Questions straight from the Heart (we are burning to know!)
An interview by the poolside with the very talented Stormy Glenn, conducted by Kevin. Oh look at those sexy men! Sorry! Let’s begin…
1. What inspired the idea behind “Sunshine’s Kisses”? LOL… it actually started out with an idea I had about an isolated pack of wolves, which I hope to expand on at later date because not all of the ideas that I had were included in this story. But, the basic idea was what if there was a pack of wolves that didn’t know all of the rules about being wolves? The fey thing came later.
2. How did you come up with the title? I love endearments. I call my hubby everything from sweetie to pumpkin to baby doll. Of course, my hubby returns that by calling me baby and darling…so I’m pretty happy. It just seemed right for Jesse to call Sam “sunshine” because he felt like Sam’s laugh brought out the sunshine. And, that’s kind of where the name came from… “sunshine’s kiss” as in the sun coming out and kissing someone’s skin.
3. How did you choose the genre you write in? I think it was a combination of things. The people I have known in my past and present, combined with some wonderful authors I have met along my journey, and the need to show the world that everyone deserves a happy ending.
4. What made you bring about male pregnancies in your books? LOL… I have no idea. It just kind of happened. I never know what I am writing until I write it. Seriously, like sometimes sentence to sentence. I kind of find out what is going on in the story as I type the words. If it starts to head toward male pregnancy, that’s what I write, and that’s where some of my stories go.
5. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? Um… not yet. I’m kind of the mind that I will write what feels right and then find the publisher to take it if my current publishers don’t want it. So far, so good. I’ve had pretty good dealings with my current publishers and if there is a problem with anything I write, they let me know.
6. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? There have been a couple actually. As for the toughest, it is when reviewers (professional or reader) attack me as a person when they don’t like something I write. I fully realize that not everyone is going to like everything I write. That’s kind of a given in the writing world. And that’s fine. But, it’s wrong to attack me personally. I don’t attack readers for having no tact or being rude, and sometimes downright mean. I feel it is everyone’s right to feel the way they do. But, that also means I don’t have to listen to it either, so, I usually try and ignore people that are rude and only acknowledge constructive criticism. I’m not perfect by any means and I won’t be able to put out a book that everyone loves every single time.
What has been the best compliment? That is a hard one to answer because there have been a lot of special moments for me as a writer. Some of the ones I remember the most is readers that have written me and told me that my books have helped them get through a tough time or that it has made them understand that they deserve to be happy just like everyone else, gay or straight. I even had a reader contact me to tell me that one of my books helped change the views of their family toward their sexual preferences. That was kind of a stunner but it made me very happy.
7. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Never give up, no matter how long it takes. Learn from every experience, and write what you love. Remember that every book, every submission and edit, is a learning experience. Never become a diva because without readers, editors, cover artists, publishers, etc, you’re just someone typing words on a piece of paper.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans? Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have the world’s most fantastic readers. They have helped me understand my craft better, brainstormed with me, sent me words of encouragement during hard times (especially when my son passed away in April of this year), and let me know that I am more than just a name at the bottom of a cover. My readers are the bomb!
8. Do you take suggestions on books or ideas from your fans? Always. I may not use them but I always read them and take them under consideration. I love brainstorming with my readers in my yahoo group. They have so many wonderful ideas and are able to help me a lot when I get stuck or need a fresh idea.
9. What project are you working on now? Uh… how much time do you have? Seriously, have you seen my Work in Progress page? I think I have at least 25 stories there and double that in my own files. That doesn’t even include story ideas or starter stories. The biggest things I am working on right now is the sequel “The Cat’s Meow” (Assassin’s Pride 1) which is at 27,000 words as of today, and Wolf Creek Pack 10, which I just started. I’d like to get going on “Tribal Bonds 4” pretty soon as well as the next “Spaced Out For Love” story. After that, or before that depending on how loudly the characters scream at me, I’d like to write the next “McCaffrey Men” story. And just today, I finally finished “A Sub Worth Saving” although it has been renamed “More Than A Pet”. From there, who knows? I certainly don’t I just write what the voices in my head tell me to…LOL.
10. Is there anything you would like to add? I hope everyone enjoys my next book “Sweet Oblivion”. This is my first foray into writing a 1st person book. It came to me with the opening sentence “Can you say yum?” And it exploded from there. I had a lot of fun writing it but it was definitely a different experience as I have only written in 3rd person my entire writing career. I’d really like to hear people’s opinions on this new style, not that I am going to stop writing in my old style, but drop me a line and let me know what you think.
Stormy’s short bio
I’m a writer of Erotic, Contemporary, Elf, Fantasy, Futuristic, M/M, Ménage a Trois, Paranormal, Sci/Fi, Shifter, Suspense, Vampire, and Werewolf Romances. I’m currently published with Siren Publishing, Torquere Press, Noble Romance Publishing, and Silver Publishing.
I create stories, romances, and dreams because that’s what I believe in. I also believe the only thing sexier than a man in cowboy boots is two, or three men in cowboy boots. I believe in love at first sight, soul mates, true love, and happy endings and that’s what I like to write about.
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