Hi Jay, thanks for being here today. I know you have a crazy schedule at the moment so we will make this short and sweet. Your Marked Men series is such a massive hit.
What do you put that down to? (apart from hot guys with tattoos)
Hmmm…because when Rule came out I think people were wanting something more real-more obtainable than a sparkly vampire or an elusive billionaire. The guys I write about are supposed to be guys you can find in real-life, I want them to feel like guys you could know and could date so I think that’s why they appeal to so many. I also think they became such a big hit because I was writing about tattoo and body modification from pretty deep inside of the subculture, not just off of Google or imagination. It is my humble opinion that Rule was really the first NA book that went beyond tattoos as a gimmick and really explored the art and lifestyle of it. But really hot dudes and steamy sex are a huge part of why people like what I write J Ain’t no shame in that. Oh I totally agree!
Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants writer?
About half and half. Like I have a very specific reason in my plots and in my story arcs for introducing new characters and for some of the major plot points that happen along the way. But the guts of the story, the way the main characters act together and the decisions hey make to move the story along are all by the seat of my pants-or really developed as the characters talk to me as we go along. I don’t outline or brainstorm or anything like that. I start with a general idea or theme and just plow forward from there.
What do you love most about the genre you write?
I love that it is still developing. That the rules are still being defined so NA writers have more freedom to do what we want. I love that it was a genre that was borne from writers and readers WANTING it and not the major publishing houses endorsing it. I love the grassroots feel of that. I love that the audience ranged from 15 to 55 and beyond. I love that there is constant debate about what NA really is, how it works, the sex and steaminess in it, the future of it. Really it’s when people stop talking about something that it becomes irrelevant and passé, so the fact so many people are still discussing NA even now that the big publishers are on board still makes it matter.
What makes you happy?
My family, my best friend and her kiddos, my dogs, Colorado, music, getting to do what I love to do for a living, traveling-mostly traveling to meet readers, books, book people, cold Bud Light, really good tacos, not having to worry about covering up my tattoos for work…I try to appreciate every day and every opportunity I’m given. Being present in the moment, in the time I’m having right now makes me very-very happy
Do you have a book in your house that is destroyed because you've read it so
Any of my Anne Stuart books and all my first edition paperback of the Black Dagger series are pretty well worn.
Tell us a something about yourself that is not in your author bio.
I’m super opinionated…like really bad. But I don’t think anyone would ever really know that because I don’t really talk about my thoughts on things in a public forum. I mean if asked in an interview or while on a panel, or even if asked in a one on one conversation I’ll talk all day about how I think and feel about things, but I won’t post long blog spots about it, or tweet about it, or rant on Facebook about my ideas. Not that there is anything wrong with that. My take is just that however someone feels about reviews, book bullies, independent vs. traditional publishing, too much sex vs not enough sex-well that’s how they are going to feel and whatever I have to say isn’t gonna matter. Their opinion certainly isn’t going to change my mind so I guess I just look at it the same way. I am not the type of person to engage in argument for the simple sake of arguing. I don’t have the time or the energy for it.
I think it comes from being a bartender for so long. No matter how valid an argument was, how much fact and research was behind what I was saying-the guy on the other side of the bar was never-ever going to be swayed by what I said. Old habits I guess.
Tell us about your upcoming release? (and please share an excerpt with us J )
Well first is Nash on April 29th and he’s a continuation of the Marked Men series.
In June we get to meet a whole new crew of guys that are taking what it means to be a book hero and turning it on it’s head. It starts with Bax’s book in Better When He’s Bad! The whole series revolves around this underground crime ring and the mean and women that are tied in to it. There is a lot of focus on the choices being made, both bad and good that have landed all of the people in the situations they are finding themselves in and really how people can be a victim of circumstance or embrace it and exploit it for their own gain.
Bax is the first guy we meet and he isn’t a good guy-has never really been a good guy and won’t be a good guy by the end of the book. He is a true anti-hero and instead of reforming him I really wanted to give him choices he had to pick from that force him to decide what his like is going to look like if he doesn’t ever become more than the sum of where he came from. He has a puzzle he’s trying to solve and he’s looking for answers to some ugly questions when a very innocent young woman gets placed directly in is way. It’s Bax’s nature to just roll right through her, but for some reason he can’t and what ensues is a pretty intense adventure…with lots of god ole sexy time J It is by far my favorite book I’ve written to date.
“You’re wrong. If he set me up because he was too stupid to get out from under Novak, or because he was scared or caught up in something nasty, I’ll destroy him and I won’t regret it.”
She didn’t look away from me, and like it was a sign from up above telling me I had done my time and deserved just a few moments with this precious, difficult girl, I noticed one of the boxes of condoms had survived the crash to the floor and was still on the counter within reach.
“So tell me, Bax, what reason could Race give that will make this all okay? Is there one? Really?”
I felt my jaw clench and the corner of my eye twitch. I had spent five years thinking that very thing and the only answer I had come up with that was acceptable was, “If it was all just Race trying to save me from myself, like he always seemed to be doing, I can understand that.”
“I don’t think you will—destroy him, I mean. I don’t think you could live with yourself if you did.”
She didn’t know me well enough to say that, but I was about to show her just how far and how fast I was willing to go when I wanted something. She had no idea the devastation I could bring with very little effort. I was good at it. I reveled in it more often than not.
I saw her suck in a breath as I hooked a finger under the top button of her top and popped it open. I lifted an eyebrow to see if she was going to say anything, and when she didn’t, I gripped both sides of her shirt in my fists and ruined it by pulling it apart. The tiny plastic buttons pinged off the appliances and the floor. She made a face at me that had her wrinkling up her freckled nose. How on earth had I thought she was boring? She was like sunshine and warmth all wrapped up in a porcelain package blessed with the greatest tits I had ever seen. I never would’ve thought I was a freckle guy, but damn, I sure liked hers.
Do you use test readers? If so, how many?
Nope. Beta readers and early feedback is not part of my writing process. I have enough people in my head I don’t need outside people adding to the noise. I’m what 6 books in now? If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it…what I do seems to work okay so I don’t really feel the need to add extra hands to the mix J
Thanks so much for your time Jay. I know I will be waiting for release day, love the Marked Men series.
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