Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fight or Flight? Face your Fears with Guest Blogger: Donna Grant

Today the Book Boost is thrilled to present Guest Blogger DONNA GRANT!

Win a copy of Dangerous Highlander!

Now, let's see what Donna has to share about FEARS...


We all have something we fear whether it’s a monster we saw in a movie or something we face every day like…oh, I don’t know…spiders. (yes, I’m deathly afraid of the little buggers. It’s all those legs. :shudder:).

Having those fears is what makes us humans. When creating characters, authors want readers to connect to those characters, to laugh with them, to cry with them, to love with them, and even to fear with them.

So, I like to give my characters fears. Little Man (my 7 year old son) thinks I’m being mean by doing this, but I like to think of it as doing what comes naturally. :) After all, if I’ve got to deal with my fears daily, so do my characters.

In FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER the heroine, Larena, fears she will always be alone. After all, everyone she has ever loved has been taken from her.

They either died from natural causes, or were murdered. So, she keeps to herself, trusting no one, and getting close to no one so she can’t be hurt like that again.

That is until she meets Fallon MacLeod.

How each of us face our fears is what, ultimately, shapes us into the person we are. Some run from their fears. Others face them head on. Which type are you?

I’ll be giving away a signed copy of DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER to a commenter so talk to me. :)

A Note from the Book Boost: Donna, thanks for sharing your fears with us--both your own and your character's fears! I'm terrified of mimes! LOL Now, won't you please give us all the details on the delicious...Forbidden Highlander?


Fallon MacLeod has gifts any warrior would covet - fierce strength, unmatched skill, even immortality. But those gifts come at a price that puts everyone he loves at risk. Only when his brother, Quinn, is taken captive does Fallon leave the seclusion of his Highland home to seek the king's aid. And though every women at court would gladly be his for the asking, one alone causes desire to roar to life within him: beautiful, mysterious Larena Monroe.


Rumors swirl around the castle about "The McLeod" but Larena knows the truth. Like Fallon, Larena is searching for a way to vanquish the evil Druid who wants to wreak havoc on earth. Drawn to Fallon in spite of her fear, she surrenders to a passion that shocks them both with its raw intensity. But Larena dares not hope for more - not when she holds a secret that could turn her fiery Highland love against her forever…

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Tami Winbush said...

I have a GIANT fear of (I hate to even type it, and I'm even itching) roaches. My mom made me think that you were dirty if you had them. (my apartment landlords didn't like me when someone moved out beside me and I saw one of those critters. They had to come out and spray, normally twice because of my paranoia!)

thanks for sharing yourself and your book with us!!

Caridad Pineiro said...

I have a horrible fear of heights. Even something as low as 3 or 4 feet off the ground. That makes flying an awful experience.

Giada M. said...

I have fear of heights, too. But there's a beautiful Italian song that says the fear of falling is simply the desire to fly. :)

Thank you for the interesting post!

Giada M.

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Donna Grant said...

Tami - oh I hate roaches. Especially the huge wood roaches that fly!

Caridad - hey, sweetie! I had no idea you were afraid of heights. I bet that is scary.

Giada - lol Well, that's certainly one way to look at it. :)

Anita Clenney said...

When I was young, I worried a lot about weird things, like someone stealing my brother or the two of us being separated from our parents. I mean, really worried about this. I don't know why, because I had the most loving, wonderful parents. The bad thing is I never shared these fears with them, the very ones who could have helped me, because I loved them so much I didn't want to worry them. Weird!

I've overcome my fears now, somewhat. I still worry about my kids. Sometimes I lie in bed at night and think that I shouldn't have let my daughter ride her bike around the block alone with all the crazies out there, or that I shouldn't have let my son go here or there. All my fears are about losing someone. Well, I do have a thing about heights. They make me feel sick.

Thanks for the post. Dangerous Highlander sounds wonderful. I love his name. The hero in my debut Scottish Paranormal which comes out next year is Faelan, but I'd never heard of Fallon. Wonderful name. Love it!

Lexi said...

Great post! I'm thinking I should go add in fears for me characters now.

As for my own fears, I do sometimes face them head on, but others I run screaming in the opposite direction.

Linda Andrews said...

What an interesting post. I can see how your heroine's fear would cause lots of conflict. My fear is that I'll loose my mind--mental illness runs in the family. But then everyone tells me I'm crazy so maybe now I don't have anything left to fear. :O

Donna Grant said...

Anita - I think all parents worry about their kids, but I can certainly see how your fears as a child would carry over. :)

Lexi - I know I always run screaming from my fear. :D

Linda - lol. No, nothing left to fear. :)

Martha Lawson said...

Snakes is my fear!! Can't stand the things..

paulab said...

I'm afraid of heights, too, and flying. Strange thing is, I can't remember how or when these things started, certainly not as a child--I was invincible! I totally agree that giving characters this very human trait makes them more real. Thanks for a great post, Donna.

Karin said...

I don't like tight places so I tend to stay away from them. I guess that means that I prefer flight!

Donna Grant said...

Martha - oh, I don't care for snakes either!

Paula - thanks!

Karin - my hubby is clostrophobic, so I understand that fear.