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JD Chase – Author Interview

JD Chase

Some Fast Facts About JD Chase

  • Her favourite sex quote comes from Oscar Wilde “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”
  • Lives in the UK
  • Is an exceptionally private person. No one knows her real name, not even some of her family knows she is JD Chase.
  • She has honours degrees in financial economics and education
  • Her favourite romance quote comes from Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City “I am someone who is looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.”

So J, some quick questions……….

When and why did you begin writing?

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always liked to tell stories.  Oops, does that make me sound like a habitual liar? I just have an active imagination, that’s all.  I loved writing stories when I was in primary school so I guess I’ve always written in some form or another.  I used to be a teacher so, for a time, teaching others how to write filled my time but even then, I found it hard not to come up with plot lines. I would bite my tongue so that I didn’t take over their stories! 

I first published in 2012 – and that was as a joke, just to shut some friends up who’d read what I’d written about Lucas Hunter.  I expected to put it on Amazon, sell none and then take it down a week later, all embarrassed and ready to tell my friends ‘told you so’ but, when I sneaked on to Amazon at the end of the week, I found that it in the Kindle Erotica Bestseller Chart. I don’t know how I didn’t faint – I just sat there, open-mouthed thinking that there must be some mistake.  I checked again later that day, and it was in the top ten. My hands were shaking when I picked up the phone to call my friends.  Then they all did the ‘told you so’ bit and made me publish the second instalment. The same thing happened. After I published the third Ebook, it happened again.  Shortly after that, I decided to write full time and I just love it.  It’s my dream job – even if I don’t have as much time to read as I used to.  That’s the only downside as I see it because I can devour book after book with the best of them but there aren’t enough hours in the day to whet my reading appetite and write as much as I should.

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What inspired you to write your first book?

Nobody else will read this, right? Good! *wink* For many years, *cough* over twenty in fact *cough* I’ve had more than a passing interest in the BDSM lifestyle (wink). I’ve met many other people, from all walks of life and very, very few have fit the somewhat stereotyped roles that society has come up with, particularly within the D/s element. There are fake Doms in real life who are nothing more than abusers – this has been going on for at least twenty years to my knowledge – and the rise of acceptance by society of D/s at that time was seen as some within the lifestyle as a negative because suddenly there was a huge rise in the number of alleged Doms.  Some genuinely wanted to get into the lifestyle and try it out but were unwilling to do so in a responsible manner, for example by being mentored responsibly.  The same was true of submissives, some were throwing themselves into it without knowing how to stay safe because they didn’t know what the risks were or how to avoid them.  Erotica with BDSM elements was being blamed. I was torn. I love that more people will openly discuss kink/BDSM nowadays and that it had a lot to do with what was being read but I knew the risks were real – and still are.

So I began to write ‘true to life’ stories but, to be honest, I realised that what I and other readers crave is escapism.  Yes, I could publish a story about a Dom called Wayne who was unattractive, unemployed and completely uninteresting yet a bloody good Dom. I could write some fantastic, true to life stuff but I just didn’t think it would hit the spot.  I know how much I enjoy the fantasy element – the sigh inducing ‘isn’t he wonderful, why can’t he be real and come and take me away from all this?’ moment that we all love so much.  So I sat and thought about the real-life elements I wanted to include and which elements would have to be there for it to have that escapism element.

So Lucas Hunter was created. Not a stereotypical Dom and not an abuser either.  The risk of abuse in D/s relationships is mentioned in the book on several occasions.  His feisty leading lady, Issy Prince, is no stereotypical submissive either.  She’s feisty, impulsive and independent.  They work through their issues together, as it should be in any relationship.

I read a review somewhere where someone rubbished Lucas, stating that he was no Dom and that I should do some research.  It was written by someone who is only a few years older than the number of years since I got involved in the lifestyle.  I didn’t know whether to laugh at the reviewer’s naivety or growl with frustration that the D/s stereotyping was still alive and well.

How did you come up with the title?

Once I’d come up with the name Lucas Hunter (I have no idea where that came from), the idea of calling #1 The Hunter seemed an obvious choice.  Then when I was stuck for the name of his company, Orion popped into my head because of Orion the Hunter.  At the same time, I thought it would make sense to name the series that too.  Then #2-#4 loosely followed the theme, with The Hunted, Hunting Lust and Hunting Truth.  

Did you learn anything from writing your first book and what was it?

I learned hundreds of things and I think that was because of the unexpected success of it, especially since I had no author or blogger friends and I did zero promotion.  I had no social media set up, no idea of how anything worked or what I should or shouldn’t be doing so it was a massive learning curve.  I know I was very fortunate that my first book sold thousands of copies very quickly after I’d uploaded it to Amazon and I’m still too shocked to know exactly how or why that happened.

The most unexpected thing that I learned was that being an author has responsibilities.  I don’t just mean that readers expect something in return for paying for your book, or that you must produce the next book in a series so you don’t let them down. The content of a book can bring huge responsibility.  I’d mentioned several types of abuse in the series and I began to get emails and messages from readers who’d been affected by various types of abuse themselves.  Thankfully, they were all very complimentary about how I’d dealt with the subject and a few even said reading my books was like a kind of therapy for them because of my obvious knowledge and understanding.  Their messages moved me to tears, such was their honesty and frankness of how they’d suffered.

When I set out to write the series, I knew I wanted to tackle some forms of abuse in my own small way but I hold my hands up and admit that I didn’t think of the consequences.  Perhaps it’s my knowledge of childhood abuse from being an educational professional and my knowledge of abuse within the lifestyle that had enabled me to write about it in a responsible way, I can’t be sure but I’m so glad that I didn’t upset anyone.  I now know there are lots of readers out there who have to avoid various triggers, especially when they’re not written responsibly.  I write romantic erotica but I decided to include themes that could be potential triggers. I don’t think that many authors stop and think of the consequences for some readers unless they’re writing dark erotica and then the book description might give hints – it is difficult not to give the plot away and give warnings about triggers though. I’m certainly more aware of who might be reading my books and the last thing I’d want to do is upset anyone. 

Who designs your covers?

*Peeps out from behind the sofa and looks sheepish* I made the covers for the Orion series myself but, referring back to a previous answer, I didn’t realise how important they were.  I chose a stock photograph for the anthology cover and had it edited but The Player was a project.  I had the photograph taken and edited and left it in the hands of a professional! 

Are there messages in your novels that you want your readers to grasp?

Oh yes, as I’ve covered above, I may put in messages about topics close to my heart.

How much of your books are realistic?

In The Player, Xander is described as not stunningly handsome yet has a powerful presence and oozes sex appeal.  Isla is a very curvaceous size 16 who struggles to pay her mortgage. I guess the message there is that we are all attracted to different characteristics and it’s not all about looks and Hollywood glamour.  I’m told the characters are believable and so are easy to relate to.  I can’t say more because I’d give away too much!

Are the experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Many character traits and events are inspired by real life – mine and others’.  I am a people watcher and my active imagination will often observe someone from a distance and create a storyline about what might be going on.  Some things are closer to home. I’ll leave you to guess about certain scenes … my friend asked how I could describe certain acts so well.  I just raised an eyebrow until her mouth fell open.  Moving swiftly on … 

What books have most influenced your life most?

All books have an influence.  My love of reading goes back to my early childhood.  My parents believed in giving children unlimited access to books. I had so many and there were frequent trips to the library too. For me, reading is pleasure.  But then, because I have an enquiring mind and a love of science and how things work, I would pore over non-fiction books and digest everything.  I’ve read so many books and loved so many that it would be impossible to say which have influenced me most.  In terms of erotica, Story of O by French author Anne Desclos, written under her pseudonym Pauline Reage, was a revelation to me.  It was probably the first truly erotic novel that I’d read and the astonishing thing for me was that it was published in 1954 and yet it was a tale of dominance and submission.  I read it sometime around 1990 and even then, D/s was one of society’s dirty little secrets.  Oh how times have changed now! 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I didn’t have any personal contact with any authors before I began writing but every writer has their own style and it is these stylistic devices that I compare and contrast when I’m planning a new story of my own. 

Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have favourite authors in most genres but not romance or erotica.  I couldn’t possibly choose one but I have the upmost respect for Indie authors who go toe-to-toe with published authors in the bestseller charts.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t respect published authors but I know how time consuming and life consuming being an Indie author is.

What book are you reading now?

I’m about to start Bang by E.K. Blair.  I’m told there is a support group and that I’ll probably need it!  If it’s anything like the emotional rollercoaster that Aleatha Romig took me on with Consequences, I’ll be a wreck when I arrive in Edinburgh for the Romance Author and Reader Event.  I get awful book hangovers so I apologise now!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I’ve been so busy writing lately that I’ve not had time to read.  When I have managed to fit one in, I’ve tried to read authors who are attending RARE and they may not be new authors but are new to me authors.  All I will say is that, in my opinion, every author attending the Edinburgh event is a very talented author and I am very fortunate to be signing alongside them. 

What are your current projects?

My WIP is The Redeemer, the sequel to The Player and the final part of the Rouge Passion series.  Then I have plans for another series that may well see some of the supporting cast from Rouge Passion taking more of a lead role.  I can’t say too much obviously but there is a Dominatrix and some hands on sexual therapy on the cards … no, not for me! Cheeky!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write from the heart for yourself.  If you love what you do, it’s a bonus if others enjoy it too.  I love writing as much as reading – both are immensely pleasurable to me and I’ll be chuckling away or getting cross with a character when I read or when I write.  My betas help me to refine it and make it better but I have to be happy with it too.  Nobody has ever written a book that everybody likes and nobody ever will.  What’s important is that you enjoyed writing it and that you’re proud of it. If people like it, that’s the icing on the cake.  If it does well in the bestseller rankings.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I have the best readers in the world – ever! I know every author must say that, but it’s only because it’s true.  I had a very tough year last year for personal reasons and my readers were there for me.  The messages of support, sympathy and encouragement were so humbling and helpful.  I love to chat with them because they’re such a fabulous bunch so there’s lots of laughter and joking around.  I love getting Facebook messages when they’re reading a new release … they are hysterical!  And the messages I get when they get to the end, especially if it’s a cliffhanger.  They regularly threaten not to speak to me again! But they do and the thrill it gives me when I read those messages, knowing how well they’ve engaged with my writing and how it’s affecting them is second to none.

I’m so grateful for their support.  In fact, I couldn’t do this without them.  I’d still be writing stories that nobody read and I certainly wouldn’t be attending huge signing events as an author; I’d be there with my ticket as a reader queuing up at the door.  They know I love them all, but there’s a special place in my heart for my street team, The Chasers. They go above and beyond anything I could have ever hoped for and I am truly grateful for everything that they do.

If my readers begin to desert me, I know that my writing is pants and it’s time to close my laptop but until then, I have so many ideas for books that I probably have enough to keep going until retirement!

Thank you for interviewing me – it was good fun! J 🙂

 

Thank you to JD Chase for Taking the Time to Answer all of My Questions…..Sorry they are So Lengthy, in-depth and cheeky lol but You Have Been An Excellent Sport and Answered Them All! Good Luck with Your Projects! 🙂

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The Player (Rouge Passion #1)

Author: J.D. Chase

Genre: Erotic romance

Release date: 30th June 2014

 Available on Amazon.com here
 Available on Amazon.co.uk here

 

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