Welcome to BRB sweeties. Today's guest is a multi-talented talented lady, that I happened across through twitter. I'm not sure how it happened, but we started re-tweeting each other's posts and now she's here. Please welcome fellow erotic author and twitter bug, SammyJo Hunt! SammyJo tell us about yourself.
My name is SammyJo Hunt. I’m single, just turned 44, have never been married and have no children. I’m a graduate student going for my Masters Degree in Therapy and Counseling. I also have a degree in Social Work and have worked for Child Protective Services as an investigator and case manager. I very much enjoy helping people and serving as an activist and advocate for the underdogs in our society.
On the flip side of that very serious and rather intense career path, I enjoy reading and have always loved to read a good sexy romance, mystery/ghost story, or suspense novel. Having always been a decent writer, I finally decided to pursue becoming published as a way to have a secondary career while finishing my graduate degree. It’s turning out to be a great deal of work, but it’s fun, rewarding, and I’ve met a number of really wonderful people in this industry. And the best part is, I get to write stories which people enjoy reading. I get the opportunity to share my fantasies and creativity with others. It’s a great departure from the serious nature of my schooling and primary line of work, and it’s a wonderful creative outlet for me. So that’s pretty much me in a nutshell. And yes, I’m very busy! :D
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve always been a writer at heart and always loved to tell stories. Therefore, I’ve written stories since I was in grade school. I just never seriously considered getting published until my friend and fellow author of Chasing the Dream Anthology, the lovely Sue Brown, encouraged me to try. She’s been a great support and a prominent pom pom waver in this venture of mine.
Additionally, I wrote my first romance at the age of 15. Though I do write research papers for school, creatively I much prefer to “pen” a good romance or suspense/adventure story. For personal enjoyment, I’ve been writing for the past 2 years in the m/m romance genre and reading and writing some m/m fan fiction. That’s how I fell in love with reading the m/m genre and found it to be extremely hot! When I started writing, I decided to try my hand at something different, and pursued writing the m/m genre because it’s so interesting.
Not just that, but I adore a good story with a happily-ever-after ending. I think we all enjoy knowing our hero or heroine has gotten his/her true love. We’re socially conditioned to seek after that one special partner, to find and hold onto true love. Happy endings where deep, loving relationships occur for two people are a great inspiration for me. It’s something I’m still seeking in my own life. We all want to believe in true love.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
The majority of my inspiration comes from within, and is based on my own personal interests and experiences with love and life. From there, I just need to see a sexy picture (I confess, I love looking at pictures of sexy hot men) or be given a snippet of plot idea and the story just blooms from there. Everyday occurrences and events inspire my ideas for new stories all the time.
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?
I’m currently co-writing an erotic thriller, murder mystery with Derek Johnson at present entitled Murder, Most Likely. Its due to be released Dec. 3rd. While it’s still erotica, its male/female and ménage, combined with elements of the BDSM lifestyle. Until now, everything I’ve written in this genre has been entirely male/male in nature. So actually, this project is my first venture into writing hetero sex and/or ménage scenes.
And honestly, no, I don’t think I’d want to veer outside of writing erotic romance because I grew up reading and loving traditional romance novels. The one thing that always bugged me was the lack of culmination in sexual encounters which left me frustrated as a reader. With writing erotica, I get to fulfill those desires and fantasies, and take my characters all the way through to satisfying climax. If that makes me feel complete, then I know it will also do that for my readers. I love that we can be explicit in this genre, without being crude. Erotica is not porn. Its explicit, yet beautifully choreographed completion of love, sex and romance for the main characters in our stories.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
More often than not, I get a plot idea or suggestion which inspires the characters to be born or created. The title naturally just comes as an extension of the plot and focus of the story’s subject matter. But it has happened in different order, where a character inspired a story. I’ve not yet had the experience of a story title inspiring either a plot or a main character.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
Generally speaking, it’s knowing what the first few sentences are that are the most difficult. The right words often set the tone for the rest of the story. For me, they are key in creating a mood or ambiance which determines much of how the story reads. However, there have been a few times when I’ve gotten hung up on a scene in the middle of a story. But honestly, the first few lines is generally the most difficult to write. After that, the rest is pretty much a breeze.
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
Yes, to some extent. I have a great wealth of knowledge personally, career-wise, and professionally from which I can draw to extract plot ideas. When one has been through a lot of trials and struggles, it deepens and carves out one’s own character. That woman which lives inside my heart and mind is ultimately the voice behind my characters. My readers get that in my stories. They know I’m honest, deep, sensitive, intelligent, loving, loyal, and passionate. Everyone responds well to those kinds of characteristic traits. We appreciate those things in others; therefore, people appreciate those aspects being written into my main characters.
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?
It depends on the story and plot. But generally, while sex scenes are easy for me to write, keeping them spicy yet different than all the other sexual encounters in the book is a challenge. No one wants to read the same sex scene several times in a story. That always poses a challenge to make them different and hold readers’ attentions, not to mention my own. Creating variety is essential. And I draw my inspiration from some of my own past loves who were wonderful to me, as well as from some of the great fiction out there which I’ve read myself.
Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
Thus far, my favorite character has been Zandor Kelzsvar, my gentleman vampire in the story The Soul Awakening. You’ll find this short story featured in the newly released anthology Chasing the Dream from Silver Publishing, with my co-writers GA Hauser, Sue Brown, Patricia Logan, and Lisa Worrall. Zandor is both a creature of the night and man with great depth of character. He is mannered, educated, and a passionate, caring lover. But most of all, he has great self control and unfailing personal honor. I’d like to think that somewhere out in the world exists a man just like him since I’m still searching for my own Mr. Right. Though, he certainly doesn’t have to be a vampire to make me happy. In fact, that part is pretty much just fun and fantasy.
Tell us about your newest release.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m pleased to announce the release of my story contribution The Soul Awakening to Chasing the Dream Anthology of m/m stories. It’s available from Silver Publishing, Amazon.com, and other major retailers in eBook format, and will be released soon in paperback edition. Here is the official blurb and bit about each featured short story in this compilation:
Official cover blurb for Chasing the Dream Anthology:
Chasing the dream…something every one of us aspires to. But every dream is different for each individual. Some crave love, fame, or immortality. And for still others, they desire power and riches, and all that comes with it.
In this anthology, share in the vivid imaginations of five bestselling authors who are masters of the genre, each writing steamy, hot passionate stories of men loving men, men sharing their bodies, who hope to attain their own secret desires.
Come along for the sensual journey that awaits you, and get lost in this collection of must-have gay erotica. Let these stories steal you away to another world where hot men share their deepest hopes and fantasies with you, while they’re Chasing the Dream.
Individual Story blurbs for Chasing the Dream:
Nasty Boys by Ga HauserFirefighter by day, sex god by night, ‘Clyde’ chased his dream in Hollywood to be the top gay male porn star in West Hollywood. What Clyde didn’t expect was a little help from a pretty-boy superstar. ‘Blaze’ lights this fireman’s world on fire!
Chasing Deuce by Patricia LoganHas Colt’s fantasy of bringing Slade into the bedroom with Deuce driven Deuce away for good or can Colt lure the handsome cowboy home to be loved by two instead of one? Slade has been in lust for Colt for years. Will he get the opportunity to taste the man he’s always wanted and the added bonus of his cowboy lover?
Dreaming of You by Lisa WorrallNoah Kinkade is an up and coming designer, one of the best newcomers in the field. When he is hired to restore the old Seevers mansion to its former glory, he thinks all his dreams have come true. He doesn’t know how right he is.
Racing raindrops by Sue BrownCaught by an unexpected rain shower, Tony DiMarco seeks shelter in a bar. The last thing Tony expects is to be propositioned by the hot bartender and his equally hot cousin. Mac and Chase make it clear it’s his decision, but Tony is torn between his desires and his responsibilities. On a sudden whim he decides to let the raindrops sheeting down the window make the decision. If they go right he’ll say yes to a night of sex that might blow his world apart, if the rain goes left he’ll leave and never look back.
The Soul Awakening by SammyJo Hunt
While on promotional tour across Europe, Michael Nolan’s rental car encounters engine trouble and leaves him stranded in the dead of night. The offer of help from a tall dark stranger sets him upon a life-altering course of events. It could lead to love…but more likely, his own private hell.
You can find SammyJo Hunt at the following websites:
Personal Website and Blog: http://sammyjohunt.livejournal.com
Just for fun–What is your favorite color(s)?
My favorite color is forest and/or sage green. It matches my dark green eyes and I have a lot of these two shades in my wardrobe.
Which do you prefer a great hero or a great villain?
A great book cannot be without either of these. But, if required to choose, I always want my hero or heroine to come out victorious at the end. So I’d have to side with having a great hero/heroine.
What is your favorite movie? And why?
My favorite movie is a tie between several. I love Cinderella stories and finding true love. My three favorites are Ever After with Drew Barrymore, Notting Hill with Julia Roberts, and Pretty In Pink with Molly Ringwald. In each, we have a strong yet vulnerable main female character who eventually figures out a way to get her man. I love that. It’s a ‘feel good’ type of thing that we all crave and hope for.
If you could be anyone in the world who would it be? And why?
Interesting question, I must confess. For the most part, I just want to be myself. But if I had the chance to switch places for awhile, I think I’d like to be Julie Andrews. She’s lovely, so very talented, a lady, and a wonderful movie actress. And since I also sing semi-professionally, her voice is one I ascribe to because she’s just so gifted. I’d like to sing as she does for a day or maybe two.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
Honestly, I actually see myself writing more in the line of professional therapy and research papers for my primary career, just because it’s a necessary part of being a therapist. As for writing erotic romance, I see myself turning out at least a couple of new books or novels every year for the next, perhaps, decade. I enjoy it too much to consider giving it up. Again, it’s a creative outlet for me and such a shift in subject matter, that I too enjoy the escape to passion, adventure and romance every now and then.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog. It’s truly been a pleasure to be here with you and to share with you and your readers more about myself and my work.
Best wishes to all!
It was wonderful to have you here, SammyJo and I wish you the very best of success in the future!
Blak Rayne ^_^!!