Jen: Today we welcome Jocelyn Dex to Romancing the Book. Jocelyn, will you share a short bio with us?
Jocelyn: Jocelyn was born in Iowa and currently resides in Texas. She shares her home with her very own 6’4″ alpha male and varying numbers of spoiled cats and dogs. Teaching one of her dogs to file his own nails is one of her all-time favorite accomplishments. Jocelyn loves to paint, loves to read, and loves to write sizzling erotic romance about yummy demons that would make your momma blush.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Jocelyn: Araya’s Addiction, an erotic paranormal romance, is my debut short novel. It features “Sempires”, a female species of demon that requires semen to survive.
When Kean wakes up naked, collared and locked in a cell, he knows thinking with his dick has finally gotten him into trouble. Part Incubus, Kean enjoys scorching sexual liaisons, a habit that has found him trapped, forced to help a Sempire rescue her daughter from certain death.
Unwilling to aid in anyone’s imprisonment, Araya initially refuses her mother’s “gift”, but the passion simmering between her and Kean is undeniable. As they explore their shared lust, both Araya and Kean enact schemes to save each other. Their best laid plans may awaken emotions that will bind them forever.
The basic idea of Sempires came to me while visiting my mother one weekend. On the three hour drive home, I talked to myself – out loud – about it, the entire time.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Jocelyn: I typically write Monday through Friday. The time varies depending on my mood and what other things I have to do that day. I grab my laptop and get on the bed, turn on Supernatural for background noise, wait for my three dogs to pick their spots and cuddle up next to me and then I start typing.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Jocelyn: It probably depends on my mind-set at the time but I’d say the most challenging aspect of writing is creating a consistent, cohesive story. Making sure all the pieces fit together and make sense. The easiest definitely differs from day to day. Sometimes fun dialog pours out with no problem, sometimes sex scenes fly from my fingertips – but sometimes not. The most rewarding for me was having a book accepted for publication. It gave me warm fuzzies and made me feel validated – like I hadn’t wasted those months of writing the story.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Jocelyn: Some of my favorite paranormal romance authors are Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione, Laura Wright, Lora Leigh. One of my favorite fantasy writers is (was) Robert Jordan. His Wheel of Time series is pretty fantastic. In horror, I used to inhale Stephen King’s books but he made me mad so I’ve been snubbing him for a few years. I’m sure he’s totally crushed.
Right now, I’m reading Breaking the Nexus by Lindsay Avalon.
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Jocelyn: Because my characters are demons, I want their names to be a little different, something you don’t hear every day but pronounceable. I’ll scour the internet looking for names and change them a little here and there, switch letters around, etc. Araya’s name came to me pretty easily, but there are times it drives me bananas. I’m in the naming process for a new character right now and it’s one of those bananas times.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Jocelyn: Without picking the obvious choice of either the hero or heroine from Araya’s Addiction, I’ll go with a secondary character. Kiberry! He’s an animal-demon and a cutie who was inspired by my own animal family.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Jocelyn: I’m spiffing-up the second story in the world of Sempires. It features Valia, Araya’s sister. She is super fun to write and I’m really excited about it.