Interview with Jayne Marlowe

Who are your favorite authors?
Colette, Anais Nin, Christa Faust, Edward Gorey, Katy Munger, Kathy Hepinstall, Lawrence Block, Sandra Cisneros, Fannie Flagg
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A hungry cat and the need to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
How many people had a sexual fantasy about a teacher when they were growing up? Out of those people, how many had the fantasy turn into reality and what was the final result? Were the consequences positive or negative?
In "Summer of Consent," your main character is 18 and has a relationship with a man nearly twice her age. Is she too young?
No, she isn't--chronologically speaking. She is of the age of consent. It's not pedophilia. But is she mature enough to handle the situation? THAT is the real question. At that age, you think you know it all, but you really don't. At eighteen, you may be an adult legally, but are you an adult mentally? Some are, some are not...and some never mature at all.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the South and I have always admired the way Southerners can spin a tale. What may appear simple on the surface can hide something very complex, even dangerous, and you ignore it at your own risk. People think they know the South, but I think most of it comes from a successful stereotyping campaign...usually with the help of the politicians. But stereotypes do have some foundation in truth. We are friendly, we are giving, and we are passionate. Gee, how many other groups of people can say the same?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love listening to music, especially ska and classic R&B. I try to read whenever I can. Lately it's been nonfiction. When I can afford it, I love road trips and travelling.
What do you read for pleasure?
Currently it's mysteries, nonfiction, noir, humor. Ironically, I'm not reading too much erotica and erotic romance at the moment. I try not to read a lot of the genre I'm writing in at the moment because I don't want to risk having it influence the story I'm writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was a short story about a pair of couples stranded in a haunted house. I wrote it when I was nine years old.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first short story at the age of nine and my first full-length novel (330 pages) the following year over the course of a summer. I think the reason I was so productive is because at that age, when you have 3 months of nothing to do, you can read a lot and write a lot. So, I did.
What is your writing process?
It usually starts with snippets of dialogue or narrative, and then I try to think of a plot where they would fit. When it comes to writing erotica, I admit that I'll sit and daydream about the sex scenes again and again and again...THEN I'll write it down.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finding other people who "get" me and my writing and my sense of humor. People who can pick up the (pop) cultural or literary references I like to hide in my writing. I love to read, but until recently, there were very few stories on the market representing the type of woman I am, a BBW of color, unless she was a sidekick or mad at the world. But even with more selection these days, I still think there's room for more diversity, and I like writing those stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
Any fan of mine let's me know that I'm not alone and that we'd probably have a good time if we had a chance to meet.
What are you working on next?
In addition to the remaining two parts of "Summer of Consent," I have 3 standalone short stories and a paranormal (erotic) romance novel in the works.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Blogging and Twitter. Follow me! :)
How do you approach cover design?
It's hard fining a range of interracial/multicultural images where the women are different sizes and hues--and ages. The genres of erotica and romance are still geared to equate sexuality with being young and thin. That leaves a WHOLE lot of people out of if the equation. Sometimes I'm lucky to find stock images that can work, but I believe in the future I will have to rely upon artists who can draw what I want.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Back in the day when there were plenty of bookstores, I would spend ages in a store just going down every aisle, looking for something to catch my eye. I'm the same with ebooks in online stores.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've worn other hats in this industry and helped a lot of people to achieve their dreams at being a published author. Now, it's my turn to focus on my own writing and goals. There has never been a better time to be an indie author.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer. I spend more hours in front of it than not.
Describe your desk
My desk is such a mess, it's crazy. I have my trusty laptop, several hanging files with even more files within, a selection of books, a few items of clothing due for the washing machine, and a humidifier. Aren't you glad you asked?
Published 2015-04-02.
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Books by This Author

Big Man on Campus
You set the price! Words: 6,430. Language: American English. Published: May 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Interracial, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Cass Malloy is a businesswoman visiting Dallas. Adam Pierce is a college student out on the town. A hook-up is imminent. Will Cass teach Adam a new trick or two, or will Adam show her he is the big man on campus?