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Welcomes Author J.S. Wayne!
Q: If you could have a hot one-night stand with any fictional character you've created, who would you choose, and why?
A: Robyn Latimore, wife of the main character in my first novel ever. She's a gorgeous redhead, sweet, kind, and caring, without sacrificing any eroticism.
Q: What's the most unusual place you've ever had sex?
A: A Geo Metro, in the parking garage of a bank building in Las Vegas, with another couple in the front. It was...ahem...interesting (and an exercise in "my spine doesn't bend THAT way!").
Q: Laughing. Maybe I should have asked, "What's the most unusual place you've ever had GOOD sex!" So, J.S., tell me one of your sizzling secrets for turning readers on...
A: I don't believe you can make the reader feel something you don't feel. For that reason, I write what turns me on. I find that it's much easier to create a believable scene that way. Also, I like to really linger on the details; taste, sight, scent, and touch. If I can see, feel, touch and taste it, so can the reader.
Q: I'd love to know about your writing life... Do you follow a set schedule every day, or just write when inspiration strikes?
A: Optimally, I write every day. When I start to find my inspiration dwindling, I move on to another project. With the erratic schedule of my day job, I pretty much have to write when and where I can. Even if it's scribbling on a napkin on my break.
Q: Where do you do most of your writing?
A: I have a home office. An ashtray, a desk, a laptop, a chair, and Mountain Dew or Budweiser as the mood strikes me. Perfect.
Q: Do you have any writing rituals, quirks or tricks to help you get started and stay excited about a project?
A: My only hard and fast ritual revolves around the music I play. The Unicron Medley by Vince DiCola always starts it off. Other than that, if I've had an idea bouncing around in my head for more than two or three days, I know it's probably a good one and I go with it.
Q: Your best strategy for beating writer's block...
A: Mercedes Lackey, through Diana Tregarde, in Jinx High: "I don't believe in writers' block. ...Writer's block is just an excuse for not wanting to sit down and do the damn work."
I have times when I don't feel like writing; I have times when life prevents me from writing. (Go to work, wife's sick, dog has to go to the vet, and have you paid that bill yet?) But ultimately, if I didn't get anything written on a given day, I have no one and nothing to blame but myself.
Q: Tell our readers about your sexy new release from Noble Romance...
A: My first release from Noble is a Naughty Nibble entitled "Angels Would Fall." It's about an angel of death who falls in love with the woman whose soul he is supposed to take to Heaven. When her time comes, will he choose his love for her over his duty?
Q: Any advice for new writers hoping to break into the business?
A: Anybody can write. It takes hard work, effort, and time to write well. Do what you're doing, but always do it with an eye to getting better at your craft. Don't be afraid to ask for advice, opinions, or beta readers. Put yourself out there. Who knows what you'll learn or who you'll meet? And remember, spell check is your friend!
Q: Upcoming projects you can't wait to dish about...
A: I've got so many projects it's hard to know WHAT to talk about. I've got a number of short stories and no less than six different novel ideas in the horror and erotic romance genres brewing, in the works, or under consideration.
Q: What's the interview question no one ever asks, that you'd like to answer right now for our readers?
A: No, I'm not gay.
Q: Best way to relax after a hard day hitting the page?
A: I like to read, hang out with my friends, play table-top role-playing games (especially White Wolf games), play video games, have a couple of drinks, or spend time with my wife and puppy.
Q: Your secret little guilty pleasure...
A: I have a serious weakness for cheesecake. Put a redhead and a cheesecake in front of me, and it's a toss-up which way I'm heading! Laughing.
Q: What's your favorite book to read in the bathtub?
A: Anything out of the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher.
Born in Amarillo, Texas, J.S. Wayne has lived, worked, or traveled in approximately two thirds of the North American continent and has amassed a resume that could kindly be described as “eclectic.” He currently resides in the Texas Panhandle with his wife, a vicious attack cat, and a terrier puppy who believes socks are a threat to national security. In his laughably sparse spare time, he enjoys reading, scary movies, strategy games, and collecting obsolete weapons. His professional writing credits include two current novels, Shadowphoenix: Requiem and Wail; a short story, “Angels Would Fall,” which has been contracted by Noble Romance Publishing and is due out in April; and a host of poetry and work-in-progress novels and short stories, including a nascent graphic novel with artist extraordinaire Bill Fish, who created the covers for J.S.’s first two novels, his website, and took the photos J.S. uses for various publicity needs. He maintains a home page at http://www.wix.com/jswaynesite/herebemonsters and a blog at http://www.jswayne.wordpress.com.www.jswayne.wordpress.com/
Writer: (n) A supernatural creature with the ability to alchemically transform caffeine, nicotine, and a dictionary into literature.
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