Interview with Jacintha Topaz

What do you read for pleasure?
I only read romance novels right now. I like reading my fellow erotic romance authors' works because I enjoy the stories, see how their stories are told, and hope to become a better writer every time I come out with a book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first erotic romance stories I have ever read are Kallypso Masters' *Rescue Me* series, not E.L. James' *Fifty Shades.* I just kept flipping the pages of Kallypso's books and wanted to know more about what happened to those characters. Her characters pulled me in right away.

I was so happy when I found out that Kallypso writes like I do--lets the characters lead her. Her writing process is also "organic," to borrow a term from another one of my favorite authors Sylvia Day. I'm so glad I found my favorite genre to read--romance. I read all things romance, except horror/thriller and inspirational.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Shelby Reed's *The Fifth Favor* is my favorite novel. I can't write like her. How she can put so much emotion, action, and agitation between the characters all in one novel is beyond me and is a skill I highly respect.

I LOVE Sylvia Day's *Crossfire* series. She currently has three of the five books out. So those books make up my next three favorite books. In fact, I found Shelby's work through Sylvia's monthly Q&A video chats hosted for her fans.

Finally, I have to credit E.L. James for her contribution in helping me find Sylvia Day. After I finished reading about Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, I did some research and stumbled across a blog that cited other series to read after completing the *Fifty Shades* trilogy.

However, I wouldn't have found the E.L. James without Kallypso Masters. My favorite novel in her series is *Nobody's Perfect*. My second favorite novel in her series is *Somebody's Angel*. I love these two works because the characters grow so much in the books.

Okay, so I cheated. I listed more than five books...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my iBooks app. I get so much reading done on my phone that I barely go to the library for my genre of choice anymore. Besides, why wait for the library to purchase the books or ebooks when I can read the ebooks on my device sooner?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I check out recommendations on Amazon and Goodreads. I love hanging out on Goodreads. It's my favorite social network right now. (That may change, as all things do.)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I kept reading all these romance novels and realized that I wanted to read stories that were not published yet. What was Gandhi's saying again--about being the change you want to see in the world? Well, in my case, I wanted to write the story I wanted to see in the world.

I saw that most published books were not publishing stories with MFF (one man, two women) menage. Most books had MMF (two men, one woman) as the menage formation for a threesome. The latter catered to bisexual men in the story. The former, which is what I'm experimenting with, explores a bisexual woman's sexuality. I thought this would make for an interesting story that would most likely be rejected by a publisher. What traditional publisher in its right mind would invest in an unknown author in an unknown market? Thus, I went the indie route.
What is your writing process?
I write to tell the characters' stories. Oftentimes, ideas come and go. However, when the characters won't leave my head and insist upon their stories being told, I eventually cave in.

That's what happened for the *Purr Billionaire BDSM Trio* series. I kept on seeing MMF (Male-Male-Female, sometimes listed as Male-Female-Male) Menage series, but my characters wouldn't have it. They wanted their MFF (Male-Female-Female) story told. So although it doesn't seem to have its own market yet, I thought I'd put it out anyway.

If I hear from enough readers that they liked the story, then I'll know that I can write more stories for the more of the characters that show up in that series.
How do you approach cover design?
I get my ideas for cover design by looking at other books in my genre. Some covers are so generic that I'm puzzled why a blond heroine in the story would have brown hair on the cover! The really good covers are the ones that convey the author's brand, reflect some facts about the hero/heroine/setting, and (for erotic romance stories like mine) are titillating yet edgy enough to get through the filters of major online booksellers such as Amazon.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm new to my field. However, other authors who've done well note that three things are crucial for successful self-publishing:

1. Hire a professional cover artist. If you already have the skills, then embellish a great cover photo.
2. Hire a professional content editor and line editor, NOT line-editing software.
3. Keep writing and publishing your work, even better if you have a series of stories to tell. New releases promote backlists of books very well. :-)
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean SO much to me. Your raves, reviews, and recommendations to friends and family and online booksellers are priceless to me! If I earn enough for groceries right now, I will literally be a happy camper. If I can "make it" as an author, that would mean paying my monthly bills. That is my short-term goal for one year into self-publishing.

If you enjoy my stories, then please let me know as well. I like hearing from you and will do my best to write stories you may want to read more. I'm most active on Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I fantasize. :-) Real life is pretty demanding right now and writing is a welcome escape. If you still want a "straight" answer, then I'll say I enjoy ice cream with hubby, a dip in the hot tubby, and a tryst in the cubby. :-)
Published 2014-04-12.
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The Librarian
Series: Occupational Hazard, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,180. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
Last and First Sally “Micky” MacDonald is wrapping up work at the library. To her shock, an intruder enters the building right before she leaves the premises. An exasperated Quinn Coleman cannot believe that her absent-minded partner has once again forgotten a significant first in their relationship. She sets out to prove her point oh-so-deliciously. A lesbian erotic role play fantasy romance
Purr Scent 0: The Moment
Series: Purr Billionaire BDSM Trio, Book 0. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,470. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Billionaire Clark Mannings has rules that have always served him best. Poised on the precipice of westward expansion, everything flips at the drop of a hat when a chance encounter with a certain blonde completely reorients his manifest destiny. Newly appointed CEO Mariah Olsen has the biggest challenge in her life: how to stay on track with her career despite the presence of a certain executive.
The Invitation: An Interracial Lesbian Erotic Bondage Romance
Series: DykeLove Bound, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,720. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
All Tied Up... When absenteeism strikes at the very last minute, artistic director Sherilynn Edmonds can’t believe how perfect of a replacement ends up stepping in to rescue the tour. Recruited by a third party for an opportunity of a lifetime, dancer Anuhara Ke’taka leaps before discovering the true nature of the contract. THE INVITATION is a DykeLove Bound stand-alone lesbian erotic romance.
Skid
Series: Black Storm Pack, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Alpha finds a mate in the most unlikely man and place... At thirteen, Skid knew he needed to leave his government subsidy-sucking foster family under the cover of dark. Caught in a forest fire as an arson suspect by a werewolf pack, Skid comes face to face with Alpha. Two questions—that’s all it takes for Alpha to take Skid under his wings until the fateful day Skid turns eighteen.
Purr Scent VI: The Matrimony
Series: Purr Billionaire BDSM Trio, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,580. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Purr Scent VI: The Matrimony I do... Mariah Olsen wakes up in bed, flanked by her two lovers—Clark Mannings and Britt Akerman. Their chemistry is explosive, their honeymoon period shaky with doubts they each must to sort out. Together Mariah, Britt and Clark explore just how deep they can relate and how far they’d go to claim each other’s hearts … for evermore.
DykeLove Seconds: A Lesbian BDSM Erotic Romance Short Story Collection
Series: DykeLove Quickies. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,060. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
In THE INVESTIGATION, LeeAnne Song has revenge at her door -- hot cop Erin MacManus. (multicultural) Mercedes Samford is refused service by psychotherapist Roxanne Evers in THE INSPECTION. (interracial) In THE INQUISITION, July Greenfield agrees to answer personal questions before a rolling camera manned by filmmaker Thalia Akasidou. DYKELOVE SECONDS: Lesbian BDSM Erotic Romance Short Stories
Bi Girls Do It Solo
Series: Bi Girls Do It, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,590. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Hi, I’m asexual. How about you? Nerdy freshman Sy is used to acing every assignment and reading every book from front to back. Her latest buy is supposed to be an enjoyable read—all theory. Her eyes widen at the first hands-on exercise, just when her roommate Gen busts inside. Bi Girls Do it Solo is a Bisexual Female New Adult Romance written by Jacintha Topaz.
The Intros (DykeLove Quickies prequel): A Taste of Kinky Lesbian Romance
Series: DykeLove Quickies, Book 0. Price: Free! Words: 15,990. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
“She’s gotta be a dyke!” You’ve asked for it. You’ve got it! From the DykeLove Quickies series of shorts that feature the first meetings of strong minds, strong passions, and strong urges are the women that bring those stories to life. This edition of DykeLove Quickies brings several of these couples together for exclusive FAQs, a couple of never-before-published vignettes, and first chapters.
Vaughn 1
Series: Man X Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,350. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Sgt. Vaughn is investigating the possible presence of a life form in Sector 409. Caught and detained by a fuck fantasy come to life, Vaughn has to rein in his libido and use his strength and wit to outsmart his captors. Captain Lance has sought to secure a host of a rare chromosome that will guarantee the future of his kind. Vaughn is his only lead. It doesn’t help that Lance finds him attractive.
DykeLove Firsts: A Lesbian BDSM Erotic Romance Short Story Collection
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In THE INTERVIEW, Dr. Monica Halverson finds in Kaylee Hall the perfect candidate for the open position. When Amber Hawkins is caught free-loading at the refill counter, Elise Yarwood has the perfect punishment in THE INTERROGATION. In THE INQUIRY, Taylor Sachs finds Qianna Reeves is a very appropriate roommate. (interracial) DYKELOVE FIRSTS: A Lesbian BDSM Erotic Romance Short Story Collection
The Inquisition: A Kinky Lesbian New Adult Romance
Series: DykeLove Quickies, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,930. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
After a quick stipend to pay the rent, July Greenfield agrees to put herself on the spot and answer some very personal questions … in front of a rolling camera. Filmmaker Thalia Akasidou is about to wrap up the last segment of her documentary when an irresistible addition derails her from completing the project as she had initially envisioned. The Inquisition is a Kinky Lesbian New Adult Romance
The Inspection: A Kinky Lesbian New Adult Romance
Series: DykeLove Quickies, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,270. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
After successive false starts, Mercedes Samford caves in to a personal referral and seeks professional help in the love life department. Psychotherapist Roxanne Evers has a hidden talent she employs to help her clients. What she sees in her last intake of the day blows her away and entices her to break the unbreakable code of ethics. THE INSPECTION is a Kinky Lesbian New Adult Romance.
The Investigation: A Multicultural Lesbian New Adult Fetish Romance
Series: DykeLove Quickies, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,980. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
After finalizing an inevitable breakup and toasting her impending celibacy, LeeAnne Song has another thing coming—revenge in the form of a hot cop knocking on her studio door late at night. Dispatched to investigate a tip about a permit violation, Erin MacManus has some personal questions of her own and struggles to resist the consuming urge to violate protocol while on the job.
The Inquiry: An Interracial Lesbian New Adult Bondage Romance
Series: DykeLove Quickies, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
Taylor Sachs has finally earned enough credits to transfer from junior college to the local university. Because of the trek, she’s inquiring about a room that’s closer to campus. Left to foot the bill on the entire rent, Qianna Reeves posts on the student bulletin about the open room and finds a very suitable candidate. The Inquiry is an Interracial Lesbian New Adult Bondage Romance.
The Interrogation: A Lesbian New Adult Spanking Romance
Series: DykeLove Quickies, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,400. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
Caught free-loading at the refill counter, Amber Hawkins is escorted by private security to the manager’s office on the day before her last final exam. On-site supervisor Elise Yarwood finally catches the vixen that has been stealing her condiments and plans to teach the crafty woman some lessons she will never forget. Content Notes: BDSM Erotic Romance, GLBT, FF, Lesbian, Spanking, New Adult
The Interview: A Lesbian Medical BDSM Erotic Romance
Series: DykeLove Quickies, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,070. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
Small town girl Kaylee Hall wants to make it in the big city. Supplementing her weeknight college courses with a day job lands her at the end of her rope. Out at work, Dr. Monica Halverson has a gaping hole in her personal life until she finds the perfect candidate to fill the open position for personal assistant. The Interview is a Lesbian Medical BDSM Erotic Romance written by Jacintha Topaz.
Purr Scent V: The Menagerie
Series: Purr Billionaire BDSM Trio, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,070. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Betrayed by the two people she thought she could trust, Mariah Olsen flees the scene in tears. Meanwhile, Clark Mannings swears that he would be the ultimate Top among the three, and Britt Akerman determines to uncover the scandal that plagues her personal life and her work life.
Purr Scent Volume 1 (Parts I, II, III)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,440. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
A woman awakening to her sexuality... Mariah Olsen dates her vibrator, avoids online dating, and harbors a secret crush. A man hot on a submissive's trail... After negotiations turn sour, Clark Mannings seeks to win Mariah over. A female executive who moonlights as a Domme... Britta Akerman ascends to a seat of power and breaks her own rule: Don't kiss the subs. Three worlds collide. Buckle up.
Purr Scent IV: The Mastered
Series: Purr Billionaire BDSM Trio, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,610. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Emerging from a wild ride to explore her budding sexuality, Mariah Olsen in turn faces two formidable Doms: Clark Mannings and Britt Akerman. Intrigue interrupts her course and increases her pleasure to new and forbidden heights.
Purr Scent III: The Mistress
Series: Purr Billionaire BDSM Trio, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,210. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
A new and disguised Mariah Olsen explores her penchant for pain and pleasure at the hands of a well-trained Dominatrix, Mistress V. Before long, their scene is interrupted by none other than CEO and Dominant Clark Mannings. Purr Scent III: The Mistress is a 21,000-word Purr Billionaire M/F/F (MFF or Male-female-female) BDSM Erotic Romance written by Purr Erotica Romance author Jacintha Topaz.
Purr Scent II: The Makeover
Series: Purr Billionaire BDSM Trio, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,810. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Utilizing the aid of a college friend with a not-so-innocent proposition, a grief-stricken Mariah Olsen flees from her old corporate cut-throat humdrum and starts a new life away from the prying eyes of Dominant CEO Clark Mannings. Only, the aimless wanderer ends up meeting Dominatrix CEO Britta Akerman—executive by day, Domme by night. Is trading life from a Dom for one with a Domme any better?
Purr Scent I: The Meeting
Series: Purr Billionaire BDSM Trio, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 12,500. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Mariah Olsen has mastered separating work ambitions from personal desires in her climb up the corporate ladder. The one thing she didn't count on was being caught mixing the two when daydreaming in a board meeting with visiting executive Clark Mannings, who has his eyes set on punishing her.