One of the best things about editing is that I get to read some really inspiring works. I want to share some of the amazing people I have had a chance to collaborate with.
I have always enjoyed various genres, so you never know who I will be featuring here!
This month, I have J.L. Adams. She published Allure a while ago as a rebuttal to the odd take on BDSM many people now have due to the popularity of a sort of gray book… I think there are a lot of shades of it or something? Who knows what the title is?
I have been lucky enough (as her editor) to get the occasional peek at the sequel and some of her other works in progress.
So let me share a little insight into the world of J.L. Adams with all of you.
Who are you?
J.L. Adams. I’m an author, wife, mom, homemaker, political activist, and general pain in the…
How did you know you wanted to be an author?
It started with a college English course and evolved from there.
What is most important for your writing routine?
Time to myself. And staying off social media, cuz holy time suckage, Batman!
What do you think is important in shaping characters?
I’d say realism, believability, and for them to have depth. They should stir your emotions, whether positively or negatively. Few things piss me off more than spending money on a book only to discover the characters have the emotional range of a doily.
How did you make such a kickass female lead?
I wanted her to be someone I’d like to be friends with. Plus frankly, I’m fed all the way up with female doormats, especially in erotica and romance books. It’s one thing to be sexually submissive—it’s another to be a mousy bitch.
FYI: All of the characters in Allure are amazing. My mom refuses to discuss the racier parts of the book, but she is adamant that the characters and plot are terrific! And that the editing is stellar. Thanks, Mom!
What do you look for in a good book?
First and foremost a story that’s engaging. If, in the first chapter, there’s nothing that grabs my attention, I’m going to have a hard time getting to the second chapter let alone the end of the book. I know some books are slow to build, but…
Well developed characters!
Believable relationships between characters. Even the most fantastical of stories there has to be something that makes you go, “Oh yeah, I can get down with this.”
If there is sex, there has to be more plot than sex.
What are your favorite examples of strong women in literature?
I like most of the female characters in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and the spinoffs.
I remember Judy Blume writing some really good females when I was younger.
The problem I’m finding lately, especially in the romance/erotica genres is that there are far too few strong female characters out there. Too many lead women in these genres have no sense of self without a man.
Oh, I hear ya!
Do you have any advice for would-be authors?
Write daily, even if it’s shit at first. The editing process will fix the boo-boos, so just keep writing. Do at least one round of editing on your completed work before sending it to an editor. Write about things that interest or excite you—your enthusiasm will transfer to the story.
Where can we learn more about you and keep track of any new releases?
Did I forget anything that you really want to say?
Do your research when deciding between a publisher or self-publishing. There are good things about each. But make sure it works for you.