1. Tell us about your newest release.
I actually have a bunch of new releases out right now. I'm writing for a new erotica epublisher, Ravenous Romance (http://www.ravenousromance.com/), and I had several new books release as part of that publisher's launch. My titles there include KNIGHT MOVES, a time-travel paranormal erotica which has become a top seller; A CAPITOL AFFAIR, a contemporary erotic "naughty" romance that explores the sexual underworld of Washington DC, and includes a healthy dose of BDSM; two erotica short story anthologies which I edited---POWER PLAYS and EXPERIMENTAL, and VITAL SIGNS Vol. 1: I've Been A Naughty Nurse, which is the first book in what will be a five-book series.
The VITAL SIGNS series is an erotic medical "soap opera" that takes place in and around a community hospital in the rural South. Sort of like a Southern-fried GREY'S ANATOMY, except with more sex.
I also have one erotic novel out in print, MARKET FOR LOVE, which is released by Virgin Cheek/Random House.
2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Probably from the time I was a little kid. I taught myself to read by age 3, and I was doing creative writing by age seven. I wrote my first play in the third grade, and used neighborhood kids as actors.
3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?
Really all over the place. I draw a lot from my own life and professional career; I've worked in the financial industry, which was the backdrop for MARKET FOR LOVE. I've also done professional writing and corporate research for the healthcare industry, which helped inspire the VITAL SIGNS series. My parents were big into Renaissance fairs and medieval-history reinactments when I was growing up, and that helped inspire the storyline for KNIGHT MOVES.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Probably that I write every single day, even when it hurts. I'm kind of obsessive about it. If I'm not constantly productive, I feel lazy.
5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I'm always surprised by my ability to create storylines. I often start a book with no idea of where the story is going to end up. I just go with the flow. But somehow, the story always ends up working. I get tons of fan mail from readers telling me they can't put my books down, and I think that's partly because I create plots that keep _me_ interested as a writer.
6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I've been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to get support from many of my fellow authors as we've worked together to develop our careers. Some of those friends from my local writing groups have gone on to be wildly successful. Via my membership in the Backspace writers' organization, I've gotten support and encouragment from none other than Sara Gruen (author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS) John Elder Robison (bestselling author and brother of Augusten Burroughs), Jackie Kessler (author of the bestselling HELL'S BELLES series) and many others. Writers generally are very supportive of each other.
7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
They think it's great. They also think (wrongly) that just because I'm a published author, I must be as rich as Stephen King. That's not the way things work, unfortunately.
8. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
The second volume in the VITAL SIGNS series, tentatively titled "Sex In A Southern City," is due for release this spring at RavenousRomance.com. I'm also working on a variety of projects for the print market.
Thank you! You can learn more about Jamaica Layne by visiting her website or her blog.