J.A. Rock

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: October 23, 2012

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Current Release: Calling the Show

Describe your current release in two sentences?

Two college students, an anxious, uptight stage manager and a free-spirited light board op bond over theater, hula hooping, and kink.

What have you had to give up to pursue your writing career?

A social life. I am such a hermit. I live in a cabin in the woods with no internet and only leave when my few remaining friends call an intervention and force me to go get a drink. I recently started talking to a dead cockroach on my porch.

Also, a working spine. My back muscles are permanently knotted from sitting at the computer. I miss being able to turn my head from side to side.

What are you working on?

I've got a couple of projects in the works. One is a dark m/m BDSM romance about a facility that puts on gladiator-style battles between dominant "tamers" and submissive "captives"--and a tamer and a captive who fall in love.

The other is a co-authored project about a wealthy young man who loses everything when his parents are arrested for running a Ponzi scheme and the older man who helps him pick up the pieces and figure out who he is without his money.

What is your ultimate writing goal?

To never stop growing and improving.

Do you have a comfort food? What is it?

Corn chowder.

Where is your favorite place to write?

The porch of my cabin.

What career fields have you worked in?

I have held random jobs since I was twelve: petsitter, cashier, box office manager, haunted house zombie, standardized patient, cutlery salesperson, dog groomer, state fair employee, day hab assistant...oddly enough, the one thing I couldn't stand was waiting tables. I tried it for one day.

Writing is definitely the best.

What are your plans for the next year? Any books you are looking forward to?

Next year I plan to do more f/f romance. I'm looking forward to some girl on girl action!

June 2013 is also the release of The Brat-tastic Jayk Parker, sequel to my second book, Wacky Wednesday. It's delightful to be working with Amon and Jayk again. They're my secret favorites.

How was your road to publication?

I have wanted to be a published author since I was six. My friend and I used to query agents when we were sixteen, looking for someone to represent Intergalactic Colonial Mail, our (we thought) genius novel about a post office that transcends space and time and two high school girls who, through a glitch in the system, receive tons of mis-delivered missives from the past, present, and future. We were form-rejected. Repeatedly. We received one personalized response from a publisher pointing out that letters from 300 B.C. would not have been dated "B.C." Misunderstood geniuses. Definitely.

When my first romance was accepted for publication last year, I was thrilled--and then immediately terrified. I had nightmares pretty much every night during the month before the book came out. That was the part I didn't foresee at age six.

If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?

Not a fair question! Everywhere. Maybe Victorian England. As a woman, it probably would have sucked. But I have a Crimson Petal and the White fetish.

If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?

See above. I love The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. I read it when I was seventeen and just wanted to be Sugar.

I also wouldn't mind being tapped to take the ring to Mordor.

Thanks so much to all the romance readers out there! Puppy play, hot sauce debauchery, body swaps, canes, collars, shattered trust, BDSM magicians, and love conquering all...hope you'll join me for all that and more in 2013.

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