How do you identify?
I go by Jeanne (pronounced Jean/ Gene), thanks. But if you’re asking about my gender and sexuality, I’m non-binary and pansexual. I’m also the parent of three grown children and happily married to the love of my life.
My pronouns are she/their, meaning I will go by she/her or they/their. Either works.
Okay, so what do you write?
I write multi-cultural, diverse social (AKA soft) Science Fiction and Contemporary/ Paranormal Fantasy and a few other things like poetry. My stories are full of LGBTQ+, heterosexual, multi-cultural, and differently-abled characters who go on dangerously awesome adventures with their family and friends. I’m more of a novelist than a short-story author, but I’ve got one or two up on the site. That said, I’m also taking part in an Appalachian Ghost Tales anthology TBR in October 2018.
Why diverse characters?
Why not? Earth is a diverse place so the worlds outside of Earth are probably just as, if not more, diverse. As for magic – pagans traditions widely believe that there’s more to things than male/ female and dark/light. Everything, especially magic, is on a spectrum.
Wouldn’t you sell more books if you stuck to “traditional” Sci-Fi and Fantasy?
I have received this question several times and my answer is always the same: if you write solely for the money then you’re doing it wrong. I write what I think needs said, and the characters in my head won’t accept anything less.
Do you attend or do book signings/tours/conferences?
Seldom to all three. I live with a sundae of auto-immune conditions topped with the bright red cherry of a neurological disorder. My golden rule is “thou shalt not provoke the beast,” and my neurological condition is my beast. If I aggravate that b**** she’ll bite me, and I’ll end up with my eyes locked shut and my toes touching the back of my neck for hours on end. Not fun but no neurological problem is an enjoyable experience.
I do an occasional signing or appearance near my home and even those are sporadic, so my online presence is necessarily larger.
What’s your view on sexual content in novels?
If it’s your thing as an author/ reader, go for it. However, it’s not for me. I neither read nor write sexually graphic content, nor do I knowingly promote it on my site. I’m a FTB (fade to black) or vanilla (okay, nearly vanilla) author. My content, at its most extreme, is considered R-rated and then because of violence (probably a fight scene). No, my stories aren’t sweet and innocent. People get hurt, people die, relationships fall apart, but that’s all part of human (or sometimes in my stories, alien) existence. Consider my work to be rainbow-hued PG-R rated.
NOTE: Just because a story contains LGBTQIA+ content does not mean it contains graphic sexual content. If you can’t separate the two, you probably need to look elsewhere for your reads.
What’s your stance on cursing in novels/ stories?
I’m a USN vet, a former sailor, and I’m married to a retired USMC Gunny. Curse words fly around our house on a semi-regular basis. That said, curse words, when used well, enrich writing, but if they’re used flippantly, I believe they become meaningless. Aim for quality, not %&^#@$ quantity.
Can I be a featured author on your site?
Well, that depends on several things 1) What do you write? 2) Would I want to read your work? and 3) Is your work professionally edited? I don’t mind self-published works at all, but they absolutely must be professionally edited before I will consider doing promo. If I promo you, it’s by my choice alone, and it’ll be for free. Inquiries should be sent through this site’s contact page (listed up top under About).
Can you review my work?
Sorry, but no. I don’t accept review requests. I have a certain set of authors I adhere to, and occasionally venture into self-published works that catch my attention. That said, those reviews will be posted here and on Goodreads, Library Thing, and Amazon (when possible).
Got another question? You can inquire under the Contact link listed up top under About.