Today's special guest is another one of my Facebook friends and she has come all the way from Australia to sit down for an interview with me. She has brought some hot, hunky males but I do hope she didn't let any spiders sneak into her luggage.
Ladies & gentlemen, please welcome Jess Buffet
Hi Jess, thanks so much for being here today. Here's some coffee to help you cope with the different time zone while we talk about
The business ones
Please give us a short introduction about yourself
I’m a married mum of two. Hubby and I have been together since I was 16 yrs old—so that’s 10 years, 10 months, and 1 day today. ;-) We live in Australia, where most of my books are set, and have a son and a daughter that keep me going.
What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write erotic MM romance, however I am delving into the MF world now as well. All of my books except the first 2 I ever wrote, are paranormal. It’s my preference. I love the lack of boundaries in a story, making the impossible come to life. Who wouldn’t want to live in a fantasy?
Tell us about your latest release
My latest is Dmitri’s Little Spitfire [Hunter Clan 3].
It follows Dmitri (the second-in-command) and his mate Elijah. Elijah was held by the enemy and mind controlled to do hurtful things to his friends, something he struggles with every day. He also has a secret that not even he has all the answers to, and when everyone finds out what it is, the enemy will stop at nothing to get him back.
In this book, the Hunter Clan find that with every answer comes another 5 questions. But the biggest is probably, if Elijah isn’t human, then what is he? ;-)
Do you need a special setting to write in or do you have a ceremony to get you in the mood? What does it look like?
Hmmm, kids in bed definitely, lots of coffee lined up, and quiet. If there is anything going on around me or lots of noise being made, I get distracted easily.
Describe your feelings when you learnt that your first book was accepted for publication
I wanted to cry I was so happy. But mostly I just sat there stunned in disbelief. Sometimes I still have to pinch myself to make sure this is all real.
Has the release of your first book changed anything in your personal life? If so, what?
I feel I have more direction, more of an identity. Before signing my book I had injured my back and had to have surgery, so the career I had studied so hard for in Child Care was now gone. Child care had been the only thing I had ever really wanted to do, so to have that taken away was hard. But now I have my books, and a passion for them.
Your favourite drink and food when writing
So stereotypical, but coffee or wine. I don’t eat when writing though, I’m likely to make a mess all over my laptop. lol
Thank you, Jess. I believe that was my cue, so here's a glass of local red to enjoy while we talk about
The nosy ones
How much of the real “you” is in your stories?
There are definitely parts of me in my books, and other family members as well.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who was it?
Lol. I’ve had a few. Sage, you already know about my crush on Romeo from your Romeo and Julian series :-D but I also have a thing for a certain assassin in Stephanie Hecht’s Lost Shifter series, Shane.
~Ah, yes, Romeo... He's so crush worthy, but I think you'll have to fight some people for him - including me ;)
What’s the silliest error in a book you’ve submitted?
Silliest? Probably when I wrote fainting bush instead of faint blush. In erotic romance a fainting bush can be taken a number of ways, and my poor editor wasn’t sure if it was just a mistake or an innuendo of some sort.
Who is your least favourite of the characters you’ve written? Why?
Victor from book 1 of Hunter Clan. This guy was a bastard, but he was the bad guy. And it’s all good, cause I killed him off real quick at the end J
Favourite comfort food?
A person you admire
Gabrielle Evans—that woman is amazing. She is a mum, wife, successful author, and has so many others things going on. I don’t know how she does it, and still has time for her readers and patience for people like me who are always asking her questions.
I'm still chuckling over the "fainting bush", so here's another glass of wine to help us finish. Here are
The fast ones
Favourite colour? Blue (any shade)
Favourite pet? Dog (so loyal)
Dog or cat? Lol. Dog
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Quickie or candles? Candles (I’m a romantic)
Hunky or chunky? Hunky
Suit & tie or jeans & boots? Oooh, that’s tough, but if they can pull off a suit & tie like Matt Bomer then…yummy!
Walk in the park or chat over cocktails? Walk in the park
Thanks so much for the interview, Jess. And for mentioning Matt, because now I have that image in my head... Ahem. Let's look at your book before I start drooling!
Dimitri Kalas has always prided himself on being calm and in control. It is his job to help protect his Clan, and most importantly his mate. But when he finds out that the people responsible for hurting the Kayan’s mate have also been abusing his mate, he becomes incensed.
Will Dimitri be able to convince his mate that he is worth love and forgiveness? Or will Elijah allow his guilt to consume him and turn himself over to the enemy in order to keep his friends safe?
Buy link: http://www.bookstrand.com/dmitris-little-spitfire
Jess Buffett was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. She married her high school sweetheart and they live on the Central Coast with their two children. Jess is a hopeless romantic who loves stories about true love that sizzle with a happy ending—which is probably a good thing given what she writes. She is a huge fan of M/M and M/F romance—anything with hunky men in all their glory, whether they be shifters, vampires, cowboys, or the boy next door. Jess is a firm believer in soul mates, happily-ever-afters, and love at first sight, but that sometimes people need a second or a third meeting for the brain to catch up.
Author website: http://jessbuffett.wordpress.com