Today my guest is romance reader JAN MAY.
She is an avid romance fan and the winner of my November contest where she received a romance readers basket full of goodies that included a copy of my novel MESSAGE TO LOVE.
Welcome, JAN! Tell us something interesting or unique about you then tell us the “regular stuff” (work, family, play, whatever.)
HI, my name is Janet but I prefer Jan and I am the oldest of five kids, divorced mother of two. I am 39 years old and live in a constant state of confusion and insanity AKA North Carolina, Home of the 82nd Airborne. I became an avid reader at the tender age of 6, I read anything I could get my hands on. I read my first historical romance when I was 9, my mom wondered where they kept disappearing to….lol. I know you are wondering how I could comprehend the big words, well, I used a dictionary and that started my love of big words. I love to write as much as I love to read. I work nights in an emergency department in the business office, I register patients and collect the insurance copays.
Hmmm, something interesting or unique about me? I am a military brat and have been to four foreign countries and I love all the travel I have done. Something unique about me would be that when I was 10 years old I wrote my very first spanking story. We were assigned to write an essay called “It Happened One Halloween”. I got a 93 on it but I was not satisfied with how the story went so I had the teenagers captured by the witch, bound to their beds and “let” the witch brainwash them into her way of thinking. Of course, there is a hero and a heroine, who fell in love and they were the first to “convert”, spankings and bondage abound, they finally defeat the witch, escape but they were never the same.
Describe what you do when you go to a brick-and-mortar bookstore (real bookstore in the mall or whatever.)
If you come with me to a bookstore, you better have the patience of Job….lol. I will stay in there for hours (5 hours or more) wandering among the stacks looking for books that I came for and looking for new, interesting reads just waiting to be found. Yep, you can find me sitting on the dirty floor, on my hands and knees checking those bottom shelves out or sitting sideways in a chair “perusing” the book I had found…laughs.
Who are the three best authors of any genre you’ve read in the last five years?
Jet Mykles, Diana Castilleja (I am impressed with both her het and gay genre) and Laura Baumbach.
What are the three best books of any genre you’ve read in the last five years?
Catch Me If You Can (Romano and Albright 1), Cattlemen Club series (Menage and D/s mix, gotta love it) and Black and Gold (Rock and Roll has never been hotter…lol).
Without naming the author or the book, tell us the worst reading experience you’ve ever had.
It was this book that had THE most awful cover on it, the description of the main character was nothing like the redneck on the cover and the storyline did not really do anything. Boy is abused and is found by someone who will protect ‘em. The characters were 2D, the plot barely there and I finished it because I was determined to make it to the end. It was 29+ pages too long for me.
If you could spend a day with an author of any genre, who would it be, what would you do all day, and why?
Oh my, there are so many authors that I just love. And a few that I have chatted with that I am not sure who to choose. Brannan Black, I think, because I love the span of her genre, and she is new to my reading pool. What would we do all day– lunch, shopping, dinner, chatting, me picking her brain about how she writes, where does the inspiration come from.
Do you have a favorite cover model?
Rob Ashton, Fabio, Nathan Kamp, Andrei Claude, Anthony Cantanzaro, to name a few.
Do you dabble in writing? What do you write? Are you published?
Yes, I dabble in writing, I have been writing since I was 10 spanning from Fantasy, Sci Fi, Erotica, D/s with a historical slant, Paranormal Menage and just recently I started on a MM book (the dream would not leave me alone…lol). I am not published at this time but it is part of my New Year’s Resolution.
If you could have tea with a romance writer of your choice, what would you want to tell them and why?
About their books, the chats I have had with them because when I am feeling down a really good book can lift my spirits and take me places that I have never been and to thank them for giving me the chance to go there. Also, may I please have a cup of cocoa? With hot milk not hot water (who wants to drink watered down chocolate?) I am a bad, bad Southerner, who does not drink tea.
Do you have an e-reader? What kind and what do you read on it?
I have not been fortunate enough to afford one, but it would have ménage, gay, sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, suspense, paranormal.
Jan, thanks so much for visiting today and for being such a great fan of romance novels. I also wish you luck with your publishing ventures.
Thanks for being my guest today! Happy reading!
Thank you, Ms Arnold for having me! It was honor that you asked me!
It is nice to meet both of you!
Nice meeting you as well, Tim, thank you for taking the time and stopping by! And thank you!
You did great on your first post. Now it will be easy to do many more.
Thank you, Mr Roder, I look forward to trying. Not as scary as I thought it would be…smiles
Thank you for stopping by and taking time to read my blog.
You go girl, great interview.
Thanks, Terra, I appreciate you stopping by. Ms. Arnold made it easy and with great questions to boot!
Nice to meet you to. Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon!