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Author Interview – Grace Risata

Author interview today with Grace Risata. 

For me she is a writer of quirky interesting characters and humorous romances. 

There has not been a book of hers yet I have not enjoyed hugely

– The Romance Reading Brit

 

Q1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Grace Risata and I’m an avid reader of books, lover of dogs, and fan of Zombie movies.

Q2. What led to you deciding to publish? Did you have stories that you wanted to tell for years or was it maybe a case of deciding to give it a go and see how it went with regards to writing? 

 Honestly, I’ve always read library books since I was a little kid.  Once I got a kindle for Christmas, I discovered Amazon and all the thousands of books published by Independent authors.  Some of the plot lines were not my cup of tea (insta-love, billionaires, cheating, accidental pregnancies), so I decided to try to write my own story and see where it went.  I’ve always loved making people laugh, so I made sure to add humour into the stories as well.  I hadn’t written one single story until I decided to write my first novel.

Q2. Do you have a favourite author? Have they influenced you in deciding to write and what you write? 

I have several favourite authors, too many to name actually, in all different genres.  I don’t know that they’ve necessarily influenced me.  I just write the stories that I would personally like to read.

Q3. What has been the best thing about deciding to publish? 

Just learning the writing process in general and meeting so many ‘strangers’ from all over the world that have turned into friends.

Q4. And the worst? (if there is one)

Marketing!  There are thousands of authors trying to get their books into the hands of the reader, and it’s very difficult and time consuming to figure out how to let people know that my books are out there!

Q5. How much of a story do you outline before you start, or is it more that the story evolves as you write it? 

I need to know…who are the main characters, how do they meet, what is their conflict, what are a handful of key plot points, and how does it basically end.  I then let the story lead me to where it wants to go!

Q6. Was it a conscious decision to write romantic comedy, or was it just how the stories flowed for you? 

My favourite genre is romance because I’m a sucker for a love story with a happy ending.  I think life gets bogged down with the stresses and worries that plague us every single day, so I wanted to add comedy into my characters’ personalities.  I look for the humour in the books I read, and I also like to write it too.  I gotta make people laugh or my day is not complete!

Q7. Do you have a favourite character out of any that you have wrote?

Violet from MY DIRTY DETOUR, because she’s me.

Q8. Are any of your heroines based on yourself? Or people you know?

Yes.  Violet from My Dirty Detour pretty much has my entire personality.  I think all of my heroines are based on myself just a little bit.  Whether they do things I’ve done, say things I’ve said, or act in a way I aspire to act, they’re all pieces of me.

Q9. In “Undeniable Request” the hero has a “soft spot” for zombies as they have “a perseverance and never give up attitude” and the heroine has an impressive collection of zombie movies. Are you a fan yourself of zombies, and do you have a zombie plan?

In case the apocalypse ever comes?  Absolutely.  I am a huge zombie fan and definitely have a zombie survival plan!  I think every single one of my books has a tiny reference to zombies because I LOVE them.  I’ve read several zombie books, seen a load of zombie movies, and I’ve watched every single episode of THE WALKING DEAD TV show.  When, not if, the apocalypse comes, I will be ready!

Q10. What advice, if any would you give to someone thinking about writing and publishing their own stories?  

Write what you want to write (what you feel comfortable with) instead of worrying about what you THINK people might want to read.  Everyone has different opinions.  You can’t please everyone all the time.  I would also tell them that marketing and promotion is a LOT harder than they would ever imagine.  You can’t sell books if people don’t know they exist, so promotion is a necessary time suck if you want to get your name out there.  Also, don’t expect to be an overnight success.  This is a marathon, not a spring.  It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but you’ll get there one fan at a time!

 

Check out my reviews for her books:

 

My Dirty Detour

Nights In The Fast Lane

Mowed

Ungranted Wishes

My Dirty Vacation

Teaching The Dom

Her Invisible Soldier

 

 

 

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Review – Her Invisible Soldier: A Military Romance with a Twist by Grace Risata

Her Invisible Soldier: A Military Romance with a TwistHer Invisible Soldier: A Military Romance with a Twist by Grace Risata

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

 

 

★Book Basics★

Genre: – Contemporary Romance
Series: – Stand alone
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – Yes
Rating – 5

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R2R – Teaching the Dom by Grace Risata

Teaching the DomTeaching the Dom by Grace Risata

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review

★Book Basics★

Genre: – Cont. Romance
Series: – Stand Alone
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – More of a HFN
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – Yes
Rating – 4 stars

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ARC – My Dirty Vacation by Grace Risata

My Dirty VacationMy Dirty Vacation by Grace Risata

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review

★Book Basics★

Genre: – Cont. Romance
Series: – Second in the series
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – yes
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – Yes
Rating – 5 stars

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R2R – Ungranted Wishes: An Erotic Paranormal BBW Comedy Romance by Grace Risata

Ungranted Wishes: An Erotic Paranormal BBW Comedy RomanceUngranted Wishes: An Erotic Paranormal BBW Comedy Romance by Grace Risata

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review

★Book Basics★

Genre: – Paranormal Romance
Series: – Stand Alone
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – Yes
Rating – 4 stars

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R2R – Mowed: An Erotic BBW Comedy Romance by Grace Risata

Mowed: An Erotic BBW Comedy RomanceMowed: An Erotic BBW Comedy Romance by Grace Risata

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Copy received in exchange for an honest review

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★Book Basics★

Genre: – Contemporary Romance
Series: – Stand Alone
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author? – Yes
Rating – 3.5 stars.

★Review★

Have to be honest I did not really enjoy this as much as the other books i have read by this author. I much preferred the heroes in the other books I have read. The hero here, was a bit much, a bit too bitter, a bit too mean at times and a bit too obsessed with his apparently oversized dick!

However, I did enjoy it, but it just really had to be read with a huge pinch of salt. The way they decide to start on a relationship, the way they talk to each other, Jason being a bit of a huge man child, and the heroine just taking it really.

In all I have enjoyed my previous reads by this author so much more (maybe I just prefer grumpy stern heroes as opposed to bitter heroes), and while I did enjoy this it read a bit different to her previous work for me.

All in an enjoyable 3.5 stars for a book that does not take itself at all seriously, and neither should we as the reader, as that is not what it is. But for me, at times it verged a bit too close to the over the top.

Amazon UK Link – http://amzn.to/2g3xTBa
Amazon US Link – http://a.co/8qavdpx

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