Hi all! Fixation Friday time again, and today we have Jan Graham joining us. She's giving us the inside scoop on life as she knows it. Enjoy!
You write a range of genres including contemporary, BDSM, ménage, romantic suspense and paranormal, which one do you like to write the most?My favourite genre is romantic suspense, well for now anyway, lol. I like writing a complex story with lots of twists and turns along the way. I tend to combine genre’s so my currently published romantic suspense stories have ménage and BDSM elements to them but neither is the main thrust of the storyline, the suspense is. As for paranormal I do love to create worlds and I have taken down the original paranormal book I had on the market while I refine the series. Hopefully I’ll be back into writing paranormal by next year, of course it will have an element of suspense to it.You openly admit to being a sub, what is the most common misconception about the lifestyle that you’ve experienced or heard?I think the biggest misconception is that BDSM is based on abuse, where a Dom can treat a sub any way they like and the sub has no say in it. That’s so far from reality. Everything is negotiated and agreed upon, it’s consensual and either party can walk away at any time. Also, not all BDSM involves being caned or flogged, pain doesn’t have to be part of the dynamic, and in a lot of BDSM relationships it isn’t.Which one of your characters was the hardest for you to write and why?The hardest character for me to write was Rhia from Playing Jax. Rhia is an ex nun and a virgin. I went to Catholic school as a kid, so the nun bit didn’t really phase me, but it’s been a loooonnng time since I was a virgin, so figuring out how forward Rhia should be and a few other traits associated with losing your virginity made me think. I ended up turning her into a woman determined to have sex, one who decided if she was embracing a new life outside the church then she needed to go all the way, so to speak, lol.What’s the worst/ best piece of advice you’ve ever received?This is the best piece of advice I’ve ever received didn’t really have anything to do with the writing world but it helped me write nonetheless. I had difficulty getting back into writing after my hubby passed away so, one day a friend sat down with me after I’d been complaining how I couldn’t write anymore and didn’t know why, and she asked me a simple question - “Where is Shane in all this?” I didn’t get her at first, but after talking I realised that he’d been with me for the other books I’d written, I bounced ideas off him, let him read what I’d written etc. After he’d gone I removed all sign of him from my life, took down pictures and didn’t mention him, because I didn’t want to deal with the pain. My friend made me get a picture of him out of storage and I sat it on the desk in plain sight. After a few emotional days of staring at him I finally sat down to write and the words started to flow. I finished Switching Mercedes in record time and it remains one of my favourite works. I still have his picture in my work area.What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome so far in your writing career?I think the biggest challenge has been finding a life/writing balance. Working from home, it’s so easy to give into interruptions. I can always find something else to do or somewhere else to go. I had to realise I needed to treat my writing like an everyday job, sit at the computer and work, schedule time off when needed but otherwise just say to family and friends “I can’t today, I’m working”. It’s the only way to get the job done.What is something that a reader will find in your books that they won’t find in others?I don’t know that I’m exclusive in this but I think readers will find an accurate portrayal of people in the BDSM lifestyle. They’ll also find a glimpse into the Aussie character. I mean I can’t write an Aussie hero or Dom without making him a bit of a larrikin.Besides writing and reading, what are your favourite things to do?I must admit that I have a Netflix addiction, so I do enjoy finding new series or movie to watch in my downtime. I also love going out with friends and just sitting, drinking coffee, and chatting. I do a little bit of jewellery making as well, but I’m not great at it…lol.Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.I hate being outside on really windy days, I find it hard to think and just want to go inside and hide.If you could travel to anywhere in the world where would it be?Probably New York. I’d love to go and see as many Broadway shows as possible.Political rally or rock concert? Which would you choose?A rock concert. Unless the political rally was something I felt passionate about and needed a groundswell of support.
Thank you for sharing with us today, Jan!
Jan's book, One Night in Sydney, is on sale at Amazon for 99 cents as part of the Tirgearr Publishing 5th birthday celebrations.
Check out the book below and go to Jan's blog post for more info on the birthday party. There are lots of prizes up for grabs.
Abigail Devon is all about business, until the dream of keeping her company alive fails and she finds herself seeking distraction in the arms of a tempting stranger she met on the plane. Kane Matheson is a man like no other, and once Abby gives into her attraction to him, passions spark and a night of erotic pleasure begins.Kane can’t believe his luck when his flight to Sydney places Abby along his path to a fun filled weekend. She’s his kind of woman—business minded, clever, and with curves in all the right places. When he discovers they have more in common than savvy business expertise and undeniable sexual heat, he’s faced with a daunting choice, and left wondering if pleasure can win out over wise business sense in one of the most beautiful harbour side cities of the world.
Writing a bio that lets readers know who you are is tricky at times because I describe myself in so many ways. Like my books I fall into different genres, all of which depend on my mood and inspiration at the time. I am a writer, submissive, orphan, widow, sister, aunt, friend and sometimes, a wild child.
My writing currently falls under a variety of genres including BDSM, contemporary romance and romantic suspense but who knows where my literary future will lead. That’s going to be the next exciting chapter.