Friday, February 17, 2017

Interview with J.J. Stanley

Today we are thrilled to be interviewing 
Erotic M/M Romance author, J.J. Stanley.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Anne Rice.
Matthew Reilly.

What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
I have always had a huge imagination, since I was little. I loved to play in the yard, in my own little worlds.
My writing started, not long after I turned 13, when the family got its first computer.
I didn’t start writing full time, until 2008, when we moved out to a farm… and there was nothing else to do, because I was a stay at home mum.

What 3 words describe you as a person?

What 3 words describe you as a writer?

When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?
Watching movies, playing video games, gardening… and I have 3 kids… they’re classed as a hobby… right?

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read Dragon Riders of Pern. By Anne McCaffery.
That book was the one that propelled me into wanting to be a writer. I can’t remember many before that.
I did love the Trixie Belden series, but Dragon Riders was the one which lit my imagination and sent me on a literary journey.

Describe your desk.
Sits in the lounge room. I do get distracted easily…
I have my laptop, keyboard, monitor and whatever I am drinking at the time.

Who is the main character?
Troy Atkins

What’s his story?
Troy is a troubled young man. He is still not 100% comfortable with his sexuality. But he is trying to find his way and getting his heart broken along the journey.

Where/when does the story take place?
Houston, Texas.

How did the story come to you?
My husband has a gay brother and gay cousin. I know there is a lot of call for the homo-erotica style—thought I’d give it a try and hope for the best.

Who is your target audience?
I didn’t start out with an audience in mind… but as I have written, I have found a lot of women love the genre—so them?

What makes your book different from other similar ones?
I think combining sexuality, with an elite sport might set it apart from the rest… but it is a bit of a quagmire of books out there. I’d be happy just to hold my head above it.

What do your fans mean to you?
A lot. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to keep going. I love the idea that random strangers love my works and are willing to use their hard earned money to get what I put so much time into.

Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
Movies and video games. (Not this book though)
I love to sit and watch a movie and pick little parts, or sometimes characters and put them into different situations in my head. 9/10 ideas come from either a movie, or a video game.

Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
Stick at it.
Don’t send off the first piece you’ve written—from experience, you will be told to revise, unless it’s a masterpiece…
And edit!! Don’t send off your raw manuscript. It’s always better to have a break. Sit back for a month or two, then go back through it. You’ll find things that don’t sound right, or huge spelling mistakes.
If you see them, sure as anything—so will the publisher.

For more information on J.J. Stanley's series, please go HERE.

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