Here’s an author interview from Ella Jade.
Take it away, Ella…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I stumbled on it by accident a few years ago when I started writing Fan Fiction. I realized the stories that had the sex in them seemed to gain a better response. It wasn’t something I thought I could even do, but I gave it a whirl and found out I actually had a knack for it. I explored my publication options and here I am.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
I love them all. Lol But if I have to choose one, I’ll go with my m/m Embracing the Unexpected. I simply adore the two characters I created in that book and I love the emotional connection they found with one another.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
I’ve been reading so many lately, that it’s hard for me to choose just one. My Kindle is filled with such fantastic authors these days and I keep finding more.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My characters. They talk and I listen. I love creating deep, emotional relationships. I want the readers to get lost in my words and I do that through the people I create.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Not really. I do enjoy a Starbucks Iced Tea. So once I get the last kid on the bus in the morning I head to the gym and then to Starbucks before I start my writing day.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
In the guest bedroom when the house is quiet and everyone is asleep. I get most of my writing done late at night.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
I think it would be Luke from Be My Everything. He’s a fierce Dom, but once his heart gets in the way he softens up. He’s a flawed man but he cares deeply.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
My family and some of my friends know, but I don’t usually broadcast it. They knew when I signed my first contract, but now I don’t really make it a point to tell then every little detail. I think my writing is a little too steamy for people who know my given name.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I wanted to be a writer. As a child I always had a pen and notebook in my hand. The characters and dialogue have played out in my head for years. I just never knew what to do with them until I discovered the eBooks industry.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I just sit by the computer and go. It helps when the kids are at school or asleep because I need total silence to get it done.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Take your time and develop the story. If you’re frustrated, walk away and come back later. That always helps me.
- If you get writer’s block, how do you get around it?
I walk away. I’ll take a shower or do some housework. After a few hours away from the story, I can usually work it out and get back on track.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Luke… because who wouldn’t want a sexy, domineering male to take care of their every pleasure;)
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
I love Stephen King. I think the man is a genius and I know his road to publication wasn’t an easy one. He’s very inspiring. I’d love to pick his brain. I bet he’d have some interesting stories to tell.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
I’ve tried BDSM and M/M and I enjoyed them both. Lately, I’ve been into telling M/F contemporary romances with lots of heat. But really as long as I create a loving, sexy and emotionally connected couple, it doesn’t really matter what genre it is.
- What are you working on at the moment?
A new contemporary romance about a man who was jilted by his ex. She leaves him with two young children. He never really wanted to be a father because he’s too busy with his career. The pretty, young nanny he hires just may show him there is more to life than work.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Writing my first m/m was a challenge. I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. But once I got out of my own way, I fell in love with the characters. I’m very happy with the finished product. Did I succeed? It was published in December. I’m a new author in that genre so we’ll have to see how my story resonates with the readers, but I hope they like it.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Getting published was a pretty big deal for me. It wasn’t something I ever saw happening. I’ll be the first to tell you I’m a fluke. Lol I didn’t think anyone would want to read anything I wrote. Now that my fifth book is coming out in March, I think I have to re-evaluate my take on things. I’m still not used to being published. It’s easy for me to say I’m a writer because I always have been, but actually being able to share it with others is pretty awesome.
Successful businessman Alec Carter realizes his life is less than fulfilled when he meets beautiful Princeton University senior Clara Whittaker at a local coffee shop. Alec experiments in the BDSM lifestyle but doesn’t consider himself hardcore until he crosses paths with the obviously submissive Clara. The more time Alec spends with young Clara, the more his dominant tendencies push to the surface. She could be what has been missing.
After her grandmother’s death, Clara ends up a guest in Alec’s home until she can finish school. She quickly learns she’s a natural submissive and decides she wants to explore this new side of herself with the man of house. Alec shows her a life she never knew existed as they enter into a world of role playing, fantasy, and desire. Alec may be the Master, but Clara holds the key to his heart.
As the semester comes to an end, so does their arrangement. If Alec doesn’t admit his true feelings for Clara, she could walk out of his life forever. But, Alec isn’t sure which she craves more . . . his dominance . . . or his love.
Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBooks industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can’t be stopped.
Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she’s not chasing after her kids, she’s busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing and scrapbooking. She hope’s you’ll get lost in her words.
You can connect with her at http://ellajadeauthor.blogspot.com/