This month's featured author is the super talented and oh-so-lovely, Grace McGinty. Whether you're in the mood for omegaverse, contemporary, paranormal, MC romance, fantasy and more, Grace has you covered. Be sure to check out her latest release, Pay-Per-Heart. I'm reading it right now and it's fantastic!
Let's get into the interview.
1. Tell us about yourself.
Hi, I’m Grace McGinty. Former librarian, current smut writing aficionado. I live in rural New South Wales, Australia with far too many books and pets to be considered healthy.
2. How did you get into writing romance? Was it something you always wanted to do?
I always wanted to write, ever since I was 5 and wrote a story about a ghost that lived in a cave. The romance part came later, after my grandmother and her friends introduced me to Harlequin Mills and Boons books when I was 11. They'd sneak me shopping bags full and I’d devour them in a week. That was when I fell in love with romance, and it was almost inevitable that it became my genre of choice after that.
3. Tell us about your latest release!
My latest release is a contemporary rom-com why choose novel called Pay-Per-Heart. It’s about Blake, a small town girl who comes to the big city for the opportunity to pursue her dream career. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a scam and she’s left homeless with a rapidly dwindling bank account. Out of options, she applies for a random job on a message board, and through a serious of unfortunate events, somehow lands it. She gets room, board, and three sexy housemates that do porn.
Hilarity and sexy times ensue.
4. You've dabbled in a few different subgenres of romance—from paranormal, to omegaverse, to contemporary. Do you have a favourite? How do you choose what you're working on next?
I have commitment issues, and this definitely bleeds over to my writing choices; I can’t pick a subgenre! I really enjoy the research portion of writing contemporary, because let’s face it, there’s worse things to research than bull riding or OnlyFans or watching hours of ice hockey. However, I also like the freedom of writing paranormal and the fact that the only restriction on the story is your imagination. There’s no reality or rules you have to follow.
As for picking, usually I’ll have a plan for the year and I try and balance it between the sub genres so readers who enjoy one in particular don’t have to wait too long. That being said, the muse is fickle and sometimes the plan goes right out the window. Pay-Per-Heart was not on my radar to write at all. But then I thought of the concept in the shower and HAD to write it.
You have to chase the story that chases you sometimes!
5. What are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading On Thin Ice by Calliope Stewart. It’s a little bit omegaverse, a little bit ice hockey. I’m only 25% in but so far so good!
Pay-Per-Heart: OUT NOW
I moved out to LA to participate in a Graphic Design scholarship that turned out to be fake. That was just my luck. But there was no way I could return home. Not to the already disappointed faces of my parents, who have never believed that ‘fiddling around on your computer’ was an actual career.
Not back to my friends who thought I was insane for breaking up with my long-term boyfriend to move out here in the first place.
Not back to Georgia, full stop.
So when I saw an advert in the creative pages for a graphic design and video editing job with three social media influencers–room and board included–it seemed too good to be true. It had to be a skeezy porn director trawling for new 'models', right? But I was desperate and I was willing to try anything.
Turns out, I was half right.
They were social media influencers alright, but for ClickHeart, a subscription service where… well… they got naked. A lot. Sure, sometimes Everett cooked (naked) and Harrison did pottery (naked) but Darwin literally just stroked his ginormous– Well, you get the point. After their previous video editor uploaded their stuff to The Hub without their permission, the guys had decided it was necessary to have their own live-in designer. But they wanted a guy. Not a girl who was deceptively named Blake.
It might have been an accident that they invited me to their place for an interview, but they were the stepping stone I needed to stay in LA and finally achieve my dreams. I just had to get real cool with a lot of things real fast. Should be fine, right?