Today I have prolific romance author, Rebekah Jonesy, on my blog.
Tell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
I am currently writing the second book of my trilogy Unsuitable. It’s a billionaire with a fetish romance. Stuart has managed to keep not only his kinks hidden from his friends but also his fast-accumulating wealth. He lives in the south and is deeply aware that it wasn’t that long ago that people who enjoy bdsm were not only considered sexual deviants, but were also considered mentally ill. He longs to be accepted for who he is and not just tolerated because he is wealthy. At the same time, he is wary of letting anyone close because he doesn’t want to be used again.
What genre do you write in? Who is your audience?
I write romance but like to follow up those stories with a short erotica because the fun shouldn’t end once you are in the relationship. I like to think that my audience is anyone that is interested in reading what romance can be like outside of the simple “boy meets girl, slays her dragon and wins her love” variety. People are complex creatures and that means are relationships are also complex and ongoing.
In my books with bdsm characters I also want to show that there is more to it than a jealous alpha male that demands his orders be obeyed at all times. At its core, BDSM is about trust and respect and those are things that you earn. Everything else is as fluid as human sexuality.
How do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
As I am writing one story there will be other characters involved; friends, coworkers, a woman that runs out at the right time and takes a taxi someone else called leaving her with the man of her dreams, old friends that lost touch. As I write, I realize that each of those other people also have a story to tell. We all have our own stories to tell.
What’s the best part of being a writer?
Being told how much people love/like/dislike my characters. Hearing how people react differently to the same book or character.
What would you like readers to take away from your book?
Love is love. We are all on different paths with differing goals, but we all want to be loved for who we are. We all want someone to give us what we need and to have a special someone we give to as well. Being true to yourself is the only way to find that.
Where do you get your ideas for your writing?
Something I’ve read might spark an idea. Or a painting. Or seeing a couple in public. Stories my friends have told me. Or sometimes they swim up out of my head, usually when I am in the shower or trying to sleep, and demand to be written down.
Do you have any advice for someone starting out as a writer?
Shut up and write. Shut up and write. Shut up and write. Don’t talk about it. Don’t tell people about it. Don’t let the outside world change the soul of your story before you’ve even written it all out. If you have it written and it isn’t good or good enough then write even more. Just shut up and write. That’s the only way to get good at it.
Are you self published, traditionally published, or a hybrid? Why?
I am self published. Getting traditionally published by a big name brick-and-mortar publisher is both hard and stifling. They want you to follow their pre-determined themes and want exclusive right to your name. I don’t want anyone to own my name except me. The small publishers are too often hard to tell from the scammers. There is an entire industry out there that preys on authors so if you want to be successful you have to find your way very carefully. I am a very independent person and if I am going to fail or succeed I want it to be because of what I have done, not because of what other people may have done to me.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Usually I am in the kitchen or on the internet. I like trying new things in the kitchen, half the time I don’t have a name for the dish I make and sometimes they turn out terrible but sometimes they turn out great. Sometimes I think I’ve come up with a fabulous new recipe and then I find out it’s an ancient recipe that I just remade in my kitchen. I did that once and found out I had made leblebi, which everyone should try because it is a delicious and nutritious crunchy snack.
Thanks for being here today, Rebekah, and for telling us about your books.
Rebekah Jonesy is a work from home wife. A voracious reader, she decided it was time she made her own contributions. She has been writing for most of her life but only started publishing in 2014. Her books are contemporary romance with a variety of kinks thrown in. Understanding that human sexuality is as complex as the people are, she strives to show the reality of love as her characters work to find their happily ever after. Outside of the literary world, she is a mad scientist cook, gardener, Jill of all trades, and military spouse.
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