Hello again my lovelies. I thought I would add some exciting new content to my blog and expand a little. I hope you will enjoy this interview with Gay Erotica Author Jay Ellison. It was so much fun to pick his sexy brain. 🙂 If you are a gay romance or erotica author please feel free to contact me for an interview. Now… on with the show!
I want welcome Jay Ellison, the author of the Wolves of Wall Street series to the J. Ashburn Blog. Thank you Jay for taking the time to do this interview for my blog. I’m a big fan of your work and knew we would connect when I found out we shared a love of Paranormal Gay Romance and especially Shifters.
When did you first start writing fiction? That was probably around grade school. I used to write books about animal facts and staple them together, ha!
Did you have any formal writing training or education? Actually, I have a background in advertisement, so unless you count ad copy, no.
What drew you to the paranormal as opposed to just plain romance fiction? I’m kind of a closet fan of horror movies, the real classic stuff, and movies like The Wolf Man and Curse of the Werewolf are staples of my Halloween viewings. I think CotW is a pretty sexy film, and I often have that and Oliver Reed in the back of my mind while I’m writing The Wolves of Wall Street series.
What do you do to tackle a project? Do you write outlines or keep all in your head? I’m kind of a seat-of-your-pants writer. I mean, I write some things down, and then I pitch it like, “Well, here’s what happens, basically…” and if the publisher thinks it’ll work, I’ll just dive in and try and make it work. It’s worked out really well so far.
What drew you to Courtesan Press and working with Eden Myles? We shared the same online workshop and just really clicked. Eden had the outlet and I had the material she wanted to publish.
Where do your ideas come from? Other books and movies, mostly. But I also like to borrow some elements from nighttime soap operas. I think it’s a really excellent way to mine ideas.
Did you ever feel uncomfortable writing the “steamy scenes?” I think maybe the first time, but, then, after that, you sort of realize that this is as much a part of the characters as what they wear or what their favorite food is. You can express personality as much in sex as in anything else you’re writing about.
The romance genre, particularly gay romance, seems to be predominately written by women authors, were you hesitant to get into this type of fiction and how do you manage expectations from readers? I haven’t really seen any disadvantages. I think the genre has gotten very progressive over the years. There are more and more guys stepping up to the romance plate. It’s extremely liberating.
How does your family react to you writing gay erotic romance or do they know? See, that’s what pseudonyms are for!
Have you ever thought of trying another genre? I have some interest in doing historical romance, or just plain historical literature. Who am I kidding? I just like cowboys and pirates, lol.
What do you like to read when you’re not writing? I like classical literature. William Golding, Nathanial Hawthorne. I also don’t mind diving into the forerunners of romance—Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and the Regency writers. I think it’s important to understand where everything came from. On the other hand, I’m also a fan of pretty much any kind of pulp literature.
Who is your favorite writer? I’m a big fan of Ian Fleming.
What current projects are you working on? More books in The Wolves of Wall Street, and maybe something new in The Dollhouse Society. I would like to expand into the shared underworld of TWoW, maybe explore the Fae and the scandalous secrets of the Summer Court as first seen in In Wolf’s Clothing.
What can readers expect in the future from you? More hot, supernatural protagonists, of course!
Where can readers find you and your work? The best place to catch new titles is by signing up for alerts from https://courtesanpress.wordpress.com.
Thanks so much for taking the time the do my interview, it was fun for me, how was it for you? Lol. It was fun. Thanks for having me!
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