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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Welcome Ella Jade

·         Where do you hail from and what do you love most about your hometown?
I live in a southern NJ suburb about 25 minutes outside of Philadelphia. I love the neighborhood feel and the great school system, but it's also nice being so close to a major city, too. I have boys and they love the Phillies, so they get to go to lots of games.

·         As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your career?
I've always wanted to be a writer. As a child, I constantly had a pen and notebook in my hand, jotting down ideas and characters. I went to college and got a degree in Journalism, but then got married and had kids. The writing took a back seat for a few years, but that time gave me a chance to work on some stories and strengthen my writing. I was always creating stories, but I never knew what to do with them. Luckily, I have the eBooks industry.

·         Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?

My newest release, The Lonely Dominant, is a BDSM Romance. It follows the journey of two people who never really considered themselves hardcore in the lifestyle, but as they grow as a couple, so do their desires and needs. It's ultimately a love story with a BDSM twist.
Here's a look at the blurb…
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.

I do have something new releasing on December 19, 2011. It's my first contemporary M/M Romance, Embracing the Unexpected.  I really enjoyed writing this one and I fell in love with my two main characters, Jace and Parker. If you're a fan of the M/M genre I hope you'll see why I adore these two so much.
Here's the blurb…
Sometimes love can be found where we least expect it.

Successful attorney Parker Phillips has always been straight, but he's having trouble finding the right woman. Failed relationship after failed relationship has proven that.

Brilliant and charismatic Dr. Jace Cross is comfortable in his sexuality, but has been single for some time. He throws himself into his work to fill the lonely void. He's drawn to Parker in ways he knows he shouldn't be.

 When one bad decision lands Parker in Jace's court-appointed anger management course, sparks fly. Parker isn't willing to embrace his feelings. Can the sexy doctor help him discover who he truly is?

For more details…

·         Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
This is going to sound crazy coming from an Erotic Romance author, but the steamy scenes often present the hardest part for me. I love setting the scene and writing dialogue, but the sex passages don't always flow as quickly as I'd like them to. I usually leave them for the end of the chapter and then go back in and insert (no pun intended) them. I find that's what works best for me.

·         What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Be patient and write as much as you possibly can. The more work you put into your book, the more it shows. Don't get discourage if you don't get a contract right away. Keep trying. It will happen!
Also, start creating an on-line presence for yourself now. Get to know fellow authors by tweeting and Facebooking. I can't stress enough how important it is to get your name out there.

·         Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
I've been very fortunate. The ideas and words have been flowing for me for quite some time. I've been writing constantly (I have three releases this fall) because I've been trying to get it all down. I want to stockpile. Lol

If I do come to a point in the story where I'm stuck, I take a break. I could put in a load of laundry or wash dishes, and then I come back to it. I find creating some space seems to work for me.

·         Who is your favorite author and why? What books have most influenced your life?
I have too many to mention! Let me think…I enjoy Nora Roberts and Stephen King. They're at the top of my list. As for books that have influenced my life. Well, that's easy. It would have to be the Twilight series. After I read those books, I ventured onto a fan fiction website where I started spinning alternate stories from the saga. That forum gave be the courage to begin submitting my original work to publishers, and here I am.

·         How did you deal with rejection letters?
They always sting! But after I get over the rejection, I go back and read what the editor has said and why they rejected it. I've learned some valuable information and have used it to make the manuscript better. In a couple cases, I've taken the advice offered and resubmitted the story. I received a positive response the second time around.

Now that I'm published, I try not to take the rejection so personally. It's one person's opinion. Just because one editor couldn't use the story doesn't mean another won't. I just keep trying.

·         What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
I can't live without my laptop. It follows me all over the house.  I'm also in love with my netbook. I take that with me to my kids sporting events and write every chance I get. I get so much done while I'm waiting out the kids' practices.

·         What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
This probably isn't weird, but I felt strange doing it. I needed to research for my upcoming m/m romance Embracing the Unexpected. I'd never written a m/m sex scene before and I had no idea where to begin, so I googled images and watched some boy porn. Hey, it was all in the name of research. Wow, I love my job!

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