Hi everyone:) I’m going to try something new today and post an interview with author Storm Grant! So read, comment (make sure to add your email to the comment to be entered for great prizes) and get to know a little more about Storm Grant!
What draws you to romance?
I love sexual tension and a happily ever after (HEA) ending. I’ve written romance per se where the love story is the main plotline and everything else is happening around the heroes, and I’ve written urban fantasy where the quest is as important as the developing love story, but in all cases, my heroes always end up happy together. I want to give my reader a good story, engaging characters, and a satisfying romance.
Do you prefer alpha/omega relationships in stories, or alpha/alpha relationships, and why?
I rely more heavily on the classic relationship dynamics such as soldier/scholar (SHIFT HAPPENS), or city mouse/country mouse (GYM DANDY). My boyz may not be traditionally alpha, but they are always equals, bringing complementary skill sets to the relationship. Perhaps the best example of that is my Riptide short story, SUCKS & BLOWS. In S&B, a dentist is in trouble with a loan shark, and a vampire is having tooth problems. They solve each others’ problems in creative ways, and find they like their new-found partnership. A lot!
Have you ever written outside the romance genre? If not, do you ever plan to?
I think the only book I’ve written that’s 100% romance is GYM DANDY, but even it has a strong secondary plotline. That was my first book, and since then, most of my stories are equal parts romance and urban fantasy. So the couple have a quest to solve and they fall in love along the way. I have actually written a short horror story, ACOLYTE that contains no romance. A reviewer called it “the most disturbing” story in the “Unspeakable” anthology.
What’s the sexiest feature on a man to you? And on a woman? Why?
I want to say something sensitive and intellectual about finding a man’s ethics or creativity his best feature, but after seeing the poster for Cowboys and Aliens featuring of Daniel Craig, I’m going with ass.
But really, it would have to be sense of humor. And ass. Did I mention ass?
I’m pretty keen on women’s asses, too. In fact, I used to have a great one myself when I was younger. And it’s still not too bad. I walk my dogs for an hour every morning.
What’s your own sexiest feature?
When I was younger, it was probably my ass; now it’s my sense of humor.
By night you’re a caped crusader, romance writer. What do you do by day?
I’m a luck, lucky former office worker. My long-term employer was doing lay-offs last year, and knowing I wanted to write full time, my super-excellent boss arranged for me to be granted early retirement. So now I’m a caped writer by day. Or more accurately, a pajama’d writer by day.
But I do have a degree and 35 years of work experience in marketing and administration. I feel compelled to add that.
What’s your earliest childhood memory?
My sister slamming my finger in the car door. I had silently snuck up behind her and she had no idea I was there.
I had to have hundreds of stitches. That’s my memory of the event. (I was three.) The truth of the event was that I had two stitches. And I learned to tell my left from right by that scar.
Decades later I discovered my sister blamed herself. Even at three I knew it was my own damned fault and told her so. She feels better now.
What was the very first romance you ever read?
I grew up on sci-fi and fantasy, so the first romance I read would have probably taken place on a distant planet somewhere.
I don’t actually have a good memory of my youth, so I’m really struggling with this question. I’m sure they assigned us something in school that qualified. I remember liking Wuthering Heights. Does that count?
From 1997 to a couple of years ago, I eschewed books altogether and read nothing but slash fanfic. That’s nearly all pure romance, so I buried myself in that for a decade. With fanfic, you’re already heavily invested in the characters and their relationship before you even download the file. It was hard slogging to read a book about people I didn’t already know, at first. Now I’m used to it again.
How old were you? Were you being naughty and sneaking it off the shelf before you really even knew what sex was?
When I was around twelve, I read some of my parent’s books. They read the books of their day, which included: Last Tango in Paris, the Lotus Eaters, Candy. There was lots of sex, but they were hardly romances.
How did it make you feel, and is that what hooked you on the genre?
I found those books titillating, and as soon as I was old enough, I acquired my own copies of the classics such as The Story of O. And that could be vaguely construed as romance, but a pretty twisted one.
Thank you, Storm. Can you leave us with an excerpt from Sucks & Blows?
Sure here it is:
Cary was just about to jerk off again when the electronic door chime squawked the first few bars of “Another One Bites the Dust.”
He rushed out to the reception area. “Hello. Welcome to Drewel’s Dentistry!” He hoped he didn’t sound too anxious. And that his residual hard-on wasn’t tenting his racy black dental smock.
That the visitor was tall and handsome, with a muscular build and chiseled cheekbones, did little to dampen Cary’s arousal.
“I . . . I thaw your brothure.” The man held out Cary’s carefully crafted (but badly printed) flyer:
Drewel’s Family Dental Clinic
~ Vampires Our Specialty ~
“You do vampireth?”
“Absolutely.” Cary grinned. He’d included the vampire reference to show he was the dentist with a sense of humor. And also to attract the Twilight age group, which was ripe for expensive orthodontia.
“Hurths.” The man pointed to his upper lip, red and swollen on either side of his sexy little cupid’s bow.
“I can help you with your dental breakdown, Mr. . . .”
“Tharpe. Pierthe Tharpe.”
“Nice to meet you, Mr. Sharpe. May I call you Pierce?”
“Thure.” Pierce held out his hand.
“Call me Cary, then.” Cary grasped the outstretched hand, surprised at how cold and shaky Pierce felt. This guy was in bad shape. He looked like death—if death were really cute, that is.
Sucks and Blows can be purchased at Riptide Publishing.
Find Storm all across the internet:
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website URL: www.stormgrant.com
Blog URL: http://storm-grant.livejournal.com/
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2836549.Storm_Grant