Whether Gracie C. McKeever is writing erotica, paranormal, or both mixed together, you’re guaranteed a great read. With wild, sensual plots, she brings out the best in her characters while keeping them real, making her one of my favorite erotica romance writers.
Ms. McKeever was born at Harlem Hospital in New York City. As she grew up, she preferred reading, watching television, and playing with paper dolls to going outside. However, she was a bit of a tomboy who liked foot races, tag, hide and seek, and climbing fences. Being outside wasn’t all bad.
Ms. McKeever is passionate about writing, reading, sports, and movies. One of her “guilty pleasures,” which she turns to whenever she needs a laugh, is watching classic Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy concerts (Live on the Sunset Strip for Pryor and Delirious for Murphy).
Three recurring dreams play through her sleep. In one, she’s searching for change on a crowded bus, only to discover she has no clothes on. In another, she willingly jumps off a tall building because she knows she’s dreaming and won’t die—although the flight down is still pretty terrifying. And, in the third, she’s being chased through an unfamiliar neighborhood by a stranger who’s trying to kill her. (I’ve had that particular dream a few times, too.)
When she writes love scenes, she listens to R&B (Boyz to Men, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Jodeci, etc.). But for all other scenes, she likes instrumental jazz because the absence of lyrics doesn’t goad her into trying to sing, which makes her lose her concentration.
On Writing in Ms. McKeever’s Own Words
What or who inspires you to write?
There isn’t any one thing or person I can point to that inspires me to write—except an innate desire to tell stories. If pushed, I’d say all those years of watching television and movies and wanting to duplicate the emotions and experiences that television and movies evoked from me made me want to write.
Why did you begin writing?
I’ve always written, since I was a child. I love making up stories and bringing characters to life. It’s just always been something I’ve wanted to do.
Which author inspires you?
Living: Stephen King and J.R. Ward. Dead: Octavia E. Butler.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Reader and/or fan feedback. There’s nothing more rewarding than hearing from someone who relates to and/or likes my work.
Have you experienced writer’s block? And if so, how did you cure it?
I wouldn’t call it writer’s block, per se, but more a lull, which usually comes after a frenzy of production. I call it my filling-the-well-back-up period. Usually, the only way to “cure” this lull is to write out of it. It doesn’t have to make sense or be anything fancy, but I just need to write.
When is your next book due, and what’s it about?
Emilia’s Emancipation: The Matchmaker 4 is due from Siren Publishing sometime in March of 2008. It’s the fourth story in my The Matchmaker series, and it involves a betrayed and celibate single mother who has to deal with the development of her son’s special “gifts,” while nurturing a new relationship with a part-time dance instructor who happens to be her son’s new teacher.
Please check out my review of Terms of Surrender, and then hop over to Gracie C. McKeever’s Web site (AuthorsDen.com/GracieCMcKeever) to see what other goodies she has to offer in books.