1. Who are you? What do you do?
I’m Cajun girl from Louisiana who now resides in Colorado with a husband and a furry menagerie. While attending college, I majored in Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, English Literature and Respiratory Therapy/Cardiopulmonary Science. Constantly changing interests, I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up, mainly because I refuse to ever become a stagnant adult. I believe in living life to the absolute fullest. In pursuit of an abundant life of adventure, I have spent time as a burlesque performer, a roller derby referee, a bartender in the French Quarter, writing for a music site in New Orleans, and currently am an amateur fitness competitor. I currently write Erotic Romance/BDSM. I currently have four novels: Ripped & Twisted, Candy & Kink, The Surrender of Luella : Perchance to Dream Book One, and Illusions : Perchance to Dream Book Two.
2. What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?
I don’t have a process, but I do carry around a pen and notepad everywhere. I find that scenes and ideas pop into my head at all times. However, I do find that when I am writing, I usually am found sitting on my sofa with my laptop on a pillow on my lap.
3. What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers?
I go against the grain. I know there are so many ideas of what elements need to be included in writing. I ignore all of the formulas. For me, it’s grabbing the reader and making them feel all of the emotion in the story. I do agree that having a developed story line and characters are crucial. As for tools, you can never go wrong with a dictionary and thesaurus! I also value my MLA Handbook. Having a proficient proof-reader is key in this industry too.
4. What motivates you to write?
I have written stories since I was a child. My mom still has a box full of stories on loose leaf paper. It’s just ingrained in me; I think. I have a compulsion to pen my daydreams to paper. I am a constant dreamer.
5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
I don’t think I have writer’s block, but sometimes I struggle with finding the words to create the imagery that I see. When this happens, I may skip ahead to another chapter that wants to flow, or I may go back to the beginning of my story and begin rereading to see if I will get the words to come forward.
6. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write daily, whether it’s two sentences or ten thousand words. Write anything. Journal. And most importantly, never stop reading. Read every genre. Never stop learning. If you only write what you know, sooner or later, you’ll run out of things to say.
7. What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it?
I often try to convey a new message in each book. I want women to find themselves, be strong, and independent, yet know they can still be vulnerable without being weak. Kink and alternative lifestyles are okay. Create the life you want, find your happiness, and your reality is yours to choose.
8. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I have learned that anything is possible. There’s always room to learn and improve. The process has taught me that I desire each book to be better than the last. That’s my goal.
9. What are your current/future projects?
I currently have two books started. One is focused on the cameo of the character Lottie Taylor in Illusions. It will also be an erotic romance. Then, I have another project started that is not erotica – but will be romantic, and hopefully, inspiring.
10. What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
I have been a Stephen King fan. Anne Rice was a huge love of mine. In the past few years, I have become enamoured with Chuck Palanuick. I know, none are romance writers! But their writing elicits a gut response in me, and I aspire to write on that level. In the indie world, I will always pick up Rosemary Willhide, Al Daltrey, and GG Carver. Their writing always touches me, in many different ways.
11. Is there any other information you want to share?
I am an Instagram and Twitter whore. IG: @jenniferflassalle Twitter: @LaPetiteMortMad