Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Interview: Holden Granger

Please welcome Holden Granger to Miz Love, folks! She's awesome!

Welcome, my dear! Let's get stuck in! How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for years, but I never submitted anything for publication until this year. I always wrote for friends until I finally listened to them and submitted a couple of stories.

Excellent! What prompted you to start writing?

I love a good story! After I couldn’t find what I wanted to read, I began to write my first novel (which I continue to work on) and hit a vicious case of writer’s block. I had always enjoyed writing erotica for the women in my life, and to keep the creative juices flowing I decided to put a serious effort into a couple of stories. That’s what got me here!

How often do you write?

I write almost every day. If I’m not writing, I’m thinking through some plot element to prepare for writing.

Good for you! So, where do you get your ideas from?

My ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes it’s conversations with friends, other times it’s the news. It always starts with; “What if it happened this way…” Of course some of my ideas come from my own life, with an added twist to either make it a little tamer or wilder depending on the audience!

LOL. What part of the publishing process do you like the best?

I’ll tell you what I don’t like; waiting to hear if the publisher likes my submission. That part has me on pins and needles. The best part is when I get that offer letter. I’ve been lucky so far; everything has sold.

That's great to hear...that everything has sold, not that you're on pins and needles LOL. How do you feel when you receive your covers?

I’ll tell you a story about my first cover art; I turned it into a 24” x 36” poster that hangs in my house. For me it is the cover art that makes it official. When I see it, I know I’m getting my work published.

I bet it looks very cool in poster size. Are you anxious about reviews?

Maybe it’s fashionable to say I only care about my art, or something equally pompous, but I really care about reviews. I write for others to read; if they don’t enjoy it I’ve failed as a storyteller. That being said, I know everyone won’t like it. If they’ve given me some good criticism then I will pay close attention. If they say “it sucks” and nothing more, I’ll give them the mental finger.

ROFL! Which genre are you most comfortable writing?

I really wasn’t comfortable with my first try at erotica, The Strength to Submit because it incorporates elements of BDSM. At the same time, that is why it was such a good test for me and I believe it has made me a better writer. I enjoy writing suspense stories, but I appreciate more and more the challenge of leaving my comfort zone. I should mention the research is pretty exciting as well!

LOL. Are there any you have yet to try?

I’m enjoying moving forward in erotica. My next book, Amateur Night, due out September 2, is more of a fun erotic romance that I enjoyed writing. I’m excited to work into stories that push the limits a little more. Expect those to come in the near future.

Looking forward to them! So exactly what works do you have in store for us lucky readers in the future?

As I mentioned, Amateur Night is due out from Breathless Press on September 2nd. Beyond that, I expect more stories every other month or so. I’m kind of excited to see what I come up with too!

If you could go anywhere, any time, and money was no object, where would you go, why, and who with?

I love this question! It’s likely to give me more plot ideas. I’ve traveled throughout the US, Europe and South Asia, so I am ready to see Africa. What could be better that a safari with close friends, especially if you’re on intimate terms with some of them?

Hah ahahaha! That's rather saucy, and definitely something you could make into a book. Imagine what they could get up to in the undergrowth? And one of the animals stalking up to them and shifting. Oh, you've got to write something like that!

Well, it's been lovely having you here, love, and I hope you'll stop by again in the future. In the meantime, happy writing and plotting!

*If anyone has any questions for Holden, feel free to ask them in comments. She'll be stopping by to chat with you throughout today!*

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great interview! I love ur positive attitude and the way you move beyond your block by writing something else. Looking forward to more stories!