Author of the Month

July 2016 Author of the Month: Grace Duncan

Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination.  She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble.  Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.

A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States.  She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.

As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics.  She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.


Tell us a bit about yourself. How would describe yourself?

I’m something of a workaholic in that I had a hard time putting down the writing or research, etc. I love to learn, so it’s hard for me to set the research aside sometimes.

How do you start your day?

With coffee. It’s the elixir of the gods. Seriously, one of the very first things I do is brew coffee, then spend a few minutes savoring it. THEN I can get started on the rest of the things I need to do.

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Are you a morning or a night person?

I have some health problems right now, so I tend to be a “whenever the energy is there” person. Sometimes, if I got a good night’s sleep, that’s in the morning. Sometimes, that’s after a couple of naps and it’s at night. Generally, when I’m healthy, morning is the thing with me. It’s quiet and I get a lot done.

If you could do anything else in the world besides writing, what would that be?

Teaching. I used to teach college before they closed my school and there was nothing like seeing the lightbulb go on for a student. I had one student who started out absolutely lazy and uninterested. He graduated with honors.

Where would you like to live? Is there a special place you would love to get the chance to move to at some point?

The Pacific Northwest. Or Canada. Both are beautiful. However, there are times I’d much prefer Canada’s policies to those here. That said, I used to live in Portland and the ability to go to the coast every weekend (we lived less than an hour from the beach) was amazing. I wish we could again.

Have you ever thought of quitting and trying your hand at something else? What made you keep writing?

Every damned day. Every time I get a negative review or find someone else has pirated my stuff or… or… or… And then I get an email from a reader or a message on Facebook or something like it asking me when I am writing another book in a series or a sequel to another and I realize that yeah, people want my stuff. And that helps me a lot to sit down and get the next scene out.

If you could start all over, would you still be a writer? What would you do different?

Absolutely, I would be. The thing I might do differently is that I got into this writing thing without a safety net. Given the opportunity, I would have saved up and/or continued working at an Evil Day Job™ longer. Unfortunately, when they closed my school, that wasn’t an option, so I am now writing as my job. It’s a different feeling to do that—harder in some ways because there’s a lot more pressure to produce and get things finished than if you’re doing it as a secondary thing.

What is your writing process?

That really depends on the story. Beautiful boy was totally pantsed. I had initially intended to write something short for a blog hop, but the story kept going and before I knew it, I had half a novel. Devotion was the same way. I had an idea I wanted to just get some thoughts out with and in no time, I had the novel done. Now, Patience and Acceptance were both planned. Partially because I now had canon to worry about and keep straight and partially because I also had characters to keep consistent, as well as full stories I already had in my mind. So I planned those to make sure it all made it where it was supposed to.

What do you find most challenging about writing and publishing?

Promo. I suppose that’s the same for most authors, but it is for me as well. I’ve never been one comfortable with promoting myself in any way, but it’s a necessary evil. I mean, I’ve been on bestseller lists and I still cringe to call myself a “Bestselling Author” even though that’s what I am.

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What came first: the chicken or the egg? OR in this case: the title or the story?

In the case of Acceptance, they actually happened about the same time. I had the characters before the other two things, and as soon as I started thinking about the story, the title and, then the story came to me together. Partially, that was because “acceptance” was the theme of the story and partially because it was consistent with the series.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I’m about half way through a fourth book in my Forbes Mates series, entitled Forgiveness. You meet Eric (sort of) in Devotion, whose chosen mate broke their bond and let someone else claim her. Eric goes wolf and stays tht way for nine years, but now their patron goddess Diana has prodded him to come back because it’s time for him to meet his destined mate—Ben Arellano. Now Eric has to face his fears, his bisexuality, and the things he’s done, and hope he can be forgiven for leaving the way he did.

What are your plans for the future?

I have a mess of books I still want to write. I have the third in my Golden Collar series, as well as a sequel to Beautiful boy. I’ve also got a series I’d like to self-pub. Lots of things still in my head. I have a feeling that’s never going to change. 😉


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Acceptance Forbes Mates, Book 3

236 pages

Dreamspinner Press

Release date: July 8, 2016

 

Blurb:

Dr. Miles Grant acknowledges that his destined mate could be either gender even though his bisexuality cost him his family and his pack. Luckily he found the Forbes Pack, who happily accept him just as he is. What he never counted on was finding his mate in Pittsburgh or for his mate to be another species entirely—a cat!

Quincy Archer isn’t just any jaguar shifter. He is the heir to the leadership of his pride. Destined mates are nothing but legend to the nearly extinct and generally solitary jaguars, and Quincy certainly never expected to find one for himself, much less a male… or a wolf.

However, finding each other and coming to terms with their species is the least of their worries. Quincy is expected to select a proper female mate, father a cub, and take his place as heir to the pride. Except Quincy refuses, having no interest in women or leadership and knowing he isn’t right for it. But his father will stop at nothing—not even attempting to kill Miles—to get his way. Quincy and Miles must overcome many obstacles to stay together as the destined mates they’re meant to be.

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