MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR GRACE WHITE!

MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR GRACE WHITE!

 

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What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?

Grace White and I write paranormal / urban fantasy / fantasy romance.

 

Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

My latest series is The Gaia Chronicles, an urban fantasy reverse harem romance. It centres around Terra Materson, a young woman who has a deep connection with the world around her.

I’ve been a fan of reverse harem stories since reading Introductions by C L Stone a few years back. The sun-genre kind of exploded last year, and I was in the process of planning a new PNR/UF series and The Gaia Chronicles was born. I can’t quite remember how I came up with the idea, but I drew on Greek mythology, witchcraft, and demons to shape the storyline.

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How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?

Grace White is actually a pen name. I predominately write contemporary romance under a separate pen name. I was having a severe case of writers block a couple of years back and a friend said to me, ‘you should write something completely new’. I’d never written paranormal romance before but I’m a big fan of the genre. So I sat down and wrote. In four weeks, I’d written a 60k story that became the first book in my debut trilogy: The Lilituria Prophecy.

 

Do you have a favorite book out of this series?

There are four books in the Gaia Chronicles and I’d have to say book three, Caged, is probably my favourite. The lead character Terra really comes into her own in that book and her relationship with each of the four main guys grows.

 

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What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

I have two small children, so a typical day for me is taking them to school, sitting down at my desk whilst they’re at school, then picking them up and being ‘mum’. Once they’re in bed, I usually do some more work. I try to write every day but my word counts vary. On a good day, I can hit 5k but I tend to write more around the 2k a day mark.

 

Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?

I’m writing a novella for an upcoming multi-author box set. My story is called Of Fire and Ice and it’s a fantasy reverse harem romance, and can be found in the Once Upon A Rebel Fairytale box set.

 

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How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?

I hate choosing names. Hate it. I tend to pluck names out of thin air or I’ll search on google for the top 250 names in America or something for inspiration.

Although all five main characters in The Gaia Chronicles have names connected to their elemental power.

 

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Staying focused on one project. I have so many stories I want to tell it can be hard staying on track.

 

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Cursed, book one in the Gaia Chronicles hit the top 200s in the whole Amazon US store. It’s been my best release to date.

 

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What’s the best thing about being an author?

Getting to escape in my characters stories.

 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully still writing.

 

Have you always liked to write?

I’ve always written in one form or another: keeping a diary, academic papers. But I have only been writing creatively since 2013.

 

 

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What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Tell your story the way you want to tell it. It’s easy to get caught up in the rules or readers expectations, but story telling should  come from the heart.

 

If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?

I’m a qualified childrens and youth worker, and previous to writing I worked for a national children’s charity.

 

Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?

Yes, I read them but I try not to get hung up on them. Not everyone is going to like my books. And that’s okay. Aside from thanking ARC reviewers or answering direct questions / comments from readers, I do not respond to reviews.

 

 

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What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?

Doing a final read through of a book before hitting publish. At that point, I’ve probably read it cover to cover four or five times.

 

What are you working on now?

I’m just finishing up Of Fire and Ice, my submission for the Once Upon A Rebel Fairytale box set.

 

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Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?

It hasn’t been edited yet, but here goes…

 

“Have you lost your mind?” Damien stares at me as if I’ve grown a second head.

“No, I can assure you my mind is perfectly sane.”

“You want to…” his voice dies down as he drags a hand down his face. “I thought we—“

“No, the two of you decided. You know I haven’t forgotten and quite frankly, I’m disappointed you have.” I stare at them, my best friends, the two people who know me better than anyone else, and my heart hurts. Losing Galen affected us all deeply. The whole village mourned his disappearance. But like any mourning, after a period of time, life went back to normal and people moved on.

But I haven’t moved on. If anything, all the pain and confusion and fear I felt that day is stronger than ever. It fuels me, pushes me to train harder. Hunt faster.

“Your father will—“

“This is not about my father,” I snap. “This about my best friend, our best friend, who this village chose to forget. I’m of age in two days. My life is my own. I can do with it as I please, and I’m going to get him back.”

 

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Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?

As mentioned earlier, I have two pen names. It can be difficult keeping up with everything. That’s why I took the decision to ‘come out’ as Grace White last year. I don’t have to worry about keeping anonymity anymore.

 

Where did your love of books come from?

I’ve always loved to read ever since I was a child. It’s just something I’ve always done.

 

 

 

Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

I adore the Premontion Series by Amy A Bartol. I also recently discovered Randi Cooley Wilson’s gargoyle series which was so good!

 

 

 

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Both. I love it when a story consumes, it makes writing come effortlessly. But after writing 4 or 5,000 words in a few hours, it can be draining.

 

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Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I write the kinds of stories I like to read. I also tend to let my characters lead which means I don’t always stick to the ‘rules’, but I’m okay with that.

 

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Andie M Long and A B Bloom are my good author pals. They help me bounce ideas and work through plot issues. Writing can be a lonely thing, so it’s nice to have people to share ideas with.

 

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Where can your fans find you and follow??

Readers can find out more about my books at

Amazon.com/author/gracewhite

 

I also hang out on Facebook and Instagram a lot

http://www.facebook.com/gracewhiteauthor

http://www.facebook.com/authorgracewhite

 

 

Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️

Thanks for having me!

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