Interview with FF Jensen

"Bittersweet Symphony" was awarded the Bronze Medal in the New Adult Fiction category of Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards. How does that feel?
Weird, unreal, but VERY GOOD!
I would have never thought that my first novel would win an award.
So what's next?
Ah, of course... I'll continue writing more books... and now that I mention it, I just published another book!
So, what's your new book about? Is it another novel?
No, this time I published an anthology of short stories, "Bedroom Short Stories for Discerning Adults, Volume 1". They're five short stories about... say... people that could be your next door neighbours. There's no BDSM or extreme sexual fantasy; there are situations in which sparks fly and characters experience a defining moment in their lives. Nothing would be the same after they have those completely unexpected experiences...
How did you become interested in erotica?
When I was in my early teens, my mum had a novel by Renato Strozzi called "La Emperatriz Impúdica: Vida Privada de Catalina la Grande" (The Shameless Empress: The Private Life of Catherine the Great). That book was off-limits but I found a way to sneak it off the shelf and read it on the sly. That novel is a page turner to the point that I'd read it for hours, fearing I'd get caught. Luckily it didn't happen. Otherwise I would've really been in trouble!
Leaving aside the excitement of reading such a book behind my parents' back, I was acutely aware that it was a very well researched historical novel. I look forward to writing something like that in the future! Of course I wouldn't choose Catherine the Great...
After that novel, there were many short stories by several authors, too many to list them here. The name Marco Vassi comes to mind as that of a deeply creative short story writer.
I also read "Madame Bovary" and it's superbly written, but I can't relate to what other readers have said about it.
We're looking forward to "Bedroom Short Stories... Volume 2". When will you publish that one?
I don't know. I started working on a novel, but I sometimes write unrelated scenes as they come to mind, probably the proto-ideas for Volume 2. One of the characters in Volume 1 will feature in the novel I'm currently writing, but shhh! It's a secret!
Now seriously, two of those pieces are based on Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Fantasy. Erotic Edgar Allan Poe fan fiction? Maybe.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
These days it's hard for me to say. I'm also a postgraduate student at uni, and I have to write assignments, so writing means delivering a 1500-word paper that responds a certain question in a fully referenced, scholarly way. When I finish an assignment, I feel very pleased with myself.
Carving out time for creative writing has been a bit difficult lately. I've got long commutes by train and that helps, but I need to refocus. It isn't easy, and "real life" has a manner of getting in the way...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I go to the gym and the pool, catch up with friends, read the news... I'd love to go dancing! Haven't gone dancing in a while. I've got two novels lined up that I'd love to start reading soon. One of them is "Lights Out In Wonderland" by DBC Pierre. The other is "Mi Hermana Frida" (My Sister Frida) by Bárbara Mujica, a historical novel on Frida Kahlo.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A bit by chance, by looking at iBooks or Kindle. Sometimes I know what I'm looking for and the "search" button becomes my best friend. I also look at the emails that Goodkindles sends me and end up finding something worth reading, or at least worth leafing through.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own covers. Having graphic design experience is both a blessing and a curse: I can do my own designs at zero cost, but I sometimes find it next to impossible to settle on a design. The "Bittersweet Symphony" cover was the fifteenth design after at least ten different concepts. I started the work on Adobe Photoshop and added a flower design that I created in Adobe Illustrator. For the final layout of the print cover I used Adobe InDesign. IndieMosh, my e-publishing facilitator, has useful template files and spine calculators that sped up the layout.
We shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but covers need to express the essence of a book. "Bedroom Short Stories..." features a very powerful image by iStock. I only had to lay out text, and it had to be neat, crisp and clear. I'm not too happy with the thumbnail, but it's still visually very gripping.
Thanks for talking to us and congratulations on your award!
Thank you! Would you like a glass of red?
Published 2015-08-26.
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Books by This Author

Bedroom Short Stories for Discerning Adults, Vol 1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,920. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015 by MoshPit Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Erotica » General
They act upon an unexpected encounter, a fantasy or an obsession, and end up in a bedroom—though a nonoperational lift or a garden shed would do as well. No masks, collars or restraints required—only the power of desire, the erotic equivalent of striking a match. These five stories depict what happens when the unexpectedly amorous enters the lives of people who could be your next door neighbours.
Bittersweet Symphony
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,930. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014 by MoshPit Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
*** WINNER - BRONZE MEDAL - 2015 Global Ebook Awards *** Lena Foch has come a long way despite her bipolar disorder, but her stability is at risk: some of those closest to her aren’t what they seem to be. After taking a snap decision, she starts a new life journey. Her old erotic self is awakened and sexual tension arises in unexpected and inconvenient situations.