Q & A with K D Grace
1. Tell us about your newest release.
My erotic romance, The Initiation of Ms Holly, is a modern retelling of the Psyche and Eros myth. I was one of those people trapped in a train in the Eurostar tunnel two years ago. With nothing to do but sit and wait in the pitch black, my imagination went wild. A sexy encounter in a dark train with a man whose face you never see is an exciting fantasy, but what would happen if you were never allowed to see your lover’s face? What if all the lust, all the emotions, all the desire that accompanies new love were there in spades, but you couldn’t do anything about it? What if, like Psyche, the only way to see your lover’s face and get the rest of the package is to fulfill certain obligations, certain tasks that would stand you in good stead with his powerful friends.
Journalist Rita Holly never dreamed sex with the mysterious Edward in the dark of a malfunctioning train would lead to a blindfolded, champagne-drenched tango, a spanking by a butch waitress, and an offer of initiation into the exclusive mysteries of The Mount. Desperate to save her threatened job, she agrees to the initiation, scheming secretly to write an inside, career-making exposé on the club. But as she delves deeper into the intrigue of The Mount and gets to know and care about its members, being able to remove Edward’s mask becomes more than just a reward for a mission accomplished, and she soon discovers that her heart may have plans of its own.
2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
Wow! Tough choice. There’s a very hot scene on a Harley that I like a lot. There’s a very romantic scene in Edward’s study where he catches Rita snooping around. But my favorite is a scene that involves a frustrated Edward commiserating with his best friend, Alex, about not being able to make love to Rita during her initiation. The two very open minded blokes come up with a fabulous gift for Rita, a DVD of one of her fantasies involving the two of them. I think it’s a very tender scene while at the same time sexy and funny, especially when the DVD ends up in the hands of Rita’s friend, Kate.
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve never not wanted to be a writer. Before I could write, I told stories and drew lovely little stick figures to illustrate them. Then when I actually learned how to write, no blank sheet of paper was safe.
4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?
As I mentioned earlier, this story came in part from being trapped in a train and in part from one of my favorite Greek myths. Sometimes story ideas come from dreams or just viewing everyday occurrences from a different angle. I ‘walk’ most of my stories. I’ve gone on long walks and come back with complete stories in my head. My creativity is stronger when I’m walking or vegetable gardening.
5. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Probably that I walk my stories, or dig them, or weed them. I have occasionally been known to iron a story, but it’s not my preferred method.
6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I’m surprised how real the characters become to me, how much I feel what they feel, and how much they surprise me. They often do things I never intended them to do, and there’s no arguing with them because they’re always right.
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I’ve always had friends who encouraged me to write and tell stories. They sort of egged me on. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with several very supportive writing groups. But my biggest encourager has always been my husband. He likes that I write erotic romance. He tells his friends I use him for research.
8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
Most have been very supportive. There are a few who have the idea that since I’m a published writer now, wealth and fame can’t be far around the corner. Any day now…Right…? There are a few who think that since I write erotica it’s not ‘real’ writing, but that’s okay. Everybody has to think something.
9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
As I said, I love to walk. There are so many lovely national trails here in Britain, and walking is such a national pastime that I can literally step outside my door and walk for miles in spectacular scenery. I’m also an obsessive veg gardener. Every year the veg patch gets bigger and the back lawn gets smaller, but we can usually go from May to October without needing to buy veg at the supermarket. Also my husband and I dabble in Chinese martial arts. I feed most of the birds in the county at the feeders in my back garden. And, at the moment I’m trying to teach myself to play piano. Yes, I know. Don’t laugh
10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
I’ve just finished the first draft of my next novel, The Pet Shop, another erotic romance, which will also be published by Xcite books in October 2011. It’s slightly darker, slightly kinkier, and I think even more romantic than The Initiation of Ms Holly. There is also a paranormal romance in the works as well as a fantasy novel, and I hope a few more short stories as well. Enough to keep me out of trouble? We’ll see.
11. How can readers connect with you online?
My website, K D Grace, A Hopeful Romantic is kdgrace.co.uk You can find me there ruminating about something romantic or sexy or just fun. You’ll also find more information about The Initiation of Ms Holly and all of my works, and where to buy them.