Today I’m fortunate to present Jessica Collins, author of The Fairy Tales After Dark series.
Hi Jessica, thanks for agreeing to this interview!
Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?
I’m a born and raised Jersey girl. I love the East Coast, love Jersey, I just hate the taxes!
Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?
Character definition is key. I really want to feel I know the characters in the book: their desires, their hopes, their fears, and why they are the way they are. I need to be able to understand why they would make certain decisions within the plot. I also want to understand why there may be a conflict between two characters who seem perfect for each other.
Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?
Honestly, I had read too many erotic romances without enough of a plot. I love sex, and love writing about sex, and love READING about sex, but not when sex is the only thing. I’d read a number of books where I was skipping pages because the characters needed their 15th orgasm of the day. It’s tedious and unrealistic. I wanted a story where sex drives the plot forward – where the reader not only is aroused by it but understands why certain elements are crucial to the relationship between the characters. So, I set out to write a true erotic romance.
Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I work a full-time job as a mental health therapist, so when I write it tends to be for a few hours after work or weekends. When my muse is with me, and not gallivanting around, I can get a good 3-4 hours a night or 5-6 each weekday. Lately, she’s been missing. I haven’t gotten much done in the past month.
Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like listening to “Relaxing Piano – Disney Collection”. Music helps me write, and the songs always make me happy. The lack of vocals helps keep me concentrating.
Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.
Stealing Beauty – it’s an erotic romance.
She wants him. He needs her. This time, it’s the Beast who’s going to attempt to tame the Beauty. Desire… danger… a whole lotta heat – this isn’t your childhood fairy tale.
A stubborn beauty….
Anabelle Lehala just wants to spend time with her best friend, finish law school, and provide a good life for her and her father. Her world is knocked upside down when she meets a mysterious, captivating stranger who tempts her like no one before. Refusing to be just another notch in his belt, Belle forces herself to stay away from him at all costs.
An egotistical beast….
Rich, powerful, and handsome, Aleksandr Wolfe has been accustomed to getting whatever he desires. That is, until he meets Belle. Immediately captivated by her, Aleks can’t understand why she won’t give in to the obvious mutual desire between them. Helpless to stay away from her, Aleks wonders if she’ll be the one thing he can never have.
The fight for her life….
When Anabelle finds herself in danger after refusing the advances of Gabriel Avenant, a man who believes she is his and his alone, Aleksandr vows to protect her. As their attraction grows, they each must decide if they are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice—their hearts.
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XJP8KWX
Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
The amount of self-marketing which goes into it. My publishers, Deep Desires Press, are simply awesome, but there is still a LOT I need to do. I never realized how big of an impact social media can have, and just how much is put into cover reveals, and book releases, and author takeovers, etc.
Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?
I’d love to!
He looked at her for a moment before continuing, voice low. “Let’s be honest for a moment, shall we? I’ve been fantasizing about you since the first night we met, and I can feel your eyes on me whenever I’m near you.” He paused a moment, tongue darting out briefly to lick his bottom lip. “We should just fuck and get it out of the way.”
Belle stopped breathing. She wanted to take him up on his offer — she had never wanted to sleep with a man as badly as she wanted him.
“Mr. Wolfe, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I own a club. I deal in attraction. You wouldn’t get a call back.” Belle narrowed her eyes back in a challenge. Ok, so she lied a little, yet he needed to know there wouldn’t be anything between them, no matter how often she thought about it.
“It that so?”
“Yes,” she huffed out a breath, proud of herself for staying strong against his attempts at her.
He stared at her for another moment, his penetrating gaze holding her in place. He stood, walking around the desk towards her, fingers on his left hand grazing the edge of the dark wood.
His face remained impassive, but his eyes, his eyes looked — calculating.
Oh, no. I know that look. I created that look. Belle moved to stand but Aleks was too quick. He leaned forward, a hand on each side of her chair, entrapping her in the small space. The earthy scent she was beginning to grow fond of flooded her nostrils. The muscles in his forearms flexed as he gripped the chair, and the heat from his body warmed her as he leaned forward, dangerously close into her personal space, forcing her head back against the leather.
“Women have pretended to say no to me before. Seems I always change their mind.”
His arrogance was the cold water she needed to focus. She wasn’t about to let him intimidate her. “Pretended? You’re such a prick. I’m not other women.
Belle held his gaze as his look darkened, blue turning cerulean, a slow smile forming on his face.
“Mm hm,” he uttered, not convinced. His voice dropped as he continued, “Tell me, did you think about it the other night? Me fucking you against the wall? Or perhaps you’re thinking about it now — being bent over my desk as I take you from behind?” He wouldn’t release her gaze, pupils dilating as he spoke. His facial expression, his voice, his sheer intensity, all mixed with his words; he was devastating.
“The only reason those thoughts cross my mind is because I have to listen to you talk about them.” She hated feeling the blush creep across her cheeks. He reached with one hand to stroke her cheek with his thumb, his fingers wrapping towards the back of her head.
“Your cheeks turn such a pretty shade of pink when you lie to me, Belle.” The touch sent a jolt through her body as a breath caught in her throat. She knew he heard, being so close to her. He leaned down into her, close enough she could almost feel his chest on hers. He placed his lips next to the ear opposite his hand and she felt his warm breath on her. His masculine scent engulfed her.
“Consider your challenge accepted. You will say ‘yes’ to me, Belle. In fact, you will beg for it.”
“I — I don’t recall offering you a challenge, Mr. Wolfe.” Her voice had sounded raspier than she had intended. She resisted the temptation to lean her face into his.
“You saying no is the challenge. You can tell yourself you won’t give in. You can try to resist me all you want, but it won’t work. I always win.”
Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?
I’ve just been accepted into an anthology, releasing this summer. I’m going to be writing in Coffe Shop themed series with others from my publishing company coming out in fall, and I’m working on the second book in the Fairy Tales After Dark novel, Finders Keepers – this is the “Aladdin/1001 Arabian Nights” story.
Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I bought my own paperback! It may seem silly, but having MY paperback that I bought on MY shelf is simply amazing. Even if it were the only copy to be sold, it’s incredibly special to me.
Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
Come stalk me… I love stalkers (the good kind!!)
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Twitter: @AuthJessCollins (https://twitter.com/AuthJessCollins)
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Collins/e/B06XJPV9RT