Quintette of Questions: M.A. Grant

Quintette asks writers five quick questions. This week’s interview is with M.A. Grant!


Lace & Lead Cover1.   What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

My latest release is titled Lace & Lead. Honestly, the title started out as a joke, kind of a filler until I figured out what the novella should really be called. But the longer the title sat there at the top of the document, the more it seemed to fit. It gave equal weight to both Emmaline, a Victorian-style aristocrat, and Peirce, a rugged mercenary.

2.     If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

I’d choose a young Grace Kelly for Emmaline. She’s got that timeless beauty I’ve always associated with aristocracy, but was equally able to dress down and look like an approachable, kind woman. The closest I can come to Peirce Taggart would be Tom Hardy in his bulked up days (while filming Warrior or The Dark Knight Rises). At my husband’s suggestion, I actually spent a decent amount of time watching various fight sequences in his movies so I could learn how to properly visualize and describe the movements of a man with that heavy, slabic muscle instead of the stereotypical Hollywood “pretty” muscle. When he’s beefed up, Tom Hardy is many things, but pretty is not one of them; that was a critical component for Peirce’s character. (For such an example of my version of Tom, please see Exhibit A:

Muscular Tom Hardy

Muscular Tom Hardy

3.     What five words best describe your story?

Quippy, intense, steamy, adventurous, space-western.

4.     Who is your favourite fictional couple?

This one is so hard to answer! I’m torn between Ivy Walker and Lucius Hunt from The Village, or otherwise Margaret Hale and John Thornton from North and South.

5.     What song always makes you cry?

Sirens Reprise from the Broadway Jane Eyre always gets me when I sing along; it’s lyrics are a beautiful way of showing how torn Jane is to choose between leaving her true love or compromising her beliefs. The other is Trace Adkins’s Til the Last Shot’s Fired from the 2009 Country Music Awards. Coming from a family with ties to the armed forces, it always grabs me in the gut when the chorus comes in.

About Marion

MA GrantMarion Audrey Grant is fortunate to live in the rugged beauty of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. She’s believed in happy endings and true love since she was very young, when her parents would read her Mercer Meyer’s books Beauty and the Beast and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. At the time, she could only look at the pictures and pretend to understand the words. Later in life, the realization that she had stories of her own to tell would lead her to graduate college with majors in Creative Writing and English. Thanks to her husband’s unending support, she now works as a scribe to the intelligent women and wounded heroes who need their stories told.

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