Jennifer: I was introduced to romance at around the age of 12 by author Mary Stewart and her dark, mysterious hero, Raoul, in Nine Coaches Waiting. And what an introduction that was! My love affair with romance never waned – it just got hotter as the years progressed. I have a Degree in literature & media studies, and I’ve worked as a business writer and journalist for govt departments and companies both large and small. I’ve also worked in an optical store! These days I’m a mum of two teenagers and stepmum of two young adults. I work by day in admin and at night write erotic romance novellas from my home in Melbourne, Australia. My first two erotic romances – SEDUCING SERENA in SECRETS VOLUME 28, and PANDORA’S GIFT – were published by Red Sage. I also have an upcoming sensual romance from Breathless Press, called EDUCATING ETHAN (tentative release date Feb 24th).
Jennifer: PLATINUM PASSION, a menage M/M/F contemporary paranormal romance, is available for $1.99USD from Amazon, Smashwords and All Romance ebooks. It is my first foray into the world of indie-publishing – a huge learning curve, but oh, so exciting! PLATINUM is the first in a series of stand-alone novellas with a common theme straight out of Greek mythology. The erotes are Olympian gods of love and desire, children of Aphrodite and aspects of Eros, and this series focuses on their interaction in the contemporary world with people who are seeking more passion in their lives. PLATINUM PASSION features Pothos, god of sexual yearning.
Here’s the blurb:
Three people. One erotic fantasy. And a twentieth wedding anniversary like no other.
Jeannie yearns for the return of passion in her marriage. Jake wants new excitement in the form of another man, in a way that won’t upset the balance of his relationship with his wife. Pothos is one of the erotes and an aspect of Eros, the Olympian god of desire. On the last night of winter this couple’s distinctive yearning has called to him, and by the power of the erotes he intends to rekindle the flame of Jeannie and Jake’s passion in a night of desire that could be the ultimate platinum anniversary gift.
And when the gods of love decide your marriage needs a boost, they never do it by halves.
Jennifer: I feel as if I’ve always written, but it wasn’t until I was at university and someone dared me to write a Mills & Boon that I completed and submitted my first romance manuscript. It was rejected, of course, but I had some good feedback in relation to my writer’s voice, so I continued to write as a hobby for many years. I joined Romance Writers of Australia in the earliest days of this fabulous organization, and attended a conference or two. When I went through a difficult and painful divorce (what divorce isn’t, really?) I finally decided it was time to properly reach for my dreams. I rewrote an erotic romance called SEDUCING SERENA, submitted it to Red Sage, and couldn’t believe it when they actually bought it for their SECRETS VOLUME 28 anthology! My “call” was actually an email from my editor, received about midnight. Everyone I knew was asleep, so I had a quiet scream and dance around the house by myself! PANDORA’S GIFT followed, then ill health and moving house stalled the writing for a bit. There has been more ill health in 2011, but this time I decided to make the time work for me, and through a breast lump (benign), minor stomach surgery, a blood clot in my hand, and shoulder surgery to repair a torn tendon, I wrote PLATINUM PASSION, and also EDUCATING ETHAN, my upcoming sensual romance with Breathless Press. Wrote them with my left hand actually, while the right arm was mostly in a sling! So, 20 years on, I feel as if I’m finally becoming a real writer!
Jennifer: Coffee. Black, strong and sweet. And my beautiful ginger cat, Cleo. Actually, she belongs to my two daughters, but she does keep me company while writing, and drags me back to the real world when I’ve been living in my head too long and I suddenly hear, “Give me some goddamn food!” in her desperate meows.
Jennifer: These days, I’ve realised that I’m just not one hundred percent happy unless I’m writing. It is part of what makes me complete, as corny as that sounds. So I don’t need to be motivated to write. I love it too much. However, I do need to be motivated to find the time to make writing a priority. It is hard when you are a partner, mum, and working in a day job to justify time for yourself. But I’m working on building regular writing time into my daily life – even if it ends up being late at night. Hint: I joined the 500 Club at RWA, a group dedicated to writing just a little bit every day – if not 500 words, at least something – and I can safely say that helped me finish ETHAN and start PLATINUM.
Jennifer: I don’t think so, in terms of any particular object or person. But theme? I would say no matter how erotic the romance gets, for me the emotion of the relationship must always be key. This applies in all my writing, from the very steamy menage M/M/F erotic romance of PLATINUM PASSION, to the less steamy sensual M/F story of EDUCATING ETHAN. Emotional connection between the characters – one that transcends the physical – is definitely a recurring theme.
Jennifer: I don’t read a lot of horror. Or non fiction. So I probably wouldn’t try writing in either of those areas, mainly because I don’t think I’d do justice to a story like that. I love reading fantasy, paranormal, young adult, contemporary, suspense, historical… hmm, practically everything. I’d love to try writing historical erotic romance, but with the next two GODS OF LOVE novellas on the go, and an erotic fairy tale idea I’m developing, that may be a little way off yet.
Jennifer: I did a bit of research into Greek mythology, looking at the Olympian gods and goddesses and how some of their stories/characters/personalities could be adapted to a contemporary setting. I found the erotes, a group of gods who are purported to be the children of Aphrodite, goddess of love and sexuality. Eros, the god of desire, was either their father or their brother, depending on which version of the myth you read. The idea that resonated best with me as an erotic writer, was the one in which the erotes are aspects of the one primal god, Eros. I love the idea that eros (desire) is too big to be personified in one being. So my single story, PLATINUM PASSION, has now become a series – albeit each novella stand-alone, but with the erotes as a common theme. So who are the erotes? Pothos –god of sexual yearning, Himeros – god of sexual desire and Anteros – god of requited/unrequited love.
Jennifer: I think I become obsessed by my current story, and the characters at that time become so tangible in my head that, when I’m writing, they sometimes take me on a journey that isn’t quite what I envisioned for them. But they are so strong and real to me that I (mostly) let them have their way! Then when that story is finished, and a new one starts brewing away, the new characters become stronger and take over that space in my head.
Jennifer: That’s a hard one. Too many choices! Maybe David Duchovny as Jake (he has a mature yet sexually adventurous air that I love), and Charlize Theron as Jeannie (sexy and beautiful in a timeless way). For Pothos, I desperately want to say one of the gorgeous actors from my favorite TV series, True Blood, but how do you choose between the delectable actors who play Alcide, Eric or Bill? Ok, yep, I’ve chosen…Joe Manganiello for Pothos. Hope that casting will tempt you!
Jennifer: I have too many favorites to list them all here, but here’s a few: Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels series), Lisa Shearin (Raine Benares series), Moira Moore (Resenting the Hero series), Kelley Armstrong, Ian Rankin (Rebus series), Reginald Hill (Dalziel & Pascoe series), Karen Chance, Kalayna Price, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Charlaine Harris (Sookie, of course, and the Harper Connolly series), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty series)…my list could go on forever. I love reading! Right now, I’m reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini, and I’m about to try Lindsay Buroker’s The Emperor’s Edge.
Jennifer: After my first story came out in SECRETS VOLUME 28, I received an email from a reader who said she had read an interview with me and it had inspired her to try and fulfill her own dream of writing. Wow! That was very special, and something I will always cherish.
Jennifer: Right now I’m in the midst of writing APHRODITE CALLING (GODS OF LOVE #2). This one will be about Himeros, god of sexual desire. I’m also developing the idea for GODS OF LOVE #3, tentatively titled SEX CLUB SECRETS, about Anteros, the god of requited/unrequited love – he is proving a real handful of a character, let me tell you. I’m working on an erotic fairy tale idea as well. But my next release will be EDUCATING ETHAN, a sensual M/F romance that has a tentative release date of Feb 24th from publisher Breathless Press. Here’s a really short blurb for EDUCATING ETHAN: When the much younger Ethan moves in to Ida’s neighborhood, an innocent flirtation quickly becomes passionate. But who is educating who in this cougar encounter?
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Jennifer: What is most important to you in a romance? Is it the length of the story, the heat level, a closed or open bedroom door, the plot, the characterisation, the emotion? I find that even outside the romance genre, I’m still looking for a touch of romance in the story. I know what draws me to romance (the possibility of a HEA, being pulled right in when the chemistry is just plain sizzling) but what draws RTB readers to the romance genre? When does a romance book really work for you – and conversely, when doesn’t it work?
- The prize is a digital giveaway of one of Jennifer’s titles – either PLATINUM PASSION, or if menage M/M/F isn’t quite your thing, then PANDORA’S GIFT, which is also a paranormal contemporary romance, but a straight M/F love story.
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