An interview with Canadian romance author,
This month I had the pleasure of chatting with Canadian romance
author, Chris Grover. Chris has special reason to celebrate this
Christmas with her paranormal holiday anthology, Enchanted Holidays,
newly released by HardShell Word Factory.
You have an intriguing recipe for relaxation. Please tell our readers
what it is.
really quite simple. Find a book that has equal parts of mystery,
suspense and intrigue, add a little romance and an exotic European
location, then pick up the cat, find a comfortable chair and put
your feet up...
quite the world traveler. How did you end up in Canada?
husband and I were both born in England, and when he finished his
stint with the RAF (British Royal Air Force), job opportunities
in England at that time were very limited, so we decided to try
life in Canada.
have your travels and English and Canadian background inspired your
can sometimes suggest story ideas. For example, numerous trips to
Paris, France gave me the idea for Without a Clue which
revolves around an antiquarian diary that disappeared just before
WWII and resurfaced some years later. And my English background
plus a love of Las Vegas was the inspiration for my latest release
Seeing is Believing .
have two Persian cats and mention a cat in your recipe for relaxation.
As a cat lover, do you ever feature cats in your stories? If so,
which ones? Please tell us about them.
Enchanted Hearts, a paranormal romance anthology just released
by Hard Shell Word Factory, the heroine rescues a tiny black kitten
from being frozen to death. Except Spiky is not quite the kitty
he first appears to be... And in Seeing is Believing we
meet Mr. Chivers, a ginger tomcat. Mr. C's former owners gave him
to the neighbors when Liz Moretti bought their house, but Mr. C
has other ideas about where he wants to live.
are your most recent releases? Please tell us about WHERE’S
most recent release is Seeing is Believing in which Liz
Moretti, an American-Italian woman from Las Vegas who is living
and working in Britain, is arrested for murdering her business partner.
This is the first book in a series involving Liz and her friends.
Earlier this year, I had a short paranormal romance included in
Flights of Mind, an anthology of sci fi and fantasy tales
released by Mundania Press. In Where's Michelle, which
was my first published book, the heroine takes her young daughter
to Britain to meet her late husband's family--family she had no
idea existed until after her husband died. She's really looking
forward to meeting them--until her daughter suddenly disappears,
she discovers the British police think she's involved in blackmailing
a British politician, and the address and phone number given to
her by her father-in-law don't exist.
see you’re part of a holiday romance anthology. Did you enjoy
working with an anthology group? Were there any particular challenges
working with a large group on an anthology?
Holidays, the paranormal romance anthology just relesed by
Hard Shell, is the combined effort of six authors. For me it has
been a wonderful experience that I hope to repeat with Enchanted
Holidays Vol.2. The fact that we all like to write romance
stories that contain elements of mystery, suspense and the paranormal
has made working together very enjoyable and produced a fantastic
book that we can all be justifiably proud of.
see the anthology, Enchanted Holidays, is a seasonal and
paranormal anthology. Please tell us the story behind this intriguing
don't really know how it got started except that one of the contributing
authors who is a long time online writer friend asked if I'd like
to take part by writing one of the stories, and the rest, as they
say, is history.
did you begin to write? Have you always written mystery and suspense
started writing category type romance in 1984, then gradually expanded
to include elements of mystery and suspense.
you always been a devoted fan of mystery and suspense? Why?
always loved reading mystery and suspense, probably because I love
see you do a lot of research, especially into police procedures
in foreign lands. Please tell us how you go about it.
me, research is a very important aspect of writing. In fact, nothing
will make me lose interest in a book quicker than one where it's
clear the author hasn't bothered to check his/her facts and assumes
the reader won't notice. Research does take time, but I’ve
found that it's much easier to go direct to the source rather than
ask around in the hope that someone will know. When I started Seeing
is Believing, I contacted Scotland Yard who put me in touch
with a CID detective with 30 years experience who was able to arrange
for me to be shown around the prisoner facilities at High Wycombe
and chat with the custody sergeant (not an easy thing to do in the
UK). I probably drove the poor man crazy with all my questions,
but at least I know I have all the technicalities right.
tell us about some of your works in progress.
most writers, I probably have more ideas than I'll ever find the
time to turn into short stories never mind full length novels. But
currently, I'm working on my next contribution for Enchanted
Holidays No.2--this time it's a Christmas story set in Quebec's
Laurentian Mountains. I've also started the next Liz Moretti mystery--Seeing
Can be Deceiving. One of the main characters in this book has
just been released from jail after serving a 20-year sentence. I've
only made a couple of very brief visits to London in the past 20
years, so I went back in June and spent 3 days trying to put myself
in my character's shoes and see the changes through his eyes. It
was an amazing experience that I won't soon forget. I'm also working
on a short erotica for a ghost series due out sometime next summer.
tell us about your publishers and how to log onto their websites.
3 full length books have all been published by Amber Quill Press
AQP has been in business just over 2 years now and is a great company
to write for. Mundania Press www.mundania.com
who published Flights of Mind is another great company
and quite new. Hard Shell Word Factory, the publisher of Enchanted
Holidays, is one of the original e-publishers and has been
in existence for quite a long time.
is it like to live near Niagara Falls, Canada? What is it like during
the Christmas holidays where you live?
CHRIS: Living near the Falls means we have to make like
tour guides on occasion. The Falls is also the nearest border crossing
for us to go over into the US.
For some people, I imagine Christmas in Canada conjures up visions
of snow and ice and skiing etc. etc. and in many parts of this great
country that's exactly how it is. However, where I live, across
the border from Buffalo in a bend of Lake Ontario, our winters are
often quite mild and a "green" Christmas is not unusual.
do you normally celebrate the winter holidays?
as a rule. We have friends who come over on Christmas Eve and sometimes
we spend part of Christmas Day with them, but as long as dh and
I are together with our kitties, Texas and Toby, that's all we really
there anything you’d like to tell your readers?
hope they all have the best Christmas ever. I also hope they buy
a copy of Enchanted Holidays for each of of their closest
family and friends.
is your website url?
--unfortunately, it desperately needs updating.
Kim Cox, Elizabeth Delisi, Chris Grover, Elaine Hopper
Maureen McMahon, Sheryl Hames Torres
Hard Shell Word Factory- 2004
ISBN: 0-7599-4716-3 - e-Book
by Faith Smith, MyShelf.Com
Holidays is a wonderful collection of holiday stories. The
six authors are all different but blend romance suspense and paranormal
together for a mini-marathon of reading delight.
Kim Cox's "Haunted Hearts," Lana Malloy's first adventure
into the private eye business is to solve the twenty-year-old murder
of her aunt. The kicker is that her Aunt Lucy still resides in spirit
form in Lana's home. Her aunt wants to find the real killer and
set the record straight; she did not kill her fiancé. Time
is running out, and the murder must be solved before midnight on
Valentine's Day or Lucy will miss her chance to move to the next
Medium" author Elizabeth Delisi's heroine, Lottie Baldwin,
moves to North Dakota and finds the earthly and handsome sheriff
Harkin Erikson, who singes her blood. She wonders why her psychic
abilities didn't warn her about the law-enforcement officer. When
a series of robberies take place and her home and life are threatened,
she turns to the seductive Harkin. They combine forces to find the
burglar, combat both their vindictive ex's, and hopefully discover
Gordon takes possession of "Valentine's Inn" and finds
Josh Byford, a rescuer of bedraggled kitties. He tries to convince
her not to sell her inheritance, and his claim that she could run
it herself keeps running through her mind. Could she make a go of
the inn? After further consideration, she takes his advice and meets
with an investor. The investor spins a strange tale: his father
Josh Byford died in the fire that gutted the inn years before. Author
Chris Grover combines ghosts, real estate ploys, and love in this
Elaine Hopper's "Curse of Osiris,"Alexis Hart must rely
on a childhood love to save her from a demon-god. Prophecy decries
that she will become the bride of Seth and she will be sacrificed
so he can rule the world. It takes one dominating American male,
Zane Ryan, to convince her that his love is true and that she belongs
to him for all eternity. He proves this by battling a half-demon,
half-human monster and hopes the battle for Alexis's heart will
not be a battle to the death.
of Auld Lang Syne"author Maureen McMahon takes us to a spooky
mansion where journalist Stacy Christian joins forces with her friend
Holly to find out who is haunting her new home. Together, they discover
that a jilted ancestor needs to be released to rejoin her lost love.
To make matters more explosive, someone is taking pot shots at the
housewarming guests. When Peter Mansfield, Stacy's former lover,
turns up, the peril she finds herself in is the danger of losing
her heart, as well as her life.
Hames Torres paints a poignant picture of a heroine, Gemma McKinsey
Fuller, who hates Christmas. The holiday had never brought her anything
but grief and betrayal. A tragic accident during the yuletide seasons
took the lives of her husband and child. It also left her without
her hearing and with the ability to hear pain in others. When a
little girl speaks to her mind, she gives both the child and her
father refuge, only to discover that the man who threw her over
for another love is the little girl's father.
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