About M.D. Grimm:
M.D. Grimm decided to become an author in the second grade (kind of young to make life decisions, but whatever) and nothing has changed since then (well, plenty of things, actually, but not that!). Thankfully, she has indulgent parents who let her dream, but also made sure she understood she’d need a steady job to pay the bills (they never let her forget it!). After graduating from the University of Oregon and majoring in English (let’s be honest: useless degree, what else was she going to do with it?), she started on her writing career and couldn’t be happier. Working by day and writing by night (or any spare time she can carve out), she enjoys embarking on romantic quests and daring adventures (living vicariously, you could say) and creating characters that always triumph against the villain (or else what’s the point?), finding their soul mate in the process.
What inspires you to write?
Other books and movies. It can start with either a character or a plot or even a setting, and then I build around it. When I have a character, it can take awhile to give my orphan a home. A few times I have a concept instead of anything concrete. However, mythology and folklore also play a role in most of my stories. The quirks of the past are always amusing and can be reinterpreted to modern sensibilities.
Tell us about your writing process.
Outline. Outline. Outline. Though it appears more like notes and bullet points than a refined outline. I notate the main plot points, so I can get from A-Z, but I also try to leave enough room for surprises. I don't like to smother my characters. As long as they go where I ultimately want them to go, I want to give them a voice and let them flex their muscles. My weekends are reserved for writing since I'm usually too exhausted at the end of the day after my day job, to write anything. Then I write as fast as my fingers can fly. I'm always in the mood to write. It's vital to my sanity.
How do you develop your characters?
Yes? All of the above. While I know the ultimate character archs, I'm always open to "listening" to my characters if they want to take a detour before continuing on the path. Some characters are louder than others but they all gain their own voice. Usually the loudest ones are those in series, rather than stand-alones. Yet that's not always the case. Rather flip-floppy answers, I know, but writing fiction isn't an exact science. Sometimes it's best to go with the flow.
What authors inspire you?
JRR Tolkien. Jim Butcher. Nora Roberts. Though I end up inspired by most authors I read, whether with humor, characterization, or plot beats. I also enjoy those "classic" works that have unknown authors.
How do you keep going in the midst of distractions?
I am a hard taskmaster. I have lofty goals and the only way to accomplish them is to keep writing. Books won't write themselves, after all. I also don't have many distractions at this point in my life. Writing is my happy place, my refuge when the world gets too horrid. They are something I can control and indulge in.
What are your hobbies when you need a break from writing?
D&D. Sewing. Drawing. Reading. Can reading be a hobby? Bike riding. I try to keep my mind occupied.
What romance genres do you write?: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal.
Do you write in genres that are not romance related?
Not at the moment. Though I have plans for at least one future series to be urban fantasy, mostly about ghosts, with some potential romantic elements.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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