Interview with J.D. Harding

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Discovering the story.
Many times inspiration comes at inconvenient times- the shower, driving, in a class or meeting- and a quick note (mental or physical) is all there is time fore. Later, when putting pen to the paper, so to speak, it transforms into something larger. The grand scheme of things unfolds as I go.
And then of course there is always getting to meet a new character. Whether they are fighting for the side I am rooting for, or the other team, they all have something inter sting about them. I enjoy getting to know what that is and sharing it with my readers.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working through an 8 short series in the Beneath the Rose. When it is done I will take a break from the serials and move on to individual, unconnected shorts.
What I am really excited about, however, is the new collaboration with a few other writers coming this October. The series itself revolves around the Fae and all that they do in this realm, and the others. And of course there is the erotic nature of the beast that is explored. The Veil of Undoing series has got to be the project I am most excited about at the moment. I just cannot wait for October!
Who are your favorite authors?
Such a tough choice! The list could go on forever.

Jules Verne
Anne Rice
Ann McCaffrey
Lewis Carrol
Edgar Allen Poe
Bram Stoker
Laurell K. Hamilton
Neil Gaiman
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Words.
Poetry, songs, novels, discussion. The sheer communication from one being to another utilizing words. The whole idea of words turns me on- and not just in the erotic sense. Stimulation at its finest, motivation at its core fore me are words.
Even the poignant silence becomes an unspoken word at times.
And coffee. Probably more coffee than words (at first).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Listening to music, walking, painting, reading and thinking. Exploring new fields of art (such as pottery, crocheting, dance, photography, etc.) and practicing accents. Currently working on my British accent.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to browse. It doesn't have the same aesthetic appeal as browsing through a bookstore, big chain or mom and pop, but it has it's own appeal. I play with the settings (start at the last page, move the price range, or search by title/authors that begin with random letters) or check out what my favorite authors and friends are reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh deer yes! It was actually a fan fic with a close friend of mine. A high school melodramatic comedy about sex. It's base was not erotic, rather, hilarity. Up until that story I had only written essays or poetry.
Describe your desk
Small, tidy (I lie), and organized (by an oscillating fan).
What are your five favorite books, and why?
How to choose?
1. Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice:
The character development between Luis and Lestate enchanted me. How one person could thoroughly walk through and explore two different types of vampires (the classic monster and the later developed but now classic tortured soul) at the same time and make both of them believable and compelling. To maintain the empathy of the reader while showing such outlandish extremes was new to me at the time I picked up this story.
2. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien:
This is an epic tale. There is no other way to describe it. The entire world is a fantasy land I have spent many days, months even, exploring.
3. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore:
Whenever I need a laugh- a good, hearty laugh- at all of the issues of everyday life and how it assails everything living it I read this book. It touches on a lot of real life drama with a genius compilation of hilarity.
4.HP and Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling:
Of all the HP books this one is my favorite. This was when they started to get darker and it has my all time favorite Harry Potter character in it. Sirius Black! No spoilers (though it has been quite long enough already) but there are some major feelings rolling around about that character. Every time....
5. Wicked by Gregory Maquire:
I love stories that flip the archetype. Turning the bad guy inside out and revealing that they too were doing what they felt was right. Hearing the other side. Maybe they didn't do it the best way, or think things all the way through, but deep down, when the story is done, you understand. This also happens to be why I love the movie Maleficent!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Bringing Down the Heat, #3 in Beneath the Rose - a short story erotica series- can be summed up as follows:
Supernatural crashes into the mundane in a violent way. Patrick, our protagonist, must learn to recognize where life's strangeness crosses over to the other side. First, though, he has to believe.
Then for kicks throw in an old flame and see how the fire ignites!
Published 2014-07-09.
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Books by This Author

The Wild Hunt
Series: The Veil of Undoing. Price: Free! Words: 36,370. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Between the waking world and dreams, there is the Veil. One day of the year is known as the time when the fabric between worlds slips away, and our ancestors knew that dangerous things lurked beyond what we call reality. They have been called many things, but they were almost universally feared. And they haven’t gone anywhere...and they continue to ride... The Wild Hunt.
Within the Rose
Series: Beneath the Rose, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,160. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Marcus Conall has been with the Brotherhood for more than a handful of decades, so when he learns that the woman he met that night on the streets might be the Slayer, he knows just what to do. Yet, when he is near her, he finds there is little room for anything but desire. With tension building between them, can he look past the heat and see her for what she is? Or will she use him to escape?
Hunger of a Hunter
Series: Beneath the Rose, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,140. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Ten bodies have been found. Ten murders with no hint or clue as to who the killer is. But he knows who is looking for him. The Brotherhood of the Rose, Detective Hardwin, and Aradia...the little lamb of a witch that found him. Will she see him for what he is? Or can he keep her trapped as a puppet of pleasure in her dreams while he stalks the night?
Secret Gardens
Series: Beneath the Rose, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,140. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Sometimes secrets are best left in the past, but when desperation forces Kass to call her secrets back to her she finds she might not have what it takes to keep them at bay. Can they find the answers Kass and Dee are so desperately looking for? Can Dee survive the payment they ask for such a query? And what is it that Aradia is so afraid of that she won't tell her lover?
Bloody Thorns
Series: Beneath the Rose, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,920. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Dee is frantically searching for any clues to track down the Bloody Rose Slayer, but the killer hasn't left any clues to follow. Not easily dismayed she puts her heritage to good use and creates a tracking spell to find whoever is behind the gruesome deaths. Can she find the killer in time? And if she does find the Bloody Rose Slayer can she handle going up against the force behind the crime?
Bringing Down the Heat
Series: Beneath the Rose, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,510. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
In Laredo, Texas a killer is on the loose. Patrick, the best detective on the force, is given the case. But even he might not be able to catch the Bloody Rose Slayer before the next victim falls prey to the mysterious death. In a last ditch effort to find any information, especially about the inexplicable cause of death, Patrick visits an old flame. The price of information, however, isn't free.
Garden of Temptation
Series: Beneath the Rose, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,240. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is an explicit work of erotic fiction, and is intended for adult audiences, only. Within the mysterious world of the Garden Maze an ambitious woman seeks the Keeper. It is the only thing that can grant safe passage into the center of the Maze, where the sleeping beauties lie in wait for someone to take them, or take their place. If she wins, she earns a thrall of power and pleasure...
Naked Moonlight
Series: Beneath the Rose, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 8,380. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
This is an explicit work of erotic fiction, and is intended for adult audiences only. As the self proclaimed protector of her city Aradia hunts Nightwalkers, the ghastly monsters better known as vampires. She stalks the night in her favorite form and when she bites off more than she can chew she learns she isn't the only person in town who can shift.