Gerard Butler, we’re fae the same place so he could do the accent. But he’d probably need tae hit the gym first 😉

Book 1 blurb

Scott Maclaren, a strong, Special Forces Scotsman, terribly injured during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. His journey begins with a broken heart after his wife leaves him for another man during his time in the hospital. Traveling across the Atlantic to visit family, his story now begins.

After years of physical therapy and being alone, things were about to look up. Katie Johnson, a beautiful Ohio schoolteacher, was where his ‘dream’ of passion and love were to become reality. Smoldering embers became a passionate, raging fire between them. A wanting and desire that burned for one another as neither had ever experienced before. 

Scott’s love for Katie and her two girls would lead him to great lengths to make all their dreams come true, including a six-month security contract in the Middle East. The money would ensure financial security for life.

The contract was to secure the safety of a young attractive businesswoman, Britney Parnell, who is accustomed to getting what she wants… and she wants Scott. She wastes no time in making her yearnings known. All can see her motives, but Scott. His only thoughts while in Baghdad are to keep her safe amidst terrorist attacks, shootings and bombs exploding all around them…

This sensual, sexy adventure begins with the ultimate betrayal and is filled with action, intrigue, passion and steamy love scenes. 

Inspired by true events…

Book 2 Blurb

After his recent adventures in the Middle East, all Scott Maclaren wanted to do was relax. He looked forward to his new life as a family man.

But, things never seem to ‘go-as-planned’ for the tough Scotsman.

Soon, after his return to the U.S., Scott finds himself catapulted back in to the thick of action. Once again, he is called upon and will need ‘all’ of his Special Forces skills, as he battles new foes.

The excitement and drama heat up, both inside and outside the bedroom in this romantic thriller. This suspenseful sequel is filled with even more action, adventure and passion.