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On the 6th Day of Blogmas We Have Donna Grant

Dec 14, 2009

On the 6th Day of Blogmas We have Donna Grant Author of Mutual Desire! Woooo Hoooo Thank you for being here today Donna.
Lets Give a warm Welcome to Donna. I have recently Finished Mutual Desire, and let me tell you, you guys are sooooo going to love it !
Donna has a great Interview below, with a great giveaway to top it off. So head on down to the interview, and get to Know Donna!

JJBC~Do you read any reviews on your books?
DG~ If I'm sent a review or I stumble across it I'll read it, but I don't go looking for them

JJBC~Do you read your own books after they make it to final print?
DG~By the time the book goes into print I've read it so many times that I don't want to read it again. Not to mention, the need an author feels to keep revising doesn't go away once the book is on the shelves. I'll end up seeing something I wished I had changed, so its better for my sanity if I don't read it again. :)

JJBC~What do you like to Read? Your Favorite Genre?
DG~Romance, of course, is my favorite genre. Historical romance is my favorite sub-genre. I'll read just about any historical romance, but Scottish Medieval is my favorite. I also enjoy reading paranormal - historical or contemporary.

JJBC~Do you have a favorite book /series?
DG~Oh, I have too many favorites. :D Shana Abe's Drakkon series is to die for! I'm anxious awaiting the next installment. I also love Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark. Then there's Lisa Kleypas' Hathaway series, and Christina Dodd's Chosen Ones series. One of my all time favorites is Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series.

JJBC~ How did you get into writing?
DG~lol. The voices in my head wouldn't leave me alone. I finally sat down and tried to write.

JJBC~Did you always want to be a writer?
DG~I've always loved to read, but no, it wasn't my dream when I was little. I wanted to be a professional ballet dancer.

JJBC~How old were you when you began to write?
DG~To write seriously in pursuit of publication? I was 24

JJBC~Is writing your full time job?
DG~ Yes

JJBC~What’s a typical writing day for you like?
DG~I wake up, get the kids up, dressed, breakfast, and out into the day for school. Then I work out and read emails, facebook, and twitter. By 9 am I have my book open and ready to begin writing. I take small breaks here and there to chat with friends online and eat lunch. Other than that, I don't get up from my desk until my pages are done. I'm usually finished by the time I need to pick up the kids from school.

JJBC~Do you set a daily writing goal?
DG~Yes I do. I write 20 pages a day.

JJBC~When and where do you like to write?
DG~I write Monday-Friday in my office

JJBC~Are there any processes you use when writing? Do you keep journals, sticky notes, chicken scratch on the back of receipts?
DG~Besides my music I have on, I keep two spiral notebooks beside me at all times. One lists the chapters and my daily page count. The other lists characters, where and when the book is taking place, as well as important info about the h/h like hair and eye color, any quirks they have, etc... Since I tend to write my books in series, I also keep track of the series in another spiral as well as on my computer so I don't get anything mixed up.

JJBC~Do you prefer to write on a computer, typewriter, or paper and pen?
DG~ Oh, goodness. A computer hands down. :)

JJBC~What is the hardest / easiest part of writing for you?
DG~The easiest part is the beginning and ending of the book. Those always go the quickest for me. Its the middle that I trudge through every time.

JJBC~What’s the best thing about being an author?
DG~There are several things. I love finishing a book, to see the story come alive every day, and then to feel that contentment that the book is done. It doesn't matter how many books I complete, I always feel that way. Contracts, of course, are one of the best things, but its really connecting with readers. There's nothing more special than getting emails from readers who say how much they enjoyed a book or if a particular character touched them somehow. That's really special to me.

JJBC~How long did you write before you became a published author?
DG~Six years


JJBC~Can you tell you tell us a little bit about Mutual Desire? DG~MUTUAL DESIRE is a single author anthology. There are three different novellas in the book. You'll get a taste of the Highlands, then go to a fantasy world, then take a trek through the Amazon.

~How did you come up with the idea for Mutual Desire? From a dream, from watching tv, while reading another book?
DG~One of the novellas was already chosen by my editor and he wanted more. So, when I began writing the others, I wanted them connected somehow, and with the first having a jewel given to the heroine by the hero, I decided to link them that way. Each story has a jewel in it, and a special reason why the hero gives it to the heroine.

JJBC~Who’s your favorite character and why?
DG~It would have to be Falcor from the novella, ENTRHALLED. He was so much fun to write, and part of me wished I would have done a full book on him instead of just a novella.
JJBC~Did the overall book turn out like your original idea of the story?
DG~ I don't plot out a book before I write it, so I'm always surprised in how a book ends. There are always plot twists and turns that shock me in every book.

JJBC~Can you tell us a little bit about when and where the story takes place?
DG~Sure! The first novella takes place in the Highlands. It was my editors favorite story, and one I thoroughly enjoyed writing. Of course, I have a soft spot for Highlanders. The second novella takes place on a fantasy world in a dangerous jungle filled with deadly animals and even deadlier enemies. The third novella is set in the Amazon jungle. Which took a lot of research. :)

JJBC~Do you have a favorite scene?
DG~I think my favorite scene from the entire collection is from, SPELLBOUND, the first novella where the hero, Ewan, discovers he's been duped into marrying the wrong woman. For a man who wants his life ordered and just how he wants it, he's in for more turmoil than he can imagine. But its just what he needs.
JJBC~ I have to say that is my FAVORITE story!!!! I took can never seem to get enough of the Highlands

My Bonus Question:

JJBC~If you could be trapped in any series/book which would it be and why?
DG~Oh, trap me Karen Marie Moning's Highlanders any day and I'll be a happy girl. :)
You can also find Donna at:

Donna's Blog
Donna's NewsLetter (towards bottom of page)
FaceBook (you must be logged in to get here)
Donnas Books
Dangerous Women Yahoo Group

Thanks you so much Donna For this wonderful Interview!
***Don't go away, Donna is stopping by through out the day. to chat, and answer questions. She has also given me the opportunity to give away a signed copy of Mutual Desire to 1 lucky winner!!!

How to Enter the Giveaway: (This giveaway is open World Wide)
1~ Answer one or both of the following questions:
~Wheres your favorite place for a story to take place?
~Have you Read any of Donnas book, If so which is your Favorite?
2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
3~Follow Donna on Twitter
4~Follow JoJo on Twitter
5~ Become a Fan of Donna on Facebook* (link above)
6~Become a Fan of Larissa Ione on Myspace* (link above)
7~Sign up for Donna's Newsletter
8~ Retweet this (MUST leave link, a point for each tweet)
9~ Follow Dangerous Women on yahoo
10~ Ask Donna a Question

*If you do not have a Facebook,Myspace account, please specify in your comment that you don't.*

** Please confirm you have completed at least 5 of the 6 things to enter.**

***All contests are open till Dec 23rd , you can find their individual interview links at the top under my header

31 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

RKCharron December 14, 2009 at 7:47 AM  

Hi :)
Thank you for the excellent interview with Donna & thank you to Donna for sharing. I enjoyed learning more about her. Donna' website is one of the best also & I hope all commentors will follow it & her.
My favorite place for a story to take place is in the current world with fantastical elements (UF).
I Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
I Follow Donna on Twitter
I Follow JoJo on Twitter
(I don't use Facebook much. I do not nor ever will have a MySpace account.)
I was wondering what Donna reads when she is writing? A different genre? Does she forsake reading?
Happy Holidays,

Donna December 14, 2009 at 8:33 AM  

Hey, RK!

So nice to see you here! And you're very, sweet. I'm so glad you enjoy my website.

As for what I read when I'm writing, that depends on where I'm at in the book. If I'm just beginning the book, I can read, but once I reach the middle of the book, I'm completely focused and spend all of my free time (even when watching TV) thinking about my book.

I don't want to do that while reading another book, so I wait.

I'll either read historicals or paranormals. I have a pile and I'll go through and grab one that calls to me at the time. :)

Great question!!


ParaJunkee December 14, 2009 at 8:41 AM  

1~ ~I really don't have a fav place for a book to occur - it all depends on the story.
~No actually but Mutual Desire looks great, so I'm going to put this on my TBR. Always love an author introduction.
3~Follow Donna on Twitter
4~Follow JoJo on Twitter
10~ Donna you wrote that you keep notebooks with all your info and chapter info. Have you ever gotten halfway through a book and found that it is going in a different direction than your notes planned?? If so do you veer back on track or let it flow???

throuthehaze December 14, 2009 at 10:03 AM  

1~Wheres your favorite place for a story to take place?
I love historicals (especially ones that take place in Scotland or Victorian England) and Urban Fantasy

2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog

3~Follow Donna on Twitter @throuthehaze

4~Follow JoJo on Twitter @throuthehaze

5~ Become a Fan of Donna on Facebook-Rae Pavey

(I don't use my Myspace account)

Donna December 14, 2009 at 10:48 AM  

ParaJunkee - I don't plot my books out. I let the story take me where it will, and it always surprises me with every book.

My notebooks just hold character and series info and page count. :)

ErotRomReader (Janna) December 14, 2009 at 10:56 AM  

1~ my favorite place for a story to take place is Ireland.
2~ I follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
3~ I follow Donna on Twitter
4~I follow JoJo on Twitter
5~ I don't have a Facebook account
6~ I don't have an account at Myspace
7~ I signed up for Donna's Newsletter
8~ I retweeted this
9~ I don't have a yahoo account
10~ Ask Donna a Question: Why did you choose for writing this genre?


elaing8 December 14, 2009 at 11:43 AM  

Great interview.
I don't really have a favorite specific place,as long as the story is good and the environment is well described.

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Donna December 14, 2009 at 2:07 PM  

Hi, Janna!

I've always written historical (mainly Scottish Medieval) just because it interests me so and because that's where all my characters take me. :)

For a very long time, I read nothing but historical books.


joder December 14, 2009 at 2:28 PM  

1. I love books that take place in futuristic societies. It's interesting to see where an author thinks we might end up.
2. I already follow the blog
3. I already follow on twitter (@jone402)
4. I already follow on twitter
5. I just became a fan (Jody Faltys)
6. I'm already a fan
7. I already get Donna's newsletter
8. I retweeted at
9. I already follow the DW on yahoo.
10. So Donna, are you ready for the holidays? Do you have all the shopping, decorating done?

I live in the US.

Misty December 14, 2009 at 3:01 PM  

Great interview Donna and JoJo. Mutual Desire sounds great. I haven't had a chance to read any of Donna's books yet. I prefer my books to be in today's time but do like some historicals also.

Im a follower of JoJo and Dangerous Woman

From Florida

Donna December 14, 2009 at 4:35 PM  

Hey, Joder -

I'm ready for Christmas. House (inside and out) has been decorated since the last week of November. I've got half my shopping done, and I'll be finishing it up this week.

Love the questions so far! :)


skyla11377 December 14, 2009 at 5:19 PM  

1~ Answer One Or Both Of The Following Questions:
~Wheres Your Favorite Place For A Story To Take Place?
I Like Stories That Are Easy For Me To Relate To Like My State Or City.
~Have You Read Any Of Donna's Book, If So Which Is Your Favorite?
I Have Not Had That Pleasure As Of Yet.
2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog.
I Am Following JoJosBookCorner Blog.
3~Follow Donna On Twitter.
I AM Following Donna On Twitter.
4~Follow JoJo on Twitter.
I Am Following JoJo on Twitter.
5~ Become A Fan Of Donna On Facebook* (Link Above).
I Am A Fan Of Donna on Facebook.
6~Become A Fan Of Larissa Ione On Myspace* (Link Above).
I Am A Fan Of Larissa Ione On Myspace.
7~Sign Up For Donna's Newsletter
I Have Signed Up For Donna's Newsletter.
8~ Retweet This (MUST Leave Link, A Point For Each Tweet)
9~ Follow Dangerous Women On Yahoo.
I Am Following Dangerous Women On Yahoo.
10~ Ask Donna a Question?
Hey Donna What Are One Or Two Things We Wouldn’t Normally Know About You?


Donna December 14, 2009 at 5:40 PM  

Hi, Skyla11377!

What are two things you wouldn't know about me? Hmmm...well, I was married on the Day of the Dead, November 2nd. :)

I love Italian food and good wine.


JoJo December 14, 2009 at 5:49 PM  

Donna~ Thank you so much for being here today!!! This is turning out great! I have read mutual desire, and lemme tell you i LOVED it ! i never really thought i would like 3 short stories because you just can't fit enough info into them. but you did an excellent job!!!
Ewan is my fav!!! I'd def. take me one of him !!! Do you think you will ever take any of these stories and turn them into a series?

Amanda Leigh December 14, 2009 at 7:30 PM  

1~Wheres your favorite place for a story to take place?
Well, I really enjoy Urban Fantasy, so that can really take place anywhere. In historicals I prefer Irish and Scottish settings.

~Have you Read any of Donnas book, If so which is your Favorite?
I haven't read any of Donna's books yet, but she is definitely going on my TBR list!

2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog (Amanda Leigh)

3,4~don't have twitter

5~ Became a Fan of Donna on Facebook

6~Became a fan of Donna on Myspace

7~Signed up for Donna's Newsletter

8~ don't have twitter

9~ joined Dangerous Women on yahoo

10~ Who is your favorite hero/heroine?

Linda Henderson December 14, 2009 at 10:10 PM  

I really enjoy stories set in Ireland.
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Donna December 14, 2009 at 11:05 PM  

Hey, Jojo!

Ah, thank you. So glad to hear you enjoyed MUTUAL DESIRE. Novellas can be tricky. You want to give characters enough depth, but sometimes you do that and the readers get antsy to get the story going. Very difficult, and doesn't always turn out like you want it.

My Kensington editor enjoyed the first novella the best as well. Its that story and Falcor's story that I get the most comments on. :)

Actually, Falcor's story was part of a series, the last of four novellas. You can find the first story in THE PLEASURE OF HIS BED. The second and third novellas were published as ebooks. On my bookshelf page of my website, the two other novellas, TEMPTED and BOUND are listed under "Fantasy series".


Donna December 14, 2009 at 11:07 PM  

Hi, Amanda!

What a good question. Not sure if you are asking about my own books or not. Actually, my favorite hero/heroine of my own books tend to be whoever I'm writing at the time. :) I'm emersed in their world, so they hold me captive until I have to say farewell.


tetewa December 14, 2009 at 11:19 PM  

I enjoy reading about places with beaches and water so my favorite place would be Hawaii! Enjoyed the post today!

Anonymous,  December 15, 2009 at 4:10 PM  

World Wide Giveaway entry from Central Texas, USA
Favorite place is setting anyplace in Texas, love to read books set in my home state in any genre....
~Have you Read any of Donnas book, If so which is your Favorite? Not yet but will now....
#2~ I Follow JJBCBlog (jacabur)
#3~ I Follow Donna on Twitter(@jacabur1)
#4~ I Follow JoJo on Twitter(@jacabur1)
#5~ left friend request as not a fan page/awaiting confirmation:
(Become a Fan of Donna on Facebook)
#7~ Signed up for Donna's Newsletter and confirmed at (jacabur2008ATgmailDOTcom with this link:
#8~ I Re-tweeted this today (
#10~ I Asked Donna a Question
Donna What is your Favorite Italian Food, A Sandwich or Lasagna or Fettucine with sauce and or Meat? (Mine is Pizza with all the toppings and then Chicken Marsala runs a close 2nd)

Thanks for introducing us to another wonderful author for my Wish List/To Buy List today JoJo and Thank you Donna for all the wonderful information and graciously being here with us today...

Jackie B Central Texas

Donna December 15, 2009 at 8:20 PM  

Hey, Jackie!

Always nice to meet another Texan. :) favorite Italian food would just be pasta in general. I love pasta and all the different sauces. I'll eat it by itself or add some chicken or steak or sausage or pork and I'm in heaven.


Moonsanity December 15, 2009 at 9:17 PM  

Hi Donna:) You answered my question, which was about writing short stories vs. books. You gave me a lot of good insights:)

I actually love when a story takes characters to a forest. Odd I know, but I love forests.

Contest stuff:
I answered question.
I Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
I Follow Donna on Twitter
I Follow JoJo on Twitter
I tweeted today's interview

Rex Robot Reviews December 15, 2009 at 11:12 PM  

1~ Answer one or both of the following questions:
~Wheres your favorite place for a story to take place? I love outdoor scenes, does that count?
6~Become a Fan of Larissa Ione on Myspace* (link above)
8~ Retweet this (

Thank you, JoJo, for hosting some awesome interviews!

justpeachy36 December 17, 2009 at 11:05 AM

My favorite place for a story to take place is anywhere I haven't been. Reading is all about escapism. LOL

I follow Jojo's blog
I follow Donna on Twitter
I follow Jojo on Twitter
I am a facebook fan
I sent a request on Myspace
I signed up for Donna's Newsletter
I retweeted here:

CatsMeow December 17, 2009 at 10:54 PM  

Wonderful interview Donna. I must admit I have just been introduced to your books through this blog. I adore Highlander books, especially with fantasy aspects, so your's is going on my TBP list.
And because Highlander stories are a favorite, The Scottish highlands is a favorite story locale.

Sally,  December 22, 2009 at 11:16 PM  

Woo hoo!! Great interview!!

1~ Answer one or both of the following questions:
~Wheres your favorite place for a story to take place? I don't really have a favorite place other than in the present.
~Have you Read any of Donnas book, If so which is your Favorite--I haven't had the opportunity to read any of Donna's books yet, I defer to my ever growing list, lol.
2~I follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
3~I follow Donna on Twitter
4~I follow JoJo on Twitter
5~ I became a Fan of Donna on Facebook* (link above)
7~I signed up for Donna's Newsletter
9~ I follow Dangerous Women on yahoo

Anonymous,  December 23, 2009 at 10:02 AM  

Great interview and giveaway! JoJo is awesome!

1. Anytime after Scotland or England.
2. I follow JoJos Book Corner
3. I follow Donna on Twitter
4. I follow JoJo on Twitter
8. I RT about the whole shebang!

Spav December 23, 2009 at 10:05 AM  

1. I don't really have a favourite place for a story and I've never read any of your books.
2. Follower
3. Follow Donna on twitter
4. Follow Jojo on twitter
5. Tweet:

flchen1 December 23, 2009 at 3:16 PM  

I'm an equal opportunity location fan, but am currently enjoying Scotland and outer space as settings (not necessarily in the same story!)

- blog follower, and follower of Donna and JoJo on Twitter, and of Dangerous Women on Yahoo

booklover0226 December 23, 2009 at 5:37 PM  

I think my favorite setting is anything historical
I follow the blog (booklover0226)
I follow Donna on Twitter (as bl0226)
I follow JoJo on Twitter (as bl0226)
I became a Facebook fan (booklover0226)
I signed up for newsletter
Donna, what is your opinion on book trailers? Do you think they help in book sales?

I’m in the USA

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

Donna December 26, 2009 at 8:39 AM  

Hi Tracey!

I like book trailers, but I'm not sure they help sell books. However, I do enjoy watching some of them. :)


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