It's my pleasure to introduce my good friend, Jade Archer, author of numerous bestsellers.
1. How did you get your start writing gay fiction and/or erotica? Please tell us a bit about your background and early beginnings. After a few years of reading gay romance and erotica and dabbling on the side with a couple of stories purely for my own enjoyment, I met a friend online who was doing the same thing. We started to exchange stories and finally egged each other on to submit a couple to publishers. The rest, as they say, is history. Now I’m steadily working my way through all the ideas in my head and desperately trying to keep the plot bunnies at bay! :D
2. What inspires you?
Anything and everything. Movies, books, music, a chat with friends, seeing people on the street and wondering what their story is. Life is a constant inspiration.
3. What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
On a personal level, I want to improve my craft and skills with every manuscript. I’ve written for many, many years, but the experience of writing for publication has definitely helped me become better at it. Beyond that, I hope my stories challenge people to think and consider different points of view and possibilities. I hope people enjoy my stories for the sheer pleasure of reading about other people and worlds.
4. If you had to choose, which one of your novels do you like the most and why?
Well, that’s a bit like choosing your favorite child! I like each of the various stories I’ve written for different reasons. Each addressed something I needed to write about at the time. At the moment, the story that I have the most personal investment in would be Raven’s Mark, book two of the Sandpipers series. It took me over six months to write, working six hours or so a day and it’s not over yet. It’s been contracted with Total-E-Bound for release early 2012, but there are still edits and re-writes and a whole process of refinement to go through yet. Apart from being my longest piece so far, I really enjoyed working with the characters and the issues they have to deal with to reach their HEA. Mark is a perfectionist and people pleaser, and Raven is a sole parent, struggling to overcome acute shyness and stuttering. They were wonderful characters to explore and they taught me a little something about myself and significant people in my life.
5. If you had a message for your readers and fans, what would it be?
Don’t let anyone dictate your passion! ;D
Jade's books are available on Amazon.