Interview with Jolie Mason

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ha. That was too far back. I remember the first thing I ever turned in for feedback from another person. I wrote a romance short story for a creative writing class with an amazing amount of really desperate tragedy. It encouraged me to keep writing, since Mrs. Bracy, one of my best teachers, said I made her almost cry.

I kept writing basically because I made a teacher cry.
What is your writing process?
My process is to treat it like a job. I write what I call a rough legend where I can keep track of characters, events, place names, but, after that, I plod through one chapter at a time writing what comes next. Sometimes, they surprise me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It wasn't my first, but it was MY story. Jane Eyre. I can quote that thing, and I always have a dog eared copy somewhere.

The story, the prose, the message; These all speak to me, but I think I have always been moved to appreciate the female trailblazers who made it possible for the rest of us, and Bronte is that. Making her a kind of hero to me.
What are your three favorite books, and why?
Jane Eyre because it was the first romance that hit me in my heart. The Maude Reed Tale because it was the first novel I ever fell in love with, and Home is the Sailor because it was the first I ever put out there for the world to see.
What do you read for pleasure?
Scifi Romance, some erotica. The occasional mystery. I read constantly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My android. I spend more time reading on my phone than talking on it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter. My presence on Twitter seems to be the most effective thing I do at this early stage. Plus, I love communing with the other geeks.
Describe your desk
Cluttered, but it's just an old second hand table I picked up a few years ago, and a chair. It was part of my decision to make this happen, to write and sell my work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Oh, Southeastern Missouri, right on the river. It's basically southern, and I was just like every other kid talking about how I was getting out of there one day. We all come back. It's inevitable. There's something about the place. It gets in your blood. You're surrounded by battle scars and history and tragedy all the time, and it seeps in, I think.

I think it made me curious about people, and that led to creating new ones and toying with them, building stories that were so like the stories we grew up on. It was a story telling culture. Even when I talk to people, sometimes I'm spinning stories just like the ones who raised me, and there were a lot of people who raised me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is, I think, getting all of these people and places swirling around in my head out and on the page.
Published 2016-11-30.
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Books by This Author

Red Sky At Night
Price: Free! Words: 10,800. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
A special freebie prequel to the Home In The Stars series by Jolie Mason. For a man obsessed with flying away, Arden Badu spent a lot of time on the ground. He’s just returned from flight training, to find his sister up to her ears in love with a useless rich boy from a dangerous family.
Portals: Volume Seven
Series: Portals. Price: Free! Words: 51,300. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Munro. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Volume Seven, your gateway to the world of Science Fiction Romance.
Dimensional Shift: A Free Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 4,390. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
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Jessica and James met, fell in love and then watched the world end, only to have it all start again. Enjoy this free short story from Jolie Mason, Author of the Home in the stars series.