AJ Jarrett, whose debut novel Fate's Second Chance, was released in October by Silver Publishing.
She had never really thought about writing beyond essays she had to do in school; however, she has always loved reading. In fact, she reads more than she watches television.
"Its quite ridiculous at times," she admitted. "In January 2010 I made the decision that I was going to try writing. The ramblings in my mind seemed entertaining enough to me; I thought maybe someone else may enjoy them as well."
I asked AJ how she distinguished between erotica, erotic romance, and pornography.
"That’s tricky; in all honestly everyone’s opinion varies on what the difference is. For me erotic romance is the building of a story with intriguing characters that develop into a loving relationship. Erotica is the actual sex scene the describing of the sexual encounter, not a lot of feelings are spoken, just actions. Pornography is just people having sex. No emotions or strong story line just the sex act. Now this is just my opinion because all three serve a purpose and people should decide for themselves."
She told me that there are many authors who write excellent erotic fiction, but a few she enjoys are Stephani Hecht, Anne Brooke, T.A Chase, G.A. Hauser, J.L Langley, D.J. Manly, R.J Scott, and Gale Stanley.
"As you can see, I could go on forever on the authors I think write excellent erotic fiction," she said."Their ability to paint a picture and pull the reader in is amazing."
If she has to pick one favorite, though, she told me it would be Stormy Glenn.
"Her stories are always so well written and her characters are well developed," she said. "I actually become invested in her characters and feel the same emotions right along with them as they experience hardships and happiness. Her Blaeclaeh Brothers series is one of my absolute favorites.
Good erotic fiction all comes down to character development and the conflict, she believes.
"Without having characters people can relate to, or root for, your audience will lose interest," she explained. "If they can’t come to care for the characters, what is the point in reading about them or if they have sex or not? An entertaining conflict is a major must have. When I read I like to be drawn in and lose myself in the story and I try to accomplish that with my own work."
AJ does most of her research online. She also gets information and inspiration from her own reading.
"That is what is so great about writing in the world of today," she told me. "Everything you need to know can be found in just one click."
" What does your family think of your writing?" I asked. "Do they read it?"
"My family is very supportive but they do not read my work. It doesn’t bother me they are allowed to have their preference on what they read. I haven’t had any negative feedback from my family they just say they are proud of me and think it’s really great that I’m doing what I love. Personally I couldn’t ask for a more supportive family."
AJ admitted to me, with a laugh, that all the sex scenes she writes are embarrassing to her.
"Seriously, though, I’m really shy when I write a sex scene. Because as the author you have to dig deep and describe the physical and the emotional aspects of the act. Even though these characters are people I’ve created out of my own mind it still puts me on an intimate level with talking and describing their love lives. Plotting and writing of these characters is a process and in my mind they become as real as anybody else I’d meet on the street, so when I’m writing a love scene I feel like a fly on their wall invading their special moment. Makes me blush."
On a more personal note, I asked AJ, "If you had to pierce a body part, what would you pierce and why?"
"I would pierce my nipples. And the why is because that is what my husband wants me to get done next. Hell, I’m a woman. Any time the chance to get jewelry comes up, I’m all for it."
"What about piercing makes it sexy?"
"It all depends who the piercing is on if it’s sexy or not," she explained. "Like my husband-- I would so not be turned on by him getting anything pierced. He’s too straight-laced, and it wouldn’t fit his character. A sexy thing about body piercing is that it can add to your sex play and arousal. Win win for everyone."
For eating off another person's tummy (or any other body part for that matter) she chooses "hot fudge and hot fudge. Chocolate makes everything better."
I asked her to share with us her most embarrassing moment.
"My most embarrassing moment would have to be when I was in high school. I was a cheerleader and we would wear our uniforms on game days. I went to English class and when I sat down my skirt got caught on the back of my chair. So through the whole class my ass was exposed. Granted I was wearing the little cover-ups that go over your underwear but still for a teenage girl so embarrassing."
AJ's favorite food is, hands down, ice cream. It doesn't matter what the temperature is outside, she loves her ice cream, especially mint chip. She's also a fan of Pepsi as opposed to Coke, saying that she finds Coke more bitter than Pepsi. She's a self-proclaimed "soda snob," saying, "When I can't get a Pepsi, I whine about it."
Her favorite letter is "T."
"I’m going to get all mushy here but that is the beginning letter to my husband’s name and our four children’s names," she explained. "They're my biggest supporters and fans. I even have the letter T tattooed on the back of my neck."
If she's not writing, you can find her reading and, when she's not reading, she's normally cleaning house.
"Being the mother of four children keeps me busy," she admitted. "My husband is very helpful so the house work is split evenly except the dreaded bathrooms. I feel like I spend half my life cleaning the bathrooms. Glamorous I know."
Finally, I asked, " If you could give a new writer one piece of advice, what would it be?"
"Not to give up. As an author you can’t let rejections or bad reviews determine your fate. Rejections are going to happen at one time or another; that’s just the nature of the business. You are your biggest fan. If you think you can, then you will succeed."
About the Author:AJ Jarrett currently lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children. A lover of M/M romances she has started writing her own stories for others to enjoy. She is currently published through Silver Publishing and her first release, Fate’s Second Chance, is the first in the Twist of Fates series. When she is not chasing around her kids she can be found sitting on the couch with her trusted laptop giving life to the voices in her head.
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