Topic: Author Interview
Ann Jacobs the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
quiet, conservative, curious
2. How do you think others would describe you?
I have no clue!
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
My kids, my DH, and my cat
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
I have a four year old, rotten spoiled Russian Blue cat named (very un-originally) Mr. Blue. He likes to leap up on my computer and stare at the screen, that is when he's not curled up sleeping in the middle of my bed.
When he's looking for excitement, he hides, and from the expression on his face when we find him, I think he gets a high from watching the entire household looking to make sure he hasn't sneaked out of the house.
He loves us, hates the vet and his groomer...and he's added another exciting dimension to our lives.
5. What is your most precious memory?
Seeing my baby boy born...and watching him grow to a young man I'm very proud of.
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Hmmm. I've done a lot of things I wish I hadn't, such as yelling too loudly at my kids' swim meets and embarrassing them half to death.
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
I probably would be slogging along as a homemaker or back in the working world where I was a health care financial manager before "retiring" to raise my two youngest kids.
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
Hey, no. This is one thing I'll never have to do, so I'll leave this duty to the loved ones I will eventually leave behind. (I hope they'll be kind!)
Ann Jacobs the writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
I realized I was a "real" writer when I received my first "real" money for one of my books.
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
I'm busily finishing and promoting my HEART OF THE WEST series for Ellora's Cave, and planning several other projects including a long delayed prequel to GATES OF HELL and another story or two in the LORDS OF PLEASURE series. Oh, yeah, I'm also rewriting one of my old NY books and planning another BDSM contemporary series I hope readers will enjoy.
I'm looking forward to visiting with readers at the RT convention in Pittsburgh and at Lori Foster's get-together in Cincinnati.
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
I want to produce 30000 words a week this year, after going through a long period of being sidelined with some pesky injuries that took forever to heal and played havoc with my muse..
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
I get up at sixish and put in about two hours on the computer before taking a break for food and some hot raspberry tea. Back to computer. Check email then work on book again until I get hungry or have to take somebody in the family to an appointment or go get food or other things we're always seeming to run out of. (I may grab something to munch on while I'm out and about.) Then, depending on how long the errands take, I may put in another hour or two before and after dinner, and/or relax with the family before an early bedtime.
13. Why do you write?
Writing is the way I indulge my curiosity, give life to my fantasies, and relieve the stress of everyday life. It doesn't hurt that the income from selling my stories relieves some of the stress created on my pocketbook by children who keep pursuing ever higher educational goals!
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
I'd be hard-pressed to name just one. Joey W. Hill, my critique partner, writes the most fluid, inspiring prose I've ever seen in commercial fiction. Angela Knight spins tales of Alpha heroes and incredible action scenes-and she writes hot sex that feels as though it's coming right out of the characters' heads and hearts. Kate Douglas writes out-of-this-world tales about shapeshifters that blow my mind. I could go on all night, but I can't think of a single book I've read that didn't inspire me in one way or the other.
15. How do you define your writing?
I write erotic romances in several subgenres, my favorite being contemporary with light BDSM elements. For a change of pace, I occasionally do a medieval historical or what I call "early futuristic" where the characters are basically like contemporary humans. My vampire series, d'Argent Honor, features the vampire heroes and heroine set in American cities of the present day.
Ann Jacobs the Details
16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
I'd like for readers to say my books are compelling, emotionally fulfilling and sexually provocative.
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
http://www.annjacobs.net/, http://myspace.com/authorannjacobs, http://myspace.com/dargentvampires, http://myspace.com/annjacobs_hotw, (I have myspace pages for two of my serieses as well as the all-purpose ones. You can get to my very inactive blog by clicking over from my website.
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
PRINTABLE BOOK LIST, current as of 4/11/07
Print books, available from your favorite booksellers or from Ellora's Cave:
All Wrapped Up anthology
A Mutual Favor
Black Gold: Another Love
Black Gold: Firestorm
Black Gold: Mystic Visions (Zayed's Gift)
Black Gold: Sandstorms (Love Slave, Forever Enslaved, Entrapped)
Bound by Love (Tip of the Iceberg, Wrong Place, Wrong Time?)
d'Argent Honor 2: Eternally His
d'Argent Honor: Full Circle (Vampire Justice, Eternal Surrender, Eternal Victory)*
Lawyers in Love: Enchained (Mastered)
Lawyers in Love: The Defenders (In His Own Defense, Bittersweet Homecoming)
Lawyers in Love: The Prosecutors (Gettin' It On, Eye of the Storm)
Lords of Pleasure (He Calls Her Jasmine, A Gift of Gold)
Luna Ten Chronicles (Luna Ten and Obsidion series of ebooks)
Secrets 3 ("The Barbarian")
E-Books, available from Ellora's Cave, Red Sage or Changeling Press:
A Gift of Gold
A Mutual Favor
Colors of Love
Colors of Magic
Dark Side of the Moon
Gates of Hell
Gettin' It On
Hearts & Handcuffs
He Calls Her Jasmine
Hitched (release date 3/5/08)
In His Own Defense
Lassoed (release date 4/11/08)
Luna Ten Chronicles
Mystic Visions (anthology)
Out of Bounds
Rx for Pleasure
Rx for Submission
Rx for a Dom
Storm Warnings (anthology)
Tip of the Iceberg
Wrong Place, Wrong Time?
20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
A hero to die for...a love story full of deep emotion as well as sizzling sex, usually with elements of Dominance and submission in the relationship
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
Your questions are pretty thorough. I'm a middle-aged, conservative woman who has become drawn in to the concept of sexual pleasure for one's partner through domination or submission. I love to hear from readers. Write me, firstname.lastname@example.org , and I'll be sure to answer.