Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Donna Grant Interview and Giveaway!

Update: The winner of the Donna Grant ebook version of Shadow Magic, picked by is.........

Raonaid Luckwell!!!

Raonaid, please contact me at Stormgoddess 925 @ yahoo . com (Without spaces, of course) and I'll pass along your information to get your prize!!

Congratulations, and sorry for the delay in announcing the winner.

I am honored to have Donna Grant on my blog today! I've asked Donna some interview questions, I have a blurb for Shadow Magic, and one lucky commenter gets a chance to win an e-copy of Shadow Magic, so be sure to leave a comment here today.

     Donna, thanks for stopping by today! Congratulations on your newest release!  And now, onto the interview questions!

 SG: What draws you to the paranormal?
 Donna Grant:   I think that it's the notion that there are no boundaries in the paranormal world. Anything can happen, and usually does. There is nothing to box an author in. We're allowed to let our imaginations run wild, and its a fabulous trip. :D

SG: How long have you been writing, and when did you know you wanted to write for publication?
Donna Grant:  I've been writing since 1999. But before that I always had stories going on in my head. It was in 1999 that I decided to try and put one of those stories down on paper. I finished my first book in five months while working full time. I was hooked after that first book and knew I wanted to be a romance author. 

SG: Are you a plotter, or do you write from the seat of your pants?
Donna Grant: Oh, I'm a full pantster. lol. I never know where my characters are going to take me from one moment to the next. They surprise me often, and I love it! If I plot a book out, to me its already written, and I can't write it. :S

 SG: Do you ever use photo images to create your characters traits?
Donna Grant:  No, not really. Now, that's not to say I won't see some hunk (its only always the guys) on TV or the movies and think, "wow. He'd make a great hero!" Sometimes it isn't his look, but its the demeanor of a character that really catches my attention.
SG:  When you aren't writing, what are some of your hobbies/passions/interests?
Donna Grant:  I write Monday - Friday, all day until its time to get the kiddos. Sometimes, after that I come back and return to the book/work. But when I'm not at my desk, I'm usually reading, watching movies, or spending time with my family. I'd like to say one of my hobbies is flowers, but I spend more time pulling weeds than planting, so maybe I should say I've got a hobby of pulling weeds. lol. ;)

SG:  Favorite authors?
Donna Grant: Oh, I've got several. I adore Lisa Kleypas. Then there's Lara Adrian, Alexandra Ivy, Christina Dodd, and the list could go on and on. 

SG:  Favorite books?
Donna Grant:  Entirely too many to name. :)

SG:  If you could have a supernatural ability, what would it be and why do you chose that particular one?
Donna Grant:  Oh, that's an easy one. I'd be able to teleport. I'd keep me from flying and getting air sick. :S

SG:    What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career that you have not yet done?
Donna Grant:  Hit a major list like the USA Today and New York Times best sellers lists of course.

SG:  If you could co-author with anyone on a collaboration (Not an anthology, but actually write a book together) who would you chose and what kind of book would you want to write?
Donna Grant:  Oddly enough, I get this question a lot. The thing is, I don't think I could do it. I give kuddos to anyone who can co-author a book. I can't imagine the discipline and meeting of the minds it takes. I've seen authors collaborating on an anthology and the discussion can be on target for part of the book, and then suddenly everyone wants to take the characters in different directions. It's a lot of stress. My characters are hard enough to wrangle without adding another author and their idea of my characters into the mix. lol.

SG:   What's something your readers don't know about you that you don't mind sharing?
Donna Grant:  I'm allergic to perfume and scented lotion. Going to conferences and book signings always give me migraines because of all the scents people wear. I can't even walk into Bath and Body because of the smell. And God forbid anyone who tries to spray perfume on or near me in a store.

I've had to leave a movie before because the woman bathed in perfume that not only gave me a migraine but made me incredibly sick to my stomach. My poor family knows not to wear any kind of harsh perfumes or lotions when they're coming around me. 

SG: Favorite holiday? Donna Grant: Christmas. I love decorating. :)
SG:  Favorite color? Donna Grant: Burgundy!
SG: Hot or cold?  Donna GrantHot. I'm so not a fan of the cold.

SG:  What's the strangest question you've had to ask for book research purposes?
Donna Grant:  lol. I can't think of anything.

SG:  What do you do to celebrate a book release on release day?
Donna Grant: Normally, I'm under deadline for another book while trying to promote the one releasing and doing blog tours, that it's a good day just to survive. A nice glass of wine, and hubby either brings home food or cooks. :)

SG: If you could read the mind of a famous person, who would it be, and what would you want to know?
Donna Grant: Oh, good question. Though reading a person's mind is dangerous, I think I'd have to talk to Cleopatra and find out what exactly she was thinking getting involved with Rome. ;)

Donna, it's been great getting to you know through these questions, and I hope everyone has enjoyed the interview as well. 

Below is the gorgeous cover for Shadow Magic!

Blurb: With a past soaked in sin and darkness slowly closing in around him to claim his soul, Drogan only wants to live his life in solitude. Years in the king’s service and his numerous deeds directed by the crown have left Drogan with horrendous nightmares and immeasurable guilt...
Serena is a witch, cursed and forever alone. She accepts her future. Until she meets Drogan. With Drogan a passion deep and unyielding awakens inside her. She is willing to sacrifice herself for his love, but can he put his past to rest and embrace the future?

Be sure to look for Shadow Magic at your favorite ebook retailers! Is Donna's website.

Donna, I wish you many sales, and continued success. Everyone, be sure to stay tuned as there will soon be a review up for Shadow Magic here on Storm Goddess Book Reviews and more.  As I mentioned above, one commenter could win, so this is your chance! 

Until next time,

Storm Goddess


  1. Good morning Donna and Nikki. What a great interview. I so love your writing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great interview and post! Donna's choice of famous person's mind to read is really would be something really cool to know...


  3. Great interview Storm Goddess. Thanks Donna for being here today and sharing a part of yourself with us. I wish you tons of success with you release!!


  4. Ohh awesome interview!!! Interesting and fun.

    I can't wait to get this one. It sounds so great and Donna you WILL make it onto those lists in no time at all.

    I have a feeling you're going to be a leading star in the paranormal romance world!


  5. Good Morn, Happy Anniversary to you Donna (Today's my mother's birthday)

    You are like me, I'm not a fan of cold either. Why I absolutely hate winter.

  6. Great interview. I can so relate to the scents problem as it triggers my asthma and makes breathing extremely difficult. This book sounds amazing. Please count me in on the drawing.
    Terry F

  7. Great interview and I would like to ask Cleo the same question. Congratulations on the release.

  8. I love series & see that Shadow Magic is the first of a trilogy. Have you ever started a series that you intended to write a certain number of books in, but one or more of the secondary characters demanded their own story & added to it?

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  9. Excellent interview!
    Donna, I'm like you. I know I wouldn't be able to write a novel with another author. LOL, writing one by myself is tough enough, and besides, I have a weird imagination and even stranger sense of humor.
    Good luck, and congratulations on your release.

  10. April - thx for stopping by. :)

    Maria - Thanks! :)

    Leagh - thank you! :)

    Wendy - awww! Thank you, doll!

    Rao - well Happy Birthday to your mom. Yeah, I really don't like winter either, and it doesn't get that cold where I'm at. lol

    Terry - Thank you!

    Harlie - Thanks. :)

  11. Great interview! I'm a total pantser too. I've tried to write outlines and then just start wring the MS. I've learned to let the characters tell their own story. Congrats on the release and hope you have many sales.

  12. Kathryn - Oh, yes. It happens! :)

    Brenda - Thank you. :D

    Lia - Thanks! :)

  13. Thanks for the great interview. I love reading what other authors do and think. Yeah to those who let the characters write the books for them, I think it shows that you love writing.
    AM Burns

  14. I loved the interview and the book sounds wonderful and HOT. I love the teleportation power. IT would make researching so much easier, especially if it had a time travel feature:-)