Today, we welcome Jeanne St. James, whose most recent book, m/m romance Rip Cord, is available now.
Gil Davis had hated high school. Ever the geek, he had no intentions of attending his 10th year class reunion. The last thing he wants is to relive the taunting and teasing he received during his teenage years. However there is one thing he missed from high school: the star Varsity football player. The one he had a crush on since the first day he laid his eyes on him. But the last thing he expects is the now pro football player to come back to their home town to attend a lame high school reunion. Known as the Bad Boy of the NFL, Ripley “Rip” Cord, not only shows up, but shows up without a date and an eye for Gil.
Romantic Journey: Thanks for joining us today, Jeanne. How did you first get published?
Jeanne St. James: Blood, sweat and tears. No, seriously, I just finally started submitting my work. It was that simple for me. So far I’ve submitted three books to three different publishers and all three got contracted in about a six month period. I feel that I am lucky that my work was so well received.
RJ: What led you to electronic publishing rather than print?
JSJ: I was too intimidated to submit to print publishers. I liked the way the erotic romance genre has really grown. And epublishers have opened up a lot of opportunities to us writers. There seems to be limited spots for print publishers. Also, I figure epublishing is the wave of the future.
RJ: Do you have another job? If so, what is it?
JSJ: Yes, I work full-time as an emergency dispatcher. I plan on eventually writing full-time though. I’m heading that direction.
RJ: How does a typical writing day unfold? Do you clean first or write first? How do you let your family know when you are in serious writing mode?
JSJ: Actually I don’t clean or write first. I get on my computer and do my favorite hobby in the morning while I drink my coffee… sweepstaking (yes, I’m a sweepaholic) AND then I go to work second shift. And THEN I write (at work or at home after work or on my days off).
RJ: What are your five favorite books? What lessons have you applied from them to your own writing?
JSJ: I’ll mention three Laura Kinsale’s books: Flowers from the Storm, The Prince of Midnight, and The Shadow and the Star. I actually like all her books. And I’ll mention two Katherine Sutcliffe books: Fire in the Heart and Shadow Play. I like all her books, too.
With those two authors, I learned that I really like dark romances with damaged heroes or heroines. So I try to incorporate those types of characters into my books in one way or another.
RJ: Are you a chest or buns gal?
JSJ: Oh, I have to pick one? Then I am a buns man. Nothing like a nice ass on a man. My husband is a runner and he has a really nice rear end.
JSJ: I have a few. But really for the complete package I like Mike Rowe (from “Dirty Jobs” and “Deadliest Catch”). He’s sexy, has a great voice, and has a great sense of humor. Not to mention he is very successful.
RJ: If your ship were sinking and you could grab one thing on the way to the lifeboat, what would it be? Go on instinct here; don’t let common sense interfere with you as you grab your hairdryer or laptop instead of food to take to the desert island.
JSJ: My iPhone. So I can Twitter updates from the deserted island, as well as check my email because I’m obsessed with checking my email (sorry to say). And my Facebook account… And I can’t live with out Internet!
RJ: Jeanne, again, thank you for stopping by today and telling us a little more about you.