Source: USA TODAY
The very busy (and USA TODAY best-selling) Donna Grant, whose Midnight’s Kiss serial kicked off this week, joins us to talk about the four-part serial, writing in medieval times, ballet and her favorite places to travel.
Joyce: Welcome to HEA, Donna! Midnight’s Kiss is part one of a four-part e-serial. Why serialize the story instead of putting it out all at once?
Donna: I get this question *a lot*. lol. Actually, I had nothing to do with the idea of the serials. It was my editor who came to me and told me they wanted to take advantage of how well my e-books were doing by breaking my book into parts and releasing them as serials before the print and full e-book released. It was a combined effort between me, my editor and everyone at St. Martin’s to find the right places in the books to have those “breaks.”
Joyce: What about the Medieval period is so appealing to you?
Donna: I think it’s the idea of that period. The struggle to live was great, but for those who survived they could have fortune fall to them. Then there were the battles. No hiding behind walls and shooting. If you wanted to fight your opponent, you had to meet them head-on with your sword. Men were men, and women were women.
Joyce: Since you wanted to be a professional ballet dancer: What’s your favorite ballet?
Donna: Since I performed in Cinderella, I’ll have to say that one. I like the classical ballets — all of them actually.
Joyce: If you had to describe your writing as a kind of dance (ballet, jazz, tap, waltz, etc.), what would it be?
Donna: Oh, now this is different. I like this! Hmm … I’d have to say a mixture ballet and lyrical — finite sections of a slow build to dramatic, intense pas de deux to a sensual and seductive finale.
As a lover of travel, what’s your favorite place to visit and why?
Donna: I’ve two favorite places so far — Scotland (any of it!) and Maui. In Scotland I get the history and legend and myth that’s associated with that special land. I can feel it as soon as I get off the plane, and it’s so difficult to leave, even with the weather being cold (which I hate). Then there’s Maui. The constant sun, rainbows and magnificent water are too heavenly to want to leave. There are so many other places I long to see, however, I don’t think my favorites will change.
Joyce: I love Hawaii, too. Wish it wasn’t so expensive to live there.
Read any good books lately?
Donna: I’ve got a huge pile of books to read. I keep buying, because I know I’ll get a lot read while traveling and on vacation. I did recently finish Kresley Cole’s Lothaire, which was fabulous. I’m such a fan of her work.
Joyce: You’re going to be a guest at Comicpalooza at the end of May. What will you be doing there?
Donna: Yes, I’m so excited! My first comic con. They actually have me on fine panels on things like Unexpected Heroes & Heroines, Creating Worlds, and Monster Mash to name a few. I’ll also be doing several signings, and somehow the amazing people at Murder by the Book got St. Martin’s to have my June 4th book available for Comicpalooza!
Joyce: Is there anyone who’ll be there who could turn you into a fangirl?
Donna: Oh, there are several I’d like to meet like Patrick Stewart and Craig Parker, but I have to admit, I don’t really get into the fangirl thing. Unless of course it’s someone like Karen Marie Moning there, and *then* you’d see a fangirl moment. lol
Joyce: I don’t think you’d be alone on that one.
Please tell us more about Midnight’s Kiss.
Donna:MK is book five in the Dark Warriors series, but what some people don’t realize is that the Dark Warriors series is a continuation of the Dark Sword series, so technically this is book No. 11.
This is Arran’s book, and though Arran has stayed in the background a lot, there is more to Arran than anyone realizes. He’s put to the test in MK, and his heroine is his match in every way. Speaking of Ronnie, she is an archaeologist (though I desperately tried to get her to change her mind on this. I had no such luck. ) She uses her magic as a Druid to find items — including magical ones — long buried. It also gets her into some trouble that Arran has to save her from.
MK will also see the Warriors and Druids meet their new nemesis, and they aren’t prepared for what comes at them, even after fighting and winning against two of the most powerful Druids they’ve known. The stakes are certainly higher in this book, and they will only continue to rise with the next ones until the end of the series.
Joyce: What can readers expect to see from you for the rest of 2013?
Donna: I’ve got a crazy busy year. After MK is the serials for Midnight’s Captive, then the print/e-book of MC on July 2. I’ll have a bit of a rest in the summer before the serials for Midnight’s Temptation in September leading up to the print/e-book release on Oct. 1. The following week is the serials for the final Dark Warrior book, Midnight’s Promise, leading up to the print/e-book on Oct. 29.
St. Martin’s has asked me to do a Christmas novella for the Dark Warriors series. That will release sometime in either November or December and is titled Midnight’s Surrender.
Then, the print edition of the Dark Kings (a spinoff of the Dark Sword/Dark Warriors series) novellas will be out Dec. 31 and is titled Dark Heat. This will lead right into the first full-length Dark King books in 2014!
Joyce: Wow. Make sure you take time to breathe during all of that!
Is there anything you’d like to add?
Donna: Be sure to find me on Facebook, where I’m always giving hints/clues about upcoming books, sharing snippets and answering reader questions!
Joyce: Thanks, Donna!
HEA curator Joyce Lamb has 25 years of journalism experience and eight published romantic suspense novels, three of which have been RITA finalists. You can reach her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter (@JoyceLamb). You can also follow HEA on Twitter (@HEAusatoday).