Jennifer Lynne lives in Melbourne, Australia, and writes short contemporary erotic romance, mostly with paranormal/fantasy elements. When she’s not writing what her family and friends call “porn for chicks” and what she prefers to call “super-hot romance for intelligent readers”, she is working in the admin day job, running around after two teenage daughters and trying to find time for her lovely new husband of one year.
Jennifer is published with Red Sage and Breathless Press. Over the past 18 months she has also embarked on an indie journey with the publication of her GODS OF LOVE romance series featuring erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing.
Thank you for joining us today at Scribbler’s Jennifer!
What would you most like your readers to know about you that they might not read in your official bio?
Because of the erotic nature of much of my writing, I know that some people in my real life are uncomfortable with it (i.e. most of my family and friends!) so I try to keep a bit of separation between my writing and my day-to-day life. That said, I do tend to keep my official bio fairly representative of who I am – or at least the part of me that writes sexy stories!
Tell our Scribbler readers about Immortal Seduction and a bit about the Gods of Love Series.
Immortal Seduction is the fourth novella in a series about the Greek gods of desire in modern-day Australia. The gods, known as the erotes, are skilled at satisfying the erotic needs of mortals who cross their path. But where do the gorgeous erotes turn for sexual healing when loneliness strikes at each eternal yet world-weary heart? This series of stand-alone novellas can be read in any order, so if you want to try Immortal Seduction first you most certainly can! Here’s the blurb:
Some seek love, some seek power. For Aphrodite, the two are permanently intertwined. And when the goddess of desire hungers for love, who among mortals could possibly resist her power?
Firefighters Ashur, Kieran and Hugh are damaged men. A tragedy that took the life of their colleague has left them scarred, both physically and emotionally. Love and power are nothing to them but empty words. Hoping to reignite their mother’s passion for life and love, the erotes bring these mortal men to Aphrodite’s attention.
But with the blackness inside Ash, Kier and Hugh becoming ever deeper, will it take more than the power of a goddess to save them? And if she loses that battle, how will she rediscover the path to healing for her own emotionally damaged heart?
What gave you the idea of combining Greek mythology with an erotic romance story?
When I wrote Platinum Passion, the first story in the series, I was looking for a reason why a long-married couple still in love might accept a third person into their relationship. I imagined what might happen if a sexy Greek god just turned up in their life, and it developed from there. When it comes to a god of desire such as Pothos, who would be able to resist?
I began to research ancient gods and found the erotes – the ancient Greek gods of desire, children of Aphrodite and aspects of Eros – and the idea for a sexy series was born. In Greek mythology I discovered an almost endless hotbed of ideas and versions of popular myth that I could adapt for my series. The ancient Greeks didn’t define sexuality in terms of gender, but rather in terms of being Dominant or submissive, and I loved the idea of creating a GLBT-themed series of romantic stories in which gender definition became more fluid, and ultimately less important than love.
The Gods of Love series includes a variety of stories featuring MMF ménage romance, a transsexual heroine, bisexual heroes and my latest offering, Immortal Seduction (MFMM ménage including bisexual heroes and a goddess hungry for love).
What comes first for you, characters or story?
Definitely character. In fact, I usually get such a strong sense of the two or three main characters and perhaps a first meeting or scene, that quite often it’s all I have when I start writing.
What three ingredients do you consider an absolute necessity to writing a hot sex scene?
A physical connection between the characters – the sexual chemistry – is a must. But above and beyond that, an emotional connection adds something special and transforms a standard sex scene into one that is far more meaningful. Finally, I’d say an element of fun.
As a writer of erotic romance do you feel the story line is as important as the sex scenes?
Yes, definitely! If the story is just a string of sex scenes, then readers have nothing to grasp onto in the way of story. No one to root for, no one to connect with. For me, erotic romance is about the developing relationship between the main characters and their struggle to achieve happiness and find love – the sex scenes definitely progress the story, but they are not the sum total of it. A great erotic romance for me is one that focuses on the developing relationship, of which the physical side is just one aspect.
Do you develop a deep backstory for your characters before sitting down to write or do you just have a general idea of who they are?
Mostly I have a general idea of who they are, and as I write I discover more about them. Sometimes the direction in which they travel is a complete surprise. The characters often take me on the journey, rather than the other way around. I’m just there as a scribe, to get their story down on paper, not to create it myself! At least, that’s quite often how it feels to me
What are your strongest influences when it comes to character creation?
I suppose I do subconsciously stockpile ideas from things I see in my everyday life – little actions, comments or looks that might inspire the creation of a character. Of course I do get some inspiration from TV or movies. But primarily, my ideas for character seem to come from some deep well within my imagination. It is a really hard question for me to answer, actually, as I have been known to wake up in the night with a really clear sense of a new character for a story, and no idea where it came from. I guess dreams must also play a part then!
Do you belong to a critique group?
I don’t belong to a critique group, but I do have a critique partner, and I do belong to Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Australia, as well as the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild. All of these organizations provide great support and assistance, both for published and not-yet-published authors.
Do you consider yourself to be a one-genre writer or do you feel you will cross over to others?
I am published in novella-length contemporary and fantasy erotic romance, and also sexy (as in, not erotic) romance. I am currently working on a full-length contemporary romance that isn’t erotic, but I do love the steamy side of my writing and can’t imagine leaving that altogether. I will go where my stories take me, and I don’t think that will entail remaining in one genre, though I will always write some form of romance, I believe.
Can we have an excerpt from Immortal Seduction?
Absolutely. I should point out that while I’ve chosen a PG-13 excerpt here, the story itself is for Adults-only 18+ viewing pleasure
They were falling backward into his memories. There was Aiden, laughing and carefree as they played a game of cards during down time at the station. There were his parents, grinning widely when he completed his training and qualified as a firey. There was his first day in the program, the newbies all lined up in the yard looking like scared little rabbits, and they found themselves standing between Kier and Hugh. “We can be the four musketeers,” Aiden had joked, and Kier had snorted.
“Weren’t there three?”
Hugh had smiled quietly and leaned forward. “No, he’s right. There were four, actually.” And that was that. The four musketeers, who had stuck together from that moment on through the good, the bad, and at times the downright ugly.
There too was the high school teacher who had changed the course of his life. “You boys have to stop mucking around and start thinking seriously about what you want to do with your lives. Ash, we talked in careers counselling about the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, and you might be interested to know I’ve organized a rep to come out to the school next month. But Aiden, you can’t just do whatever Ash chooses. At some point you need to find your own path in life.”
“Why can’t I do what he does?” Aiden had grinned his irrepressible grin and followed Ash into fire training after all. Just like everyone had known he would.
“Ah.” Aphrodite shifted against him. “That’s why,” she murmured. They fell further then, deeper, and earlier. He was a small boy once again, playing airplanes in the garden, running with his arms outstretched through his mother’s flower beds even though she’d told him not to. But the flight path went that way. Surely Mamma would understand. Happiness flooded him, the joy of youth and innocence.
Heat from the sun on his cheeks. The sound of the dog barking as it scampered along the flight path behind him. The feeling of freedom, of a weightless time before responsibility for others took its toll. He breathed deeply and it felt like his first real breath in forever. He could smell the perfume of flowers in his nostrils and it all seemed so real.
“It is real,” she said.
“I forgot what it felt like. To be happy.”
If you were to describe your writing process in one word, what would it be?
Do you have a particular daily writing schedule you stick to?
I’d love to have a set writing routine, but my life outside writing is crazy, with two day jobs, teenage children, a new husband of one year and family illness over the past twelve months that has impacted on our time and our energy. I write in fits and starts, whenever I can find the time – though quite often it ends up being at midnight! My idea of the perfect writing schedule would be to write for a couple of hours in the morning, then come back to it for an hour or two mid-late afternoon.
If you could meet your favorite author, dead or alive, whom would it be and what would be the one question you would ask?
I have so many favorite authors, it is hard to pinpoint one! But if I have to…Ian Rankin. I love the way he writes with the automatic assumption that his reader has a brain! I would be far too tongue-tied to ask him a question if I actually met him!
Lace or silk?
Silk. Love the sensuality of it. Lace is too scratchy!
Boxers or briefs or commando?
What is your favorite sound?
The gentle twitter of birds in the garden, or the rhythmic ticking of a clock. It means the house is finally quiet enough to concentrate – the perfect time for writing
What is your least favorite sound?
Go to snack when writing?
Cheese and crackers.
What would be the one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring writer?
Don’t give up! Someone told me once the only difference between a published and an unpublished writer is that the published one never gave up. It sounds corny but it’s true!
What can you tell us about your next project?
I’m currently working on the fifth instalment in the Gods of Love series. It is tentatively titled Demon of Envy, and features Phthonos, the god of envy, who has been given a second chance at love and life. But what will he do with his second chance – is he more demon than god?
I’m also working on a full-length contemporary romance novel called Legacy of the Outlaw, about a woman searching for her past after discovering she has been adopted, and finding out one of her ancestors was a notorious outlaw, or bushranger as we call them here in Australia. This is a parallel love story, both contemporary and historical, and hopefully my heroine will discover the true nature of her legacy through the enduring power of love.
Find Jennifer at:
Website & blog: http://www.jenniferlynne.com.au
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