Long and Short Reviews welcomes Jessica Frost, whose newest release To Catch a Witch, the second book in the Spells of Seduction series, is out today. In celebration of the release, Jessica is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card to one random commenter on today's interview.
For Jessica, the premise or main character comes first. For example, in her Spells of Seduction series she wanted to create a world inspired by the fairytales she grew up with. In Book 1, Beauty's Enchanted Beasts, this intention can be clearly seen. A character, though, who started out as an idea or seed in that story started to grow on his own. Jessica named him Merlin and, due to his pull on her creativity, the plot of the entire series changed.
"Merlin enchanted my muse with his intense sex appeal, his charm, his wit, and his character, so much so that my focus decided to shift to him and he became the one character who you will see links all future installments in the series," Jessica explained. "I hope he will have the same effect on my readers as he has had on my muse and me. He is creating himself, so I don’t even know what or who he really is. As the series progresses, you and I will both find out all his secrets he has in store for us in this make-believe world and all of its characters."
To Catch a Witch has many surprises and secrets woven into the storyline. Some of these will come to play as To Catch a Witch unravels, while others come to play in future installments.
"This story is action packed from the very start to finish, and nothing ever is what it appears to be, as is the case with some of the wizards and sorceresses in the series. Thanks to a spell Merlin and his brother Jacob cast in the beginning of the story, the sexual tension between Velona, the heroine, and them is very strong from the first moment they lay eyes on one another. And it continues to grow with each encounter they have after that, until they find they no longer control it, it controls them," she told me. "That’s when the fun and the trouble begin in the story, because the antagonist, the evil sorceress Serona, has found them and wants to kill them."
Jessica's English teacher in high school inspired her with her encouragement and guidance, and Jessica wanted to make writing a full-time career. However, soon life and the real world took over, and Jessica put her dream on the back burner. Then fate decided to change spindles.
"It threw a new spin on my life," she said. "Things changed and somehow the passion of writing found me once more when I picked up a Writer’s Market used book at the bookstore. I got the inspiration then to write a short story and submit it to a couple of markets and it got accepted and published. I remember I did the funniest happy dance at the time. I looked stranger than usual. This time when the muse visited me, it stayed, and its roots began to spread and run deep. This time, the muse didn’t die but grew into a constant passion and (knock on wood) it continues to grow and blossom in me to this day."
"Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?" I wondered. "If so, what do you do about it?"
"Writer’s block is like the annoying cockroach that stays in the dark crevices of our minds and when the lights are turned off, it comes out to play and wreak havoc. Only when the light comes back on does it scurry away from our sight once more, leaving its traces as a reminder of its visit. But it hasn’t disappeared. It’s always there. We haven’t gotten rid of it. It’s just hiding and waiting to come out to play again when the lights go off another time. That is how I see writer’s block. Now how I take care of it is I try very hard never to let the light out. If I get stuck on a premise on one story, I’ll jump to another, and if I get stuck on that one, then I jump onto another. This way, the light is always on and writer’s block can’t come out to play. Again, knock on wood, this strategy continues to work for me. If it won’t in the future, then I’ll have to figure something else out."
"How do you develop your characters?" I asked.
"I don’t create them. They create themselves, usually. They start out as ideas, which usually come to me in bed when it’s super late and I can’t sleep thanks to that last cup of coffee I just had to have before going to bed. Coffee is my addiction," she admitted with a smile. "But even though they start out as ideas, as I type away, they grow and then take control, and the story evolves on its own from there."
Jessica tries to write a chapter a day on the weekdays. She does her other work and house chores early in the morning and will then write in the afternoon for a couple of hours. She can usually get the chapter done in that time. If she hasn't managed to complete the chapter, thanks to her coffee addiction she can work again until the wee hours of the morning to complete it.
Even when she tries to plot her stories, it rarely works, because the plot and her characters soon take over.
"I’m fine with that because it’s like I’m watching the story unfold before my very eyes on the screen. It’s fun!" she told me. "Sometimes it feels like I’m a conduit and the muse is using my fingers to get its words, ideas, and creativity across."
"What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?" I wondered.
"I’m a sleepwalker. Actually, I was a sleepwalker as a kid and now I’ve grown into a sleep talker. As a kid, I’d get out of bed and tour the home. My dad who always went to bed in the wee hours of the morning would see me getting up and follow me without waking me and guide me back to bed so I wouldn’t hurt myself. Now, I just sit up in bed and mumble loudly to whoever I’m talking to or screaming to in my dream or nightmare. At least now, I remember when it happens as soon as I wake up. But as a kid, I never did. My mom or dad would tell me about the episode the night before and I’d look at them strangely, like they were jesting or pulling my leg."
Finally, I asked Jessica, "What are the biggest public misconceptions about erotic romance?"
"This particular misconception about what exactly is erotic romance really irks me. Some people don’t see it, but there is a definite and very clear line between porn, erotica and erotic romance. Porn has nothing to do with romance. Erotica may have something to do with romance but the story doesn’t center on it. And an erotic romance has everything to do with romance.
The only difference between an erotic romance story and a general romantic story is how explicit the sex scenes will be written. And the degree of the sex rating usually gives the reader an idea of how explicit the sex scenes will be.
I do not write porn or erotica. I write erotic ménage romance stories, which usually fall into the sextreme rating range. Just because they are ménage stories doesn’t mean they are porn or erotic. They aren’t at all.
My heroes and heroines are completely in love with each other. Their stories are based on their budding romances. It’s just that my sex scenes are explicit and graphic."
About the Author: Jessica Frost has always had a passion for fiction and the written word. Add to that her wild, vivid imagination and her pure romantic tendencies and she soon realized she had the traits needed to become a romance author. She decided to take the very big first step not that long ago and wrote her first erotic romance story. And she hasn’t looked back since.
Being a romance writer is a dream come true for her. Having the opportunity to create fantasy worlds where anything and everything can happen is an amazing feeling. She hopes these worlds and the delightful characters she creates will bring hours of enjoyment to her readers as they have done for her.
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To Catch A Witch Book 2 in the Spells of Seduction series.
All Velona Poe wants is redemption. But after she tells the man she loves who she really is, she finds herself about to be beheaded. Just before the axe falls, she's teleported to a tower. She fears her enemy Serona brought her here, and stripped her of her powers to kill her. She waits in terror for her arrival.
Merlin Wyllt and his twin, Jacob, are the ones who cast the spell bringing Velona there, thinking she's the evil sorceress Pondora. When they see the beauty and her fear and vulnerability, they quickly fall for her, realizing they're sexually bonded to her and her to them, a pleasing side effect of the spell. Unfortunately, they also opened a portal. Serona has seen Velona and is coming to kill her.
Hoping to fix the wrong they did, the three set out for Stonehenge to cast a spell reversing all of Pondora's curses and destroying Serona. The problem is Velona isn't Pondora, but she cannot tell them this. As their sexual passion and love grow stronger, the more complicated their plans get.
Will they succeed or put themselves and others in mortal danger?