Grace McGinty came to my attention through a mutual acquaintance.
Grace McGinty is the author of titles such as The Redeemable, Bright Lights From A Hurricane and Newly Undead In Dark River. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading in a hammock in the warm Australian sun.
Tell us about yourself.
Hi everyone, my name is Grace McGinty and I am an Australian author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. I’m a librarian by day, and a creator of sassy heroines and sexy heroes at night. I have an assortment of pets, a hopeless chocolate addiction and will probably be crushed by my TBR pile one day.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I was six. I wrote a story about a girl who became friends with a ghost in a cave. I loved that I could make my own stories, invent my own people, and have the goodie conquer the baddies every time.
What genres do you like to read? Are these the same genres you write in?
I read all genres of books, but YA Fantasy has to be my favourite at the moment. I’ve always been a fantasy fanatic, from the first time I read The Lord of The Rings in the 7th grade. I don’t actually write in either of these genres, but never say never, right?
Is your book for adults, young adults or children?
The majority of my work is for adults. However, I do write books for young adults and new adults as well.
What is your current release or project?
My current release is a novella called ‘Hunting Isla’. It is a reverse harem paranormal romance.
Tell us about the key characters:
The book centres around Isla, a foster kid who makes an impossible split decision to disappear without a word, and the three boys who won’t rest until they find her. The book switches between POV between Isla, Axel, Wyatt and Archer.
What is your blurb or synopsis of the book?
Sometimes a simple choice, like opening a window, can alter your destiny forever.
Five years ago, Isla’s life was as happy as it had ever been. She’d finally had a place and people to call her own. But a split second decision irrevocably changed her life, and there was no going back.
Axel, Archer and Wyatt have spent the last five years hunting for Isla across the country after she disappeared from her home one night. Determined to find the girl that completed their Pride like no person before or since, they track her to Louisiana, and are prepared to beg her to come home.
But what they find down in the Bayou changes everything, and they soon find themselves in a life or death battle with a psychopathic lion monarch, as they desperately try to convince Isla that not only can she trust them, but that they all belong together.
Hunting Isla is the prequel novella to the Black Mountain Mates series.
Share an excerpt
“Lala,” I whispered her name softly, and her eyes shot to me. My heart stopped as I took her in. She looked like death. Her skin was grey, her hair a stringy brown mess, her clothes hanging from her bones. She smelled like she hadn’t showered in a week and the dark circles under her eyes made it appear as if she was death walking. I took in a deep breath but couldn’t smell the underlying chemical scent of drugs. Not that any part of me believed my Lala would take drugs. Not after her upbringing.
“Wyatt?” She whispered my name back on barely a breath, her head shaking like she couldn’t believe it. She looked past me to Axel, letting the gun fall from her limp hand.
“Axel.” The relief in her voice was palpable now. Archer had made it through the back of the house, and he cleared his throat behind Isla’s back.
She looked over her shoulder and let out a small smile. “Archie.”
And then she crumpled, toppling face-first toward the ground. Only Archer’s quick reflexes saved her from serious injury. He pulled her back towards his body and then scooped her into his arms.
“She’s burning up.” She was sick, not on drugs. I knew it.
Do you have a favorite scene?
Oh, I do. There is a pretty big plot twist in the middle of the first chapter, and I love it. My favourite part of being a writer is throwing things at my readers and hoping they hang on for the ride. I won’t share it because spoilers!
What advice would you give a beginner?
Hmm, this is a tough one because advice is not one-size-fits-all. But I’ll try.
The beginning and end of your book is going to flow so easily it will be like words are pouring out of your fingers, but the middle is hard work. Just keep at it. Ten words today is ten words you didn’t have yesterday. Word sprints are your friend. Also, don’t edit until the end. The first draft is just shovelling sand. It’s the first edit where you mould that sand into a castle.
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Other website: www.gracemcginty.com
Purchasing links www.books2read.com/HuntingIsla