Please welcome Jodi Lynn Copeland!
Please tell us about your books.
For Aphrodisia, all of my books released to date have been contemporary romances. But the tide is about to change! I just finished writing a paranormal bondage novella for inclusion in an anthology with Devyn Quinn & Anya Howard—talk about stellar co-authors. I love writing contemporary stories with a unique twist thrown in, but I also enjoy the thrill of the paranormal and getting to create your own world and, to some extent, make up your own rules as you go along. Regardless of genre or subgenre, my books tend to have humor blended in, along with a whole lot of scorching sex scenes.
Which of your characters is most like you?
As I largely based Danica from Body Moves off myself and my own life experiences, she is the most like me as a whole. Though I find certain facets of myself and those around me come through in every character and story that I write.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
The creative element and being able to control other’s lives is definitely a huge part of the appeal. Often times I think of things I would love to say in real life, but either don’t have the brass to say it, or know if I do say it, I will regret it. My characters can and do say most anything they want when they want. Gotta love that! 🙂 Not really the least favorite but the hardest part for me is finding the time to write. With a young family and a day job, I struggle to find time to write each day. Many times it’s midnight before I get to sit down at the computer. On a good note, I am a night person so I can often produce well later in the night. On a not so good note, I am not a morning person, so long nights can make for harsh mornings.
Is there anything you would like to write, but haven’t? For example, any other genre you’d like to try?
I would love to have the time to write a gritty ghost story that has been sitting in the back of my mind for months now. I hope to find some time for this story in the spring, but it all comes down to deadlines and where the rest of life leads me. As for subgenres within erotic romance, I have written all of them, though some only in short story format. I am anxious to write another historical and would love to add that to my schedule for later this year.
Who has inspired you as a writer?
My critique partners and several author friends have been my greatest inspiration. They help to keep me going through the bad reviews and moments of doubt, and rely on me to do the same during their own bad reviews and moments of doubt. There’s nothing better than seeing each other grow through the years from a beginning writer to a multi-published author, when you know just how much time, effort and, yes, tears of happiness and sorrow have been invested.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
The only way to not get published is to quit. Keep writing. Keep perfecting your individual voice. It will happen!
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Generous. Stubborn. Logical.
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
Pictures of myself with my family. Nothing is more important than family and those friends who are just like family.
What is next for you?
I am currently working on Escape To Ecstasy, a duo of stories about two heroines who are kidnapped by well-meaning friends and whisked away to an island where pleasure is the name of the game and the island’s hunky heroes are all about pursuit.
Where can readers learn more about you?
I maintain a website (which is under winter construction) at: http://www.jodilynncopeland.com.
From my website, you can learn about my newsletter group and also those blogs I frequent.
Also, readers can always reach me at: Readers@jodilynncopeland.com.
Thanks for taking the time to interview me, Jennifer! I love being a part of the Aphrodisia Author group and Kensington. A friendlier bunch of authors and editors would be hard to find.
Thank you so much for the interview!
As mentioned above, readers, you can learn more about Jodi Lynn Copeland by visiting her website: http://www.jodilynncopeland.com/
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