Interview & Contest: Donna Grant

donna_grant_newJen: Today we are excited to welcome Donna Grant to Romancing the Book. Donna, will you share a short bio with us?
Donna: Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels and novellas spanning multiple genres of romance.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Her childhood dream was to become a professional ballet dancer and study under the amazing Mikhail Baryshnikov. Though she never got to meet Baryshnikov, she did make it to New York City and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Later, Donna’s love of the romance genre and the constant stories running through her head prompted her to sit down and write her first book. Once that book was completed, there was no turning back.

Donna sold her first book in November 2005 while displaced from Hurricane Rita, a storm that destroyed portions of the Texas Gulf Coast. Since then, Donna has sold novels and novellas to both electronic and print publishers. Her books include several complete series such as Druids Glen, The Shields, Royal Chronicles, Sisters of Magic, Dark Sword, Dark Warriors, and her new series, Dark Kings.

Despite the deadlines and her voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two young children, four cats, three fish, and one long haired Chihuahua. She’s blessed with a proud, supportive husband who loves to read and travel as much as she does.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Donna: My newest release is MIDNIGHT’S CAPTIVE, the 6th book in the Dark Warriors series featuring immortal Highland Warrior Charon, and his heroine Laura.

The idea for this book came when I knew it would be set away from MacLeod Castle where most of the others books had taken place. Since Charon owned many businesses, I thought having Laura work with him would something different that I hadn’t touched on before.

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Donna: Panster all the way. I can semi-plot an overall series arc, but I can’t plot the books. I just sit down each day and see where the characters take me.

Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Donna: Dark. Sexy. Romantic.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Donna: I do actually. I find that I write the best in the mornings first things. So, I make sure I get my page count out of the way before I do anything else.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Donna: For me I find that writing them down does no good. I have to find a creative way of matching ideas to characters, and then I just keep playing the scene over and over in my head until I can get to the book. Once, I had a scene in my head for over three years before I got to write it.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Donna: Next is the final two books in the Dark Warrior series – MIDNIGHT’S TEMPTATION (Oct 1st) and MIDNIGHT’S PROMISE (Oct 29th). I have a Christmas novella involving the Dark Warriors, and then the print version of the Dark Kings novellas (a spin off of the DW series) coming December 31st with the title TBD.

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52 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Donna Grant

  1. Viki S. says:

    Congratulations Donna!
    I’ve noticed most authors use word count for a daily goal. Why not page count?
    Thank you.

  2. may says:

    I love the dark warrior series and sad/excited that the final 2 books will come in October. 🙂 I am glad that there’s a spin-off or I’ll miss the series a lot!

  3. Tamela says:

    DRAGONS! oh wait, did I say DRAGONS? While this is also about the warriors, you know i love me some dragons! Donna, you are awesome!

  4. Myra Espino says:

    Hi Ms. Donna!! I really loved the book of yours.. It’s hot and I love how you wrote it and how you brought the characters to life.. =)

  5. Cynthia long says:

    You are an awesome author!!! Love ur books plz
    Keep writing!!!! Can’t wait for the next book!!

  6. Amy Toth says:

    Hi Donna I love your books your awesome! I have a question. What will you work on once your finished writing about the warriors?

  7. Nicole Laverdure says:

    Congratulation Donna! Where do you get the inspiration and time to write your amazing stories that got me addicted to them. Keep on writing!

  8. oh the series will be already completed this year? that was faster that what i anticipated but in a sense i’m also glad because i absolutely adore them so not a having to wait is great .
    will the novella be available i n print too? ( or in a pdf format ? i just hope it won’t be only kindle)

    thank you a lot for the great prize

    • Yes, my publisher is releasing four books a year, so that tends to get the books out really fast to readers.

      The novella will be available in all ebook formats. 🙂

  9. Jessie says:

    I’m so sad for the Dark Sword/ Dark Warriors series to be over! I love them! Although I’m really excited for the Dark Kings series after reading the novellas. Pretty much anything written by Donna Grant is on my instabuy list.

  10. Donna,
    I am so far behind, I am glad I don’t have to wait as long as some of your fans to read the next books. ALSO Looking forward to being able to hold my copy of the Dark King Novellas DARKEST FLAME in paperback!! Soooo can’t wait to get to Midnight’s captive!! Charon sounds like QUITE the character. 🙂

  11. Tammy S. says:

    Thanks so much for the great interview. I have loved this series from the begining and will be sorry to see it end. Looking forward to what will come after!

  12. I cannot wait to read the Dark Warriors series by Donna Grant! They all sound so yummy, so mysterious, so HOT!!! Donna is a relatively new-to-me author, and I have enjoyed all her posts on her Facebook page! I recently ordered Midnight’s Kiss and I just have to get the rest!

  13. Jess1 says:

    With having one of your scenes running in your head for three years before being written for the right characters and book, do you have a number of ideas percolating all the time in your mind?

  14. leslee kahler says:

    Love all your books, they are also very popular at my local library probably because the local Walmart won’t carry any copies as the management says they are too steamy. To check out one of your books there is usually a two week waiting list.

  15. laurie g says:

    Thanks so much for the great interview. i haven’t read any of your books as yet but i will have to check them out after i find work

  16. Anne says:

    Your interview was informative and lovely. Such a great author and talented and special What wonderful books which are unique and very compelling.

  17. Leanna H says:

    I love that you are doing a Christmas novella for this series. I love it when my favorite series have Christmas books.

  18. Maria D. says:

    Congrats to Donna on her new release! – not entering the contest as have all the books:)

  19. BookLady says:

    Fantastic series! Looking forward to reading Midnight’s Captive. Love your books and enjoyed the interview. Thanks for sharing.

  20. June M. says:

    I have had this series on my wish list for a while now…it sounds great! I love paranormals, both light & fun and dark & dangerous. The Dark Warriors sound sexy and addicting. I will have to get them and read them all 🙂

  21. erinf1 says:

    Congrats to Donna on the newest release! I’m ashamed to say that the first couple of books in this series got buried in the TBR pile. But I’m saving them for my vacation 🙂 Thanks for the fun interview!

  22. Interesting way to write out ideas that come to you at odd times! I have to write them down or else I forget lol. Then I go back to tackle them to perfection.

    HUGE fan of your books, by the way! Great to see you at RtB!!!

  23. jackie woodland says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…love your warriors…How do you get your ideas for the story lines???
    Love the Scottish accent you put in there, I can just imagine them saying it with that Scottish accent
    can’t remember what it’s called..LOL Keep the books coming 🙂

  24. Barb Robinson says:

    Have ALL your books – can’t wait to soon begin Charon’s tale! Phelan’s is close by!

  25. Jenny Phillips says:

    Donna,
    Do you find that with all that paranormal romance books out there, that some authors ride the line of sounding to similar with your book? Of course, without violating the copyright laws.

  26. Filia Oktarina says:

    Congratulation Donna!! Love your books. Paranormal romance was my favorite genre, so when i see your books, it’s was catch my eyes because the cover books was very tempting and amazing for me. LOL!

  27. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    I am I noticed more creative during the nights. Usually when the hubby is at work and the kids are asleep. Hard to collect thoughts while the natural chaos that is family around. LOL. I need to catch up on the Warriors though.. darn writing

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