Jaye Elise’s Amazon bio states that she ‘suffers from a perpetual case of wanderlust…’ and her steamy stories are proof. The author’s two novels (both released in 2017) weave sexual taboo into love stories with powerful doms. Jaye also blogs, offering her fellow indie authors space to play in her Triple Play Q&A posts. A sexy scribe who helps sexy scribes is def someone I had to have on the blog!
Read on as Jaye chats with me about the importance of erotic tension, finding your writing rhythm, and how kink can revitalize romance!
In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you for featuring me on your blog, Eliza – it’s a pleasure to join you! I’m Jaye Elise, the author of Doctor’s Orders and Under Daddy’s Roof. My writing features inventive & erotic punishments, spankings galore, elements of domestic discipline, ageplay, medical fetish, and – most importantly – well crafted prose. Because, after all, there’s nothing sexier than a well written narrative. 😉
I’m in my late 30s, cry during most movies (even the really happy ones), and am impetuous by nature. I’ve got a soft spot for good donuts, strong coffee, and imagining perfect strangers in all sorts of wicked scenes. So, if you ever catch me staring at you, in my mind, you’re probably up to no good!
What do you love most about the craft of writing?
I love the solitude. It’s my own world, my own space, my own story to craft, and my own time. It’s easy to feel bombarded by the constant noise in our day-to-day lives, but writing gives me an escape and a peace I’ve come to adore.
Tell us about your latest project.
My last published work is Under Daddy’s Roof: the tale of Cassie Brown, a career college student and party girl, and Dr. James Forsythe, a professor determined to keep Cassie on the straight and narrow. Cassie’s partying has gotten her evicted from her apartment, and when James – her former professor – finds out about her predicament, he offers her the spare room in his home. But not without some house rules in place, rules specifically designed to get Cassie back on track and across the podium, diploma in hand.
There’s definitely a domestic discipline aspect to the novel and the two develop a Daddy/babygirl dynamic, so if that’s not your speed, you may want to give this one a miss! While it would be easy to fall into all the familiar tropes that this kind of dynamic engenders, the emotional tension between them and the challenges they face are enough to keep even the most seasoned erotica connoisseur riveted. More than one of my reviewers have admitted to crying at the end, so there’s some high praise for you!
That being said, Under Daddy’s Roof doesn’t pack the same kinky punch as Doctor’s Orders does…and I kind of miss it! With my next release (*insert shameless plug here*) – The Cabin – I promise that the kinky smuttery is off-the-charts hot! In other words, buckle up and bring a spare pair of panties!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I kinda, sorta fell into being a writer later in life, which means I’ve been scrambling to make up for lost time. While I have advanced degrees in literature studies, I jumped ship on the academia racket and am now happier than ever in my second, third, and fourth careers (being a professional nine-to-fiver, a wife to a wonderful husband, and an author – in no particular order).
April 29, 2017 was the date my first book, Doctor’s Orders, went live on Amazon. I know, I know, I’d been writing prior to this point (obviously), but it wasn’t until I saw my (fake) name, my book cover, and the ability to “one-click” myself (not a euphemism!), that it fully hit home for me that I was a writer.
What drew you to writing romance/erotica?
Reading romance and erotica had always helped me, um, ease the tensions of college and graduate school. It was a great way to de-stress and disconnect from the daily noise. After reading a few too many poorly written stories, I thought I might be able to try my hand at writing erotica. I sat down at my computer, called to mind my deepest, darkest fantasy, and committed it to the page. Once I’d built a story around it, I was pleased with the result and decided to take my work to the next level and get it published.
Which book(s) have influenced your writing style the most?
I’ll shout-out to two of my favorite authors – Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Susanna Kearsley. Both have an inherent knack for weaving beautifully romantic tales within other genres – historical fiction, gothic thriller, etc. I wouldn’t be able to write my novels without a healthy dose of romance. If I’m able to tempt my readers with some outstanding erotic tension and then sucker punch them with a romantic moment or two, I’ll consider my time well spent.
Share a piece of your work that showcases your writing style best.
This is an excerpt from Doctor’s Orders:
In a sexual context, “more” was not a word Rafe was familiar with. “Ouch” and “take-it-out! take-it-out! take-it-out!” were expressions he was more accustomed to hearing. Even with Sara and some of his more adventurous partners, he’d had a difficult time penetrating them without them safewording on him. On paper, his size seemed the stuff of legend. In reality, it was a challenging liability.
But not with Janie.
She had taken every inch of him. And had asked for more. He was so aroused by that one little word, it took all of his willpower to stop himself from pounding into her with everything he had. He sheathed himself inside her, once again, filling her so completely that his cock rested against her cervix. Her throaty groan let him know that she was starting to hit the limits of what she could take, so he stilled himself, taking the opportunity to wrap an arm around her and pull her to his lips. “You have no idea how incredible you are. How beautiful you are, Janie.”
She didn’t respond, but her glittering, hopeful eyes told him everything he needed to know. They were already connecting at a deeper level. But this connection was beyond sex, beyond what they were planning on doing together for the next few days. It was knowing that they’d found a kindred spirit in one another.
He was glad that he’d slowed down. After an entire evening of being at half or full mast, her slick tightness threatened to undo him in record time and he had to focus on not cumming too quickly. He pulled out a few inches and then slid back into her, driving himself to the hilt, feeling her nails digging into his backside. A light whimper escaped her lips and alarm bells clanged in his head. Bordering on panic, he interrogated her, “Are you okay, Janie? Do you need me to stop? Is it too much for you, baby?”
“Please don’t stop, Rafe, don’t stop. I-I just… You feel so good,” she trailed off before finally completing her thought, “I was just wondering what it’ll feel like when you fill me with your seed.”
Rafe surprised himself with the feral, guttural growl that rumbled out of him. He was in full caveman mode. This woman was his. He had claimed her. And now he would mark her. Janie noticed the change in him as well, and she braced herself as she bit down on her swollen bottom lip.
~’…I’m able to tempt my readers with some outstanding erotic tension and then sucker punch them with a romantic moment or two…~
Name three of your best writing tips.
I’m not the first person to say it and I definitely won’t be the last, but it bears repeating: write every single day! Sit down, throw a few words up on your screen, and take advantage of whatever time you have. And who knows? Maybe those end up being the very words that help you break through your challenges? Just write them down!
Keep reading. It’s nearly impossible to be an outstanding author unless you’re an avid reader as well. So fire up your Kindle or grab your library card and crack open a book!
Find a writing rhythm/system that works for you and stick with it. I write what I can, leverage my weekend time as heavily as possible, and work my system. What works for you may not be what works for everyone else, so don’t be discouraged and discover the right path for you.
Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.
Ernest Hemingway, hands down. Yes, he was a well-known misogynist, drunken brawler, and moody critic – not an ideal blend! But if I could have him looking over my shoulder as I write, discussing the need to be as spare as possible with my prose, that would be immensely helpful. Plus, even if he turned out to be a raging jerk of a writing mentor, at least he could give me some tips on my right hook. 😉
What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?
Many writers enjoy sharing their work and their process, but I’m notoriously private about sharing my work. In fact, I didn’t even tell my husband I was a published author until two weeks after my book was available on Amazon! This is something that may change as I continue to develop as a writer, but for now, I play my cards extremely close to the vest.
Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.
I’m going to issue a blanket shout-out to all the folks who’ve featured their work on Literotica.com. It’s nice to see a community of kinksters linked together, sharing their work, and encouraging each other.
Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?
I’m in the process of plotting out a series (trilogy?) and would love to have them written and in the publishing pipeline by the end of 2018 – fingers crossed!
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