Literaturschock: Could you tell your German fans something about yourself? (family, hobbies and so on)

Glenna McReynolds: My family and I live in Colorado, one of the Rocky Mountain states, and we do love to ski and hike and camp. I'm married to a school librarian, and we have two children. My husband is a great source for research books. He's always finding great books in his library and bringing them home.

Literaturschock: What was the one event in your life that told you "I'm going to be a writer?"

Glenna McReynolds: I became a writer after my father drowned. The sudden tragedy of his death caused me inconsolable grief and forced me to re-evaluate my life. At the time, I was an accounting major at the university, but I realized if there was something I wanted to do, I had better do it now and not wait until I had my whole life neatly organized and planned and secure. So I started thinking about what would be the single most incredible thing I could do? Writing novels was my answer. I could think of nothing more important or fulfilling, nothing "cooler" than being a writer.

Literaturschock: What is a question you are never asked that you wish people would ask you?

Glenna McReynolds: What question do I wish people would ask? How about "How does it feel to see your book become a movie?" Of course, nobody has made a movie out of the books! But I sure wish someone would!

Literaturschock: What did you feel when your first book was published?

Glenna McReynolds: Getting your first book published is absolutely incredible. My feet didn't touch the ground for weeks after I had made my first sale. It was marvelous, intoxicating (and no, I didn't make a lot of money on that first book). One of my favorite quotes is "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." Tennyson. Accomplishing a long sought after goal is a marvelous experience. And actually, there is a good question nobody ever asks that I wish they would - "What's your favorite quote?"

Literaturschock: Which of your novels do you like most?

Glenna McReynolds: Which of my books do I like the best? THE CHALICE AND THE BLADE will always hold a special place in my heart, because of the way I wrote it - with no boundaries, no expectations. I simply plunged in, having no idea where the novel might take me, or who I would meet. It is my purest artistic expression.

Literaturschock: My favorite Character is Dain Lavrans, and I also like Llynya (I think she's a little Lady Mayhem, isn't she?). Do you have a favourite character, too?

Glenna McReynolds: I truly love all my characters. They fascinate me, but I have to second your choices. Dain was so darkly erotic and complex, and Llynya so purely natural, so comfortable in her own skin, so sure of her formidable skills, both survival skills and fighting skills. They both transcended the purely "mortal coil." As far as putting myself in the books, I am mostly Ferrar in PRINCE OF TIME, and Madron in the whole trilogy. My newest book RIVER OF EDEN, has my friends calling and saying, "That's you! You're Annie Parrish!" and they're right.

Literaturschock: Your novels are a mixture of fantasy and romance. Do you plan to write about something else?

Glenna McReynolds: RIVER OF EDEN is a contemporay adventure/romance set in the Amazon River. My German publishing house hasn't bought it yet, but write them and ask for it! I'm also at work on a book titled CRAZY HOT - a fast-paced romantic suspense with a GREAT love story in it. Some day I will return to medieval/fantasy/romance, because of the rich complexity of the possibilities in creating those stories. I LOVE getting in over my head, even though its an exhausting and obsessive way to write. My current books are a bit "lighter" and I'm having a lot of fun writing them.

Literaturschock: What kind of fantasy novels do women authors write?

Glenna McReynolds: One of my favorite "fantasy" novels by a woman writer is THE MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I highly recommend it to everyone!

Literaturschock: Do you have the story or characters in mind when you start?

Glenna McReynolds: Characters are the key that opens the door into a story. I meet someone in my mind, and what I discover about them becomes the story that I write.

Literaturschock: What do you think is the most difficult thing about writing? And the easiest?

Glenna McReynolds: The most difficult thing about writing is getting the book done! Starting books is easy. Finishing books takes a tremendous amount of fortitude. The nicest thing about writing is the bringing of all your creative energy and force into focus, to be fully engaged in a story, living it. It's wonderful.

Literaturschock: How much of your own experiences do you share with your characters? Do you have something in common with your characters?

Glenna McReynolds: Probably the most noticeable trait I share with my characters is tenacity. We fight for what we want. We hold on and don't let go. In real life, I appear to be a rather small, rather blondish, mild-mannered mother of two - but inside, I'm the warrior queen, brandishing her sword and annihilating injustice.

Literaturschock: Were you allowed to design the covers and titles by yourself?

Glenna McReynolds: The art departments of all the major publishers choose the covers of the books. I get different covers from every country. I think the German covers of the books are beautiful. The French put a lot of very naked, very exposed men on the cover of THE CHALICE AND THE BLADE, a very interesting choice.

Literaturschock: Have your novels also been published in other countries besides the US and Germany?

Glenna McReynolds:On titles, about half the time, the title on the book is the one I've chosen, about half the time, the title is chosen by the publisher. In all, I've been published in about 13 languages. The medieval trilogy has been published in Germany, France, and Scandinavia.

Literaturschock: Are you in close contact with other authors or your fans?

Glenna McReynolds: I have met a lot of wonderful readers (like you!) since the publication of THE CHALICE AND THE BLADE, many of whom I stay in contact with, year after year, discussing not only my books, but history and swords and magic, religion and Wales. It's all very heartening and inspiring.

I also know a number of other writers. As in any profession, we tend to clump together.

Literaturschock: How long did it take you to write your first book?

Glenna McReynolds: It took 7 years (!!) for me to write my first book, a short romance novel called CAT'S JADE, which was never published. My second book, SCOUT'S HONOR, took 7 months to write and was published. Each of the books in the CHALICE trilogy, took 2 years to write. So I spent 6 years in Wroneu Wood and Merioneth with the Quicken-tree!

Literaturschock: What were your experiences in finding a publisher?

Glenna McReynolds: Finding a publisher was fairly easy. I had written SCOUT'S HONOR specifically with Bantam Books Loveswept romance line in mind (I loved their books), and they were the first ones I approached, and they bought it.

Literaturschock: Do you have a favorite writer or book?

Glenna McReynolds: My favorite books are listed on my web-page at, but some of the standouts are LORD OF THE RINGS by Tolkien, A GAME OF THRONES by George RR Martin, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee, BLACK SILK, by Judith Ivory (aka Judy Cuevas), SHERWOOD by Parke Godwin, NEUROMANCER by William Gibson, MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley, OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, THE FAR PAVILLIONS by M.M. Kaye. FLOWERS FROM THE STORM and FOR MY LADY'S HEART by Laura Kinsale. THE RAKE AND REFORMER by Mary Jo Putney. WINDFLOWER by Tom and Sharon Curtis. THE NAME OF THE ROSE by Umberto Eco.

Literaturschock: Thank you so much, Glenna! I really appreciate your taking the time to let me interview you.

Glenna McReynolds: Thanks Susanne! My best to you - write if you have more questions - take care, Glenna McReynolds

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