Interview and Contest: Jambrea Jo Jones

Jen is away on vacation in Vegas (woot!).  She asked her reviewers to come up with a couple posts for while she is gone and Ivelisse stepped up to the plate by interviewing one of her favorite authors, Jambrea Jo Jones.  Enjoy their conversation…

Ive:  Can you share with us a short bio?

Jambrea:  For you…anything.

My name is Jambrea Jo Jones. Yes, that is the name my mother placed on my birth certificate at birth. I grew up mostly in Indiana, when my parents divorced I moved between Indiana and Virginia. I tried college for a bit, but it didn’t fit me. I’m pretty shy and went there with someone from home and she left before the first semester was finished. I toughed it out, but only managed that one year. After that I moved to California for a year and then I was back in Indiana. I decided it was time to do something different and joined the Air Force. Spend a couple years serving my country and then—you guessed it, back to Indiana.

I have a wonderful son who makes me laugh and I get to write.

I started out reviewing for Joyfully Reviewed and then said—I can do this. I’ve always wanted to write in one form or another and LOVE to read. So here I am! Writing and fulfilling a dream.

Ive: Tell us a little bit about your books and how you got into writing m/m as well as m/f.

Jambrea:  I write a little bit of everything, I think that is because I also read just about anything. I started out writing m/f because that is what I knew. I was first introduced to m/m when I won an Ally Blue book and enjoyed it, a lot. Then I read a T.A. Chase story and after that fell in love with m/m stories. It only took two brilliant authors to snag me. Lol I really didn’t think I would write m/m to tell you the truth. I mean—I’m a straight woman, what do I know? Well, that changed with I had a couple characters that happened to be gay. It was a sweet short story, as in—no sex. I didn’t know if I was ready to tackle that. Then I was in the process of writing a story and one of the characters was gay. I kept trying to write him in a girlfriend and it didn’t work. I gave him a boyfriend and the story flowed for me. So I guess it takes two times for me to get started. Lol So I would have to do my first erotic gay story. I love two really strong characters and I think you get that from me –straight or gay.

Ive: I love your bad guys, where do you think you get the inspiration to write them so menacing?

Jambrea:  I have no idea. Lol I think it is because I’m basically a nice person, or like to think I am and sometimes I need a stress relief and can get that writing nasty bad guys. I shouldn’t admit it, but I have the most fun writing them. The darker the better, I don’t like to pull punches.

Ive: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Jambrea:  I usually go with the flow. I think the only story I plotted was Magnus, my military story and that was because it had to be a certain word count and to make sure I got there I needed to have points to go by.

Ive: What are your biggest motivations to write? What keeps you going?

Jambrea:  I love it and the voices in my head won’t stop talking. Wait—that sounds bad, don’t send the guys with the white coats. Lol Actually I don’t have voices to tell you the truth. I do what I call a brain dump. I have a basic idea for a story and just open a document and start writing. Sometimes when I go back over it I’m like—I wrote that? I will say it makes it nice when I do edits because it is almost like a new story for me. lol

Ive: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why? 

Jambrea:  I think the only genre I will stay away from is Historical and Inspirational. Well, I can’t say that about Inspirational totally, I was challenged to write one in my group, International Heat and did a short couple thousand word story, but I think that is as far as I’d go. I’m a spiritual person, but most of the time that is personal so I stay away from it. As for Historical, there are too many facts to get wrong and a LOT of research.  I LOVE romantic suspense and I think a lot of my work has some elements of that. I will always write romance. I love to have my characters fall in love. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are big for me too. Love to write them as well as military stories. Anything with action.

Ive: How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories? Have you ever written yourself into a story? 

Jambrea:  Hmmm…I think all of my stories might have a little bit of me in them. The biggest two are Wishing Star, some of the things about the characters lives were pulled from mine and Rayne’s Wild Ride, I set it in my hometown. Not a lot of me in there, but a lot of where I live.

Ive: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?

Jambrea:  I don’t know if I could list them all—there are SO many!
TA Chase – if TA writes it, I’ll read it.
Carol Lynne – Love EVERYTHING by her, but her Cattle Valley series is my favorite
JL Langley
Amber Kell – reading her Protecting Francis right now
Damon Suede – he only has one out right now, but it ROCKS
Ally Blue – Her ghost hunter books rock
James Buchanan
SJ Frost – ROCKERS, she writes them so well.
Jayne Rylon
Jan Irving – one of my all time favorite books is from her. The Janitor.
Okay…I could go for days! lol

Ive: What do you do in your free time?

Jambrea:  Free time? Lol I like to read and watch movies. Do things with my son…and write… lol

Ive: What’s next for you?

Jambrea:  Origins – book 4 in my Seeds of Dawn series and m/f shifter book is out in a couple weeks and Rayne’s Wild Ride is out Oct. 31st. Both from Total e Bound.

Ive:  Where can you be found on the web?

I’m also in a few different yahoo groups.

Ive: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Jambrea:   Hmmm…what is your favorite story and why? What draws you to certain characters?

Many thanks to Ive and Jambrea for the interview. Readers, we have a contest for you. Please use the rafflecopter form to enter the contest.  If it’s not working, please leave a comment with your email address.  And for an extra entry, you can follow Jambrea on Twitter.  The contest will end on October 2.