Q&A Jennifer Lynne
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I have a Degree in Literature and Media Studies, and worked as a business writer/editor for many years. While at university someone dared me to write a Mills & Boon so I did, but of course that first effort was rejected. It did, however, spark an ongoing love of romance writing, and I dabbled in “hobby mode” for many years before finally deciding to submit again to a publisher.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
I wrote a version of Seducing Serena during a difficult period in my first marriage, and submitted to Red Sage. The acquisitions editor at the time suggested a major rewrite, but it wasn’t until after a divorce that I finally decided to do something for myself and rewrite with a view to becoming published. In 2009 my erotic romance novella was published in Red Sage’s Secrets anthology (Volume 28), followed by Pandora’s Gift, and then Educating Ethan with Breathless Press. Since then I’ve embarked on an exciting indie journey with my popular Gods of Love erotic romance series.
Tell us a little more about Demon of Envy:
Demon of Envy is the latest in the Gods of Love series about the Greek gods of desire searching for love in a modern-day world. Each of these erotic romance novellas is stand-alone and the series can be read in any order.
The Gods of Love series is now five books in and to date we’ve met many gods of love (Pothos in book 1, Himeros book 2, Anteros book 3, Aphrodite in book 4, and Phthonos in book 5), how many more Gods of Love books can we expect?
The plan was initially for six books in this series. The final story would feature Eros, the king of desire himself, who would need to call upon every aspect of love (represented by the gods in books 1-5) to melt the heart of Meika, a mortal woman who has been dwelling in a very dark emotional place. However, I’ve enjoyed writing this series so much, and had such wonderful feedback, that I’m considering leaving the series open for more. There are so many Greek gods and goddesses whose stories and myths are perfect fodder for an erotic romance author – we shall have to see how it goes!
Which God of Love has been your favourite to write about and why?
I have two favourites so far – Himeros in Aphrodite Calling, and the latest, Thon in Demon of Envy. Both of these gods are desperate to find someone who will accept them for who they are, with all their faults. Aren’t we all looking for a love like that? In Aphrodite Calling Himeros sees beyond the external trappings to accept Gina, a transsexual heroine, for the beautiful person she is. Gina in turn is the first mortal truly able to “see” the man inside Him’s lonely immortal shell. In Demon of Envy, Thon as the holder of the world’s jealousy and envy, is the quintessential tortured hero. His desperate desire to be good wars with his innate instinct to let loose the demon inside, and his struggle to stay on the right path is painful to witness. I love all my heroes, but these two hold a special place in my heart.
Your books are described as erotic and sensual and certainly you blend the two seamlessly. How difficult is it to write such deeply erotic scenes whilst still giving the reader a strong sensual feel?
I think that is the most difficult part of writing erotic romance, actually. Anyone can put together a sex scene – but to infuse the scene with emotion and angst is much more difficult. Hopefully I have achieved that blend in my writing. For me as a reader, lust without emotion is kind of boring and meaningless, so as a writer I try to bring both to my erotic scenes.
“Hot romance for the intelligent reader” is the tagline for your writing, what led you to that particular description?
It came from a review I received a couple of years ago and I just loved the sentiment it contained. I think the person had actually said I write “erotic stories for the thinking woman”, but not all of my readers are women, so I tweaked the tagline a little to be non-gender specific. J
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
Reading. And dreaming about writing.
Biggest accomplishment to date:
Raising my two gorgeous girls is without doubt the biggest, most difficult and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. In terms of my writing career, I think taking the scary step into indie publishing with Platinum Passion was a huge accomplishment. The learning curve was steep – almost perpendicular, I’d say – and the hours relentless. But what I’ve learnt in a short space of time has been nothing short of amazing, and whether I stay with indie publishing or return to the traditional fold in the future, that knowledge will assist greatly in my ongoing writing career.
What’s next for you?
I’ve just submitted a novella for a sexy anthology collection featuring several amazing erotic authors. The collection will be out in September, and I can’t wait for the go-ahead to share more about this exciting project. Currently I’m working on #6 in the Gods of Love series, called Ice Queen. Beyond that, I have an idea for a new series fermenting in the back of my mind. The new series will most likely be novel-length rather than novella, so I’m quite excited about delving into a book length I’ve never attempted before.
Confessions of an Author:
Favourite snack whilst writing?
Black sweet coffee, with cheese and crackers.
Favourite travel experience?
My trip to the UK to attend my sister’s wedding, followed by a tour around Europe. I was young-ish, and it was the first time I had travelled on my own, without anyone else to worry about. I especially loved visiting the northern part of Scotland where the eerie and somewhat untamed landscape really got to me.
Favourite fictional character:
Kinsey Millhone, the tough uncompromising PI from Sue Grafton’s alphabet mysteries, and Kate Daniels, the kick-ass heroine from Ilona Andrews’ Magic series. Love a strong heroine!
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
Visit Machu Picchu in Peru.
Milk or dark chocolate? Dark. Or none. I have a “savoury” tooth rather than a sweet one.
Red, white, bubbly? Red, or dry bubbly. Dislike sweet wine of any colour!
Salty or sweet? Definitely salty.
Beach or mountains? Mountains.
Give or receive? Give. Especially if you can be there to see the reaction of the receiver!
Demon of Envy
Phthonos, god of envy & jealousy, has been given a second chance at life and love in the mortal realm. The wayward son of the goddess Aphrodite and brother to the erotes is desperate to make up for the mistakes of his past. But is Thon more demon than god? And if the demon Envy wins out, how will this lonely god ever find room in his heart for love?
Olivia is an ordinary woman living an ordered life, but at thirty-two true romance appears to have eluded her. Everywhere she looks people are in relationships or falling in love, but her career and her charity work are enough to keep the demon of envy at bay.
Until the moment he turns up on her doorstep with a demand that rips her life and her heart wide open and leaves her at risk of eternal torment.