Interview with J.E. Flint

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My desire to tell my story without some big chain pressing down on me to write the continuation of the last series and be afraid to take a risk. As an Indie author I get to write my books when I want, how I want and on what I want. I'm for the most part the master of my books and I take creative direction on points from others but on the whole it's my vision and in my voice without someone demanding I keep cranking out the same type of story over and over again.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is where I sell my most novels actually. True I don't have my first novel on this site but I've sold more copies of A Goddess's Gifts here than on Amazon. So I consider this a very important platform for my market. The tools and the fact I can let my fans set their own price is huge to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me it's getting the ideas out on paper. I love the process of just getting my thoughts out and then seeing the story take shape in front of me. To wrestle with the ideas and sub plots and see this tiny sprout grow into a giant redwood of an idea.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without my fans I'd be nothing. I'd still write, and I'm actually very active in online play by post sites. But ever since The Chronicles of Loth webcomic that I wrote I've been very appreciative of their views and their voices and their support. Without them I'd just be another author with aspirations. To say I've published a book and to run into fans who are tickled pink that I wrote something that they love always touches me.
What are you working on next?
Currently I'm working on a shrinking woman novel called Tiny Joys. It features an unusual cast and it's my first time where I'm going to write for the BDSM community as well. It's something that I'm being very cautious about. I don't want to get the feeling wrong for either community and shoot myself in the foot before I get out the door.
Who are your favorite authors?
Warren Ellis, David Edding and Syrus Durham. I am a huge fan girl of Syrus and I often talk to him about his books and I've blogged about his novels a few times. I like David Eddigs for his General fiction and I've always loved Warren Ellis as a comic book writer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Honestly as a transgender individual this is sometimes really hard. I have a lot of problems, I won't lie about that. And it can be a real struggle to get out of the bed some days but I do it because I need to do it for myself. I won't get anything done if I lie in bed and do nothing. And ultimately I think like most authors I want to be acknowledged for the entertainment I provide people.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm actually a pretty active individual on the internet. I'm either role playing characters at a play by post site called Elliquiy or I'm streaming video games with my friends on my twitch account.

And of course I work as a computer programmer for my 9 to 5 where I pretend to be a valuable member of society.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I honestly browse for cheap books on a subject that interests me. I have a huge pro pent of the cheaper the book the more likely I'll buy it. There's nothing wrong with a 9 dollar ebook. But for me I can go into a barrens and noble and buy a paper back for the same cost. I can't imagine paying 5 dollars for a 100 pages on an ebook. To me if an ebook is not priced at a fair price for the amount of time I'll take to read it I'll not buy it. I download thousands of samples and walk away with only a handful.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. Like so much of my writing it was a transgender story. A wizard who was coming into his powers got scared and used his power to hide in the crowd and became a short auburn haired woman. The story like so many of my earlier novels had the characters just accepting the character as is. They were not horrified or afraid. For me it was how I wanted to see the world. That the world would accept me when I was ready to accept myself.
What is your writing process?
My process is unique. I get up, create a playlist for iTunes and then I start writing. I write and keep pushing. If I take a week off work I can crank out about 50,000 words that week. But I'm terrible at editing so it doesn't matter how good I am I still have to send it to an editor so they can whack me on the knuckles.

But it's essentially, open itunes, open word, open google. Start writing in word until I have to research something, review research then back to writing. Take a break for lunch and then return to writing. Repeat until dinner. Then write until I fall asleep somewhere around 2 or 3 in the morning. Get up at 6am and start all over again.

If I'm not off I write for a few hours on sunday or on my phone.
Published 2017-07-28.
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Books by This Author

Altered Realities
You set the price! Words: 73,000. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
An erotic urban fantasy story about changing reality to suit your own whims. Follow Ebony, Sera and Ian on their journey and just how far some people will go to achieve their goals. They will have to contend with how the very world they know changes around them at the unintended consequences of their actions.
A Goddess's Gifts
You set the price! Words: 145,190. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Isabella Diaz and Jennifer Hunt are celebrating their anniversary when a whimsical gift from Jennifer changes their relationship and their understanding of the world around them. When you visit a gift shop owned and operated by a powerful magical being, excitement is certain. But what changes do the Aphrodite’s Panties hold in store for the two lovers? And can they turn down a Goddess’s Gifts?