What genre are your books?
Contemporary erotic romance, I write m/f, m/m, and m/m/f (ménage).
What book(s) are you working on presently?
I am currently working on two books right now. The first one is Made Maleen (a modern twist on a fairy tale). This novel will be in a multi-author anthology that is expected to release on 4/15/17. The other one is a m/m/f interracial ménage for The Dare Ménage Series. It’ll be the third book, though they are all stand-alones.
I see you’ve written a number of series including; BROTHERS IN BLUE, DARE MENAGE and RIP CORD. Can you tell us your thoughts on writing a book series?
I only started writing series this year and I’m enjoying it. The Brothers in Blue trilogy books can all be read as stand-alones, but since it’s about three brothers who are cops, there are recurring characters. My Rip Cord trilogy consists of three novellas following a geek, Gil, and the Bad Boy of the NFL, Rip, who were high school crushes and as an adult found each other again at a class reunion. The Dare Ménage Series will be a continuing series which are all interracial ménages. The characters from previous books will have cameos throughout the series, but, as I stated above, they can all be read as stand-alones.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
My goal per day is 1000 words. Somedays I do a lot more, some less.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I’m a pantser (which means I write by the seat of my pants). I write organically, so I let my characters tell what I need to know about them and they decide the direction they want to go as I write. I usually start with an opening scene that pops into my head and I figure out everything as I write.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Putting yourself out there. When you publish a book—which you consider a labor of love (your baby),—you have to expect some bad reviews (and a whole lot of good ones—which makes up for the bad ones). However, this business is cutthroat and some people write some cruel reviews (for all authors, not just me) and they forget that there’s a human behind the book. Constructive criticism is great, being petty is not.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
For the most part, no. Sometimes I’m waiting for my characters to tell me where they want to go next, so I mull over it a little, or go back and read the few paragraphs I wrote previously just to get my creativity flowing.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing. You learn from writing. Don’t be afraid to ask other authors questions. Many are willing to help or point you in the right direction. Join writer’s forums and groups and absorb everything you can. Learn to love grammar. (I started with a love of grammar in high school so that’s helped me.) Don’t give up!
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/jeannestjames
Review & Book Crew: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JeannesReviewCrew/
Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Jeanne’s book RIPCORD EVER AFTER. ~Tina