Author Interview: Donna Grant (And Highland Giveaway!) Back to Blog
Update: The winner of Shadow Highlander is…Marjana. Congratulations!!
I love Donna Grant. Not only is she a fabulous author, but she’s an all-around great person. So when I had the chance to interview her for my blog party, I was excited. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the interview, too!
C: Hi, Donna! Thanks so much for being here with us (and congrats on the release of Shadow Highlander!).
D: Thanks, Cynthia! I’m always delighted to be on your blog. 🙂
C: SHADOW HIGHLANDER is the 5th book in your Dark Sword series. How did you originally get the idea for this series?
D: It all began because I knew I wanted to write a series. I wanted it set in medieval Scotland. And I knew I wanted it to have some kind of paranormal aspect. But the true idea came while our family was watching the movie King Arthur and my daughter asked if that’s really how Rome left Britain.
The idea literally just struck. What if the real reason Rome left Britain has been hidden? What if it involved magic. The next thing I knew I had developed my own mythology involving Druids (both good and evil) as well as immortal Highlanders with primeval gods locked inside them which were drug up from Hell by the Druids.
C: How has the series changed since book 1? And did you plan the series in advance or did the stories develop as you wrote each book?
D: Yes and no. There is still one major villain, and she’s almost impossible to kill because of the strength of her magic. I had planned for at least ten books in the series, so I knew the overall arc of the story had to be able to carry it through. But so much happens in upcoming books that does change so much more than I anticipated. 🙂
C: Do you have a favorite hero from your Dark Sword books?
D: My favorites are usually whichever hero I’m writing at the moment, but there are others who I’m dying to write their story. Hayden (UNTAMED HIGHLANDER) was one of those. But there are two coming up that I’m just beside myself waiting to get to them – Phelan and Malcolm.
C: Galen, the hero from SHADOW HIGHLANDER, has mind-reading gifts (oh, very handy!). Do you wish you could read minds? Or is there another psychic power you’d prefer to have?
D: No, I think it would be better for everyone if I couldn’t read their minds. lol. Not something I’d want. If I could have any of the other powers my Highlanders have it’d have to be Fallon’s ability to teleport from place to place. No more planes, baby! 😀
C: What’s next for you, Donna? What can readers expect?
D: Next up is Broc’s book (DARKEST HIGHLANDER) which releases January 31, 2012.
Then the spin off series, Dark Warriors with two sets of back to back releases in 2012
MIDNIGHT’S MASTER (Logan) – June 2012
MIDNIGHT’S LOVER (Ian) July 2012
MIDNIGHT’S SEDUCTION (Camdyn) November 2012
MIDNIGHT’S WARRIOR (Ramsey) December 2012
With more hunky Highlanders to come. 🙂
Oh, sweet, I am very glad there are more hunky Highlanders to come!! So…in honor of those highlanders, let’s do a giveaway! Want to win a copy of SHADOW HIGHLANDER? Then tell us which psychic power you’d like to have.
The Dark Sword series captures all the power, passion, and magic of Scotland’s legendary warriors—sworn to fight for victory, in battle and in love…
HE CAN FEEL HER MAGIC
Sent on a dangerous mission into the shadowy world of the Druids, Galen must find a powerful ancient relic to defeat the enemies of MacLeod Castle. But what he discovers is far more powerful—and far more dangerous. A Druid lass whose beauty is as spellbinding as any magic…
CAN HE FREE HER SOUL?
Reaghan is the most enchanting woman Galen has even met—and the most enigmatic. She alone is immune to his mind-reading gifts. He alone makes her feel safe and secure. But Reaghan holds a secret power deep inside her that could destroy them both. And if Galen hopes to hold this captivating woman in his arms every night, he must defeat the darkness that draws closer around her every day…
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