I’m an author of erotic and fantasy fiction, usually M/M. I have stories published in two of the Better Sex.com Amatory Fiction Anthologies as a weekly contest winner in their yearly erotic fiction contest. I also have short stories in online magazines including Clean Sheets and Good Vibrations as well as works published with Excessica, Noble Romance Publishing and Cobblestone Press. My full-length M/M erotic fantasy novel, Illusion of Night was recently accepted by Liquid Silver Books. Feel free to contact me to discuss writing anytime.
What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!)
I’ll give you two! I’m currently working on a m/m paranormal contemporary and a companion piece to Illusion of Night (my recent release), a m/m fantasy adventure. I’m currently running a contest where you can submit a name for my paranormal and win a copy of Illusion of Night. I have excerpts of both at my site. Drop by! Site: http://cjblack.net/ and my blog Black Satin: http://cjblacksatin.blogspot.com/
What is your favorite snack?
I have heard from numerous authors that chocolate is the staple of their diet. Is it in yours?
*grins* See above. Not liking chocolate should be deemed illegal. That and coffee.
Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback?
No, I don’t believe so, at least not anytime soon. I’m a big fan of technology and love gadgets, but there’s nothing like the feel of a new book in your hands. Books have been a part of our society well — forever. I doubt that’s going to change.
When you have writer’s block how do you break free?
It’s not easy. I’ve found what works best is to just walk away sometimes. But the problem with that is if you stay away too long you tend to start intentionally finding other things to do that have nothing to do with writing. I’m in that situation right now. There are also other things I do, like gardening and cooking which separates me from the story for awhile. Usually I can go back with a new perspective.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
“Charmingly arrogant”. I know that sounds strange but I like my heroes to be able to handle any situation with just a dash of humor and not to take any mess from anyone. Not too serious – who wants that? But I want him to be able to protect his love interest, be fiercely possessive but not to the point where he’s controlling.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?
Maybe a paranormal suspense novel in the near future.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
A combination of reading and visual information gathering. I prefer the visual. It just makes it at lot easier for me to process the information if I “see” the research material so I can use it in my writing. Although I have shelves full of non-fiction books on things ranging from living in a certain age, to food preparation. I like the process well enough, but I’d rather be writing.
What is your favorite movie of all time? The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?
That would be Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. The animation, scenes, characters, storyline – now there’s a movie that’s inspiring. I wish I could create the type of worlds that come out of his mind.
What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?
My garden. Nothing gives you a sense of accomplishment like coaxing life out of the earth. I’m also a gamer, and currently own an X-Box360 and a Nintendo DSL.
Have you ever faked sick?
No, if I want to take a day off, I just say it’s for personal business (you know what I’m really telling them…) because then if I’m out and someone sees me, I can just go about my personal business.
What is your perfect pizza?
One that arrives early and is hot. As to toppings, sausage, mushrooms and green peppers…Hmm…I wonder if Dominoes has any specials going on?
Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? If not, then which
one is closest to.
Is it ok to say I love all of my works? Well if I have to make a choice since Illusion of Night is available, right now it’s close.
Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out?
I’m always nervous! What writer isn’t? If someone says, they aren’t nervous they aren’t being honest with themselves or anyone else. I always say, write for yourself first and then for your readers so yes, their opinions matter.
How much does reader response mean to you over your books?
A good deal. After all, where would any writer be without their readers? I strive to give as entertaining a story as I possible can. And yes, I do want to hear from my readers about their opinions on my works. I’ll always listen to concise opinions and try to incorporate their advice into my writing. However, I will more than likely ignore someone who says, “Your writing sucks.” or things of that nature.
What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them?
A fulfilling experience. That they were entertained. That feeling of contentment that after a good experience and a little sadness that the story has come to an end. Then I want to them think, “What other works has she done and where can I get them?”
If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?
Definitely Illusion of Night. I’d actually like to see it as an anime. Who knows? If I ever get to Japan…
Who is your favorite author?
I have several but one of my true favorites is Claire Thompson. Her works were some of the first I read when I started perusing m/m fiction. She has a flare for making any storyline interesting and creating characters you can really get into.
What is your favorite color besides YELLOW?
I know everyone love yellow. Purple. I love purple!
Boxers or briefs?
We’re talking about on men, right? Briefs.
Thank you CJ for this wonderful interview and good luck on the new release. You can find CJ Black at her website. http://cjblack.net
ILLUSION OF NIGHT
M/M Erotic Fantasy
Liquid Silver Books
A spectral war has torn the veils that separate life and death in pieces. Beings of the darkness slip through these rifts as armies of man wage a losing battle against the corporeal invaders. Dane Tanderes was once a mortal man condemned to an unjust death, cursed to live as a fiend until the gods decreed he was deemed worthy for forgiveness. Now that he has escaped back to the world of the living he is determined to never again live in darkness. Dane is instrumental in the war against those he once called brethren, fighting to give his people a chance return to the light.
Vanlyn Sarn is the second son of a cruel lord. His life is one of misery and degradation, despised by his brother and father for reasons known only to them. He is tasked by his father to journey deep into enemy territory and escort troops to aid in the fighting. However, Vanlyn knows the true nature of this mission. He is not expected to return.
When Dane takes Vanlyn prisoner, he plans to use the young prince as a pawn to seduce Vanlyn into betraying his kingdom and his people. But passion ignites red hot and Dane is torn between his burgeoning feelings for the young prince and doing what his honor demands. Which decision will lead him to what he desires most?