How can I contact you?
You can use the contact form on the website! (It's in the header) Right now (April 2013) I'm SUPER SUPER slow at responding, because of cascading deadlines. I figure I can either reply to email in a timely fashion or put out more books, and I think we both know which one we want, right? But seriously - I do love hearing from people, so don't let that scare you off.
Who is your agent?
Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. Please contact her if you have questions about subrights!
Why do you write under three names: Jill Myles and Jessica Sims and Jessica Clare?
It's mostly a branding thing. Jessica Sims writes shifter romances, Jessica Clare writes erotic contemporary romance, and Jill Myles writes a little bit of everything else.
How did you get started writing?
When I was a kid, people praised me for my short stories that I wrote. I still have the one I wrote about Loch Ness when I was eight. And then there was that time that the teacher told us to write a 1 page story about an elephant…and I turned in twenty pages. My best friend, you see, had written five pages, and I wanted the teacher to love me more than her.
So that’s how I started. I’m competitive and slightly crazy.
Beyond that, the next 15 years blurs into a madness of high school and lots of fanfiction. God, I wrote a lot of fanfiction back then. And then when I hit the age of 23 or so, I thought I’d try my hand at a novel. And the rest was history.
I have an idea for a book. Can you write it and we can split the profits 50/50?
I’m afraid not. Your ideas suck. Hahaha! Just kidding. Seriously though, the answer is still no.
Have you done any of the stuff you write about?
You mean like turn into a succubus?
What are a few of your favorite books?
I’m horribly picky, and I tend to glom onto certain genres for weeks/months/years without switching. That being said, there are probably a few books that I’d love to take to a desert island with me and be happy to re-read over and over again. These are:
* Sara Donati, Into the Wilderness
* Julie Garwood, Saving Grace
* Judith McNaught, A Kingdom of Dreams
* Jude Deveraux, The Taming
* Piers Anthony, With a Tangled Skein
* Anne McCaffrey, Dragonsdawn
* Anything Ilona Andrews.
* Anything Meljean Brook.
* Anything Kresley Cole.
* D’aulaires’ Norse Myths and Greek Myths
* Gustav Davidson’s A Dictionary of Angels
* Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books (Blue, Green, etc)
* Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
How many books did you write before you became published?
GENTLEMEN PREFER SUCCUBI was the fifth book I wrote. The first three were rottenly bad. The fourth one was only moderately bad.
What’s your writing process? Plotter or Pantser?
I’m kind of a hybrid. I wing it for the first three chapters or so, maybe longer. Then once I’ve figured out where I’m going, I stop and bullet-point out the rest of the plot. That usually works best for me.
ETA: I've pretty much turned into a plotter at this point. I know. It's revolting for me too. I need that first scene in my mind, but after that, I have to bullet-point out my plot or I flounder.
How do you feel about fanfic?
Knock yourself out. My only rules are:
–– Acknowledge me as the creator.
–– Don’t sell it for money.
–– I cannot and will not read it because of legal reasons, so please do not send it to me.
That being said, monkey no see, monkey no care.
How can I get a review copy?
If it's self-published, just email me and I'm happy to send you a review copy (but see warning about me being slow as molasses when responding to email).
If it's through Pocket or Berkley, I’m sorry to say that I don’t get review copies to send out. When you see it on the shelf, well, that’s when I see it too! Other than buying a copy, you can contact the publisher directly and ask them for a review copy of my books.
Did you know that the word ‘succubi’ is a plural of succubus?
Yes! I did! There are multiple succubi in the series, so I feel comfortable throwing it around in the title.
So Jackie is a demon, right?
Bzzt, wrong. In my setting, a succubus is created by a vampire draining a mortal (the kiss of the dark side) and a fallen angel having sex with said mortal (the kiss of the light side). This creates another immortal with a bastardized version of each one’s curses.
What do you mean by curses?
Fallen angels (also known as Serim) are cursed to wander the earth eternally. Once a month, they must shag a partner rotten and bring them to orgasm. Such a curse, I know. I know. But there’s more to it than just that. As for vampires, they are cursed to crave blood on a nightly basis. Both are cursed to live in eternally rotating cycles – fallen angels in the daytime, vampires at night, with little overlap.
So basically Jackie is a Mary Sue with a Magic Vagina?
Yes and no. I wanted to play with the concept of the woman that is transformed into being supernaturally hot. I gave her the most ridiculous attributes that I could think of – huge boobs, red hair, eyes that change color. And then I wanted to play with the trope a little from there. She’s not super powerful. She saves her own ass, but not necessarily the day. And a lot of men lust after her, but to someone that is used to using her mind, it’s downright irritating.
What kind of supernatural creatures are in your books?
Book one focuses on the following spectrum, in order from ‘Good’ to ‘Evil’ (with succubi as the neutral party):
Fallen Angels (Serim)
Since the story follows Jackie and sees the world through her eyes, more supernaturals are introduced in book 2 and 3.
Your angels don’t act like real live angels.
I know. I bet my vampires don’t act like any real live vampires, either.
Please say you're going to write more books in this series!!
Not gonna lie - I love these characters. But I have to weigh time and effort against labors of love. Writing helps pay the bills, so I spend it working on contracted stuff, and right now I have a LOT of contracted stuff. That doesn't mean that I won't get a wild hair and work on the next book, or start more in the series, because there are definitely more to tell. It's just not going to happen right now.
There will be a Noah story for sure, though, but it won't be in 2013 or the first part of 2014.
So what's this Bluebonnet series about?
It's a series about several different couples that live or work in Bluebonnet, Texas. Bluebonnet is a small (fictional) town set one hour north of Houston. The population of the town is approximately 2,000 inhabitants, and it's just as close-knit and claustrophobic as that sounds. This series focuses on some twenty-somethings involved in the Wilderness Survival Expeditions business, which deals with corporate survival training groups.
What format will these books be in?
Trade Paperback and e-book. (ETA 2013: Both trade paperbacks are going to be released in MMPB and so the price of the ebook is going down accordingly. Yay!)
What is the heat level of these books?
On a scale of 1 to 10, I like to say these are about an eight or nine. There's a lot of graphic sex (more than most of my Jill Myles books) and a lot of sexy situations.
I wanted to write something new, and I love hot, sexy, fun stories that anchor around a flirty couple that can't get enough of each other. Seemed perfect to me.
What are the Billionaire Boys Club books?
More contemporary romances, more sexiness, except instead of set in a down-to-earth small town in Texas, these are more jet-setting, Cinderella type romances. How can you resist? You can't.
Will there be more books in the Bluebonnet series?
Yes! I'm contracted for two more and have ideas for more after that.
Where is Grant and Brenna's book?
It comes out in January 2014.