It is almost impossible to come up with a single
word to describe Constance Grant's stories (which is good, otherwise this would be a very
short review), but if I was forced to use one to word it would be imaginative. Her stories
include both CD/TV and magical transformations, and she is, at times, adventuresome,
playful, and loving, but there are also elements of vengence and a sense of justice that
seep through on occasion.
Connie simply can't be pidgeonholed into any particular
category simply because her stories encompass so many different themes and human emotions.
When I began my research for this column I picked three of her stories at random and read
them with an eye to spotting similarities in plot or dialogue, but after finishing the
stories it was apparent that Connie wasn't following any one path. Her stories tend to
center on relationships between characters that are down to earth and very believable, and
those relationships, rather than physical sex, are essence of her writings. In fact, the
only theme that seems to occur in more than one story is love -- not the star-crossed,
teen sex type, but a mature, deep and fully-developed love between two human beings, or
within a family. I do not know Connie well, except through her writings, but I suspect
that this deep love is a reflection of her feelings for her own family.
Aside from a great imagination, Connie is also a very
skilled and literate writer. She knows how to spin a yarn, and has that great sense of
tempo and timing that all good writers possess. Her stories move along quickly, without
filler or padding, and she knows how to build up to a good conclusion. Her prose is neat,
with very few grammatical or spelling errors, and her stories are quite polished.
My absolute favorite is "Pirate's Gold 01," which
as the number implies is the first in what will (hopefully) become a series.
"Pirate's Gold" is an action-adventure story as much as a TG story, with an
excellent plot, well-developed characters, and very good dialogue. It is quite long, but
well worth the time. Drug dealers, Navy Seals, park rangers, and the CIA combine to form
an exciting tale surrounding a boy and girl who become very best friends. Though Connie
has promised a sequel, "Pirate's Gold is a complete story, and is as well written as
any story at Storysite. I Can't wait for another episode.
Other stories I particularly enjoyed were
"Serendipity" and "Cotillion," which are companion pieces, and
"S2K Experience." All of these stories involve married couples. In
"Serendipity" the wife actually introduces her husband to cross dressing, and in
"Cotillion" he responds in a loving way with a surprise or two of his own. In
"S2K" Connie gives us a delightful short bodyswap story between a husband and
wife, in which a middle-aged couple are transformed into rejuvenated, idealized versions
of each other after looking for the 2,000th posting at Fictionmania. Their
"perfected" forms are the result of the way they see each other, looking through
the eyes of love.
Another story I enjoyed was "Halloween Football
Magic," but I can't say much about it without spoiling it. Go read it yourself and
see what I mean.
Connie has a darker side too, as expressed in tales such as
"Humiliation," "Roger's Plight," "Devil Of A Deal,"
"Sam Considered The Pistol," and "Mary Walsh's Own Story." These
stories deal with issues such as forced cross dressing, intentional infliction of pain,
revenge, and other, less pleasant aspect of human nature. The stories are both disturbing
and thought-provoking, but well worth reading.
There are a dozen stories by Constance Grant here at
Storysite, and all of them are worthwhile. Her works are entertaining, and sometimes
provocative and disturbing, but she should be on everyone's "must read" list.
Reviewer's Note: During the course of writing this review I
learned that Connie has been very ill of late, and has been hospitalized. I would like to
take this opportunity to wish her a full and speedy recovery, and to add my prayers to
those of her many friends and fans. I look forward to the time when she will be able to
resume writing and once again grace us with her presence. Best of luck Connie!
A leading author in our genre, Connie Grant, is my topic
for review, this Friday. TG fiction is old hat to Connie, and she has stretched her
feelers into a good number of categories. This is what makes her stories so much of a
treat to read. Some of the more famous authors find a niche and exploit it until the
uniqueness of their work has all but dried up i.e. every single universe storyline.
Connie's main plot lines revolve around Crossdressing,
however every now and then she branches off into the Magic field. Her stories cover the
scale of ratings from G to XXX, so there is something for everyone. Evidence of this is
told by her page counters, several of which are well over four thousand hits...I'm
Her style is very unique. Usually I might find an author
swings in the descriptive driven story or the dialog driven. Connie is neither. She
balances out her eye for detail with well thought out dialog...I'm still jealous. Her
characters are sympathetic, loving, hateful, strong, sad...do you get the feeling that she
is a good author? If so then I am not making myself very clear with this review. She is an
My favorites of hers are: "Mary Walsh's Own
Story", "Serendipity", and "Cotillion". However, my tastes are
getting a little tame in my twenties. This is not to say these stories are tame, just more
lighthearted and loving.
Evil Connie shows her dark side in "Devil of a
Deal". A note to the light hearted reader: this story is quite rough, but it goes to
show you that even the most loving of us has a bad day, or series of days.
All of us can take a lesson from the Constance Grant School
of Plot Development. Take your time and let your characters breathe. Thanks for a
wonderful read Connie.