Friday, September 20, 2019

Friday Gianna Simone is Visiting And Talking about Writing #MFRWAuthors #Vikings #Paranormal #Historical

Day One

1. Do you write a single genre or do your fingers flow over the keys creating tales in many forms?

I primarily write in the historical and paranormal/fantasy categories, and I even combine those two whenever possible. I really love writing in some of my favorite historic periods. Plus, I tend to be on the lazy side, so I love to imagine what it’s like to have magic make life easier! lol

Does your reading choices reflect your writing choices?

I do tend to prefer reading historicals, and like in my writing, am I partial to the Dark Ages and Medieval eras. I am way behind though, the TBR pile/list keeps getting longer, but someday, I’ll catch up (said no reader ever).

Are there genres you wouldn’t attempt?

I definitely would not attempt any inspirational/spiritual stories. It’s not who I am and I don’t think I can portray it well.

2. Heroes, Heroines, Villains. Which are your favorite to write?

Well, since my heroes tend to have borderline villainous behavior, some more than others, writing heroes is kind of like the best of both worlds! My heroes are basically good guys, who have been driven to behave the way they do because of past events. Most of the time they’re a bit stubborn, you know, typical men, and it takes them time to admit what they knew all along.

As for villains, well, they’re fun to write, especially if I can make them especially vile. And then I usually get to kill them! lol

I hate saying heroines last, but honestly, they are the ones who come the easiest to me, and I like them simply because of that easiness.

3. Heroes. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or plain imagination create the man you want every reader to love? Do they come before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?

I freely admit that much of the inspiration for my heroes does come from pictures, or some form of popular culture, whether it be books (fiction or non), TV shows (so many these days set in my favorite eras/places!), and other places like social media, of course. I won’t deny having favorite actors and models who resemble the hero I am writing at the time.

Generally, I tend to picture my hero and start the questions. Who’s he? Where did he come from? Invariably, one of the myriad plot ideas stored on a bazillion spreadsheets will sort of align itself with him.

4. Heroines. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or imagination create the woman you want the reader to root for? Do they appear before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?

Very similar to finding heroes, frankly. And sometimes she pops up first, actually, more often than not. And she tends to raise even more questions, because my heroines often end up in situations not exactly advantageous to them, in many ways. How they deal with their particular situation changes of course, but there is a commonality of strength in every one of them. 

5. Villains or villainesses or an antagonist, since they don’t always have to be the bad guy or girl. They can be a person opposed to the hero’s or heroine’s obtaining their goal. How do you choose one? How do you make them human?

I like watching a particularly vile villain get his comeuppance in movies, etc., just like everyone else. In making them human, I give them the opposite of the hero/heroine. They are greedy, narcissistic, and view others as either beneath their “station,” or simply there to serve them. (They still exist today – we’ve all encountered a “Karen” in the wild!). Their selfishness makes them foolish. And while the reality of today’s world is often as unbelievable as fiction, at least in my worlds, they can pay for that foolishness.

6. What is your latest release? Who is the hero, heroine and or the villain?

“Graeme,” part of the Vikings! Anthology released this summer. This was a fun collaborative project that involved several authors creating a singular shared world, where the characters of each story often interacted and was part of all of the other stories. (*warning – many of the tales involve elements of kink and domestic discipline) But ultimately, it was about a village on the verge of being utterly demolished by their enemies. Their only chance to save their village and their lives was to make a bargain with invading Vikings, who, in turn are intrigued by the chance to possibly improve their lot with the land involved. And of course, women, right?

I am in some amazing company, with Emmanuelle de Maupassant, Ashe Barker, Sky Purington, Felicity Brandon and more! Vikings! has consistently been an international Best-Selling Viking Romance since it released in July.

7. What are you working on now?

I am working on a couple of things. First is the fifth book in The Norsemen Sagas. I’m still futzing around with the title, it’ll come to me eventually. This is another one with some interesting twists that popped up right from the start.

I also have begun work on the beginnings of the fifth book in The Magiste Chronicles, this one also set in 13th century – in what eventually becomes Louisiana. Before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  Think Harry Potter meets Fifty Shades of Grey in New Orleans!

8. How can people find you?

Everywhere! Here are my links:

Twitter: or @Gianna_Simone

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