Jason Jaxx is an author of erotica, starting out on the journey of self-publishing. An avid reader, music lover and geek, he is, obviously, a fan of erotica and adult-themed entertainment. He is happily married to a beautiful woman who, while sharing his belief that fantasy is essential to a healthy sex life, does not know about his writing. Holding a stressful job that offers no creative outlet, he views writing as a welcome release and challenges himself to explore different themes and styles.
He does not enjoy writing about himself in the third person.
Nymph Du Pave: What inspired you to write?
Jason Jaxx: I have always loved reading and writing was just a natural extension of that. I wrote short stories and started several novels but never seriously considered it as anything more than a hobby.
Favorite authors include Thomas Pynchon, Jonathon Franzen, Stephen King and Alan Moore.
My love (some might say obsession) for music led to me contributing reviews to fanzines and music magazines. (I consider music journalism to be a huge inspiration and an underrated form of literature – to write about something as esoteric and subjective as music in such a way as to influence and inspire the reader is a real skill)
Writing erotica was inspired by boredom and frustration at work and the fantasies I found myself indulging in. I contribute
d several short pieces to various sites with varying degrees of (generally favorable) feedback until I eventually got up the nerve to publish my first novella ‘A Night On The Town‘ on Smashwords. That proved to be a life changing moment.
NDP: What are your current projects?
JJ: ‘Seducing Stephanie‘ (The MILF Files Book 3) – the latest in my series starring Jennifer, a mature woman, who embarks upon a sexual voyage of discovery with her son’s best friend.
‘The Medallion‘ – an erotic thriller about an amulet that bestows the wearer with mystical sexual abilities.
I’m also writing some non-erotic stuff that I may publish under a different name.
NDP: Do you see writing as a career?
JJ: Not yet. I love doing it and at the moment it is so incredibly rewarding from a creative perspective that financial gain is not a motivating factor. Of course, I would love to get paid to write full time but feel I still have so much to learn and improve on.
NDP: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
JJ: Sure – I have included the first chapter of ‘The Medallion‘ – it’s still a work in progress but I would appreciate any comments. (BLOG OWNER NOTE: This download is of an adult nature. By downloading and reading it you are acknowledging you are of age in your country to do so and are following all appropriate laws).
NDP: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
JJ: I love writing erotica but I always find myself writing long, detailed passages about sex which means I don’t always get the chance to flesh out characters and plot lines. The darn sex just keeps getting in the way! I realize that this isn’t really a problem with men’s erotica but nothing I have published so far has much of a plot beyond “people get together and have sex“.
‘The Medallion‘ will hopefully see a bit more in the way of plot and characterization (although the first chapter may not be the best indication of that). The (unplanned) ongoing nature of ‘The MILF Files’ is also allowing me to explore and develop the lead characters beyond the initial ‘fuck & suck‘ short story that started it off.
NDP: What is the hardest part of writing?
JJ: Finding the time to sit down and write uninterrupted.
Keeping the erotic stuff a secret.
Coming up with different words for ‘penis’.
NDP: Have you learned anything from writing? What was it?
JJ: I’ve learnt that I can write which was nice and that there are people out there that enjoy what I write which is even nicer.
I also found that characters can sometimes take you in different directions from which you originally intended for them which I find fascinating
NDP: What do you feel are your strong points? What about things you’re working to improve?
JJ: I feel that dialogue and vivid descriptions of sexual acts are my strong points (which are handy for my chosen genre).
As a novice author, I am aware that there is always room for improving my overall abilities as a story teller – I try and challenge myself to write from different perspectives or try out different voices.
Editing and grammar are my nemesis. I reread and double check everything I’ve written but something always seems to slip through! I am constantly reminded that there is so much I don’t know or have forgotten.
NDP: How do you find inspiration?
JJ: Inspiration comes from several places. Movies, TV and people watching can inspire specific scenarios or ideas for characters.
For the sex scenes, I tend to write about what turns me on. Being a guy that’s pretty much anything but I do try to fully explore a particular scenario or setting. Some of it is based loosely on real life events.
‘A Night On the Town‘ started with a short fantasy I wrote about going out with my wife and getting orally pleasured on the way. I posted it and thought that was that but I got a few comments asking for the next part. I added further chapters, trying to raise the depravity stakes with each one until it basically turned into two people out of their heads on drugs, fucking each other mindlessly.
Others like ‘Mom Is A Slut‘ basically come from me getting an idea, sitting down and just writing out the scenario as it plays in my head.
NDP: How do you keep the love of writing alive?
JJ: The creative outlet is provides is enough to keep me going at the moment. . I love the idea that I don’t always know exactly how a scene or chapter will play out until I start writing it.
The nice thing for me about writing erotica is that it is an end in itself. It’s like I can create my own porn which sounds crude but it really motivates me to keep on writing. I like the idea of creating something that turns me and (hopefully) others on.
NDP: Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so how do you get through it?
JJ: At the moment, I have loads of ideas and possible storylines in my head so I don’t have an issue with not knowing where my next book is going to come from.
However, I often find myself stuck on a particular scene or piece of dialogue where I’m not sure how to proceed. When this happens I switch to another book, jump to another part of the story or do a bit of editing until something clicks and I can get unstuck. I also find that driving while listening to music is a great facilitator in coming up with ideas or resolutions.
NDP: Do you have any advice for other writers?
JJ: As a novice author with (extremely) modest sales, the best advice I can give is:
- Don’t be afraid to put your work out there. I found Smashwords to be the ideal place to start off. Read their style guide, follow it and publish your work.
- Make sure you edit your work.
- Then edit it again.
- Use Twitter and other social networks to get in touch with other writers and readers.
- Write for yourself
- Negative criticism is hard but if it is constructive, try and take it to heart and address it. My editing skills are often called into question and it makes me more determined then ever to improve them.
NDP: Do you write an outline before every book/story you write?
JJ: Not really. I have a basic outline in my head of where I want the overall story to go. I then break it up into chapters and jot down the story elements I want to hit in each one. I then write a rough draft of the chapter before going back and tightening it up. I often end up going in directions I had never planned on and since I enjoy this spontaneity, I try not to plot everything out too carefully beforehand. Once again, erotica is a wonderful medium in that it allows for this fluidity. As long as you stay true to your characters, you can take them wherever your imagination wants them to go.
NDP: What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily/weekly writing goal?
JJ: I aim to write a little bit each day. I usually get some rough outlines done in the morning before I head off to work. During lunch or quiet moments during the day I expand on what I’ve done and then try do some editing in the evening. This, of course, is all dependent on how busy I am at work or with family commitments. Keeping my activities secret from everyone also adds a level of difficulty when trying to allocate time.
My goal is to get in about 500-1000 words a day, not all of which ends up being published but I feel I need to strengthen my writing ‘muscles’ and the only way to do that, is to write.
NDP: Where would you like to be 5 years from now?
JJ: Alive and happy surrounded by family and friends
NDP: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
JJ: I don’t know about mentor but Amanda Charvi (@AmandaCharvi) is definitely my inspiration and guide for my first awkward steps in publishing – her blog (amandacharvi.blogspot.com) literally inspired me to publish on Smashwords. She seemed to be facing the same doubts and fears that I was and just pushed through them. I asked her a few questions on Twitter and she generously sent me an awesome email that was incredibly helpful and contained several informative links. She has since posted a version of this on her site. It really was the spark that I needed to set me off on the journey of self-publishing. Thanks again Amanda!
NDP: What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
JJ: “Would you like to do an interview?”
I would and thank you for giving a fledging author this opportunity.
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I want to thank Jason for taking the time for this interview!
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