Prolific bestselling author, Stormy Glenn, believes the only thing sexier than a man in cowboy boots is two or three men in cowboy boots. She also believes in love at first sight, soul mates, true love, and happy endings.
When she’s not being a mother to her six teenagers or cleaning up after her two 70 pound lap puppies, you can usually find her cuddled in bed with a book in her hand and a puppy in her lap. Or on her laptop, creating the next sexy man for her stories.
We recently interviewed this bestselling author about her most memorable stories, her sexiest heroes, and everything she loves about ManLove romance.
Q: Tell us about your writing routine.
A: Routine? There’s supposed to be a routine? Um…okay. Well, whatever routine I have involves lots and lots of caffeine, some frustrated hair pulling, and a love affair with spell-check. Basically, I just write when the story is there and stare at the screen when it’s not. There’s no magical formula. My mind is a combination of chaos, a wicked streak a mile long, and some really interesting voices that like to scream at me because they want their story written.
Q: What do you do to relax or get the creative juices flowing when you are struggling to meet your writing goals or deadlines?
A: My problem usually tends to be how to slow down the writing bug long enough to get a good night’s sleep or spend time with my family, not the other way around. I write to relax. As much as people use reading to escape, I do the same with writing. I just have the ability to be able to create the world I fall into.
I’m constantly coming up with new story ideas. Sticking to one single story from beginning to end just doesn’t happen for me. Well, usually. There have been a couple of books that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go until they were done. But most of the time, I have several stories going on at any one time. I just work on whichever one gets my attention. If I’m stuck, I just move on to the next one, and the next, until a WIP catches me, then I go to work.
Q: What qualities do you think are important for the hero in a romance? Are there types of men you prefer to write about?
A: A hero must have a flaw. While I like to write about these übergorgeous, strong, honorable men, no one is perfect. Everyone has some sort of flaw. Even me…LOL. When my husband and I got married, I adored him. I still do. He’s my hero. But I looked him straight in the eyes and told him that while I thought he was wonderful, there were a few things I was going to fix. Why lie to the poor man? It’s taken me 25+ years, but he’s real close to being perfect.
Q: If you could be any of your characters, who would it be and why?
A: Um…well, to be truthful, I think I am part of all of my characters so it’s hard to pick just one character I would be.
Q: Which character do you like writing more: the protagonist or the villain? Why?
A: I never know exactly what I am going to write until I actually write it. Oftentimes, for me, I find out what happens when I type it, just like a readers does when he/she reads it. I even surprise myself and have those “Wow, really?” moments. But I definitely like writing about the hero.
Everyone should have a hero in their lives. I have hundreds…LOL. I love to write about heroes because of my husband. He stands by my side and watches me fight my own battles until I can’t, and then he steps in and fights them for me. He never lets me fall. That’s what a hero is. He’s happy if I’m happy…and I’m pretty damn happy.
So, the question would be… “Why would I write about a bad guy when I can write about a good guy?”
Q: Out of all the lines you’ve written (so far!), which is your favorite?
A: One of my favorite quotes was when someone was shocked that a character was gay…and his response. “Oh please, you need to be more politically correct when insulting someone. Don’t you ever read the papers? We’re progressive. We prefer the term pussy challenged. Now, get with the program, boys. My lunch date is waiting.” – Thomas James, Hidden Desires [Tri-Omega Mates 3].
Q: Even in today’s world, men who are romantically involved with each other can face discrimination, violence, and bullying. What are some conflicts your heroes have faced, and how did they overcome these obstacles?
A: My heroes have faced everything from worlds ending to their mates getting kidnapped to not knowing how to tap into their emotions where their mates are concerned. The list goes on and on. No matter how good life gets, there’s always some sort of conflict. Often, it is from outside sources and there isn’t a whole lot you can do about that except try and live your life your way, and to the best of your ability.
I’ve learned a lot in my years, and not to make myself sound old, but that’s been a little while. And I’ve learned one really important thing. The best revenge you can get is to live your life to the fullest. Let go of the hate, the anger, and the disappointment that others can’t accept the choices you make in life, and live your life the way you want it. That’s what I try to convey in my heroes as they face the world. They have to live their lives their way.
Q: What is the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
A: My twenty-year-old son, Alexander, passed away this last year. Knowing that I would have to live the rest of my life without him was the scariest thing I have ever experienced. It still is, but each day gets a little easier.
Q: What person, record, and book would you take with you to a desert island?
A: I would definitely take my husband. After that, it would be my children. I’d have to take Lynn Hagen with me just because the woman makes me laugh until my sides hurt. I couldn’t choose just one book. There’s just no way.
Q: Why do you write Erotic Paranormal, Werewolf, Futuristic, Contemporary, Gay, Ménage a Trois Romances?
A: I write pretty much anything and everything. Take Secret Desires [Tri-Omega Mates 1] for example. It’s an Erotic Paranormal, Werewolf, M/M/M, Ménage a Trois Romance. I didn’t know that’s what it would be when I started it. I just wondered what would happen if you took a cute neurotic guy from the city and put him in ranch country with two sexy guys…and what if they were werewolves? Oh wait, what if he was one too, but he had to have two mates? Oh, and… you get the idea. It just kind of happened. I don’t even think I knew that they were going to be werewolves until the third chapter, and then I had to go back do a bunch of rewriting to catch up. That seems to happen a lot when I’m writing.
Q: What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing or are there constant interruptions?
A: Um…I have six teenagers…private time is not an option. They are pretty good about not bothering me on Saturdays though. That’s my big writing day. Other than that, they come and go all of the time. I also tend to do a lot of writing at night after they’ve gone to bed. Of course, by then my husband is home and he’s bothering me but what can you do? At least he’s cute!
Q: What are the elements of a great romance for you?
A: I see romance stories in two parts. There is the “story” part, and then there is the “romance part”. The story part is the creepy stalker dude, the outside interference, etc. Then there is the romance. A great romance starts with a meeting, a look, a scent on the wind. Then you get into the “get to know you” stage. This is where the characters are falling in love. There’s a climax or high in the romance, then things slowly, but sometimes quickly, begin to calm down. Hopefully, somewhere after that, there is a happy ending.