The reason I became an author is fairly easy. I had to get the stories out of my head! I’ve always had a very active imagination (ask my parents, I’d scare myself silly as a kid and couldn’t sleep alone), so it didn’t surprise anyone in my family when I tried writing my first novel. The fact it was a romance also didn’t shock anyone since that’s all I read.
There is so much about being an author I love. I love setting down to start a new book. The excitement and adventure and love that await me with new characters are as thrilling to me as jumping out of airplanes is to adrenaline junkies. I love diving deeper into a story, and I even like revisions. I might complain and think I might not be able to do them, but always, I take a deep breath and give it a go. It helps that I have the most awesome editor on the planet.
The one thing I love above all else about being an author is you, the fans. The emails and letters and cards are simply the best. I keep everything, too! All the emails I print out and put together in a binder with the letters and cards I receive. It’s readers who connect with our characters as deeply – and sometimes even deeper – than an author does.
I get absolutely giddy when I get an email from a reader who found a secondary character that really connected with her, when she begs for his story and gets excited when I tell her he does get his own book. There is just nothing better than knowing someone has read one of my books and enjoyed it. It truly warms my heart!
Readers are very important to an author’s career. It’s reader who can help push a book or series in ways that a publisher never dreamed of. It’s readers who help to inspire an author. It’s readers who spend hard earned money on our books for an escape. And I feel particularly humbled when I know someone has bought my books.
A simple thank you never seems good enough, so I try to spend as much time with readers as I can. I love interacting with them and learning what they liked – and even what they didn’t enjoy – about my books. You can find me most days on Twitter and Facebook and even MySpace. I do have a blog that I try to post to at least twice a week.
Sometimes deadlines, revisions, copy edits, galleys, and promoting a book can really pull me away from readers, but I do try to give them a portion of each day. I endeavor to go to conferences and readers luncheons so I can meet up with readers and mayhap meet new ones.
With the release of my newest, Wicked Highlander, the third book of my historical paranormal series, Dark Sword, I’ve met some really great readers through my blog tours and contests. I’ve had some great response to the series, which is so wonderful.
I get a lot of questions though. Like how did I come up with the idea? That’s a difficult one to answer really. I don’t remember the exact idea, but I do remember thinking I could have a lot of fun with it. At first it was going to be a trilogy about the three brothers, but the more I thought about the books, the more I began to plan for them, the more I realized that I could make the series as long or as short as I needed. As it is, I plan on 15 books. I hope I’m lucky enough to be able to write all of them, and as of right now, I’m contracted for 6 books.
But when I was deciding on the characters, I wanted the heroes to be larger than life. I wanted them to have gone through hell, literally, and managed to pull themselves somewhat out of it. But it wouldn’t be a romance if the hero didn’t need a heroine to help him. I like strong heroines, and if my heroes were going to be immortal with primeval gods inside them, then my heroines had to be able to stand against them or they’d be run over.
So, the answer came when I realized my heroines were going to be Druids. What better way to mix the legends and lore of Britain than with my Highlanders? Each hero, or Warrior, has a different god inside him giving him different powers than the others. (i.e. teleporting, controlling water, reading minds, etc…) However, my Druids would have simpler magic. They talk to trees, help plants grow, and heal the sick. Each Druid would also have something special that was just hers, and in some way it would help/effect each Warrior. I’ve had such a grand time pairing up the Druids with each Warrior.
Now, here’s the back cover for my hunky Highlander, Quinn and his book Wicked Highlander.
A HEART IN CHAINS…
The most reckless and fierce of the MacLeod brothers, Quinn is a prisoner of the god inside him, tormented by his inability to save his family from slaughter. His fury governs him, and day by day he loses himself to the darkness in his soul. But Quinn has a profound yearning for a woman’s love…
A PASSION UNBOUND…
Raised by Druids, the achingly beautiful Marcail is as spellbinding as the ancient magic that surges through her body. To Quinn, she is the most desirable woman he has ever known. But to his enemy Deirdre, she is the perfect bait to lure Quinn into her trap. Once the two lovers are in her wicked grasp, their passion will be put to the ultimate test…
To learn more about me, please stop by my website at www.donnagrant.com! To learn more about the Dark Sword series, watch book trailers, learn the characters, take the quiz, and read excerpts, please visit www.donnagrant.com/darksword.
Peace and love!
Readers, you heard Donna, if you want to enter the contest for one of her backlist Dark Sword novels, you first need to leave a question or comment for Donna. Then to finish your entry, you must either leave your email address in your comment or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll pick the winner on Sunday, November 7.