Jade Astor is a longtime fan of male/male erotic love stories, and got her start writing paranormal and sci-fi fan fiction back when such publications were still run off on photocopiers, stapled together, and shipped out to other fans in manila envelopes. Years later, she was delighted to find a thriving population of like-minded writers and readers in the ebook community. When she is not writing, Jade enjoys sculpting, tinkering with computers, and training (and retraining) her small herd of unruly but adorable rescued Chihuahuas.

Q. How long have you been writing fiction?

A. As my bio mentioned, I got started writing for fanzines back in the 1970s, when I was still in high school. I learned a lot about fictional technique, as well as editing from those homemade and privately distributed publications, some of which had professional-quality production values and were even edited by moonlighting professional writers. Most of them had science fiction or fantasy elements, which became my favorite type of story both to read and write.


Q. What do you like best about writing M/M stories?

A. Believe it or not, M/M stories were very popular with the fanzine crowd some thirty years ago. They were called “slash” stories back then, referring to the typographical slash between the letters.  Though I didn’t write them back then, I have always been intrigued by the new twist a same-sex pairing can put on even the most traditional romance plot. Male sexuality is different from female sexuality, obviously, and the qualities that make men sexy increase twofold when a pair (or more) of guys fall for each other. At least, that’s the way I see it! The story possibilities seem endless. I just hope I can write fast enough to complete all the ones I have teeming in my mind.


 Q. What do you like best about writing ebooks?

A. Creatively speaking, ebooks offer so much more flexibility in terms of length, subject matter, and style than any other kind of book that has ever existed. The explosive popularity of ebooks isn’t coincidental. Readers are responding to the new freedom ebooks offer both them and the authors. The variety of books and the ease of shopping for them just can’t be matched by traditional print publishers, though I wouldn’t like to see those go away. They just serve different purposes.

 In terms of the medium itself, ebooks provide the perfect way to combine my interest in technology and my love of storytelling. Ebooks can connect authors to readers instantly, by way of lightning-fast downloads as well as contacts through social networking. Don’t get me wrong—I love print books and have no plans to stop reading them, but I am quite content to immerse myself in electronic media for now.


Q. What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you?

A. I’m sure my answer is the same as most any other authors’, whether she is writing for ebooks or print—something akin to panic at the sight of a blank page or screen. No matter how much I write, I always have that lingering fear that one day I will sit down at the keyboard and the well will suddenly run dry. Sometimes putting the first line down takes forever. However, I am happy to say that so far, I have not actually encountered severe writer’s block. Once I get going, I find that I am okay after all. The ideas and the words start flowing eventually.


Q. Do you have any favorite themes, settings, and time periods to write about?

A. Lately I’ve been focusing on fantasy with a vaguely medieval setting, which is how my new Siren series came about. I’ve always been fascinated by castles and history, though using these types of settings in fantasy frees one from the rigid confines of actual historical events. I also like to have magic and paranormal elements in my stories, which seems to fit a little better into a medieval setting, where beings like elves, fae, and wizards, not to mention pregnant male elves, seem perfectly natural and maybe even expected! In the Elven Conceptions series, I was able to combine some of these elements in a way I sincerely hope readers will find pleasing.

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