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Interview with Jessewave

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Shall I describe her as a summer's wave -- er, day?

Anyway, a disturbance in the Force. I'm interviewed at length -- exhaustive length -- by Jessewave over at her blogspot. Say what you will about Jessewave (and I said plenty when I saw how long that questionnaire was), she gives good interview.

Please drop on by and say hello. Or ask a question of your own. I'll be hanging out there most of the day in between working on Mexican Heat.

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lisabea
Sep. 8th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
plugged it at MLM...although maybe not quite as, uh, comfortably as one would like. Heh.


Jolly good show.
jgraeme2007
Sep. 8th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
plugged it at MLM...although maybe not quite as, uh, comfortably as one would like. Heh.

Let us not forget about your discussion about crossing the line over at MLM. I'm very interested in your take on Victor's work -- seeing that I addressed some of what I thought might be issues in MOM.

http://lisabea.blogspot.com/

But your point is so well taken, lisabea. A good writer can usually sell us on just about anything. Even...dare I say it? Gold mining.
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emthornhill
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was a pretty intense interview but a very enlightening one for fans.

I'm thinking I have Fatal Shadows first edition, purchased that many years ago with a white cover and an eye that peers to be peeking thru a key hole or a crack in the door? And the very first M/M story I ever read and it was written the way I liked. Lots of story not overdosed with sex. Not that sex is a bad thing but for me its a private thing.

But lately to get the m\m stories you have to buy the near pornograpic ones in which I usually skip over the sex scenes. =/

hmm, yeah, for the record, I don't hate Jacob. In fact liked him quite a bit up until the point he showed he was capable of physical violence and then, well, I do look forward to seeing if things can be worked out for them and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful stories.
jgraeme2007
Sep. 8th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
But lately to get the m\m stories you have to buy the near pornograpic ones in which I usually skip over the sex scenes. =/

It's a fine line. I'm writing for erotic romance publishers, so...I've got to meet the needs of the market, but still stay true to myself -- which I basically do by writing what I'd want to read.

hmm, yeah, for the record, I don't hate Jacob. In fact liked him quite a bit up until the point he showed he was capable of physical violence and then, well, I do look forward to seeing if things can be worked out for them and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful stories.

Thank you. I hope this book turns out to have been worth the wait.
alex_beecroft
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
That is a truly exhaustive interview :) And very very good.
jgraeme2007
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
That icon is great.

That is a truly exhaustive interview :)

Yes. For everyone involved. Congratulations on making it through. *g*
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lordling
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Nice! I think I'll hop on over.
lordling
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
...that is a monster interview.
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orchideyes2
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Interview
I loved the interview. It was fun and you and Laura are both funny and witty. Looking forward to the Mexican Heat Series.

Again, I will disagree with your decision to end the series at 5 books. I am glad you left the door open to maybe more.

I am a mystery series reader! I love the evolution of the characters, their trials and tribulations. P.D. James and John Sandford have written series that are still not stale. I won't mention Nora Roberts/JD Robb's series again, too much, they aren't stale. Most of us have rather mundane lives with little or no real action in it. I suppose writers get sick of certain characters and don't want to hang out with them anymore, but the rest of us love them.

When are the reviews for DOAPK coming out? Have you been notified of any yet that we can read?

Josh Lanyon, superstar, at least you don't have reporters in your face yet!



jgraeme2007
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Interview
Again, I will disagree with your decision to end the series at 5 books. I am glad you left the door open to maybe more.

Well, but you haven't read the fifth book yet!

Maybe you'll feel content with that wrap up.

When are the reviews for DOAPK coming out? Have you been notified of any yet that we can read?

There's a very nice one by Jessewave:

http://reviewsbyjessewave.blogspot.com/2008/09/death-of-pirate-king.html

But I think it's probably best if there aren't too many before the book launches. It's liable to annoy people if they think the book is available and it isn't.

Josh Lanyon, superstar, at least you don't have reporters in your face yet!

Shoot me now.
emmyjag
Sep. 8th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I thought it was interesting for many reasons.

First, you seem like a bit of a maverick. It fascinated me to see that you tailor your books to what is being published at the time. Takes the whole sparkly "write what I wanna and they WILL buy it" glow off publishing for me, lol.

If you weren't writing what you thought would sell, what would you be writing?

ps: they have choices at Olive Garden?? dang, I've been eating only salad and breadsticks for decades
jgraeme2007
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
First, you seem like a bit of a maverick. It fascinated me to see that you tailor your books to what is being published at the time. Takes the whole sparkly "write what I wanna and they WILL buy it" glow off publishing for me, lol.

I need to make a living at it, so I have to be practical about writing what will sell. I can't reasonably expect a publisher to invest in me if they don't believe my work will earn back their investment.

I hope that doesn't seem too cynical.

Also I was trying to find my way through a part of publishing I was unfamiliar with -- the electronic market. So I absolutely studied what was out there and how it all seemed to work.


If you weren't writing what you thought would sell, what would you be writing?

Ah. But here's the catch. It's only the format I tailor. I'm writing what I want to write. If it was just about the money -- I have other writing options. We all do. If it was just about money we'd all be writing porn or for Harlequin.

It's just that as much as I enjoyed trying to master the novella format, I've come to the conclusion that novellas might not be the best use of my limited resources.

But I had to experiment for a while before I could see that. And there will still be novellas because they're fun -- just not one due every couple of months.
batboy126
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Exhaustive is definitely the word. The only thing she didn't ask is 'What's your favourite Muppet?' So I'll have to go on wondering.
jgraeme2007
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
The only thing she didn't ask is 'What's your favourite Muppet?' So I'll have to go on wondering.

Most annoying when I snort up my tea like that...

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dakotaflint
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
You never, ever disappoint, BB.

I like that.
zamaxfield
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
sporffles, batboy126.
addisonalbright
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Goodness! It was exhausting just reading the interview let alone all the comments (well worth the time/effort, though). How many hours/days did it take to get through answering all those questions?
jgraeme2007
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
How many hours/days did it take to get through answering all those questions?

Two evenings -- a couple of hours each. I did get a little crotchety off and on. *g* I'd started it when my wrists were really bad, though, which wasn't a great idea.
laaluna
Sep. 9th, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
Interview
Very long and enjoyable interview indeed. I needed a break after all these information. I really hope you will stop writing the AE series if you think its over. It's so depressing to see your favorite characters live through painfully, forced stories. I stopped to read a few series because I could no longer stand it.
jgraeme2007
Sep. 9th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Re: Interview
I really hope you will stop writing the AE series if you think its over. It's so depressing to see your favorite characters live through painfully, forced stories. I stopped to read a few series because I could no longer stand it.

I would only continue the series if a) there was something left to write about, and b) I still felt the old enthusiasm.

In fact, I'm thinking of a series that ended as it should have and then recently came back -- to less than resounding applause. Not a mistake I want to make.

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jessewave
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Hey Alex and Josh
I just looked up "exhaustive" and the synonyms are "thorough" "comprehensive" "in-depth" etc. etc. I don't think the thesaurus says ANYTHING about being exhausted *g* BUT Alex you learned something from the interview - not to settle for second best writing - so it was well worth it for you :) By the way, some of the questions came from Josh's fans (or fanyons, of which I'm NOT one *g*) who wanted in on the action as soon as they heard about the interview. There's a rumour that framed copies of the interview are fetching as much as $900 on ebay and the bidding is still open *g*
jgraeme2007
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
BUT Alex you learned something from the interview - not to settle for second best writing - so it was well worth it for you :)

Uh...Alex is probably one of the last people who needs to worry about learning THAT lesson. *g*
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jessewave
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Batboy
There were other questions that I didn't ask - I wanted to, but Josh told me I had to be professional. For example do you know what Josh has for breakfast? Does he wear tight jeans? Is his "signature" pic anything like what he really looks like? Does he wear a kilt? Personally I like a man who goes commando.
So you see my dear Batboy this interview could've been even longer *g*

I'm sending you a framed copy that I bought from amazon today so you can hang it over your bed very discreetly LOL
dakotaflint
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Is his "signature" pic anything like what he really looks like?

Wave, you don't need to actually ask Josh that. I can tell you exactly what Josh looks like.

Have you ever seen the old tv show, Charlie's Angels? (Not those craptastic movies.) Well Josh happens to look exactly--it's uncanny, really--like Charlie.

*g*

Feels good to be back in the game.
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batboy126
Sep. 9th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
"For example do you know what Josh has for breakfast?"
Yes. People who give him a bad review.
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