Storm Grant Interview

Welcome to Fallen Angel Reviews, multi-talented author Storm Grant. Please come in, take a seat and allow the readers to get to know more about Storm.
I dunno about multi-talented. Writing's pretty much the only thing I do-as a career and as a hobby. I don't knit or draw or play sports. I live for writing, and I never stop looking at the world as a writer. If you say anything witty in my presence, it'll probably end up in one of my books. You have been warned!

Now that we are seated, Storm, the readers would love to hear about your latest story. Would you discuss it with us, please?
My latest published story is called Sucks & Blows, released October 30th as part of Riptide's debut line-up. It's the epic love story of a vampire and his dentist. It's the *short*, epic love story, actually, clocking in around 5000 words.

I wrote it to make people laugh, and from the feedback and reviews it's getting, I've succeeded. It also has a hot blow job scene. So a little something for everyone. Or perhaps not so little.

Would you like to tell us where you get your ideas for your stories? You have some WOW covers too, by the way.
Really. You like my covers? That's awesome. I commissioned and artist to design the one for Gym Dandy. I wanted it to have that chick-lit feel. Oh, wait. Make that dick-lit.

I love my Riptide cover. It is so representative of the story, and the use of white space makes it stand out among all the other m/m covers. It's not really erotic, so a male torso on a black background would have been false advertising and only let to heartbreak and disappointment. It's still a "one-handed read" but only that you're so busy knee-slapping with laughter.

You also asked about where I get my ideas. I have this awesome brainstorming group. We get together and the ideas just fly. If you're thinking of starting a writer's group, focus on brainstorming rather than critiquing. It's so much less daunting. And more fun!

I'm very much an idea person. I've always got a whack of them just waiting to be written. And shared.

From what do you derive the most inspiration for your writing?
Author Marion Zimmer Bradley once said, "A writer can't not write." I think her use of the double negative is most apt. When I had a day job, I squeezed in writing time wherever I could. I began in the 90s writing fanfiction, and a few years ago switched to writing professionally. Just this past year I've been able to write full time, thanks to a buy out at my long-term employer.

I just signed with an agent, which is very exciting. I can't wait to see how that plays out. I'll be published (I hope) under a slightly different pen name-Gina X. Grant.

What kind of writing space would your readers see if they came to your house?
I've commandeered the master bedroom of our 3-bedroom home. It serves as my office, complete with file cabinet, bookshelves and a special built-for-short-people desk. But one wall is all closets, so it also serves as my dressing room. And there's a bed in one corner so it's also the guest room. Sure, if I can multi-task, so can my office.

When composing what would you classify as your favorite part of a book to write? The beginning, middle, or end?
The outline. When it's still at the "what if" stage, before it's work. Before it's hated, critiqued, re-written, polished, submitted, rejected, sold, and then edited some more. And then reviewed! {{{shudder!}}} I get together with two or more author friends and we all shout ideas: "No, no. She should turn out to be a *robot*! They'll never see that coming." I love that stage.

Better still is brainstorming someone else's book-all of the fun and none of the work.

Do you outline your stories or do you just write as you go?
I'm a plotster-a highbred between a plotter and a pantser. I love to outline… in Excel, using the "Save the Cat" system (which is a screenwriter's adaptation of "The Hero's Journey".) Some writers who approach the craft more organically are horrified by my no-nonsense technique.

But then I "pants" (write by the seat of my pants) each scene. I never know quite what's going to happen. But I have my trusty outline, so I never go too far off the rails. I hate to do work that later gets scrapped.

I wrote the new opening for my second novel, Shift Happens, three times. At 20,000 words a shot, I ended up writing 60,000 words and scrapping 40,000 of them. Yikes!

What can we expect from you in the future?
I've submitted a longer story to Riptide, tentatively titled Few Are Chosen. It's a YA m/m about an apprentice warrior who falls for an apprentice mage. It's first kill, first kiss… and a whole lot more. I'm waiting to see if they like it.

Is there something about Storm that the readers would never guess that would come as a complete shock?
I have a fabulous poison green evening dress that I paid a mere $30.00 for. I actually keep the price tag just to remind myself of the best deal ever.

If you could be invisible for one hour, what would you do and where would you go?
That's an unusual question. Hmmm. I'm not one to listen at keyholes so I wouldn't spy on anyone. I certainly wouldn't use it to steal anything or sneak onto an airplane. Maybe what I'd do is charge down to CityTV and show them me, invisible, get them to film me becoming visible when the hour's up. Then I could go on the talk show circuit and write a book about being the Invisible Woman. Gotta parlay that unique experience into something tangible or it's lost forever.

Storm, can you share with the readers your website, blogs, myspace, or Facebook?
As Storm Grant, you can find me at all the addresses listed below. My new mainstream works will be published under the pen name, Gina X. Grant. Right now I'm struggling with a WordPress blog/website, but there's nothing really to see there yet.

Author Name: Gina Grant w/a Storm Grant - Email, Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

You learn from your publisher that you are taking a trip to a deserted tropical island for a week, and can choose three other talented authors to accompany you. Whom do you choose?
I'd go on Amazon and find three books on surviving on a deserted tropical island and take those authors.

What would you say is the greatest sweet that you absolutely cannot live without?
Regular sugar. I'm at Wt. Watchers at the moment (12 lbs. gone, 13 more to go!) I've managed to give up chocolate, and even to cut my cravings, but I have to have a few grains in my coffee and tea or I can't drink it. And I need caffeine or I can't get any writing done.

Storm, I'm not sure if you are into cooking or the Food Network, but if you were chosen to be on a show with either Bobby Flay, Rachel Ray or Paula Deen, who would you choose, and what meal would you prepare?
When I was first married (at the tender age of 39), I tried to cook. My husband was so critical that I said, "Fine, then you do the cooking!" Sixteen years later, he's approaching gourmet status and I am trying to remember how to make spaghetti.

I don't even know who those people are. Sorry. Ask me the same question about Storage Wars. That's my reality TV show.

I appreciate you taking time for our interview today, Storm, and I look forward to more of your mind-blowing stories.
Thank you so much for having me.

Interviewed by: Linda L.

Linda L.