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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Author Interview: J.K. Coi

Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome JK Coi, author of The Immortals series and, this week, a new novel entitled The Trouble with Destiny. JK has gotten acclaim review for her hot, sexy paranormal romances.

“One thing I’m always interested in,” I said to JK, “is where erotic romance writers draw the lines between erotica, erotic romance, and pornography. How do you personally distinguish them?”

“I think that each of them represent different degrees,” she told me. “Erotic romance still being primarily based on the romantic element and their relationship, with a higher level of sensuality and sexual language than the traditional romance. Erotica on the other hand will still be about sexual relationships, but concentrates more on those that might involve alternative sexual preferences and lifestyles, and may include multiple partners. While pornography has given up any pretence of an actual story and is all about the sex.”

JK told me that when her son got to be about a year old and started sleeping reliably through the night, she found herself with more time on her hands in the evenings. “I still didn’t have much of a life,” she confessed. “I wasn’t too impressed with the choices on television and I had done a lot of writing in university. I’d had an idea rolling around in my head for a while and decided to start setting it down on paper. That because my first Immortal book.

“It was awful.

“But, it taught me a lot,” she continued. “I joined a writers group, and I revised and revised. I entered a few contest and got valuable feedback. I revised some more. Only then did I start to submit the book to publishers. From that first book was born a series and a career that I never thought I’d be lucky enough to have, but which is very fulfilling to me.”

JK’s husband, sister, mother, and grandmother have all read her books. “I’m not shy about pimping them out to family and friends,” she said. “Then again, I admit that I write on the softer side of erotic romance. Although,” she confessed, “I did get a little wiggy when my grandmother started asking whether or not I actually... and I had to ask her not to finish that question!”

I asked JK to tell me who she would like to be if she could be someone else. “Well, I am pretty cool,” she said, “and besides the few pounds I wouldn’t mind losing, I’m pretty happy with who I am. But, for the sake of argument, I wouldn’t mind walking in Cleopatra’s slippers for a while—before the whole death by poisonous asp thing of course—because she did get up close and really personal with two fascinating alpha men of history, Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony.”

On a more personal note, I asked her which body part she would pierce. “If I were brave enough,” she told me, “I’d probably get a nipple ring. Lots of stimulation and I know my husband would like it—once it healed and all of course.”

JK told me she’s never known anyone who could tie a cherry stem with their tongue. “That’s a really neat trick,” she told me, “and if you know someone who does it, let me know so I can stalk them and find out how.”

One things she doesn’t want to do with her mouth, though, is eat tripe. “My husband’s family cooks it often and they try to make me eat it every single time,” she said. “It might be a delicacy, but it’s not one that I can bring myself to appreciate. The smell, texture, taste...all of it makes me cringe.”

Her favorite letter is any letter that’s red and she loves working in stained glass when she’s not writing. Probably she uses red in those as well. She told me she usually makes a few dozen Christmas ornaments every year and one or two windows. “I love the play of light through the different colors,” she told me, “and I like creating my own patterns.”

You can read more about JK and her works at her website.

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