Jade Buchanan : Thanks! I'm glad to be here! I'm in the middle of a WIP, so I'm being naughty and taking a teeny break. Thanks for the excuse!
Niina : LOL! You’re welcome. ;) Let’s get started! Can you tell my readers here 4 fun unknown facts about you so we can break the ice?
Jade : Uh oh... I'm a bit of an open book, so I'm not sure if these are completely unknown facts, but they're certainly fun for me.
First, I play with dolls :) I have a set of about two dozen GI Joes, Barbies and Ken dolls that I use to mock up sex scenes and generally get into trouble with. I tend to take pictures of them in naughty poses for blog posts and my website :)
Second, I have a near uncontrollable jewelry collection. I feel like you can't accessorize enough, and that brings me to number three...
I make my own jewelry. It started just as a fun hobby, but I do get the odd request from friends and family to make them necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and all sorts of baubles.
Hmm... Number four? I have a horrible quirky sense of humor. The oddest things make me laugh.
Niina : Tell us little about your romances, what are they about, what’s the common nominator?
Jade : I write erotic romance that features all sorts of pairings. I'm a firm believer that love and romance are universal concepts, no matter a person's gender identify or sexual orientation, so I tend to write about a lot of GLBT characters. I think the common thread in a lot of my stories is the importance of family and friendship, although I've also been told that I tend to write quirky, oddball characters who get into steamy, melt-your-brain sexual situations. I'm okay with that ;)
Niina : How do you write, chapter here and there or follow from beginning to an end?
Jade : I'm a quilter when I write. I write scenes, and then stitch them together at the end. I think it's my short attention span, but I just can't seem to write straight through from the beginning to end!
Niina : What is the biggest “no-no” when it comes to writing for you?
Jade : I don't know that I necessarily have a "no-no". I try to keep an open mind and write what the characters need, even if it's something that personally bothers me. Although, that being said, I can't stand infidelity in a romance book, so that might be the only firm no-no I have.
Niina : That would be a good no-no! Any big projects for 2012?
Jade : My current WIP is scheduled for a 2012 release, and I'm pretty excited about it. It's the second in my Broken Rules trilogy, set in Northern Ontario, and features a male nurse and his closeted, too-scared-to-come-out lover. After that I'll be working on another story in my Wolf Creek series, about a werewolf and a little hedgehog shapeshifter he falls for. I wasn't joking about the quirky sense of humor LOL! I have a few more projects that are lining up in my brain, but I'm not sure what will come first :)
Niina : Hedgehog shifter that sounds adorable! :) What makes you feel like you’re reading or have read a truly amazing book?
Jade : I've read a number of books that I just couldn't put down, and that's a good indicator of an amazing book for me. It doesn't necessarily have to be a certain genre, or a particular author, but if I stay up the entire night, or start to get annoyed when I have to take breaks to eat, etc. then I know it's a good one. My reading tastes are so eclectic that I tend to bounce around between different romance subgenres, fantasy, horror, mystery, sci-fi, urban fantasy... I think I've found a truly amazing book in each of those genres.
Niina : What makes a story sexy?
Jade : There's something about emotional foreplay that gets my engines revving when I'm reading! It's all mental for me, I want to know what the characters are feeling when they're experiencing something sexy.
Niina : What’s the best advice for writers you have received?
Jade : Write! It sounds simple, but it's something that I do have trouble with occasionally. Some days you're tired, or you're just not feeling it, but it's always easier to fix a bad page than a blank page.
Niina : That’s true! Flirting with the idea of bringing a new mythological/paranormal creature to page, what would be exciting to write about?
Niina : LOL! I’d read that! ;) What’s the sexiest article of clothing on a guy?
Jade : Boxer-briefs. I'm a sucker for them.
Niina : Not bad. ;) What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Jade : My dolls! I'm serious when I say that I spend a lot of time collecting both the dolls and their accessories. I love the ball-jointed dolls because when you're mocking up a sex scene to see if it's possible/realistic you can move every joint individually. I spent more than I'd care to admit buying a number of dolls, including a Tom of Finland doll and an original Gay Bob doll from the 1970s. Heck, I've even been known to make teeny tiny butt plugs and dildoes for them :)
Jade : Oh, that's a tough one. I loved Spike in Buffy, he was such a great, snarky, but redeemed character. Even when he was a good guy, he still had an edge to him that I loved. I'm a sucker for Eric in the Sookie Stackhouse world that Charlaine Harris created. Both the literary version and the TV version played by Alexander Skarsgard. My final one isn't really a bad boy like the others, but it would have to be Brodick Buchanan from Julie Garwood's Ransom. He's simply my favourite fictional man. A Laird who is sarcastic, dominant, protective, and gentle? Love it.
Niina : Before we finish, here are some Quick Fire Questions:
Night or day? Day!
Pick-up or Mini-van? Pick-up. I'm an Alberta girl :)
Boots or Heels? Boots. I avoid heels if I can.
Beer or Wine? I like wine, but there's nothing like a cold beer when you need it.
Cocktails or Shots? cocktails.
M&Ms: With or Without Peanuts? With! I love peanuts!
Treats: Sweet or Salty? Salty all the way.
Date: Going to Park or Going to Movies? I'm a sucker for movies.
Winter or Summer? Summer, as long as it isn't too hot.
Jewels or Chocolates? Jewels.
Men: Alpha-male or Submissive? Alpha!
Men: Clean Shaven or Stubble? Stubble is just sexy.
Men: Bad boys or Good guys? Good guys.
Tattoos or Piercings on a guy? Both! If I have to choose... tattoos.
Brunettes or Blonds? Brunettes.
Romance: Vampires or werewolves? Werewolves for the win.
Romance: Fallen Angels or Sexy Demons? Sexy Demons.
Romance: Cops or Cowboys? Cowboys! It's the cowboy hats :)
Time-Travel or Sci-fi? Sci-fi.
Romance or Erotica/Erotic Romance? Erotic romance, for sure. I like to see the possibilities, both as a reader and a writer.
Male POV or Female POV (Point Of View)? It depends on the genre. For urban fantasy I prefer female, but there's something hilarious about a well-written male POV in a romance.
Times New Roman or Courier? Arial! LOL! Times New Roman out of those two, though.
Niina : Thanks for visiting the For The Love of Reading, Jade! Any news would you like to share with your readers, or websites they can check out?
Jade : Thanks for letting me hang out here! You can check out my books, free stories, current works in progress and GI Joe hijinks at my website http://www.jadebuchananbooks.com
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