Here’s an interview with Jae Lynne Davies.
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
It wasn’t my intention to incorporate erotic elements from the beginning of the writing process. As a paranormal romance author, part of the formula is the all-important love scene. But when I began to write, the characters wanted a more intense sexual encounter and I let them guide me through the experience.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
I have to say MYTHIC is my favorite thus far. I’ve worked on the novel for so long, and have developed such a connection with the characters, that the story is dear to my heart.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
Joey W. Hill, Sharon Page, and Eliza Gayle are among my favorite erotic authors.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from a variety of outlets. For example, a few months ago, I was working late and happened to be the only employee in the building. When I stepped outside, it was snowing and my car was parked near a wooded area. That moment inspired a shape-shifter story I have in my writing queue.
Music seems to inspire many scenes in my novels. I distinctly recall a moment from a few weeks ago when I heard a particular song for the first time. While listening, an entire scene played out in my mind and took a current WIP in a new direction.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I wouldn’t necessarily call it an unusual writing ritual, but I need to have music playing at all times. A soundtrack is a must!
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
My dining room table where there’s a comfortable seat and space for everything I need.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
Gianna Marino is at the top of my favorite character list! No matter what she does, or where she goes, I get to live vicariously through her.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Oh, yes. My family knows. On the day Mythic was released, I made the crucial mistake of not sending my mother the buy link. She then asked why other family members received the link and she didn’t. I told her I didn’t think she’d enjoy the story and that the novel was “sexually charged”. Still, she demanded the link, despite my warning. Later that same week, an aunt emailed me and said, “I loved your book! Has your mom read this, yet?
In all, I received funny emails and messages here and there, but my family is extremely proud.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I had several aspirations as a child. The earliest I can remember was the desire to be a paediatrician/pediatrician. Followed by, an attorney, a singer, and an advertising executive.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
First, I need to be well rested. Then I brew some coffee, turn on the iPod, and get to work!
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
One of the best tips I’ve been given, is that writing is a journey you shouldn’t take alone. There are some amazing writing associations and critique groups available to connect with both published and aspiring authors. I’ve found these groups to be a useful tool along the road to publication.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
If I’m blocked, I normally reach for a book in my TBR pile, and lose myself in another talented author’s world. When I finish reading a good book, I’m ready to tackle another chapter in my own story.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Oh this one is easy. I’d bring Mattias Vitale to life. Why? Despite the fact he’s a villain, he’s such a compelling character, I’d love to see him in the flesh!
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
I’ve already met my favorite authors, but they’ve been brief encounters. I’d love to hang out with Sherrilyn Kenyon awhile to learn what inspires her to spin such amazing tales.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
Paranormal. I love the idea of beings a fantasy world with mythical elements, where challenges exist on a on a grander scale.
- What are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I’m working on the sequel to MYTHIC titled, “BLOOD MOON”. The story features Dante—a secondary character from MYTHIC, while remaining focused on Gianna Marino and her journey.
Blurb: When word is received of suspicious vampire activity, Gianna Marino heads to Greece, where she discovers Dante—Mattias Vitale’s recently resigned second in command, and a dangerous prophecy.
For Dante Diakos is the last of a pure immortal bloodline—a descendent of the gods, and intends to invoke the power of the entire pantheon on the eve of the Blood Moon, which occurs once every millennium. If he attains the legendary abilities, he’ll be the most powerful being on earth, and plans for her to rule by his side.
I’ve also recently contracted a short story.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
My biggest writing challenge so far was writing a short story. I’ve never encountered a writing project with a word count limitation. I was anxious when I’d decided to write the story with publication in mind, but the experience was so much fun and easier than I’d thought.
Yes, the story was contracted and will be released on 5/15. “The Contract” is an Urban Fantasy featuring the Roman goddess, Diana.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
My biggest writing achievement was having MYTHIC published. I’d spent roughly two years polishing the manuscript and I felt a great sense of accomplishment.
Gianna Marino is a human/vampire hybrid who is fueled by her thirst for vengeance for the murder of her family, and has little tolerance for distractions. While at a constant war with the two halves of herself, in a world in which she doesn’t belong, and tormented by a past that she hardly remembers, she vows to punish Mattias Vitale—the vampire responsible.
But during her infiltration of his coven, posing as a human with the desire to be turned, her game of seduction with Mattias creates a burning and mutual desire, when Nicholas Sutton—a dark and handsome stranger, intrudes on their play, threatening to expose her with an agenda of his own. One man is sexy and dangerous, the other is powerful and deadly. Both are vampires that want nothing more than to ravish her senseless, claiming her for themselves in a bond of body and blood, while she longs to kill one and bed—them both.
But when Gianna discovers a secret that blurs the lines between good and evil, forever changing the course of her existence, destiny will soon determine on which side she’ll stand.
Jae Lynne Davies has been an avid fan of the paranormal since childhood, when her imagination developed in the form of written word. Shortly after the birth of her second child, she began to weave tales based on elaborate ideas, and before she knew it, she’d created worlds where the passion is hot, relationships are forbidden, and the constant struggle of power leaves readers feeling for the villain today, and the hero tomorrow.
When not playing in her fantasy world, Jae Lynne—a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, now residing in Southern New Jersey, is a wife to a wonderful and supportive husband, and a mother to two young children.