Monday, October 10, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Storm Grant

As the Riptide Blog Tour hits mah Place for week two I get to hang out with Storm Grant. W00T! I am vera excited about that. Vera Vera.

Today I get to sit and chat with her for a bit, then over the next couple of days I'll be sharing an excerpt and my review of her upcoming Riptide release Sucks & Blows. Later on in the week Storm will have the Place to herself for a guest spot as well. Lots o' fun. To top it all off, she'll be giving away a copy of either Shift Happens, Gym Dandy or Tart & Soul.

AweS000ME (<---sings that part)

Let get this party started shall we? Doooo lets. *puts on interviewer persona and tries to seem all official like*


Amara: Welcome Storm, thanks for coming to sit and chat with me.  To start out, tell me a little bit about yourself.

Storm: I tell people I’m retired, or that I’m a full-time writer, depending on what impression I want to make. Both are true. For two decades, I had a career in marketing, but I wanted to write and 70-hour-weeks left me too exhausted to be creative. So in the late 90s, I took an administrative position instead and began writing fanfiction. Later, I began to write professionally.

I live in Toronto, Canada, my current residence mere blocks from the house I grew up in. I’m married to a friendly curmudgeon who shares my love for rescued pets. We lost our last cat at twenty a year ago, but still have two beloved dogs, one fifteen and slowing down a bit, and the other a ten-year-old puppy.

Amara: Oh no, I'm sorry about your kitty. My little Sheltie is 15 this year. Poor girl is slowing down a bit too. So tell me about your current book.

Storm: It’s the epic (but short!) love story between a vampire and his dentist. Here’s the official blurb Riptide Editor Rachel Haimowitz crafted.
SUCKS & BLOWS: Deeply in debt to a loan shark, oversexed dentist Cary Drewel lives in fear of foreclosure and bodily harm. His new practice is missing one rather crucial element: patients. Which, terrifyingly enough, is the one thing his creditors also don’t have.
Pierce Sharpe, a powerful vampire with a drinking problem—or, more accurately, a problem drinking—can’t feed through the pain in his damaged eye teeth. In danger of losing his standing in the vampire community, Pierce seeks Cary's dental services. When Cary extracts his canines, Pierce must turn to other bodily fluids for sustenance.
Together, Cary and Pierce find a mutually pleasurable solution to both their problems. Turns out, though, there’s more to this dentist-patient relationship than simple suction, and what began with raw hunger from each of them might just end in love.
Amara: What inspired the it?

Storm: For SUCKS & BLOWS, I had this idea about what other body fluids a vampire might be able to live on if he lost his blood-teeth. Hmmm. For FEW ARE CHOSEN, I was watching a show where the CIA shows up for a bust, only to have the FBI show up and screw it all up. I thought, what if two different “chosen ones” showed up to take down the same demon and only ended up getting in each other’s way.
Amara: Oh, that sounds good too. *scribbles in notes* I’m going to have get that one. What kind of research did you do for Sucks & Blows?

Storm: I looked up a lot of words that had to do with teeth. Other than that, I mostly made stuff up.

Amara: *laughs* Making stuff up is fun.  You have several books thru different publishers, how has it been working with Riptide?

Storm: I’ve known Aleks Voinov for a long time via the internet, and always found him both supportive and direct. I didn’t meet Rachel Haimovitz until we were editing SUCKS & BLOWS. Even though S&B is a reprint that had been “edited” by another publisher, Aleks and Rachel really gave it the treatment. It’s been re-written and edited. It’s the first time anyone ever gave me insight into pacing and how to make it consistent.

Amara: *nods* Nice. I don’t know what the early version was, but you all sure did a fantabulous job with this one. So, using one sentence only, tell us… why we should read your book?

Storm: It’s short, inexpensive, and designed to entertain. (Can I mention the hot blowjob scene?)

Amara: *laughs* You most certainly can.

I’m curious, which of your books was the easiest/hardest to write?

Storm: They all seem difficult at the time, but I remember them as being easy. The mainstream book I’m working on at the moment just seemed to write itself, but now it’s stall at 60,000 words and it needs to be at least 80,000. I’ve got a pal reading my rough draft and I’m hoping to get some suggestions.

Amara: How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? 

Storm: My sister-in-law threw me a dinner party and had a cake made up with my book cover on it. Not any sort of process. This baker re-created the cover by hand.

Amara: Oh wow, that’s cool! *looks at photo* Vera cool!

What authors do you read?

Storm: Anyone who’s quirky and fun. I read Sir Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Jasper Fforde, Janet Evanovich, Christopher Moore, and anyone else who can keep it fun even in the midst of mayhem.

Amara: I’ve not read those, I’ll have to check them out. If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?

Storm: The Bible.

Amara: Ha! Good answer! All time favorite book?

Storm:
Good Omens, co-authored by Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett

Amara: If you came with a warning label, what would it be?


Storm: Warning: May cause spit-takes. Not for the humor impaired.

Amara: *chuckles* Love it.  So what else is coming from Storm Grant? Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 

Storm: I’ve got three WIPs on the go at the moment, two “mainstream” novels (if you can call stories featuring djinn and vampires and demons and other weird characters “mainstream”), and one charming story of young, gay love.
I’m just about to submit to Riptide, a story about an apprentice warrior who clashes with, and then falls for, and apprentice wizard when they are each sent out to battle their first demon. It’s a first kill, first kiss story. (Spoiler: They don’t have the heart to kill the demon, but they do work up the courage for a first kiss and a whole lot more.)
Amara:  OMG really? Djinn, vamps and demons? Oh that excites me. I love those!  So where can your readers find you online?
Author Name: Gina Grant w/a Storm Grant
Email address: storm.grant@gmail.com
Website URL: www.stormgrant.com

*smiles* That was fun. Thanks so much for chatting with me. I hope we get to do this again.




This week’s giveaway…
Storm Grant ebook - Choice of Shift Happens, Gym Dandy, or Tart & Soul.

The fine details...
  • This week’s giveaway is for an eBook copy as listed above.
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to be entered in the giveaway.
  • All commenters will also be entered in end of tour giveaway of AP 3 prize packages. Details here.
  • All comments will also be entered in the year-end Riptide grand prize giveaway of an ereader; Kindle, Nook or iPad. Each post commented on counts as an entry.
  • Please include a valid email address or we won’t know where to contact you.
  • Backlist bookgiveaways do NOT include booksreleased in the last 3 months.
  • This week's giveaway doesNOT include Riptide releases.
  • Winners will be selected at random using Random.org
  • If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
  • By entering the contest, you are confirming you are at least 18 yrs old.
  • eBook giveaways open worldwide. 
  • Swag giveaways USA only 

Also this week...
Excerpt: Sucks & Blows
My review
Guest blog post


22 comments:

  1. I love to know how an author gets inspiration for a book, so thank you for that explanation ;)And thank you for the warning in advance about spit-takes :P

    luciatea01 (at) hotmail.com

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  2. I would like to be entered into the giveaway, please.

    I enjoyed the interview; it was interesting and informative.

    I look forward in reading SUCKS & BLOWS.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  3. Like Lucia, I always enjoy hearing the inspiration for stories.

    Please count me in. =)
    adara adaraohare com

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  4. Thanks, Amara, for the interview; you ask the best questions giving me an opportunity for teh funny. ;-D

    And thank you, Lucia and Tracey, for saying you'd like to read on of my books. Yay!

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  5. Storm, your list of favorite authors is Very Nearly Identical to mine -- Pratchett, Gaiman, Fforde -- so I'm excited, hoping Sucks & Blows has the same madcap oddball sense of humor. (I would add Wodehouse to that list.)

    tracykitnAT yahoo.com

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  6. Please count me in on the giveaway!
    Great interview and I already have Sucks &Blows on my wish list! ( with that title, how could I not!!;))


    Doublemom2001(at)googlemail(dot)com

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  7. That cake is awesome.

    sabrinayala at gmail dot com

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  8. LMAO...can't wait to read this! A vampire and his dentist, what a unique idea!
    Enjoy the downtime, Amara, you deserve it, hon!! {{huggles}}

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  9. Great interview with some truly great book titles. I look forward to hearing more about these books as the tour continues. I definitely want to be entered into the giveaway.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

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  10. Thanks for an interesting interview.

    I've just bought Shift Happens but I'd love to win one of the others.

    diannakay@gmail.com

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  11. Please enter me in the contest!
    Thank you!
    twodogs4us (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. The interview was great.

    mariaml254(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Cool, I loved Good Omens too! Looking forward to your Sucks & Blows, sounds fun.

    I'd like to be entered in the giveaway, thanks!

    itmfiddler(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. LOL! I like your version of research ;-) Please enter me in this week's giveaway.

    smaccall AT comcast.net

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  15. That is one hellavu cake! Honestly, did you guys actually eat that gorgeous cake?!

    monica
    moniqee@hotmail.com

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  16. Hi Lucia and Adara. I always enjoy that learning what inspires them too. So vera interesting to me. :)

    Hi Tracey. I'm so glad you liked the interview. :)

    Hi Storm. Thanks for coming to play with me. lol I do love teh funny. :D

    Hi Tracy. I think you'll enjoy Sucks & Blows. Storm definitely has a sense of humor. :)

    Hi Mandy. So glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks so much for coming by. :)

    Hi Sabrina. lol isn't that cake great? I love that! :D

    Hi SusieQ. Lol thanks darlin'. Vaca is rockin' so far. Yaaaay vaca! *hugs*

    Hi joder. I'm glad you liked the interview. :) Thanks so much for coming to check it out!

    Hi Dianna. Thanks for coming by!

    Hi Paws. I've got you down for sure. :)

    Hi Maria. Glad you liked it. :)

    Hi Susan, Hi Bookwyrm. I've got you two down. Good luck :)

    Hi moniquee: Lol inorite? I was wondering the same thing when I saw that.

    Thanks so much for coming by everyone. Hope you all had a great day! :D :D

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  17. Sorry I've been AWOl, guys. It's Mr. Grumpy's 50th birthday, Canadian Thanksgiving, and we're finally moving back into our home after having imposed upon a friend for 6 weeks while our house was being renovated. Whew! What a crazy couple of months. And did I mention Jury Duty in the middle of it? Yikes!

    But enough about me. I'm so thrilled with all the positive and supportive comments. Thanks everyone for commenting. I know you'll enjoy Sucks & Blows (not because I say so, ;-D but because Riptide wouldn't put a book out there that wasn't as good as it could be.)

    Yes, I should have included Wodehouse among my fave books.

    Thanks, again.

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  18. LOL Hi Storm. That's quite a list of things you have going on. Hope things settle down for you soon. I've been a bit AWOL myself. I'm actually not here, I'm on vacation. :D

    Tell Mr. Grumpy Happy Birthday!

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  19. Storm,
    Thanks for this insightful interview! Can't wait to read Sucks And Blows.:-)

    Monika

    oasis3017@t-online.deeaffers

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  20. Hi Amara! *waves*
    Hi Storm..
    Loved your interview and can't wait to read your work.. past present and future. :)
    cashearer58(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Hi Storm!
    Great interview. :D I really enjoyed it.
    Haha, I have to admit, the cover threw me off at first but It's really grown on me now that I know what it's all about and everything. xD LOL...
    Really looking forward to your coming books! lol...
    can't wait to start reading!

    Judi
    arella3173_loveless@yahoo.com

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  22. @Monika: Thanks for coming by :)

    @CAS: *waves* Hiya :D

    @Judi: Yeah, I was the same way. But when I finished it I loved it hard. lol I finished it late one night and I so bad wanted to give her one of my "OMG I LOVED YOUR STORY" claymores but wasn't sure how to go about it. Ended up throwing it at Riptide instead. lol. Great little story.

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