Indigo’s 21 with Jodi Olson 6/28/13

I have Miss Jodi Olson with us today! Jodi’s been a good friend of mine for a few years now, and she’s a fellow erotica writer as well!  Her books run the gambit from contemporary to BDSM, always giving the reader a spicy read that’s sure to please. Let’s get to know her a little better!  OH! And I forgot to mention, she’s also giving away a copy of FROM A DISTANCE to one lucky commenter. Check it out, and have a glass of ice water handy!

BLURB:
Bad boy Grayson Jameson was coming home after eighteen years, to a town that still hadn’t forgiven him. It was his brother’s funeral, but Grayson had other motives. The woman, the town librarian he couldn’t get out of his mind. How would Gillian Masterson react to his return? Could star-crossed lovers finally come together? Or would they be consigned to love only…From A Distance?

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EXCERPT:
“Honey, you know what will happen if I stay, and it sure in hell doesn’t involve either one of us sleeping.”
“I know, just… Let me have this one night with you. I know you’re leaving the day after tomorrow, but I need this.”
Clothes littered the floor on the way to the bedroom. Grayson leisurely made love to Gillian’s mouth at first. Her mouth was warm and sweet, she tasted good. She moaned against his lips when Grayson’s hands dropped to her bare shoulders.
Grayson took one of her hands in his, wrapped her small fingers around his hard cock, holding her hand there with light pressure. “Honey, I’m not going to last much longer if you keep doing that.”
Gillian’s fingertips stroked up, down and around his cock and he shuddered, feeling pleasure all along his spine.
With one hand on her waist, he gathered her close with his other arm and pressed against her soft hip. He kissed her gently while running his hands from her waist to her breasts and down again.
She whimpered as his kiss deepened.
His hand slid across her belly, stroking her velvety soft skin. With each movement, he trailed lower until his fingers were stroking the soft curls between her legs.
“I need you, Grayson,” she whispered.
He eased one finger into her moist folds. “Open your legs, honey.”
She did as he asked, and he slipped his hand further between her thighs, finding her slick and responsive to his touch. It was as if they’d been together for months. Deeper he probed, inserting one finger into her pussy, then withdrawing and returning with two fingers.
Gillian’s breathing grew heavy as her hips moved against his hand. Grayson smiled as he bent his head and took her breast in his mouth. As he did, he stroked her clit with his thumb. Her hips lifted off the bed. “Grayson!”
“You’re so responsive and wet for me, honey.” Grayson whispered against her breast.
He didn’t know how much longer he could keep control, her hip touching his was potent, and he found himself moving against her in response. He shifted his weight until he was lying between her spread legs, the head of his shaft poised at her entrance. Grayson entered her slowly, retreating and advancing a little at a time. Over and over again, he repeated the motion. Suddenly, she arched her back, gripping the sheets with her fingers, her legs wrapping around his waist. They moved in unison; their moans filling the air.
Gillian’s body began to convulse around him, her tight sheath gripping him, milking him again and again as she shook and shuddered. Waves of passion rolled down his spine when he released his seed inside her quivering pussy.
Grayson slowly moved off of her and collapsed onto the pillow next to Gillian. Pulling her close to his side, his thoughts drifted to why he was still in town…and it was all because of her. Now he wished they had more time together because she was making it harder for him to leave.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your books.
My name is Jodi Olson, I write erotic romance books. I have been writing for the last 6 or 7 years, have 30 books out. Several books are now in audio and more to come. I’m a big time reader when I am not on the computer writing.

2. What genre(s) do you write?
I write several, Contemporary, historical westerns, Menage, BDSM, Gay.

3. What was it like to see your first book published?
It was beyond words. Playing House was my first book and to see it become an ebook was thrilling. When it was put in an anthology of several of my books a few years later had me over the moon. When I started writing it was just messing around, didn’t think I would ever send them in for publication. When I got accepted I was thrilled. Playing House wasn’t the first book written, it was number 4 I think. Since then all my books have been published, even the ones before Playing House.

4. How dear to your heart is writing? Do you think you’ll continue to write for the rest of your life?
It is very dear to my heart. I will continue to write as long as my health allows me too.

5. Do you ever lock up?  Have those moments where you just stare at your screen and think, “Yeah…I got nothing”?
Lots of times, I have sat for hours staring at the screen. I have already been away from writing now two weeks, because of having to pack for a move I don’t want to make. When I am able to get back to having time for writing it will be tough but I hope to not just stare at the screen.

6. How difficult is it for you to come up with ideas for your books?
I have lots of stories ideas written down right now that will keep me busy for a while. Sometimes the plotting takes a while or changes, but most times it’s not too difficult.

7. What about characters? Are the names and personalities difficult to develop?
My Hero in a book is easier to write then the Heroine’s.  When I start the book, I must know their names, I write them down along with a few flaws they may have, but once I start writing they take over on the personality part.

8. Do you ever find yourself struggling as a writer?
Not really.

9. About how long does it take for you to complete a book, from concept to completion?
I am a slow, slow writer. Lol It takes me 3 months to 6 months. Depends on how long the book ends up being. If I ever wrote a long book I think it would take me a year. But I prefer short books.

10. Do you have a ritual before, during and after finishing a book? 
Not really. After a book is finished I may take a few days off before starting another but that is about it.

11. Do you have a special time or place to write?
I have an office, the times vary, but I write mostly in the daytime and some in the evening if I don’t have my shows to watch. I don’t like writing real late or I’d never get sleep.

12. Any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
Not that I can think of right now.

13. How do you find the time to balance your writing and family life?
Right now my husband is divorcing me so the writing is on hold pretty much.

14. How much down-time do you take between books? Or do you just jump right into the next?
I usually take a few days off, sometimes I have taken a week off. I have also had to take a month off before because of my hands and Dr’s orders. So it just depends on certain things going on at the time.

15. Do you have any interesting hobbies that you enjoy?
Only hobby I really have is reading, watching my shows on the TV during winter months.

16. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
I am not a traveler at all, but I wouldn’t mind going to see some Aussie cowboys. lol

17. What’s next on your agenda?  Any new books in the works?
I have several. I’m working on Volume two of a western series of 4 books. I also am working on a BDSM long series of Male submissives. Also have another series in the works historical western about three brothers. I have also several other books started like a western ménage.

18. What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Don’t ever give up. Write as often as you can and don’t ever rush. Take the time to edit it or have others read it and help with edits. So many books I read have had poor editing done on them and it’s a turn off. Also write what you love, not what is hot right at the time. I would also say writers must read whenever they have free time because it will make you a better writer. This is a tough business and the readers may not like what you write, you need to let it roll off the shoulders and move on to the next one. Also if a publisher rejects your book move on to the next one. It’s hard but someone will love it and grab it.

19. What authors inspire you?
Maya Banks, Beth Williamson, Linda Leal Miller, Lora Leigh, Lori Foster, Cheyenne McCray and many others.

20. What’s something unique about you that not many people might know?
No idea. lol

 21. Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?
Most of this I think I covered in question 18.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here today, Jodi!  Now, inquiring minds need to know…where can your readers stalk you?

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Yahoo Group

NOW, for the fun part! Leave a meaningful comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of FROM A DISTANCE!  One person will be randomly chosen on 7/1/13! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂  ~Indigo

Indigo’s 21 with Cynthia Sax 6/17/13

Please welcome Cynthia Sax to the Asylum today!! Cynthia writes short stories that are so steamy, you’ll need an ice bath after reading!  Her book HE WATCHES ME releases July 2nd, but don’t fret, my pretty little inmates…because it’s available for PRE-ORDER now! Let’s show her some love while getting to know her a little better, shall we?

BIO: Cynthia Sax lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.
Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.

Cynthia Sax.He Watches Me

1.    Tell us a little about yourself and your books.
I’m Cynthia Sax. I write VERY sexy short stories and novellas. My most recent release is The Seen Trilogy (He Watches Me, He Touches Me, He Claims Me), a hot contemporary erotic romance serial featuring Anna, an unlikely exhibitionist, and Blaine, her enigmatic billionaire neighbor.

2.    What genre(s) do you write?
I write contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances for Avon Impulse, Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press, and Loose Id.

3.    What was it like to see your first book published?
It felt VERY surreal. That was MY name on the cover! The excitement hasn’t dimmed either. Every time I receive a new cover, I lose a day of writing because I spend that day staring at it.

4.    How dear to your heart is writing? Do you think you’ll continue to write for the rest of your life?
I have always written and I will always write. Having stories published is a choice. Writing isn’t. It is a part of me like my heart or my soul. Selling my stories allows me to spend more time writing.

5.    Do you ever lock up?  Have those moments where you just stare at your screen and think, “Yeah…I got nothing”?
I always have ideas but sometimes I don’t know where or how to start these ideas. I tend to start writing and then a couple of days into the story (5,000 words or so), I’ll scrap that writing and start in the right spot.

6.    How difficult is it for you to come up with ideas for your books?
I have a list of my top 100 story ideas and ideas are added or dropped from this list every week, sometimes every day. Some writers worry about other people stealing their ideas. I’m grateful when this happens. I can’t write all of the ideas I have.

7.    What about characters? Are the names and personalities difficult to develop?
My characters often know their own names. Many times, they won’t tell me what their names are though. I’ll flip through a baby book, asking them “Is this your name?” Yes (grins), it is very frustrating. They have their own personalities too. They’re like real people that way.

8.    Do you ever find yourself struggling as a writer?
Every dang day. This is a challenging career which is why I love it. Every story is different. Every character is different. Every character finds his or her happy ever after in a different way.

9.    About how long does it take for you to complete a book, from concept to completion?
Every book is different. I usually write 3,000 words a day during first draft. When is a book complete? When it is available for sale? That’s a year or longer time frame. He Watches Me took five years because I didn’t have the writing skills during first draft to tell the story I wanted to tell. I set He Watches Me aside while I learned those skills.

10.    Do you have a ritual before, during and after finishing a book?
I usually take a day off after submitting a story. I spend that day doing promo or other writing-related business. I don’t add any fresh writing.

11.    Do you have a special time or place to write?
My core writing hours are office hours (9 am to 5 pm) seven days a week but I tend to write longer than that. I’m a very slow writer. I average about 500 words an hour. As for special places to write, my desk faces a blank wall. This eliminates distractions for me.

12.    Any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
LOL I love how you sneaked this question in between all of the more serious ones. I’m a pantser (someone who writes by the seat of her pants, with no plot), so I never know how a story will end before I finish writing it.

13.    Well, I have to keep you on your toes, ya know 😉  Ok next question…How do you find the time to balance your writing and family life?
I’m a workaholic. The hubby is a workaholic. We don’t have kids and we don’t need much sleep.

14.    How much down-time do you take between books? Or do you just jump right into the next?
I usually take a day off, purge the brain, and then start again. Writing keeps me sane. I like to write every day.

15.    Do you have any interesting hobbies that you enjoy?
(blinks) What writer has the time or need for hobbies?

16.    If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
The hubby and I travel quite a bit. It is our drug of choice. I love Istanbul, Bali, Chicago, Paris, and a zillion other places. I’d love to return to these places.

17.    What’s next on your agenda?  Any new books in the works?
Warlord Reunited and Warlord’s Mercy, books 3 and 4 in the Warlord SciFi series at Ellora’s Cave, should be releasing soon (no date yet). I’ve written the follow up story to The Seen Trilogy. Their Missing Lynx, the fourth and last story in the Big Cat Mates series at Changeling, is releasing in August.

18.    What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Don’t write for the money. There are a zillion easier ways to make money. Write because you can’t NOT write. A writer told me early in my career “If you can do anything else, do it.” That’s the best advice I’ve ever received. Once I accepted I couldn’t do anything else, quitting was no longer an option.

19.    What authors inspire you?
Loretta Chase’s Lord Of Scoundrels is my benchmark book for telling a tight story. Whenever I think my stories can’t get any tighter, I read that book and I know I have work to do. Kelley Armstrong is my benchmark for treating readers right. She loves her readers to bits and it shows. I want my reading buddies to feel the love also.

20.    What’s something unique about you that not many people might know?
Both Anna, the exhibitionist heroine of He Watches Me, and I enjoy skinny dipping. She swims naked in a backyard swimming pool belonging to her billionaire neighbor. I swim naked in secluded lakes. There’s nothing like the feeling of water flowing over bare skin.

21.    Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?
Writers write. It isn’t what we do. It is what we are. Write every day, even if it is 100 uninspired words handwritten on the back of a paper napkin. Yes, take workshops, get critiqued, ask for help with scenes, and constantly learn, constantly improve. But no matter what happens, write.

Well, now.  Skinny dipping…I’ll keep my dirty thoughts to myself!  lol Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here today, Cynthia, and don’t forget to pre-order HE WATCHES ME everyone!  Now, inquiring minds need to know…where can your readers stalk you?

Website
Facebook Page
Twitter
Blog

 

 

Indigo’s 21 with Marcos London 6/14/13

I’m beyond pleased to have Marcos on my blog today.  He’s been a good friend of mine for a few years now, and I was blown away the first time I read his work.  His writing is deep, powerful, sultry, sexy, ethereal…*takes a deep breath* He’s amazing. Just trust me on this.  Not just his writing, but his personality as well.  He’s intelligent too…and you know what they say about intelligence.  It’s HOT! Meet Marcos, and add him to your reading list.  You won’t regret it!

BIO: Marcos London was born in Massachusetts but has lived most of his life in the Lone Star State.  A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English, he has worked as a projectionist, a bookseller, a technical writer, a substitute teacher, an internal auditor, trainer, and editor.  Although a creative dabbler who has been telling stories since he learned to clutch a crayon, it was not until 2011 that he began selling fiction.
He lives in Central Texas.

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1. Tell us a little about yourself and your books. 
Well, I’m a writer, and have been practically since I could clutch a crayon in my chubby hand when I was a toddler.  I’ve held a variety of jobs, including projectionist at a movie theater, an internal auditor, and editor.  But really, a writer is all I’ve ever wanted to be.  As for my books, well, they’re relationship stories.

2. What genre(s) do you write?
Under another name I write science fiction, book and movie reviews, and also write a monthly column.  If I’m known at all, though, it seems to be for my contemporary erotic romance.  I basically tell people I write romantic comedies.  With explicit sex.

3. What was it like to see your first book published?
Actually, this is a reprint from 2011, though even as a reprint, it’s a pretty breathless experience.  It never gets old, seeing the cover art, learning that the editors really enjoyed your tale, and suddenly discovering readers who also enjoy it.

4. How dear to your heart is writing? Do you think you’ll continue to write for the rest of your life?
I don’t know that I have a choice but to write until I drop dead.  I’ve been writing practically all my life, it seems, and I don’t think I could shut it off even if I tried.

5. Do you ever lock up?  Have those moments where you just stare at your screen and think, “Yeah…I got nothing”?
I was “locked up” for about twenty years, unable to write a single word.  There were a lot of factors: depression and anxiety was one.  A fear of success was another.  A relationship that did not allow me a creative outlet was another.  It took a long time for me to actually finish things and allow me some confidence in my own work.
I used to believe in writer’s block.  I used to believe that the creative well from which all writers drink can run dry, and that a writer can suddenly not be able to create without quenching his or her thirst.  But it’s silly.  Writing is a job of work.  Some days are good, and you’ll write hot the whole time.  Some days it’s drudgery, and you have to force yourself to sit at your laptop and produce.  Since I’ve written and published, I basically have never had “nothing,” but occasionally I’ll have a bad day and produce work that I find substandard.  All I need in those cases is to take a break and come back with fresh eyes the next day.

6. How difficult is it for you to come up with ideas for your books?
The common myth is that ideas are the hardest thing to come by.  It’s why so many writers are approached by non-writers with what the non-writer believes is an irresistible deal: I have this great idea for a story or book; I’ll give it to you, you write it, and we’ll split whatever you make off of it.  What the writer doesn’t understand is that ideas are easy; that idea he just had is the only idea he or she will ever have, and consequently believe that writers—who engage in more creative daydreaming in a given hour than the non-writer will manage in ten years—operate the same way.  The problem is that writers can fill idea notebooks within a couple of days, and simply don’t have enough time in one lifetime to address them all.
So to answer your question: it’s not at all difficult for me to come up with ideas for my work.  Where I get hung up is figuring out which idea I want to work on next.

7. What about characters? Are the names and personalities difficult to develop?
Not really.  After a while you begin to learn what names will work for a character and what names will not.  Usually I’ll begin looking at phone books and choose names at random.  And personalities are fairly easy to address as well, since elements of my characters spring from people I know or hear about.  That’s not to say that they are people I know, but I may take the daring of one person, and the fierce intelligence of another, when developing a single person.

8. Do you ever find yourself struggling as a writer?
Sometimes.  I began selling fiction a couple of years ago, and the biggest challenge seems to be maintaining a certain level of discipline in order to work.

9. About how long does it take for you to complete a book, from concept to completion?
That can depend.  It took about two weeks to finish “Academia Heat,” but about three months to complete “Fresh Meat.”  It’s all a bit different.  I had one idea for a story that sprang almost fully formed, but took almost a year to write because of research.

10. Do you have a ritual before, during and after finishing a book?
Not really.  I’m simply not a person who falls into rituals or develops superstitions.  Actually, I tend to go out of my way to break behavior that could lead to superstition.  Probably the most I’ll do is let the lovely G know I’ve finished it.  That’s about as ritualistic as I get.

11. Do you have a special time or place to write?
I have an office in our 1929 bungalow, but I tend to write wherever I can.  One of the benefits of writing today is that you can bring a laptop or tablet practically anywhere and work.  Location and time become less important.

12. Any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
I wouldn’t call this the funniest, but I will tell you about one of the oddest.  First, background: I began writing erotic romance a couple of years ago, and set up my accounts, what have you, to promote my work.  Most of the literary friends I have knew about this creative endeavor, and wished me well, knowing that I was writing under an assumed name.  I always felt it was an open secret.  I never thought that I’d develop a readership that would suddenly e-mail me and say that somebody was using my identity.  Or that I’d work on one thing under one name, and have another pen name bleed into that work.  It has created an odd kind of schizophrenia.

13. How do you find the time to balance your writing and family life?
It’s not easy.  The balance means clear communication.  I schedule everything I do and try to keep to that schedule.

14. How much down-time do you take between books? Or do you just jump right into the next?
That can depend.  For most of my fiction, it may not seem like I jump into the next book because I begin doing research or brainstorming through a newly formed idea.  Those periods often look like down time, but in reality I’m fleshing out plot, creating characters, learning what my characters know, discovering the world they inhabit.

15. Do you have any interesting hobbies that you enjoy?
Most of the usual things.  Movies.  A little television.  Reading way too much.  Art galleries.  I love travel, and need to do more of it.  Photography.  Conversation.  And so on.

16. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
I’ve never been to Japan, and would love to see it at some point.  I’d also love to go Eastern Europe, specifically Moscow, and would enjoy a tour of Europe.

17. What’s next on your agenda?  Any new books in the works?
There always seem to be new books in the works.  Some days I feel like the well will run dry at some point, and then three or four new ideas will leap at me.  Mostly the challenge is finding the time to write them.

18. What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Honestly, don’t quit your dayjob.  The odds are against you doing this full time—remember there are only four hundred professional writers in the United States.  However, if you want to write, then do so.  And keep at it.  Perseverance will get you much farther than talent.

19. What authors inspire you?
Far too many to list, really, and I wouldn’t want to offer names because I’m afraid I’d leave somebody out.

20. What’s something unique about you that not many people might know?
I never learned to hold a pen or pencil properly.

21. Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?
If I were to offer any of my own experience, it would be simply this: keep every option open. Publishing has changed drastically in the last five years.  When I began writing erotic romance, I never thought of e-publishing as a viable mode; today I know many who do it primarily.  When I began writing, I had a good deal of reluctance at self-publishing your work; the barriers to that seem to have fallen.  And I feel like promotion is necessary; I don’t think I’d sell anything at all if I didn’t learn some basic marketing techniques, from blogging to interviews.  Try as many avenues as you can.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here today!  Now, inquiring minds need to know…where can your readers stalk you?

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Facebook

Twitter

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Indigo’s 21 with Ryan O’Leary 6/12/13

Another treat for the ladies today! I’ve go Mr. Ryan O’Leary in the hot seat!  You’ve probably seen him around facebook, charming the ladies effortlessly.  He’s handsome, fun, flirty, a brilliant writer…the list could go on, but I’m sure you’d rather hear him talk, so without further delay…let’s get to know Ryan!

Bio: Rarely will you find Ryan O’Leary in a state of rest; if he’s not on the ice or kicking around a soccer ball, he’s plotting his next story or out on the town with friends. His fun and flirty nature makes it possible for him to write the kind of romance that makes the reader both smile and tingle.

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1. Tell us a little about yourself and your books.
I’m Ryan. I like to play sports and write steamy stories. My books are designed to get the readers pulse racing. May it be from the humour, the drama or the way I turn the heat up at every opportunity.

2. What genre(s) do you write?
I write erotica. I write those books that until the 50 Shades craze hit, were whispered about and hidden underneath the sink in the bathroom.

3. What was it like to see your first book published?
I self-publish my own stuff, so I didn’t get that sense of accomplishment from having one of my books bought by a publisher, but it felt pretty cool to see something available for purchase that had my name on the cover. It also felt good to know that despite my deficiencies when it comes to computers, I still managed to figure it out all on my own and follow through with it.

4. How dear to your heart is writing? Do you think you’ll continue to write for the rest of your life?
I like doing it, but to me it’s more of a hobby than a passion. Writing doesn’t pay my bills, but as long as I keep thinking of new stories to tell, I’ll probably keep writing.

5. Do you ever lock up?  Have those moments where you just stare at your screen and think, “Yeah…I got nothing”?
I’m prone to stares, but I don’t really suffer with writers block, with me, it’s more a lack of discipline, I’ll sit on the couch when I have something in my head I need to get down, so when I do write, I’m pretty proficient.

6. How difficult is it for you to come up with ideas for your books?
Difficult actually. I don’t find myself at the keyboard every day and I’m not the fastest writer, unless I actually have an idea. Usually an idea will just come to me and I’ll decide to get down to it. My stories all include sex of some sort and what’s more fun to write than that?

7. What about characters? Are the names and personalities difficult to develop?
I’m not sure if I’m different than most writers, but I don’t really think about developing the characters and their personalities. Maybe that makes my characters a little more one-dimensional or even predictable, but when I write, I’m more focused on telling the story than I am on developing a character. The reader will decide what the character is like, of course you can make them anyway that you want, but their morals and beliefs will determine what the character is like. Sure, there are clear heroes and villains, but the reader is going to decide what the characters motivations and feelings are. The reader is the one who decides what the story looks like in their head, which is why the book is almost always better than the movie.

8. Do you ever find yourself struggling as a writer?
Like I said earlier, it’s more of a hobby for me, so I don’t feel any pressure to write. If I’m struggling, I put it away for a while and come back to it later. First and foremost for me, writing is about enjoyment and if the time ever comes that it isn’t, I just won’t do it anymore.

9. About how long does it take for you to complete a book, from concept to completion?
So far, I’ve focused my attention on short stories, little yarns from 5-10 thousand words. I spent years writing full-length novels for my own enjoyment and they took anywhere from a few years to 8 months as I got better. I can bang-out the first draft of a short story in a day and have it ready for consumption in another day if I don’t have any distractions. I’m working on a full novel for J and Travis, the characters from my J’s Closet series. I started that a few months back and I’m about half-done it. Luckily, I’m co-writing with the incomparable Sable Hunter right now. She’s amazing and pushes a pretty fast pace when she writes, so I have a little trouble keeping up with her, but she’s just about the kindest, sweetest woman you’ll ever meet and she lets me work at my own pace.

10. Do you have a ritual before, during and after finishing a book?
I always have one thing that I get for each book I write. With the J and Travis novel I’m writing, I have a pink breast cancer bracelet I wear every time I work on it. For Thunderbird, the novel Sable and I are writing, I bought a black, button-up shirt with a neon blue dragon on it and I wear that whenever I’m working on Thunderbird. I know, the shirt is kinda weird, but I need something that symbolizes what I’m working on, something I can put on, or a bobble I can have by that connects me to the story. I have a bottle of Jack Daniels on my desk and I take a celebratory shot every time I hit publish on a new piece of work. We all need some kind of reward or ceremony to complete a job I think.

11. Do you have a special time or place to write?
I write when the mood strikes me, no set place, no set time.

12. Any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
Nah. I’m pretty boring.

13. How do you find the time to balance your writing and family life?
One thing anyone who knows me will tell you, is that my time, is my time and I do what I want with it. That’s just how I am and that’s how I’ll always be. I do what I want, when I want. Not everyone finds it endearing, but I stopped caring what people think years ago.

14. How much down-time do you take between books? Or do you just jump right into the next?
Like most writers, I’ve already started my next book in my head before the current one is done. When I have an idea that is. If I don’t have another idea percolating, then nothing gets done until one comes to me.

15. Do you have any interesting hobbies that you enjoy?
I’m just an average Joe. I play hockey in the winter and soccer in the summer. I was a jock growing up, there was no offseason for me as a kid; I’d go from hockey right into soccer or lacrosse and then back into hockey. That was my life from age 5 until 15, then it just stopped. I discovered girls at 15 and I got away from sports, but I found my way back a few years ago and I’m glad I did, it’s the one hobby that I hope I always have.

16. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
I’m not one for travel; I’ve never really been anywhere, but I think it’d be cool to walk on the Great Wall of China.

17. What’s next on your agenda?  Any new books in the works?
I’m actually working on 2 books right now. The main book is my first co-authouring venture with Sable Hunter. We’ve worked together in the past, but this is our first stab at splitting a book. Thunderbird is the first book in what will hopefully be a great series tentatively titled The Equalizers. Thunderbird is a love story of Kyle and Hannah. Kyle is the Thunderbird, a member of the powerful Chancellor family in Texas, he was a college football star, but passed up a chance to play in the NFL, instead choosing to go fight for his country. Hannah is a poor illegal immigrant that Kyle falls for when she volunteers on his campaign for the senate. It’s full of great twists and turns. You’ll cry along the way, get angry, and laugh, that is, when you aren’t aroused. The other book I’m working on (but not really working on to be honest, I hit a wall a while back and haven’t really gotten back to it), is the story of how Travis and J from my J’s Closet series met and wound-up together. A lot of people enjoyed the short stories for J and Travis and I knew I just had to tell the tale of how they got together in the first place. This one is going to be pretty heated. Everyone says how much they love the banter between J and Travis and with this book, I haven’t held back on the banter so far, so hopefully they will enjoy it. I have to confess something. I’m sure most people would assume that the actually, physically sex is my favourite part to write, but it’s actually the flirting and the back and forth I do between the male and female characters, that’s where I have the most fun.

18. What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Write. There is a lot of other stuff that comes along with trying to sell your work. Of course you have to tell people about your work, get your name out there in the sea of thousands of other writers who are vying for the public’s attention, but the most important thing you have to do is to write, because, you can’t sell anything, if you don’t have anything to sell. So write, get a little collection of work under your belt and then try to make money. I’m yet to meet anyone who has retired off the profits of one short story, so sit your ass down and create something, and when that is done, create something else. It’s not easy, but practice makes perfect.

19. What authors inspire you?
Successful ones.

20. What’s something unique about you that not many people might know?
Unique? Not sure, I’m painfully ordinary.

21. Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?
I’ve learned that I really know nothing about any of it, but I learn as I go and that’s what everyone should do. Thanks so much for having me on your blog Indigo. Now how about you let me buy you a drink…or 2?

Absolutely.  Make it three!  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here today!  Now, inquiring minds need to know…where can your readers stalk you?

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Indigo’s 21 with Haper Jewel 6/8/13

Harper Jewel joins me today! Haper is a fellow Horny Devil like myself, so I’m very excited to have her in the spotlight.  And now it’s time…let’s get to know Harper!

BIO: An avid reader of paranormal and erotic romances since my college days, I have always dreamed of becoming an author.  After accepting advice from a few friends, I sat and took the time to write my first short story and was thoroughly ecstatic when it was accepted, and I received my first contract from Horny Devil Publishing.
My reading interests include works by Kate Douglas, Shayla Black, Lauren Dane, Sylvia Day, Elizabeth Amber, J.R. Ward, and Christine Feehan, to name a few.
My TBR pile is quite large so when I’m not being a wife, mother, housekeeper, cook, launderer or chauffeur, you’ll find me either writing or reading!
A published author under the name Dee Licious, I have decided to change my pen name to Harper Jewel from here on out.  I’m thrilled to be a part of Horny Devil Publishing’s stable of talented authors.
Image1. Tell us a little about yourself and your books.
I’m a new author signed with Horny Devil Publishing.  I have always been an avid reader, and I was always making up stories or plays in my head as a child.  A few friends encouraged me to take the time to write a short story and submit it, and the rest was history as they say.  I’m currently writing two separate series.

2. What genre(s) do you write?
Inked Heat—Contemporary Erotic Ménage centered around two hunky tattoo artists introduced in each book.  A Seekers Story—is a Paranormal Erotic Series based on a very special triad (one woman, two men) of bird of prey shifters.

3. What was it like to see your first book published?
An absolute dream come true.  I was so lucky to have the talented Dee Allen do my cover work as well.  She truly brought my book to life.

4. How dear to your heart is writing? Do you think you’ll continue to write for the rest of your life?
I feel as if writing is in my blood.  I’ve always loved reading and writing.  My mom still has copies of stories I wrote as a child.  So, yes, I do hope to continue for as long as possible.

5. Do you ever lock up?  Have those moments where you just stare at your screen and think, “Yeah…I got nothing”?
Unfortunately, yes.  I find that there have been times where my characters stop giving me direction.  In cases like that, I simply stop and take a few days to regroup.

6. How difficult is it for you to come up with ideas for your books?
I’ve been pretty lucky so far.  Ideas seem to hit me at rather odd moments, though.  In fact, an idea for a new series came to me one day when sitting in my car in a major traffic jam.  Of course, I had no laptop, paper or pen with me so I kept repeating the idea in my head until I got home and ran for the laptop!

7. What about characters? Are the names and personalities difficult to develop?
I have an idea in my head as to what my characters need to look like.  Then I sit and google the description until I find a pic that when I see it makes me shout out.  That’s him/her!  Once I have the pic that I keep taped on the wall in my office, I find it quite easy to develop my characters personalities.

8. Do you ever find yourself struggling as a writer?
The thing I struggle with most right now is exposure and building a fan base.  I do work part-time and so don’t have the hours or the budget necessary to promote my work, but I’m hoping that will become easier with each release I have.  Finding people to review your work is also important.

9. About how long does it take for you to complete a book, from concept to completion?
That depends on what is happening in my life at the time.  Trent and Trey was by far the quickest one I’ve written to date.  Those characters were just talking a mile a minute to me and wouldn’t let me stop no matter how exhausted I felt.

10. Do you have a ritual before, during and after finishing a book?
My only real ritual I’ve followed since day one is finding a pic on the internet that personifies my characters.  Once I sit down and begin the writing process, I always have a snack (my After Eight mints) and drink, either hot or iced tea handy.

11. Do you have a special time or place to write?
Mornings and after dinner seem to be the best time for me as my family is occupied elsewhere and I have little to no interruptions during those hours.

12. Any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
I only recently “came out” to my family about my new career.  I was pleasantly surprised at the encouragement I received from them and love the fact that they are “pimping” my books to their friends.  As for quirks, the only one I can think of is I am double-jointed in both my thumbs.  I inherited the trait from my father.  I can bend my thumb back towards my wrist and have the fingernail just about touch it.  Most people think it looks totally gross looking.

13. How do you find the time to balance your writing and family life?
I’m still adjusting and fine-tuning that balance.  I don’t think I’m quite there yet, so I’ll have to get back to you on that.

14. How much down-time do you take between books? Or do you just jump right into the next?
If I have something outlined, I usually jump right into the next project.  So far I’ve been lucky enough to be able to do that, and I really hope it continues that way.

15. Do you have any interesting hobbies that you enjoy?
One hobby that helps me when writing my Seekers stories is I am a birder.  I have actually been on a Falcon Hunt with a Falcon Master that I met at a Renaissance Festival.  Of course, the Falcon Master treated his birds very kindly and not like Robert Farrow in Virgin Prey.  Other than that I read, read, and read some more.

16. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
I would really like to visit Australia.  The idea of going on a safari in the outback holds much appeal for me.  I’m a very animal-friendly type person.

17. What’s next on your agenda?  Any new books in the works?
I’m currently working on the next installment of my Seekers Series but have yet to come up with a workable title I’m happy with.  All I know is it will have “prey” in the title.

18. What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Stick to your guns and perservere.  If you put your mind to it, anything can happen.  My dream may have taken its sweet time in coming, but it did!

19. What authors inspire you?
Kate Douglas is my number one inspiration.  She persevered, and now she is a NY Times Bestselling Author.  Others that inspire me are Elizabeth Amber and Shayla Black.

20. What’s something unique about you that not many people might know?
Wow, that’s a tough one.  I’m pretty much an open book.  I’m easy to read, which can sometimes be a detriment.  I can’t hide it when I’m angry or sad.

21. Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?
Just don’t let go of the dream.  Hold onto it with all your worth.  I feel blessed to have been accepted as an author for HDP.  I don’t think I could self-publish.  The editing department at HDP has been fantastic to work with.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here today!  Now, inquiring minds need to know…where can your readers stalk you?

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Indigo’s 21 with Jess Hunter 6/5/13

Today I have my first guest of the MANLY variety!  I’m honored to have the super adorable, incredibly handsome Jess Hunter on my blog today.  You’ve maybe heard of his sister?  Sable Hunter? Well, I just adore the fun they have razzing each other, but like I said, today is ALL about Jess, so let’s dive in and get to know him a little better!

BIO: Jess Hunter is a New Orleans native who grew up in Austin, Texas. He attended the University of Texas with a major in Business and Communications. Jess loves to ride motorcycles, play video games and philosophize about the meaning of life. He is the brother and co-author of Sable Hunter and enjoys good food, beautiful women and sleeping-in on weekends. Jess will continue to write – not only romance, but horror, suspense and fantasy. Delve into the enigma that is Jess Hunter as he captures the purity and innocence of the hero dynamic and intertwines it with romance and love that will take your breath away.

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1. Thank you so much for joining us today! Tell us a little more about yourself and your books.
My name is Jess and I write. I am Sable Hunter’s brother and we are working to make it in this big, mean, literary world together. My books are thoughtful, masculine, multilayered, and (hopefully) improving as I go along.

2. What genre(s) do you write?
“For A Hero” is an erotic romance, as well will be its sequel. I have worked on several of Sable’s books with her. I have future forays planned for sci-fi, mystery, adventure, fantasy and horror.

3. What was it like to see your first book published?
Surreal. It still doesn’t feel quite real. I guess technology changes things. It’s all ethereal and intangible. It is cool to see something I created out there in the world, and it is marvelous to hear that it affects people, but I probably won’t be fully in that reality until I attend a convention later this year.

4. How dear to your heart is writing? Do you think you’ll continue to write for the rest of your life?
It is very dear. It is expression. It is release. It is a journey into one’s self. It is a form of meditation, of therapy, of anger management, of life-planning, of self-realization. It is one of the few, very pure forms of art left in the world. I will continue to write for the rest of my life. I believe that no person can be fully at peace in joyful progress without constantly massaging the mind through reading and writing.

5. Do you ever lock up? Have those moments where you just stare at your screen and think, “Yeah…I got nothing”?
I did, once. However, time compartmentalization, Bose noise-canceling headphones, and the Brainwave app playing the “creativity” binaural frequency cleared me right up.

6. How difficult is it for you to come up with ideas for your books?
Not very difficult. The ideas were there in me before the plan to write them down. I now have more ideas than I have time in which to write them.

7. What about characters? Are the names and personalities difficult to develop?
The primary characters, of whom the story tells, are easy to develop, because the story is their progress. However, the nature of story-telling necessitates secondary and even tertiary characters as cogs, and those need to be incorporated smoothly. That can be challenging.

8. Do you ever find yourself struggling as a writer?
I struggle to adapt to the new lifestyle. I struggle, as any newbie does, to grow and become a better writer. I struggle to convince myself that I can hang with authors like Sable and her wonderful community. I struggle to do a lot of things, but simply being a writer, is not one of them. It suits me, I believe.

9. About how long does it take for you to complete a book, from concept to completion?
It took me 3 months to complete “For A Hero.” I hope that its successor will come more quickly than that.

10. Do you have a ritual before, during and after finishing a book?
Time compartmentalization, again, is one of my best friends. Writing can be a very mentally-exhausting activity, so I like to give myself an hour to write two thousand words or so, and then I will work out, or watch a movie, or eat, and then repeat. It’s not a ritual, in the traditional sense, but I do plan my writing ritualistically.

11. Do you have a special time or place to write?
I like to write in bed.

12. Crap, I should have added ‘what do you wear when you write’, but anyway, any funny experiences or quirks you’d like to share with your readers?
Interacting with Sable is a quirky experience. I’m considering starting a blog just about my time with her. Just the other day, she said, “I am the most humble person you know. Everyone should be more like me.” You can’t make stuff like that up.

13. How do you find the time to balance your writing and family life?
I don’t really have a family beside Sable. I am a bachelor. I guess I have to balance writing with my job, working out, dating, and playing video games, but I manage.

14. How much down-time do you take between books? Or do you just jump right into the next?
I’d like to take a vacation, but Sable only gave me a precious few weeks before she began to hound me about seeing outlines for the next one.

15. Do you have any interesting hobbies that you enjoy?
I work out twice a day, if my schedule permits. I sing recreationally. I play video games. I read. I philosophize. I just started learning Krav Maga this week. I’ll soon be able to kick everyone’s ass. I have been spending a lot of time recently getting ready for the “Man Of Steel” premiere on June 14. That will be one of the biggest events of the year for me.

16. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
I’ve been thinking about Costa Rica a lot lately. I hear there are still dinosaurs there. That would be awesome.

17. What’s next on your agenda? Any new books in the works?
The sequel, yet unnamed, to “For A Hero,” is currently being written, while two others, one horror, and one science fiction, are being planned for this year.

18. What advice would you give to others who want to make writing their career?
Live a life that would be a story worth telling. Take notes. Keep a journal. Practice telling stories. Then lock yourself away in alone time and write them down.

19. What authors inspire you?
Robert Louis Stevenson, whose bouts of inspiration would crank out a classic (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) in a weekend. Ernest Hemingway, who captured the tumultuousness of masculinity. F. Scott Fitzgerald, who found a way to put himself candidly in every work he finished. Ian Fleming, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Clive Cussler for creating memorable re-occurring characters that will live forever.

20. What’s something unique about you that not many people might know?
I’m really a sweet, pure angel. I worry about Sable corrupting me with her lecherous lifestyle.

21. Hmm…I’m doubting the ‘sweet, pure angel’ part a little.  Is there anything you would like to share about your writing and publishing experience that might inspire and support new and struggling writers?
Think of the funniest thing that ever happened to you. Feel the warmth as you fill yourself with that joy all over again. Then imagine how wonderful it would be to cause others to feel that same joy. Then write that story down and give it to the Universe.

It’s been great getting to know you! Now, inquiring minds need to know…where can your readers stalk you?
Jess: Search Jess Hunter on facebook, and add me.  You can also ‘like’ my fan page “For a Hero”.

Just thinking out loud…

With the unpredictable weather lately, and the tornadoes that have been tearing through the Midwest/South, it’s really made me sit back and think on things.  Every day I take things for granted. Little things, like having electricity, running water, food for my family to eat… Seeing the devastation in Oklahoma this week has reminded me that things could always be worse.  I couldn’t imagine having a home, a vehicle, and belongings all ripped away from me in the blink of an eye.  I can’t even begin to fathom losing family in such a sudden way.  I can’t comprehend starting all over from nothing, but that’s what the people who were affected by these events are going through.  Priceless photos, heirlooms, and memories, all gone.  It’s heartbreaking to even think about, and because of that, I go to bed tonight, counting my blessings and saying an extra prayer or two.  I go to bed remembering how truly fortunate I am.  Be thankful for what you have.  You just never know what lies around the corner. ❤

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