Well it's been a hectic week once again, sweeties and thank GOODNESS for the wonderful authors who grace BRB. For today's author interview, I've got the lovely and talented, Jude Mason. A lady who has just recently joined the eXtasy family and is a hometown girl (fellow canuck)! Thank you so much for stopping by Jude. Welcome to BRB and let's get this interview rolling.
Who is, Jude Mason? Tell us about yourself and we want to hear it all!
Well, it’s not as exciting as some might think. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother and long time author of naughty tales. I’ve been coming up with stories for as long as I can remember. I’ve taught the BC hunter training and firearms courses for years I guess I’m what you’d call an avid outdoors-woman, although I don’t hunt or fish now. I do adore anything wild, whether it’s a scruffy raccoon begging for a snack or a majestic bull elks with a royal rack of antlers silhouetted against the sky. Oh, and I can cook whatever comes into the house too. LOL! I’ve always adored cooking and unfortunately my waistline can vouch for that.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I can’t remember not imagining stories. I began actually putting the stories I’d dreamed up on paper when I learned to print, five or so. Later, when I was thirteen or so, I created reams of poetry, badly written, I assure you. Short stories followed. I dreamed of writing novels, but never dared imagine I’d be published. I’d have that chance until I got online. When I hit the web, I seemed drawn to the communities on the Excite pages. I’m not even sure they’re around any longer. I wound up on a writer’s group, then another. A publisher found me there and invited me to submit something. Talk about floored.
Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
The story. That’s as much of an answer as I can give you. The characters of the story talked to me, badgered me, woke me in the middle of the night until I finally took the hint. The first one wasn’t pretty, but it was a beginning.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
Honestly, inspiration is all around. I’m a people watcher and love sitting in the corner observing. Anything I see: A pickup truck with a load of topsoil can become the story of a recently divorced man who’s just coming to terms with his homosexuality. He’s left his wife for a man he’s loved from afar for years. The topsoil is going to his new friends house where they’ll spend the afternoon getting all hot and sweaty.
Or, the topsoil holds the secret to an alien life form. Something had fallen from the sky one night and landed in the dirt, burrowed in and sat waiting to be transported to somewhere dark and wet, where it could mature and emerge.
Or, the woman behind the wheel is delivering the soil to her gardening partner. They run a business and have been hired to landscape this rich, snooty dude’s property. The two women will tame this man. The whips and paddles are under the seat.
There are stories everywhere.
What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
Erotica began as a healing balm. Some abuse at an early age needed a way to vent and the prose I wrote were it. Back then it was horrible stuff not fit to see the light of day. Later, I saw the stories, or was shown them by the characters who pushed passed the ugliness I’d written for quite some time. The genres I fall into when I’m not chasing some call for submissions are femdom and m/m. I grew up reading science fiction and would love to try my hand at it. There are just so many possibilities there. I’m not sure if I could ever do a mainstream ms, but you never know. Steampunk is another genre that’s a draw, science fiction with a twist.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
Uh, good question. It varies. There are times when I read a call for submissions and the story is suddenly there. Not all the details, but the main story line, the plot, the characters, all of it…boom. Other times, I’ll get the title. I’ve got a shorter piece called Roses Have Thorns. I got that all at once and had to write like a crazy woman to get it all. I’ve had a few like that and it’s amazing.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
That varies too. Sometimes I’ll sit and look at a blank page for EVER. Other times, I’ll have the first few chapters done then sit back and wonder where the heck I’m going. The ending is usually easy. I race for it. I hate stopping when I get to the last chapter.
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
I’m assuming each book we write is influenced by who we are, our experiences, our likes, dislikes, even where we live or the places we’ve been. I know I draw from the wildlife aspect of my life. The sexuality, well, hard to say. I’ve written just about ever combination there is to have sex…and I’m not equipped to actually do some of it.
Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
No, I’ve never had trouble writing the sexy parts. The inspiration…the pace of the story, the characters, the actual story. I couldn’t just sit down and write a sex scene without at the very least, imagining some kind of story about the characters.
Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
I’m of the open and bold school. I think that’s part of why I’d have trouble writing mainstream. If you close that bedroom door, I’d want to be peaking in the keyhole to see what was going on.
Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
Mostly, they’re imagined people. I do admit to seeing a bit of my husband in a few of them though. *Big grin*
Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
One!? What is this one thing? There are simply too many for me to choose just one. I adore Doc, the lead in my new series. But there’s also Sammy, he’s this flaming gay, dominant who is out of this world crazy. Oh, and I couldn’t ever forget Joshua, the changeling who lived in the bush and needed someone to find him, love him. And, and, Slither, he’s the sexiest stud…and Jonathan, my psychic, Trevor, the spaceman negotiator…LOL! Honestly, I could never pick just one.
Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
My latest with eXtasy is the re-release of Amber’s Toy. Here’s the blurb:
Overweight and unattractive, Amber thought she'd finally found love only to have her heart broken by hunky Tony Jeffers. When he humiliates her, she decides to devote her life to helping others, and forsake ever finding a man. A tragic plane crash proves to be her salvation. After a stint with a jungle tribe, and with the help of the wise woman of that tribe, Amber finds the means to avenge herself, and keep Mr. Hunk from hurting anyone else. To top it all off, when the bad boy realizes who it is and what she's doing, it's a huge turn on for him. Can the two find love after all?
Link: eXtasy Books
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM, femdom
Now, my latest release of a new book is one I wrote with my co-author Jenna Byrnes called Dylan’s Dilemma and came out on April 4th with Total E-Bound. Here’s the blurb:
Book five in the Kindred Spirits Series
A handsome hunk, skeptical of ghosts, and the bad boy ex-con who’s stolen his heart, have a rousing good time at Whiskers’ Seaside Inn.
Dylan Wyatt doesn’t believe in ghosts. That’s what he keeps telling himself, night after night, when noises and unusual happenings at Whiskers’ Seaside Inn wake him. He’s there for two weeks running the place while his brother Cade and groom Ethan are away on their honeymoon. His first assignment is to oversee the removal of the wedding tent, tables and chairs. Dylan decides he’s more interested in watching one of the workmen, handsome, hunky Scott.
Besides having a tiger tattoo running from his neck to his wrist, Scott’s got a waist-length braid and has done prison time. He’s not Dylan’s usual type, but that might be part of the attraction. Dylan hires the handyman to do some work at Whiskers’, and winds up getting a lot more than he bargained for.
Like it or not, Dylan’s forced to figure out what’s going on if things at Whiskers’ are ever going to return to normal. If there is a Whiskers’ normal?
Link: Dylan's Dilemma
Genre: Gay MM/ Paranormal
What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
I’m working on the second book in a series called Daybreak 2525, called Jazz. I’m not sure what the publication date will be, but if you’re interested in hot m/m action, check my website or sign up for my newsletter to find out.
How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.
Publishers: eXtasy of course, Total E-Bound, who I’ve been with for years and am incredibly happy with. I’ve also work with Noble Romance, Cleis Press, Logical Lust, Thunders Mouth and probably a few more. As for the list of books, it’s much easier to follow this link to my backlist.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
Great question, and I really don’t have a good answer. I’ll continue writing. I can’t see myself ever stopping. I’m incredibly happy doing what I’m doing now. I write what I want. I submit to publishers who are incredible and who it took me some time to find. I’ve got books in print, and it’s awesome to have that solid weight in my hands. But, for me, I make more in e-books, so I’m happy to continue working with basically e-book publishers. As my husband is retired now, I can see myself slowing down a little, but I’m not sure. Only time will tell.
Thanks for coming to BRB Jude - it was awesome to have you! May 6 Edward's back! BL Morticia on May 7! I'm posting @ IRM today, May 4 and @ RLJ May 6 - my farewell! But not to worry I'll still be posting, while I'm on holidays. Have a great day everyone!
Happy Yaoi Hunting ^_^!!