I am J. M. Jones, and I write and self-publish short stories. Most of these stories are erotic romance, and all of them feature queer relationships. As of the moment, I'm focusing on gay couples, but in the future, I plan to expand to lesbian couples, polyamorous relationships and other more inclusive stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, definitely. Well, it depends on whether you count the stories I wrote for school assignments. If you do, then the first story I wrote was in Grade One. It was a thrilling saga about a fox and was illustrated by a six year old me, although the exact details of the story escape me now. It also happened to be four pages longer than the one page requirement, and my teacher at the time had a talk with my parents about it after the fact.
If you don't count school assignments, then that would be an eleven year old me. Picture an eleven year old sitting upstairs in her room, partially bored and partially frustrated by the most recent squabble with her parents. Then picture that same eleven year old taking a binder full of blank paper and writing out the first chapter of a half-demon, half-witch girl whose parents were never around, not even when her secret heritage was revealed to her by a stranger. I think I still have it lying around somewhere, although I'm not certain I want to re-read it, honestly.
What is your writing process?
That... really depends, to be honest. Longer pieces tend to get planned out for me. With, like, a vague story arc plan, then a chapter-by-chapter plan with reminders of what should go in each scene. I actually have entire notebooks dedicated to planning out individual chapters of longer works. Shorter pieces usually appear into existence, where one day I'm looking at a blank screen and the next I'm wondering how it ended up one to ten thousand words longer than intended. Or I have to go back and plan chapters, because it somehow changed from a short story to a chaptered piece while I wasn't looking.
Either way, once I have a draft, I go back and... pretty much rewrite the entire thing. Typically, I have a feeling for which scenes are too wordy or don't go into enough detail, which is what that helps with. Then I send it off to a friend, wait an undetermined amount of time before I remind said friend that I want them to look it over, and am shamed when it comes back. I almost always have repeated or straight-up wrong words throughout the document that I never notice on my own terms.
Brion finds himself between a rock and a hard place when the results of the potion him and Alex have been brewing together turn out differently than expected. Maybe drinking said potion without checking the potential side effects isn't as great of an idea as he thought it would be.
Viktor le Fey is the most well-known man in the city. He also happens to be the person who finds Percival sneaking around a place he shouldn't be. This might not be what Percival signed up for, but it turns out better than he imagined it would.