Please join us in welcoming author Donna Grant here today to Dark Faerie Tales. Donna is releasing four books in the Dark Warriors paranormal romance series this year beginning with Midnight’s Master and Midnight’s Lover which are now available. Midnight’s Seduction and Midnight’s Warrior will be released in October and November respectively. The Dark Warriors series is a continuation of the Dark Sword series and connected to the Dark Kings series. You can read an excerpt from the first book here. We are also featuring the first book in this series in our UF/PNR Reading Challenge 2012.
Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s the author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance—Scottish Medieval, dark fantasy, time travel, paranormal, and erotic. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Sword, features a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her husband, two children, a dog, and three cats in Texas.
DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about Midnight’s Master & Midnight’s Lover?
Donna: MM and ML is the first books in the Dark Warriors series and also a continuation of the Dark Sword series. The immortal Highland Warriors find themselves thrown forward in time 400 years and facing a new evil, a different world, and women who are much different than what they are used to.
DFT: Who is your favorite character in the Dark Warriors series and why?
Donna: Hmm…that’s difficult. Usually my favorite character is whoever I’m writing at the time. Since I’m about to dive into Phelan’s book, I’ll have to say him.
DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line from this series?
Donna: I think one of my favorite scenes is in MM where Logan and Gwynn share their first kiss under water while Logan is using this power to keep a bubble around them.
DFT: What is so sexy about having Highlanders as your leading men?
Donna: I get asked this alot. I think the man thing is how fierce the men can be. Not just about their country, but their families and those they love. They will fight to the death to protect them, and that’s very romantic. There’s the accent, the kilts, the attitude that seems to be in every Scot’s genes, and the history of the people. What’s not to love?
DFT: How much research went into creating this series?
Donna: I’ve been writing medievals for a long time, so I don’t do as much research as I used to. However, moving to contemporary has led me down some interesting paths and research on areas I never thought I’d be researching. lol
DFT: Do you have a long term plan or goal for this story universe?
Donna: Actually I do. There will be a spin off series – the Dark Kings – which begins July 31st with three back to back releases. I have ideas for several other spin offs as well, so you never know what’s going to be happening.
DFT: How do you maintain a story arc though the course of a series while still delivering a conflict and resolution in each book?
Donna: I don’t know if I can answer this. I don’t plot my books. I just sit down and write every day and see where my characters are taking me. There are times I realize I forgot to touch on some part of an arc, and I make a note to go in and add what was left out when I do revisions. I’m writing the 7th Dark Warriors book (but the 13th when you realize it’s part of the Dark Sword series), and things do get a little difficult to keep up with. I have a “bible” that helps me keep track of everything while trying my best not to forget something.
DFT: What do you enjoy about writing?
Donna: I love the process. I love watching my characters come alive as I’m writing. I love finishing a book and turning it into my editor. I love hearing from my editor about what she loved, liked, and what needs work. I love seeing the book on the shelves. And I love hearing from readers.
DFT: Do you have a particular writing process or ritual?
Donna: Yeah, I suppose I do. I do my best writing in the morning. I write 20 pages a day, with a total of 100 a week. I don’t write on the weekends since that’s family time, so I make sure everything is done during the week as much as possible.
DFT: What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) do you draw from while writing?
Donna: Oh, everything. Watching people, listening to people, movies, TV, music…literally everything.
DFT: Which genre do you prefer to read? Do you have any favorite authors or series?
Donna: I tend to always stick to romance, but I read just about every genre in romance. I love my HEAs.
As for favorite authors – too many to name. lol
DFT: What can you tell us about any other projects you are working on?
Donna: I’m working on getting more of my backlist books up. I’m also working on a couple of new projects I hope to have news on very soon.
DFT: What is your favorite faery tale? Why?
Donna: Beauty and the Beast. I loved how Belle was able to see past the “beast” to the man within. But I also loved how Belle coaxed him into trusting her and seeing their friendship form – and then the love. The ultimate love story!
DFT: I want to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.
Donna: Thanks so much for having me. I enjoyed it!
Available May 22, 2012 from St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan
About this Book:
Gwynn Austin has no idea why her father has disappeared on a mysterious trip to Scotland. When she goes on a desperate mission to search for him she finds more than she bargains for in a ruggedly handsome, wickedly exciting Highlander who exudes danger and mystery. And when she discovers her own link to Scotland, she’ll have to trust her heart to help lead her…
Propelled through time by powerful Druid Magic, Logan Hamilton uses his immortality and powers of the god inside him to help prevent the awakening of an ancient evil in the modern world. He never expects to find help in the form of a beautiful, alluring, and all too tempting woman whose passion and strength matches his own. Together, Logan and Gywnn must fight for their love—before a demon from the past destroys them both…
Click HERE to read an excerpt
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