Aug 14, 2010

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Interview with KT Grant

I am super happy to have KT Grant here today to chat about her debut novel “Lovestruck”, her newly released novella “For the Love of Mollie” and some of her future projects too.

First of all, I want to say congratulations on getting published!

Thanks Julie. It has been an incredible year so far with all my book releases that are coming out. I’m over the moon and do the Snoopy Dance every free chance I have.

What made you wake up one morning and say:  “Hey!  I’m going to write a May/December contemporary lesbian erotic romance book and it’s going to be really good!”?

I never thought I would ever write a story like Lovestruck. One day I was on Twitter and reading a few tweets between some agents and editors who wished there was more GLBT romance being written. Suddenly an idea came into my head about a romance taking place in Manhattan, and  instead of writing a boy meets girl love story, why not try and write a girl meets girl one and see where it goes? The outcome became Lovestruck, my debut novel.

Go ahead and give a little blurb about “Lovestruck” 

Lovestruck is about CEO hotel mogul Barbara Jennings, who has a lot on her plate lately. She has a big decision in regards to a century old hotel on 5th Avenue that she either has to close or lay off some of the employees there to cut costs. Also, Barbara is a workaholic and doesn’t have any time to date, so she is very lonely and horny. Through a bit of coincidence or perhaps fate, she meets the decade younger Jennifer Caffey, who is a poor college student and employee at the hotel Barbara is thinking of closing. Both women meet and sparks fly between them. Many issues are brought up in regards to their age difference, social status and the problems an employer has with being romantically involved with her employee.

I’m always intrigued by the names of the characters and the setting of their stories.  Where did you come up with the names of your main characters and how did you decide “Lovestruck” would take place in New York City?

Choosing names for my characters is the first step and the hardest. I have an idea of what I want my characters to look like and their personalities. From there I try and figure out a perfect name for them. Sometimes I like to match up my characters with names that have some sort of meaning behind them. For some reason the names of Barbara and Jenny just popped in my head. Jenny actually came to me first because I had the idea for her character to be fun loving and young, and the name “Jenny” called out to me to showcase that.

I automatically picked New York City to be the setting of Lovestruck because I’ve work in NYC for over a decade and know that city like that back of my hand.

Are there scenes in “Lovestruck” that you found hard to write, or that made you laugh a lot while you wrote them?

One of my favourite scenes is when Barbara and Jenny meet again in the hotel bathroom of all places after a first chance meeting at Starbucks. That’s when Barbara becomes smitten by Jenny. My second favourite scene is a bit naughty. That’s where Barbara and Jenny are intimate in Barbara’s bedroom. To make things more exciting, Barbara breaks out her Jack Rabbit vibrator to use with Jenny. The first time I wrote that scene, I broke down in hysterics and every time after I read it, I couldn’t stop the giggles escaping my mouth.

One of the hardest scenes to write was when Jenny finds out a secret Barbara has been hiding from her. Jenny confronts Barbara about it and they fight and break up. That was emotional to write because I had to separate these two people who belong together.

You are planning a sequel – “Burning for You” which will be Christian’s story (Barbara’s brother).  It’s going to be a m/m story.  (Does Barbara know her brother is gay?!)  Are you finished writing it yet?  Do we have a release date we can look forward to?

Burning for You will is a M/M romance about Barbara’s brother Christian, who is a college dean and once Jenny’s teacher. Christian is a workaholic like Barbara and doesn’t have time to date or for romance. But then that all changes when he meets Patrick, a handyman at the St. Jennings hotel and a part-time janitor at Christian’s school. Barbara does know that Christian is gay, as well as their younger sister Stella, who’s a lesbian. All three Jennings siblings are gay. I’m almost finished writing Burning For You and hope to send it off to my editor in the next few weeks in the hopes it will be published in the fall. *keeps fingers crossed*

I see my wish is coming true and that you are working on f/f, m/m and possible m/f story lines for your “Lovestruck” series!  *Yipee* You’ve also already written a m/f story called “For the Love of Mollie” (available now).  Are you finding m/m harder to write than f/f, or has the m/f story been the trickiest?

I would say either M/M or F/F is the hardest since I’m a straight woman writing GLBT romance. Overall, writing the love scenes can be hard regardless if it is a MM/, F/F or M/F because you want to make sure you get the range of emotion and passion correct where a reader will be so involved with the characters and the action on the page that they don’t want to stop reading.

“For the Love of Mollie” came to life thanks to your winning Decadent Publishing’s Novella Contest.  (Good Job KT!) Tell us about your latest release.

For the Love of Mollie is a combination erotic romantic comedy with Chick- Lit undertones. Mollie McGree has always been over weight her entire life and now wants to lose those extra pounds. The reason is that she wants to seduce her friend, the sexy masseuse Juan-Carlos. So she joins a gym and meets the owner, Conner Bean who is a self-made millionaire, personal trainer and quite the hottie. Conner thinks Mollie doesn’t need to lose any weight, and is perfect just the way she is. He plans to seduce the curvy Mollie and will stop at nothing until he claims her heart for his own.

Winning Decadent’s Novella Contest was a total shock. It’s so fulfilling to know that all the proceeds of For the Love of Mollie for the month of August will be donated to the American Cancer Society. (find out more here)

Are you hoping to expand on your “Mollie” story as you are your “Lovestruck” world or was it always planned as a single title?

Write now I am writing another book in my Mollie world based on two secondary characters that appear, one being Mollie’s best friend, the spunky Suzy, who has it bad for Juan Carlos. From the moment I started writing Lovestruck, I’ve wanted to make it into a series. I have a plan to write all the Jennings’ siblings stories and then expand to other characters that have made an appearance in Lovestruck. Some readers and reviewers have expressed interest in two characters in Lovestruck, Mike (Jenny’s roommate) and Kyle (Barbara’s business associate) and I hope to write their stories in the future.

You have said that you are writing erotic titles now, but that you would like to eventually write more mainstream YA books.  Any story ideas?

It’s funny how an idea will suddenly pop into your head and how you run with it. Back in November, I took part in National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). An idea popped into my head about a young girl dealing with the death of her best friend and next door neighbour, who’s found drowned in the lake. Something called to me to write a Young Adult Murder Mystery. In less than 30 days I had finished the first draft called What If? I’m in the process of querying What If? to agents in the hopes that I will be offered representation. I also wrote a Young Adult Horror novel called The Mist about a young girl being stalked by an evil entity that wants to make her his bride.

You won’t be using ‘KT Grant’ when you write your mainstream novels.  Have you decided on your YA pseudonym yet?

If I do go mainstream, I would use a different pseudonym, especially for my YA novels, I would either use my real name- Kate Garrabrant, or another one that’s a secret to be revealed at a later date.

Alright, flash four time…
Flash four questions about books and writing ~
How long, from start to end, did it take you to write “Lovestruck”?
4 months to write, a year to sell it.

Do you pre-plan all of your scenes or do you write from the seat of your pants?
A combination of both.

In what room of your house do you write from?
Always in my bedroom, sitting in my blue Ikea chair.

Do you tend to come up with the title for your book before you start writing it, while you’re writing it or when it’s all done?
For some reason I always have the title picked before I start on the story. It may change once I finished writing the story.

Flash four questions about random things ~
Sweet or salty snacks?

What color is your toothbrush?
White with pink dots.

Your high school experience:  good or bad?

What do you like on your pizza?
Very simple- just cheese.

Thank you so much KT for visiting Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks and for taking the time to answer some questions!  I’m super psyched you decided to stopover!

Thank you very much for allowing me to “pimp” myself 🙂

You can read my Review of “Lovestruck” here.
Check out KT Grant’s website here.

You can also check out KT’s blog (where she is lovingly known as Katiebabs) here.

Coming soon…KT’s “The Princess’s Bride” .  Read an excerpt hereNice cover, eh?!

  1. Wow, KT, I’m very impressed with your obvious writing talent. If I may, I would like to ask you a few questions: How long have you been writing? Do you have a full-time job besides writing?
    Thank you, Julie, your questions were fun and informative.

  2. Hey Grace! I started writing a lot more over the past year and a half and try to write everyday. Right now I’m not working and concentrating on my writing.

  3. Thank you for answering my questions, KT.

  4. Things are moving on so quickly for you. I’m delighted and wish you the greatest success.

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