BORN TO LOVE WILD
A Paranormal Romance Short Story Anthology
Stars and Stone Books
Featuring: USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Douglass, Cara McKinnon, Sheri Queen, Pepper McGraw, M.T. DeSantis, Read Gallo, J. Bigelow, and Andie Biagini.
~Anthology website The Born to Love Wild authors all came together to answer some questions about their stories for the anthology. Here, they discuss things that help them get into a story—whether that is a song, ritual, spark of an idea, or something else.
Andie Biagini – “Water Temperature”
An engineering student and a cryptozoologist. One of them can talk to sea monsters, but it’s not who you think.
I think “send M.T. half of a story and hope she’ll tell me what happens next” counts as a ritual at this point, yeah?
J. Bigelow – “Focal Point”
Sometimes a wizard from Sweden needs help from a medium from Michigan.
I always go to my favorite bookstore which has a café in it. I usually get the same drink which tells my brain that it’s time to write.
M.T. DeSantis - “Forever Love”
To find a chance… A chance to find…
The idea for Forever Love just kind of hit me. I was at a complete loss about what to write for this anthology. Paranormal isn’t something that comes easy, so I was really testing my limits. I don’t know where it came from or how it got to me, but one day, the image of a fae dance was just in my head. I wrote the story in a few days after that initial image.
Traci Douglass – “Blood Strong: A Blood Ravagers Novella”
One guardian demon in love. One witch with a secret crush. One evil threatening their newfound connection.
I don’t really have anything. As long as I’ve got my laptop, coffee, tunes, and an Internet connection, I’m good to go.
Read Gallo – “The Flying Saltines”
When a river falls in love with an ordinary person will New York City survive?
Nope. No rituals. I write anytime, anywhere.
Pepper McGraw – “Full Moon Shenanigans”
The full moon’s coming and it’s time to embrace the wildness within.
As this is the third story in the Shenanigans series, it was fairly easy to get started. I just indulged in my main ritual when writing a series – I re-read the previous two stories to refresh my knowledge of the characters I would be writing about and to kind of get myself into their mindset. This has been a writing ritual of mine from the very beginning. If I get stuck in a story, I go back and re-read. If I’m starting a new story in a series, I read the one right before it. Starting a book completely from scratch—now that’s the real challenge!
Cara McKinnon - “A Change of Heart”
She’s a hybrid shifter who’s not supposed to exist. He’s a wolf who was born to protect her. But her secrets force him to choose: his mate, or his pack loyalty?
Even though the initial ideas for this story came together easily, it was still a pain in the butt to write. I definitely needed my Sunny app (it plays recordings of ocean waves and rain) to drown out distractions and help me focus.
Sheri Queen - “The Robinson Agency”
Some are born with the gift to see into the future. Others create their own destiny.
I was inspired by the tongue-twister of my great-great aunts’ names that gave me grief as a child. It was something that used to make me laugh when messing up saying their names really fast. That’s what made me create the sisters with an air of comedy to them.
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