The first line of the blurb got me. I love this voice in a book!
Legacy (Saga of the Bold People II) by M.D. Grimm released Tuesday in the Sci-fi, LGBTQ+, romance genre.
What does a former assassin do when he’s not out there… well… assassinating? Saving his species from extinction, of course.
At least, that’s what Leopold wants to do with every molecule in his body. But the task won’t be fast or easy, and he can’t do it alone. Enter Mastrodai—a mrrog prince who has absolutely no desire to rule, much to his father’s exasperation. He craves the ability to prove his worth as a mate and to somehow atone for his actions that led to Leopold’s torture at the hands of an enemy. Making humans official would be a good start.
But politics rule no matter what the species, and Mastrodai has to maneuver carefully and risk what he has built to give his mate what he deserves. And when he realizes both he and Leopold have deeper feelings for Alex, one of Mastrodai’s human slave women, he knows his future is out among the stars with his humans, not planet-bound with his kin.
Unfortunately, before they can set their plan into motion, Leopold receives a vision that sends him reeling and questioning everything he knows about himself. A vision he must investigate, back to where he began—Lex, the backwater planet where he spent his early years, and where he swore never to return.
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M.D. Grimm has wanted to write stories since second grade (kind of young to make life decisions, but whatever) and nothing has changed since then (well, plenty of things actually, but not that!). Thankfully, she has indulgent parents who let her dream, but also made sure she understood she’d need a steady job to pay the bills (they never let her forget it!).
After graduating from the University of Oregon and majoring in English, (let’s be honest: useless degree, what else was she going to do with it?) she started on her writing career and couldn’t be happier.
Working by day and writing by night (or any spare time she can carve out), she enjoys embarking on romantic quests and daring adventures (living vicariously, you could say) and creating characters that always triumph against the villain, (or else what’s the point?) finding their soul mate in the process.
by M.D. Grimm
Good day lovely readers! Thank you for joining me. I am M.D. Grimm and I am here to promote my newest release, “Legacy.” This is book two in my “Saga of the Bold People” 6-book sci-fi/romance series, and the follow-up to my amazingly popular “Leopold.” I am thrilled to finally be able to present it, and I can say that much sweat, blood, and toil went into this one. While “Leopold” took me nearly a decade to finish, “Legacy” was about a year. I think. Hard to keep track sometimes. And they are basically the same length! Whew.
The one thing I’ve learned for sure about writing is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the writing process. Sure, you can read how the “professional” authors do it and read all the how-tos out there but at the end of the day it’s what works for you. What gets your juices flowing, your plot bunny hopping, and your characters jabbering.
Certainly, all those how-to books are a good place to start. You can try each version out and tailor make it to fit you. That’s what I did. Then I just dove right in, head first. After a while of writing almost nonstop and hopping from project to project, you do end up pinning down a certain process or style or approach. Whatever word you want to use.
For me, inspiration comes in every form—from movies, to books, to daily life, to stray thoughts of “what if?” So once I have the inspiration, I let it simmer and make some notes. I have notepads in every room of my home and even some at my day job, so I am never without the ability to jot down my thoughts.
But as for writing itself, well… I guess it depends on what type of project I’m starting. I use “project” because I have a tendency to plot long and end up with a series when I intended for a stand-alone or trilogy. I have different qualifications and time devoted to stand-alones than I do trilogies then I do series.
For example, my recent trilogy, “A Warrior’s Redemption” was written all at the same time. I was on my second draft of the first book, “Healing Lance” before I headed on to the second, “Forgiving Lance.” About halfway through book two, I realized book one needed some work. I was about five or six drafts through book one before I continued forward to revise book two and then start book three, “Avenging Lance.” I knew there was no way I could do the trilogy justice if I only did one book at a time and published them before knowing for sure what to expect from the subsequent books. Perhaps other authors plot better than I do. All I can says is what worked for me. I dreaded the thought that I would write myself into a corner or realize something crucial that should have been mentioned in a previous book that was already published.
For me, a trilogy is mostly one long book cut into thirds. A longer series, however, is a different beast altogether. For those, I have several different options to choose from. I can have each book stand on its own but have an overarching plot thread or threads (The Shifter Chronicles) or have each book stand mostly on its own while each subsequent book layers on the previous ones like a story sandwich (The Stones of Power, Saga of the Bold People). All these things I have to consider before I start. This knowledge came from trial and error on my part and learning what works and what doesn’t.
I make sure not to plot everything out. While the major points, either character or plot, I map first, I like to leave a little bit of mystery. I like to be surprised by the turn of events that my characters inevitably expose me to. I read or heard somewhere that if you outline a story to the smallest degree, that your brain thinks you’ve already written it and then the mind loses interest. I can say for sure that that is the case for me. If I get bored with my own work, then how can I expect anyone else to enjoy it?
As for stand-alones, I’m still in the trial-and-error part. I have the least experience with them, and I am working hard to plan more for the future. I find it rather amusing that I decided to go big and run before I crawled. Not surprising, really. I tend to be a late bloomer but once I decide on a direction, I go full-speed-ahead!
The problem is, I think in epic terms and sometimes overlook the nuance and subtly in a shorter, single story. While I enjoy reading such tales, I find them hard to write.
Oh well. Practice makes perfect. And you know who benefits the most? The lovely readers!
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