Today’s interview is with J.S. Wayne, author of the newly released Angels Cry, the third book in his Angels Would Fall series. He shares with us the many jobs he had prior to writing, his thoughts on being a male erotic romance author and how he would describe his work in one short phrase.
LUX ZAKARI: For those who may not know you, will you tell us a bit about yourself?
J.S. WAYNE: My name is J.S. Wayne, and I’ve been a writer for sixteen years now. I’m happily married to my best friend, and we have two fur babies, a Norfolk terrier named Munchkin and a border terrier/schnauzer mix named Thor. We just moved back to Las Vegas, and we’re really happy to be back in Sin City!
LZ: According to your site, you have an “eclectic” resume. Do share!
JSW: Oh, God. I knew that remark was going to come back to haunt me! Let’s see here: I’ve worked the usual teenage crap jobs flipping burgers, gyros, etc. I’m ex-Air Force, and I’ve worked as a private paramedical dispatcher, a field and lab technician for a geotechnical consulting firm and a corrections officer, among other things.
My writing resume is as eclectic as my employment CV: I write urban fantasy, erotic romance and horror in various combinations.
LZ: How, if at all, do all your diverse gigs influence your writing?
JSW: Everything I’ve learned from every job I’ve ever done has influenced my writing in some way. Some of the people I’ve met have wound up as plot devices. Many of the conflicts I work into my stories are based on situations I actually have encountered, even if the details are highly fictionalized. And no, I ain’t tellin’! ;).
LZ: Of all the genres you dabble in, which is your favorite and why? Do you think it’s important for a writer to try writing outside his/her usual genre?
JSW: Probably my favorite is fantasy. I’m not much for swords and horses fantasy a la Tolkien, but I still enjoy trying my hand at it!
I absolutely believe that a writer should stretch themselves and try to get involved in other genres. Sometimes, working outside your comfort zone is the only way to learn to do something now. That’s how I wound up here! *grins*
LZ: How did you get started writing erotic romance?
JSW: *Laughs* That is what I’ve learned to call a happy accident! I entered a contest on Writing.com to try to stretch my writing skills and push myself out of my comfort zone. I won twice in a two-month period; after that, I got to seriously considering taking up erotic romance to get my name out there. And, six months later, here I am!
LZ: What draws you to writing erotic romance?
JSW: I love the fact that erotic romance is such a fluid and versatile medium. You can really do just about anything, and as long as there’s a HEA/HFN and a sizable heat factor, you can write a “romance” that’s properly urban fantasy, speculative fiction, or…well, just about any genre that captures your imagination! (And, I’m not going to lie, it’s a lot of fun to get paid to create sexual fantasies!)
Author J.S. Wayne
LZ: Do you find that erotica and erotic romance is a female-dominated genre? As a man, how does it affect you, if at all?
JSW: Not at all. There are a lot of terrific male writers, like KevaD, K.B. Cutter and Bryl Tyne, just to name a few, who have managed to carve out a niche in the genre. Just about everyone I’ve met so far has been wonderfully supportive and generous; during the April Noble Blog Tour, I found myself the only guy in a crowd of nine ladies! Even though I was a rank newbie without a single book on the shelves at the start of the tour, every one of them was very welcoming and understanding when the “noob” made a misstep.
The only way it’s really affected me is that I’ve had more than a few people ask if I’m gay or bi for writing erotic romance. And although I’ve written an M/M novella, I’m still very much a fan of the ladies! ;)
LZ: Will you tell us about your newest release?
JSW: My forthcoming release is Angels Cry, the third installment and first full-length novel in the “Angels Would Fall” series. Here’s the blurb:
Moradiel, the Soulbearer, and his human consort, Ariel, are barely managing to stay ahead of the wrath of the Angel of Death. Azrael is growing more impatient by the moment; he wants Moradiel punished and Ariel dead once and for all, and is not particular about how it comes about. Moradiel’s fellow angels will offer him only limited aid, if they don’t try to kill him outright. In desperation, the fugitives seek refuge in the last place in Creation any sane being would look for an angel: Sin City. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Maddened by Moradiel’s defection from the heavenly Host, Azrael isn’t sane. When he arrives in Sin City to exact vengeance on Moradiel, he leaves Moradiel with a chilling warning: He intends to use Ariel for his own twisted pleasure before consigning her soul to Infernos.
Now, an unlikely band of humans and angels must come together to reunite Ariel’s body and soul. But even darker news awaits them: Because Ariel did not die at the ordained time, Moradiel has started the entire universe on an inexorable countdown to oblivion.
A countdown that began with the first breath Ariel ever drew on Earth. . . .
Angels Cry was released Sept. 12 from Noble Romance Publishing.
LZ: Which of your stories – published or unpublished – is your most favorite?
JSW: I’d have to say that my favorite story so far is Angels Cry. I love Shadowphoenix: Requiem because it was the first novel I ever completed and published, and it stands as the benchmark that proved to all the doubters that I was serious about my writing. But I’ve come such a long way since then, and I really think Angels Cry shows all the best sides of my writing ability!
LZ: How would you describe your work – in one short phrase – to attract your desired audience?
JSW: If you’re not laughing, crying, aroused or terrified out of your mind, then I haven’t done my job!
LZ: What do you have in store for readers next?
JSW: Next on tap, I have a novella for the November Noble Authors’ “Timeless Desire” Blog Tour coming out in October titled “Ancient Magic, Timeless Desire.” And no, the title’s not a coincidence! Soon after that, I have my M/M werewolf novella, “Dancing On Flames,” in the pipeline. Meanwhile I’m staying busy by working on the sequel to Angels Cry, Angel of Death, and I have two other shorts that I’m awaiting word on. After Angel of Death, I have five other novels that have been demanding my attention, including the sequel to Shadowphoenix: Requiem, Requiescat. So, as you can see, I don’t have anything much going on!
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To purchase any of the novels in the Angels Would Fall series and learn more about J.S. Wayne, visit www.nobleromance.com/authors/155.