Business before Pleasure:
What inspired you to write your first book? My long time friend and fellow author was who inspired me to put the words to paper. We’ve always talked about becoming published authors but never took the steps to follow through. In January of this year she told me I should “Just do it and see what happens.” So I did, I wrote down my thoughts for what would become “Yes, Sir” and submitted it to a few electronic publishing houses.
How much real life do you put into or influences your books? Oh, tough question! I’ve always been given the advice of “write what you know and it will sound more real.” I always want to give my readers good information and a real story, the emotions of all of my characters are very real for me and so are their surroundings. I’ve been lucky enough to have lived in different parts of the country and they influence a lot of how my characters act and feel so I would say a good chunk of my work is real life in some form or another.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? Hmm, the writing is actually what come easiest to me. I’m not very good at being patient and a lot of publishing is waiting. Once my stories are finished and out of my hands is when I have the hardest time.
What are your current projects? Right now, I am starting my very first story with a female Dominant. I’m not really sure where her story will take me but I’m very excited and a little nervous about writing it.
How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)? I like to make a list of titles I think will work for the pieces and then send them to my beta readers and see how they feel about them. Bouncing ideas off others is so helpful!
What is your favorite genre to write? BDSM Erotica 100%. Trust is something that is hard for me in real life and with BDSM, trust is everything. I love giving my characters the opportunities to fully trust each other and dig deep into their strongest desires.
Generally, how long does it take you to complete a book from idea to handing it over to your publisher? I’m a very new author and most of my works are novella length, but with that being said I’ve signed contracts for 5 novella’s and 2 novel length books since January of this year. I feel myself slowing down now and I think it’s because of all the new stuff I get to do while trying to get my books out there.
Do you ever use someone in your life as a sounding board for ideas or do you prefer to work alone? I do have a great sounding board. She is always there for me no matter the time of day to say “yeah, I like that but…” or “Seriously? Try again.”
Do your travel to research for your book(s)? Not yet. So far I have used areas where I have lived for homes for my characters but I hope to be able to travel for research soon.
Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)? I’ve learned so much while writing! Most of it is naughty, bedroom things that I didn’t know people did or even enjoyed. I just finished a book about a female with psychosis and learned so much about mental illness.
Have you ever had an idea for a book but never written it and what is it? I think everyone does. I have so many ideas running a muck in my brain but one that comes easily to me is a circus erotica I have been thinking of writing but just haven’t yet.
When writing, do you have a process? I like to write a quick outline on paper and the descriptions of my characters before jumping in and then I let my fingers hit the keys while chugging ice coffee and listening to music.
Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement? As it was told to me, “Just do it.” Just write what you like to read, or what you wish you could read and get it out of your system. I promise you will feel better once the trapped story is out!
How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favorite? Eight, 7 published (or on the schedule to be released) by etopia Press and one that was just finished.
Why did you choose to use a publisher instead of self-publishing? Honestly, I have PCOS, a hormone syndrome that causes me to have chronic migraine and I’m unable to work outside the home. I chose a publisher because I didn’t have to pay anything for the books to be released and that made it a lot easier for me.
Where do your ideas come from? Hmm, I’m not sure. I feel like I narrate my life as I live it and then sit down at my computer and edit things around.
How many books do you currently have published? I have five published right now.
Are you working on anything right now? I am working on that Femdom I was telling you a little about.
Do you have a favorite Hero or Heroine from any of your books and why? My favorite Hero is defiantly Dillon Wade. He is from The Wet Series and is a no non-sense man who knows what he wants and how to get it…mostly because he just takes it. He is firm and demanding but also gentle when the time calls for it and I love that about him.
Do you have anything you would like to say to your current readers or to those that haven’t yet read your work(s)? I know we all hear from authors/actors who say “without you, it wouldn’t be possible,” but it’s so true!! I appreciate every single reader, every person who glances at my teasers and thinks about possibly reading one of my books. I can’t even begin to say how much their time spent on reading me, means to me.
More About You ~ The Fun and the Naughty
Share one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you. Hmm, tricky. I’m very open, I’m not sure what would surprise the people who know me. Oh, I know what always gets people… I “met” my husband when I was 12 and he was 19 in a yahoo chat room. We didn’t meet physically until I was 18.
Doggy style, cow girl or missionary? Doggy style!
What secret sinful pleasure do you keep hidden in your cupboards? Hersey Hugs. Shh, please don’t tell my five year old!
Are you a wine or beer kinda gal? I started as a beer girl but now I’m kind of a straight Vodka girl.
If you could go anywhere at all on your next vacation where would you go? Somewhere sunny, an island with clear water.
If you could choose any hot famous guy to take with you who would it be and why? LL Cool J, I know, I know, he’s older but he is my everything!
Thong, Bikinis, Granny Panties, or Boy shorts? Boyshorts.
Are you a dress up in heels or a jeans and flats woman? Jeans and flipflops all the way!
Homebody or Party all the time girl? Mostly a homebody but when I do go out, I’m kind of the loud one.
Tall, Dark and Deadly or Smart and Sexy or Athletic and Funny? Ermm, can I wrap them all together? Maybe smart and sexy, I love a man who fucks my mind before my body.
Significant other or Tearing up the town free and clear? Significant other, I’d be lost without him.
Favorite social network and why? Facebook! Basically because I don’t know how to use the others. Don’t judge me lol
What was your “dream” job as a child? To own a pet resort. A day care for puppies and kittens while their parents were at work or on vacation.
What was the worst job you ever had while working towards being a published author? I wasn’t trying to be an author at the time but for some silly reason I thought I wanted to work in retail and worked for a woman’s clothing store…awful!
What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career? Owning that pet resort.
About Your Latest Release
Introduce us to the main characters: Jessica is an interior designer dating a classic all American boy, except he likes to watch her have sex with other men. She goes along with his games in hopes that it will bring them together and strength their relationship but instead
she only begins to hate him. Dillon Wade is her new neighbor, he’s a contractor for the military and all Dom!
How do these two meet? They meet when Dillon helps bring in Jess’s groceries…without asking… he just follows her into the house and rocks her world.
How would you characterize their relationship in one word answers, start, middle and end? Start- Physical. Middle- trusting. End- Fulfilling.
What three words would you use to describe this story? Hot, Intense and Demanding!
Blurb: Drenched in Dominance By J. Richards
The Dom Next Door…
Jessica is drowning in her unhappy relationship. Her boyfriend Joey gladly handles the chores and the cooking in exchange for her willingness to allow him to bring his friends into their bedroom. While she has no real objections to the games Joey wants her to play, she’s still never satisfied. That is, until Dillon moves in next door. The big, sexy Dominant pushes his way into her head and takes over her thoughts until she can think of nothing but him. Joey is willing to let Dillon join their fun, but that isn’t what Dillon wants. He wants Jessica all to himself—his perfect submissive. And Jessica knows before he can teach her to find satisfaction, she’ll have to learn how to trust…