Interview with JJ Rose

Published 2021-08-23.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in kindergarten, but if you're talking professionally, I submitted my first story to a professional publication in 2007 and I was first published in 2009. I started writing erotica probably younger than I should have, and started publishing it in 2018 (my first book was my short-story collection BAKER'S DOZEN).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me the best part of writing is seeing what happens when my outline meets my characters. I can come up with an idea for a book and outline it, but when I actually write it and the characterizations take form, things change, often in unexpected ways. Sometimes I don't even know what's going to happen at the end, and those are the best stories of all.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the very first story I ever wrote, but I do remember the very first fanfic I ever wrote. It was for an assignment in fourth grade, where we had to write about a winter holiday. I wrote a story about the crew of the Enterprise-D beaming down to a planet and learning about Hanukkah. I can't quite remember how it ended, but I do remember how bad the illustrations were. (I really can't draw very well.)
What is your writing process?
My writing process involves a lot of time staring at blank documents, waiting for inspiration to strike. When I do have an idea, I try to start writing it immediately, no matter how long it's going to end up being. Once I get going, I usually have a feel for how long the story is going to need to be, and then I'll do an outline. For short-stories it might just be a few lines; for novels, I write my outlines in paragraphs and include little in-jokes to myself because I think I'm hilarious -- though most, if not all, of the in-jokes never make it into the stories. Then I'll go back to the document and write a few hundred to a few thousand words at a time, trying to get to a point each day where I feel satisfied with what I've done. That doesn't always work, but it works often enough to keep me happy. After the story is done, I put it on the shelf for a couple of weeks and then start my editing process.
What are you working on next?
As of August 2021, I'm working on finding inspiration for new stories, hopefully so that I can put out another short-story collection in a year or so. I'm also editing a BDSM novel about a dog trainer and a BDSM novella about spanking court. (Yes, it exists.)
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't really read a lot of erotica, so I can't list favorite erotic authors, but my current favorite author in any genre is China Mieville, and his book EMBASSYTOWN is my favorite book. I also like Sean McMullen, Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog. She wakes me up every morning between six and eight, and she comes over to my bed to sniff me awake and get pets.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to go from fantasy to horror to sci-fi to mystery and back again. Sometimes if something contemporary looks interesting I'll read it, but lately it's been mostly fantasy and horror.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read everything on my phone. I have it with me all the time, so I might as well use it for that purpose too. I used to have an iPad but I just didn't see the point in reading on a different device.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I wish I could say that writing was my only job, but to be honest a lot of my non-writing time is spent doing work for my other employer. Then there's all the shuttling around of my child, the commuting to and from the office, taking care of the dog... it's a wonder I have any time to write at all. But I make it happen, somehow.
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Books by This Author

Detective Daddy and the Puppy's Outing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,560. Language: American English. Published: August 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
When Will and Tara's friend gets outed as both gay and a puppy player, something about the whole situation doesn't smell right. When they start digging, things don't turn out quite how they expected. The first in a series of stories about a loving, kinky couple who also happens to be pretty good at uncovering secrets and solving problems.