Posted on April 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Today we’re interviewing Isadora Montrose, who writes steamy paranormal romance about shifters of all stripes.
Her books transport you to exotic locales and give you a little break from the commonplace. Her alpha male heroes are swept off their feet by strong-minded, feisty, curvy women. There’s a mini-vacation in every story.
Join her as dragons, bears, phoenixes and others romp through her feel-good romantic comedies in quest of their fated mates. Passion, adventure, humor and sizzling action await you.
SADYE: Tell us something about your writing process that’s unusual or that you haven’t revealed before.
ISADORA: I am definitely a seat-of-your-pantser. Once I start writing, the characters take on a life of their own and gallop off with the story, leaving the outline sobbing in the dust.
I’ve given up reining them in. I let them have their heads and have their fun. Then, I go back and cull what I call plot malfunctions.
An example: Martha the she-bear was attacked. To save herself, she bit the villain’s arm off.
I stare at the page going, “And now what? How could you do that, Martha? This is a romance!” Because dude is bleeding out. Bears have incredibly strong jaws. That ulnar artery is toast.
There is blood everywhere. Dude totally needs a tourniquet. I haven’t written that. But I know it. I can see it. The reader must not.
And what’s in her mouth?
“Whatever you do, don’t swallow, Martha!” She spits instead. Not better. I shriek. She sulks. Now we’re not even talking.
There is no way forward. I can’t fix this. I will have to change genres. And my name. Then I remember the delete button.
In Martha’s defense, I think he was brandishing a knife. But since I deleted the entire episode, and scrubbed the gory image from my inner eye, I can’t say for sure. You’re very welcome.
SADYE: Which of your characters would you most and least like to become romantically involved with?
ISADORA: I fall in love with my heroes — each and every one.
I have a soft spot for widowed Dragon Lord Lars Lindorm (Dragon’s Possession), who is super-hot and sexy and also kind, sensitive and romantic. Oh, and he kicks butt.
Lars has suffered and emerged stronger and more lovable. This is a man you could live with for a lifetime. And lucky Nikki gets to do just that!
My least favorite leading man is Hugo Sarkany (Dragon’s Treasure).
I deliberately created a pompous alpha playboy boss and gave my heroine Leah the task of turning him into someone she could love.
But arrogant billionaires aren’t my favorite heroes, even when the heroine is a steel magnolia who makes him work for her love, and he is a good guy at heart.
Too high maintenance for me!
SADYE: What has been the most touching or memorable piece of reader feedback you’ve received?
ISADORA: I write military paranormal romance, and I often make a wounded warrior my hero.
My books are lighthearted, a break from stress and the everyday. Things never get too grim or graphic, but I make sure that readers understand the sacrifices servicemen make.
So when I had a reader who was a military wife tell me that I had perfectly captured the world of veterans, and what returning soldiers and their families face, I was deeply moved and gratified.
SADYE: What message or theme would you like readers to take away from your work?
ISADORA: Underneath all the fantasy of ultra-rich alpha males and transcendent love, I offer a consistent, hopeful message.
Work matters. Family matters. Tolerance makes for a better world. And giving your heart is its own reward.
SADYE: What advice, as relates to your writing career, would you give your younger self?
ISADORA: I am torn between telling my younger self that you can do it — just get a move on, Isadora, and get that book out there — and warning her on no account to do so.
I published my first book in 2015 and went full time in 2016. For better or worse, writing has taken over my life and I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I had to stop!
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