Welcome to another Sexy Saturday! Given my hectic schedule lately, this blog has been nothing but sexiness for the past few weeks — but the regular content of reviews and writing thoughts will return soon. But for today, my Sexy Saturday guest is Jade Buchanan!
Jade’s writing is as eclectic as her reading tastes, with over thirty erotic romance tales currently published. She’s been known to accept writing challenges from friends and family just to see their reactions and Jade is also a firm believer that love and romance are universal concepts, no matter a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
Originally from Northern Ontario, she’s lived in British Columbia and the Sultanate of Oman in the Middle East. Jade currently lives in Calgary, Alberta where she’s hard at work on her next story.
Her latest release was Broken Wings, a side story in the Broken Series at MLR Press.
Jade loves to hear from readers! You can visit her on the web at http://www.jadebuchananbooks.com
1) What was your first experience with erotica / erotic romance?
I’d long been a fan of romance in general and as many readers are I was pretty voracious in finding new books. I remember being on a Laurell K Hamilton message board where people were listing new books and found a recommendation for the Horde Wars series by Sherri L. King at Ellora’s Cave. As soon as I click onto the EC website I knew I’d found books and authors that I would fall in love with. That was probably over a decade ago!
2) Describe your journey from reading to writing to publication.
Once I’d discovered the world of erotic romance I pretty much read everything I could get my hands on. I found out about m/m romance through writers like Ally Blue, JL Langley and Jet Mykles and started following some of them on their yahoo groups. There was a call through one of the groups for reviewers for Joyfully Reviewed and I was intrigued by the idea of getting free books in return for giving reviews. I wrote up a quick review for Willow Bend by Ally Blue and ended up with the job. After a few months my editor at Joyfully told me that she loved the way I worded my reviews and wondered if I’d ever consider writing. I replied that I wasn’t that talented and she pretty much dared me to try to write something. Her words were that if it sucked I didn’t have to show anyone. So, I wrote a little story called Laithe’s Pride about anthropomorphic aliens and showed it to Joy Harris, the owner of Joyfully Reviewed, who immediately told me to send it off to a publisher. I knew enough about the different publishers out there through my reviews that I had an idea of where a short novella like mine would fit. I submitted it to Changeling Press and got a contract in return. Since then I’ve published over 40 stories in seven years.
3) What scene or book was the biggest challenge to write?
I think every writer encounters writing blocks at one time or another, but the worst for me was probably when I was writing the fourth book in the Felidae series, Lev’s Discovery. Not because of anything that was going on with the book itself but because my uncle passed away halfway through the writing of that book and I had such a hard time finding the will to finish it. I’m still not happy with the way it turned out, but it was a good lesson for me to realize that I needed to change my writing style so that I plotted more and pantsed less. I now write in more of a quilting style, where I plot out the main framework and write scenes out of order that get stitched together to form the final book. It’s gotten me through some crisis moments for sure.
4) Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring writers of erotica / erotic romance?
In erotic romance the sex scenes are there to advance the plot. In a good erotic romance they can’t be removed from the story without changing the story itself in some way, so it’s critical that authors know how to write sex scenes that are believable and layered. I joke that I get to watch a lot of porn for research but when I first started writing I used a set of GI Joes and other dolls to work out sex scenes before I wrote them. I wanted to make sure that I had the right positions, hand placements, etc. so that the sex made sense. It can be incredibly awkward to read a sex scene and realize the author messed up the mechanics.
Second, I’ll say what everyone else says… write. Easier said than done some days with the demands that get placed on all of us, but whether you write once a day or once a month, you need to keep writing.
And finally, the biggest thing I’ve learned is to write without placing limits or filters on yourself. Don’t let fear, uncertainty or worry about what others will think stop you from writing the book you want.
5) Tell us a bit about your latest release.
My latest release was Broken Wings, and it’s part of the Mixed Tape series at MLR Press where each of the titles come from classic 80’s hits. Broken Wings is also part of my Broken series, contemporary gay romances set between Calgary and Ontario. Broken Wings features old lovers who get a second chance at love. Nathan first showed up in Broken Silence and I fell in love with him as a character. He’s a lover of woman’s clothing and adventure holidays and he’s quite often the calming influence among his friends. His ex, Tim, left for Hollywood to work in the film industry and they broke up when it looked like he wouldn’t be coming back. In Broken Wings Tim returns to Toronto and Nathan has to decide if he’s willing to risk his heart a second time.
Sounds awesome, Jade!
If you’d like to find out more about Jade and her books, check out her website: http://www.jadebuchananbooks.com
(And while you go and check out her stuff, I’m going back to working on my thesis… see y’all next week! And those book reviews will return soon, I promise!)