Sunday, October 11, 2015

Jasmine by Selene Jasper Interview & Giveaway

Jasmine Synopsis:
 Orphaned and raised by her older sister Zandra, Jasmine Tremaine was taught to never trust anyone but herself. Longing to start a life of her own, free from Zandra's controlling nature, Jasmine returns to their parents' home town and finds herself rescued by Draven: the first man to make her feel safe. She soon finds out though that he owns a a dungeon - a sex club - and immediately worries that he is the exact kind of man her sister warned her not to trust, and certainly never to fall in love with. Draven Rowan is a Master without a submissive, and sees Jasmine as a caged animal desperate for escape. But will she be able to let go and take a chance on love and happiness? Could she trust the Dom in him to love and protect her? Or will she continue to struggle with her sister's trust issues?

Selene Jasper Bio:
JM Schroder (aka Selene Jasper) launched her professional writing career in May of 2012.  From a very early age she has loved to read and loved writing poetry and short stories.  And then one day she woke up from a dream and she knew right then that it was this character talking to her and her first book came into existence.  To date, she has released two books and is currently working on more in the original series.  And has added three more series to her work-in-progress. As her full-time career and hobby, JM writes steamy urban fantasies and erotic romance. 
JM was born and raised in Oregon.  She has three children, dog and a bratty cat.  She looks to everyday life for inspiration on her writing.  She has many muses that also inspire her.  She is forging her way as an author. 
All while she is pursuing a degree in Computer Science/photography.  She will continue to spend time plugging away at her keyboard putting the stories of her characters down on paper so that she can free up some space in her head. 
When JM is not writing or plotting out her next story, JM loves spending time with her kids, reading, and planning her future which will include some hiking, camping, and fun times. 

Hi my name is Selene Jasper aka JM Schroder, thank you for asking me for this interview.
A little bit about myself.  I am a mother to three wonderful children. I live in a small town and have lived here most of my life.  I enjoy what most other people enjoy, camping, hiking, watching movies, and spending time with my family.  I am a big Marvel comic girl.  And I love Star Wars and Star Trek.
I am also a full time student.  I am attending my local community college earning my Associates Degree in Web Design/Development.  I am also taking photography.  Why you may ask, well to further my career in the publishing industry and to help other authors in developing a brand for themselves.
I work as a notary full time also.  Yeah, I know a lot of full times but I make it work. 
What were you like at school?
I was what you would call a stoner.  I have learned from others that I was shy, beautiful, sweet and a complete badass.  So I guess that is not a bad thing. 
As a student I was actually a good student.  I past all tests not a problem – handing in homework on the other had I had a problem with. Hell, I hated homework in high school.  I hate it in college too, but you can’t get away with not handing it in in college.
Were you good at English? 
English was one of my favorite classes.  I loved it.  I still do.  I have taken a lot of courses as an adult to improve my writing.  My biggest area that needs improvement is my proof reading, I am absolutely horrible at proofing my own work. 
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My ambitions for my writing career is to make it my full-time career.  I would love to write all day, let my stories come out and send them off to the world.  I would love to design my covers, produce my trailers and maybe even my own screen play.
Which writers inspire you?
There are so many, but Anne Rice is my idol, my inspiration, and the person who made me write. 
But there are women out there that I love such as Nicole Edwards, Chloe Cox, Ann Mayburn, Bianca Sommerland, Carrie Ann Ryan, Airika Phoenix, Lisa Morgan, Tarryn Fisher, Colleen Hoover, Rebecca Hamilton and so many more.  They are just amazing in their own rights. 
So, what have you written?
I have written two other books under my other name JM Schroder, Thunderstorm and Daughters of  Eden – In the Beginning (Daughters of Eden series) which are both in the process of being re-edited and revamped under my new publishing house Booktrope.  I am very excited about releasing them in the near future.  So keep an eye out. 
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Jasmine is a very educated woman.  She has completed college and is on her way to medical school.  She has a very soft heart and has a very deep connection to her sister.  But that is also the problem with her.  She can’t let go of the guilt that her sister had to raise her.
Draven he is the ultimate dominate male.  He is a protector, loyal and loving.
What are you working on at the minute?
Right this moment I am working on the second, third and fourth books in the Spinners Club Series:
  • Zandra 
  • Autumn
  • Patience
I am co-writing a Trifecta Club Series with Author Star Noble called the J Trifecta. 
Jeannie’s Desire from the Rotations Club Series. 
And then under the pen name of JM Schroder I am working on Fire & Ice the third installment of Daughters of Eden Series.
What genre are your books?
Under the pen name Selene Jasper they are all erotic romance. 
JM Schroder writes paranormal romance
What draws you to this genre?
I think it is what draws everyone to this genre they want the perfect love story.  Whether it be an erotic love story or a paranormal.  They want a happily ever after.  And I want to build that story and make it my happily ever after from my imagination.
How much research do you do?
I do a lot of research for all my books.  Whether it be my erotic series or my paranormal.  I use places, different equipment, toys, and positions in them and I don’t want it to be so out there that it couldn’t happen. 
For my erotic series I watch videos, look up different toys, look up locations, I’ve went to a couple of local clubs.  You do know Portland Oregon is the kinkiest city in the country right.  And I ask lots of questions. 
For my other series it is a lot of research on myths of all the old gods, religions and the bible. 
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
I am actually working on my first right now with Star Noble and this will be her debut novel.  And then I am in talks with a couple other authors to write with.
Why did you do decide to collaborate and did that affect your sales?
We are good friends and she sent me some sample work and I loved it.  She didn’t think she could do it on her own so I said let’s do this together.  We have been working on it for a year now.  We both work full time and have three children a piece so time gets in the way.  But it is coming together. 
As for sales don’t know yet.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I decided to become a writer in 7th grade, but really made the decision back in 2011 when I started my first full length novel.
Why do you write?
I write because it is a hell of a lot cheaper than therapy and it does a better job getting what I need to say out.  Not all of it may be true but there are experiences in my books that I have lived through and my writing has helped me overcome them. 
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
A dream.  That is all I can say.  I woke up one morning trembling over a dream I had, it was so real so intense I had to write it down.  It evolved into my first novel Thunderstorm. 
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write part-time. I try to write at least 4 hours a day if not more.  I wish I had more time to dedicate to it.  But I am a mother, student and a business owner.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I write early mornings when my kids are still sleeping, work during the day as a notary, go to school, and then come home be a mom, and then get kids to bed and put my writers hat back on and write for a couple more hours.      
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I try to write something every day, seven days a week.  If I miss a day though I don’t punish myself.      
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
3000 words a day on any given story or a combination of stories.  I write the one that is talking to me.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer mostly, sometimes I will whip out the Dragon if my hands are tired.  If I am out and about I bring a notebook and write.
Where do the your ideas come from?
Life experiences, my heart, people watching and making up stories in my head, my dreams and so many other places.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I can’t write from an outline.  I don’t know the story until it presents itself.  I tried one time to write from an outline turned out to be a complete and utter disaster.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I am more honest in my writing.  I don’t hold back for fear of upsetting people or shocking them.  I write what comes into my mind out through my fingertips and onto the page.  It is the truest form of me.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Death, break-ups, heart ache, decisions.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Autumn is a hard book for me because as I write it I don’t see the happily ever after yet.  I see heartache struggles and pain.  And I cry so much through the writing of it that I have to stop and regroup and go to another project.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Putting the emotions on paper.  That has always been my gift.  I can write raw emotion in letters and in stories.  I have pulled back on a lot of them in the books that have been published but I am learning that it is not a bad thing that people like to get angry when they read, they like to cry, they like to get horny and that I shouldn’t censor myself so much in my books.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I would say a year.  Just because I work on so many at one time.  But hopefully that won’t be the fact with the next few.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Yes and often that is why I have so many books in the works.  My muses decide to just stop talking all the sudden.  And then others speak up.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Me, myself and I say don’t force it, move on to something else.  It will move along sooner or later.
If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
Jasmine is the first in the Spinners Club series.  Spinners Club is a Bar/BDSM club that is owned by the Rowan family and ran by the men of the family.  Draven is the Master of the club.  But he has not taken a sub in years. 
Jasmine is a college student who wants to see the town that she was born in and her parents died in.  She travels there with her best friend Patience Rowan, Draven’s cousin.  Through and unfortunate event she meets Draven.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series.

I love book series and I love writing them for the mere fact that I love creating many characters and watching their lives unfold though out the series.  
Buy Links:
Selene Jasper
JM Schroder

1 comment:

  1. I don't think Earthman Jack vs. The Secret Army is for me, but I know my son-in-law would love it!