Often, the sexy scribes I highlight in my Author Spotlight have one, ten, or two dozen naughty novels under their belts. Today’s guest is in a place most writers of any genre have been in at least once: a work in progress. D.C.’s own Jsin Graham stopped by the blog to talk about his writing journey and share his latest on WattPad – and he does it in his own smart and witty way!
In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a creative who spends his day to day, in the nation’s capital. Working a 9-to-5 because, well, I’ve got bills. That said, I would much rather be working out, designing, writing or binging one of a number of my favorite TV shows.
What do you love most about the craft of writing?
I love the idea of taking a setting, occurrence, or mere thought I have while walking around and turning it into a relatable experience for others to partake in. Being able to take something that appears trivial to one person, and make it grab another’s attention in an entertaining way.
Tell us about your latest project.
Oooh Eliza, you’re getting personal now! LOL! You mean the one project I can’t finish, the one I’m editing, or the one I want to get back to? All jokes aside, my latest project is a 13-piece short story collection entitled Unacceptable Behavior.
The collection is a snapshot of the writing styles I like to dabble in, specifically in the dramady (drama/comedy) genre. Each story revolves around some form of an interpersonal relationship with several having a romantic, sensual or lust-filled undertone.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Though I’ve written in some capacity ever since the second grade, I didn’t take things serious until college. That’s when the poetry bug grabbed ahold of me. I found myself as a requested artist at variety shows and organized functions because of the content (ahem, read the sexytime nature of my words). Ten or so years ago, I tried my hand at stories and have been writing them ever since.
What drew you to writing romance/erotica?
Sensuality has always come naturally for me. I like to say that my brain lives there and owns some land. Erotica in and of itself is a different beast. I haven’t allowed my mind to fully transition over into that space. But the challenge intrigues me.
Which book(s) have influenced your writing style the most?
Probably Whoreson by Donald Goines, Pleasure by Eric Jerome Dickey, The Camel Club by David Baldacci. I try to infuse the raw energy of Goines, the scene setting technique of Dickey, and the character interaction and layered storytelling of Baldacci.
Share a piece of your work that showcases our writing style best.
“Hey” she said in a surprised tone while opening the screen door.
“What’s going on?” He replied, closing her front gate.
“I’m good now,” she replied with a sly grin. The alcohol in her system clearly emboldening her normally shy demeanor.
He could tell from her extra toothy grin that she’d been drinking wherever she was earlier in the night. And even though she looked delicious when she was dropped off earlier, at this moment she looked even better. Now her thick thighs, showcased by sinfully high cutoff denim shorts, distracted him. Spotlighted by slivers of moonlight peeking between the homes across the street.
“Happy belated birthday Yessenia. I wish I had known, I would have gotten you something.”
“Thanks pa-…Amare. How’d you know?” She replied. Hoping he hadn’t noticed what she almost slipped and called him.
“The balloons,” he said averting his eyes briefly and nodding his head to the colorful scene behind her as she stood in the open doorway.
Until he spoke her name, she had pressed mute on everything he said after what’s going ondrinking in all six foot four inches of him from head to toe. Why did he come over here in sweats and timbs? He had to know what he was doing, she thought.
Seni as her close friends called her was definitely feeling good. He could tell because her eyes were much tighter than they were the last time he was this close. Tonight, his neighbor’s smile was much more wicked. More daring. And when he rested his hands with thumbs inside his waist band, fingers sub-consciously framing an ever swelling piece of him, she licked her lips and never shifted her attention. How fucked up are you, he asked himself.
Amare’s untied timbs, beat a rhythm up the steps that sounded like nineties hip-hop as he strode toward her. The heat emanating from his body grew more electric, as he smiled down on her long, thick curls, his new favorite pair of lips and petite frame.
Their bodies a mere breath apart. Seni’s lips began to water at the sight of his broad chest, and deep rich mahogany colored skin showing prominently thru the thin ribbed fabric, clinging for dear life to him. Being this close to Amare for only the second time, caused her nipples to harden to borderline uncomfortable levels as her thoughts drifted to the perfect birthday nightcap.
Thankful for the darkness of the late hour, she closed her eyes tightly for a beat as mother nature slowly licked in-between the folds of her pussy. Teasing her clit just enough to tilt the scales from being turned on to wet with a need to be pleased.
She craned her neck to the side to look up at him. Her lips foreplaying scenes of what they both wanted to happen, while saying nothing at all. He slid one of his hands along the outside of her bare thigh and around to the inside, causing her body to shiver as his fingers traced upwards slowly. Grabbing the bottle she held and gently pulling it from her fingers, he dragged its cold, sweating hardness up the front of her and took a sip from it.
“You don’t mind do you?” He asked, leaning his heaviness against her thigh.
~”Sensuality has always come naturally for me.”~
Name three of your best writing tips.
- Keep a writing or note-taking app on your phone
- When all else fails, write. It’s easier to edit something than to find the perfect beginning, middle or end.
- Do not fear critique. Until you reach a stage of being able to pay for copyediting, try to find people you trust who will tell you the truth about your work.
Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.
Probably Baldacci. The background in his work is so intricate. I wouldn’t mind learning how he researches.
What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know if it’s an interesting quirk, but I tend to use the middle name of people I actually know for the names of my characters.
Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.
Ja Donnemoi is a close personal friend who is a frighteningly talented writer, but she’s so busy with life and other interests that I can’t get her to finish a project. The same for Seira Revol. After those two, I’d have to say yours truly. Although if memory serves me correct, I’m not sure if you’re an ‘indie’ writer any longer. I know you said ‘an indie writer’, but uh…yeah. My apologies. (Blogger’s Note: Aww, thank you! And yeah – I am toooootally still indie and loving it!)
Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?
I’d like to put out two books this year: Unacceptable Behavior (by mid-summer 2018) and Psycho. I started the latter during NaNoWriMo in 2017 and hope to release it in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Jsin, thanks for joining us today. Readers, feel free to stalk this sexy author at the following links: