Author Highlight: Missy de Graff
Meet Missy de Graff! Missy is a fellow Virginian and UF/PNR author. Her book signing in Leesburg last year was the first local, self-published book signing I ever attended. I definitely fangirled out.
What inspired the story concept for FIRE GLASS: Realm of the Fire Fae? I have already been intrigued by the Fae. And, of course you can't have the Fae without a royal court! I thought it would be fun to create a character that was more than what she seemed. A spoiled princess, or the exact opposite, a rebellious princess didn't capture my interest as much as a princess that has more to offer. So, I wanted to create a story about a princess that is hiding her true identity, however due to circumstances she's able to flourish. And there is Rhiannon. After creating the character the storyline was easy. Fire Glass is the first book in a series. Throughout the series she will become an assassin and save her realm.
What do you love about writing Paranormal Romance? Fire Glass is actually a Fantasy Romance, but PNR lovers will enjoy it as well. The series is a crossover to Urban Fantasy too. I LOVE writing PNR and UF stories, because I enjoy the intriguing aspects of legendary creatures and mythological beasts, and creating a story concept that brings them relatable to regular humans.
When it comes to world-building do you have any particular tricks or techniques? Not really. I enjoy Urban Fantasy to make it easy, I don't have to build too much world, haha!
What was the most difficult part of the publishing process for you? Well, I have an unusual experience for publishing. My first book was published with a small press publisher. the hardest part for that one was actually attaining a publisher, haha! But, for Fire Glass, the hardest part THE FORMATTING!!! A clean and final version of the manuscript ready for publication, i.e., formatting the document to all required specifications so it would look easy on the eyes for the reader... took several hours.
What does your writing space look like? Currently, it's anywhere, haha! My laptop and I will sit on the couch, in bed, in the living room chair, in the hammock, poolside, at the airport, etc. Anywhere I can, I'm writing!
What are your tricks for juggling writing with a full-time job, family, life, etc.? I'll be honest, it's hard!!! Time management is key, and I still struggle. Carving out a specified amount of time, on specific days that are "me" time specifically for writing... that's how I do it.
What's the best piece of advice you've received about writing? Just write. Always write. Even if you don't feel in the mood to write, try writing something different. Even if it's a journal entry... just keep writing.
What is the best book you’ve read recently? Well, I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't had much time to read recently. I've only read one book so far this year *covers eyes and hides in the corner*, but it was wonderful and I recommend it, The Mortal Engines.
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