Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Interview with CJ Ellisson

Do you have a specific writing style?

I write in first person present tense. It’s becoming more widely seen, but when I first began writing in ’09 I had a lot of peers tell me to switch to past tense or it wouldn’t sell.

Do you write in different genres?

Yes, I do. My first love is the action, excitement, and intrigue of a good paranormal tale—vampires or shape-shifters. Throw in a little sex and I’m a happy camper. These interests lead to my urban fantasy series and a few erotica novellas. I recently added contemporary erotic romance to the mix and I’m thoroughly enjoying the freedom of multiple genres these days!

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

Hands down, I love writing my paranormal series the most. I wish it sold more. I’d happily dive back into those books and never look back. I love the characters and their complexities. It’s never a dull moment at the V V Inn.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Both books in my Walk on the Wild Side series are meant to encourage readers out of their comfort zones. Whether that’s with their current sexual relationship and the hum-drum routine they’ve fallen into, their own lives in how their perceive themselves and the people around them, or in learning to accept (hard truths, small lies, or flaws) as the first step toward finding happiness.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true-life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

I think there’s a little bit of me I every character I write. Sometimes it’s what I’ve experienced in life, an emotion I’ve felt, or a problem I’ve faced on my own. I borrow often from the people around me, too. Life is ever inspiring.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I’m plotting the follow up book after Avoiding Mr. Right. It will be Andrea’s story, who is Andy’s twin sister from the book. I’m also working on a paranormal novella with Boone Brux. It will bridge her characters and mine in an action packed, funny tale based at the desolate inn above the Arctic Circle.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The most challenging thing at the moment is trying to create a storyline that hasn’t bee done to death. I really enjoy taking traditional roles and swapping them in my work. For example, Heather in Vanilla on Top was the one who first initiated sexual contact with Tony, and she kept that pattern up for most of the book. It was only when they became more comfortable with each other that he slipped into the traditional male-aggressive gender role.

In Avoiding Mr. Right Carla takes on the more masculine role of a player who doesn’t want to commit. I had a great time with both heroines and am looking forward to how I can twist the next one to be just a bit off the norm, too.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

Kim Killion from Hot Damn Designs. She did a bang up job and I LOVE it.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

We used to hear over and over again that you should never write to the market and to write the story inside of you. With the acceptance of self-publishing and the ability to hire professional editors, cover artist, and formatters, I think you can break out and write to the market if you can get the book out fast enough. Times are changing and so must a writer’s mind set to succeed. After all, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

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Avoiding Mr Right
Walk on the Wild Side, Book 2
C.J. Ellisson

Genre: erotic romance

Publisher: Red Hot Publishing


Carla Johnson thinks issuing orders to a lover will keep her heart safe and leave her in charge of her own destiny. Afraid for Carla’s future, her best friend Heather implores her to change her self-centered ways, handing her a list of love life mistakes to steer clear of:

1. Casual Sex
2. Friends with Benefits
3. Avoidance of Intimacy

Carla ignores the list—unwilling to face she might have a commitment problem. Until she invites a co-worker to her place one night. She instantly regrets the hum-drum sexual encounter and discourages the accountant from pursuing her. 

Andy Shea refuses to become another lover the feisty blonde dumps. It'll take a patient man with a strong hand to unlock Carla's sexual awareness and win her heart. He’s up for the challenge to convince her he’s the one—and eager to prove this number cruncher won’t make a boring bedmate. 

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About the Author:

C.J. Ellisson is the USA Today Bestselling author of the NYT Bestselling book, Vanilla on Top, the bestselling V V Inn series, and several erotica shorts. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze. Unlike most full-time authors, she's also battling severe chronic illness. C.J. works daily to put her Lupus into remission and continues to fight numerous bacterial infections while her immune system slowly attacks her body. She turned to writing when she could no longer work outside the home and claims the escape of penning contemporary fantasy, erotica, and erotic romance has helped save her sanity.

To learn more about C.J. and her other books, please stop by the author's website http://www.cjellisson.com  or visit her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/c.j.ellissonfanpage