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Guest Author Wednesdays ♥ CJane Elliott

Happy New Year! I’m ecstatic to have Romance Author CJane Elliott with me today to ring in 2014 with a great book and interview. Please say hi and leave her a comment or two below. Oh, and her ebooks are on sale through Jan 4th!

After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

CJane is an ardent supporter of gay equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories.

In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.  

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Hi all, and thanks to Tempe for letting me hijack your blog for a New Year’s Day post! I have always loved New Year’s because of the promise of new beginnings. It may sound naïve, but I don’t think anyone is ever stuck in life: with how they are as a person, with the situations they find themselves in, with the way their relationships are going. I believe in second (and third, fourth, etc.) chances, and I give them to my characters (after putting them through some angst, of course!).

What do you find the hardest part of being an author?

The isolation. So much of writing is spent being in one’s own head and in the world of the characters. I find myself needing people to share with during the writing process. I love when we go on long trips in the car because my husband gets to hear my latest draft whether he wants to or not.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

It’s the very thing that makes it so isolating: I love being in the worlds that I’m creating and living with the characters and watching what they do. I love when they do things that surprise me or weren’t in the outline.

Just how H.O.T. are most of your books? 

I love writing passionate sex scenes, probably because I’m a Scorpio and passion is part of my nature.

How sweet or romantic do they tend to be?

I like my romance sweet but not unrealistically so. I put my characters through some challenges before they get to their happy endings.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I use a lot of dialogue. It’s all those “voices” that I hear in my head.

Which is your favorite storyline/angst situation and why? What inspired you to write about it? 

I love stories where the characters have to gain a deeper understanding of themselves in order to let love in. My stories are “psychological adventures” and the “angst” or obstacles are most often those of the interior/psyche rather than the outside world.

What inspires me to write about that is my own experience as a seeker and as a therapist and my respect for the work that it takes for people to come to a deeper understanding of themselves. “Love at first sight” is great, but true, lasting love takes work. The more my characters grow in self-awareness, the more love is available to them.

Boxers or Briefs? I know which I prefer . . . *wink* 

Hee hee, I like both, so I’ll go with boxer-briefs.

Oh, I’m so with you on that one. Favorite author?

I love many authors but my top gal is Jane Austen. She rocks.

Favorite quote?

From Leonard Cohen’s song Anthem:

Ring the bells that still can ring.

Forget your perfect offering.

There is a crack in everything,

That’s how the light gets in.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on a spin-off novel featuring Aidan, one of the key characters in Serpentine Walls. I should be submitting it to Dreamspinner by the end of January. After that, I’d like to try my hand at a YA story. I also have a “magical realism” story I’m working on and a third Serpentine story featuring Jed, the nice guy that Pete has a “friends with benefits” relationship with in Serpentine Walls.

Can’t wait to read more from you, CJane! Now, I’m going to share a little about CJane’s novel, Serpentine Walls

Serpentine Walls

Reeling from the news that his parents are divorcing, Pete Morgan starts his junior year at college cynical about love and commitment. Although his new openness to one-night stands does wonders for his sex life, fighting his romantic nature proves harder than he’d anticipated. He soon finds himself pining for a glamorous senior, Aidan, who doesn’t mind taking Pete to bed but shows no interest in commitment—at least not with Pete. And Pete’s attempt at a “friends-with-benefits” relationship with sophomore Jed leaves Pete feeling empty.

One bright spot in Pete’s year is Matthew, an easygoing graduate student who assists Pete in making his first film. Matthew has some baggage too, and has sworn off relationships and sex altogether, so Pete feels safe to enjoy their friendship. But he falls for Matthew anyway, not able to fight his growing conviction that Matthew is the perfect guy for him. Even if Pete can accept that he made a mistake when he turned his back on relationships, that doesn’t mean Matthew will feel the same. With a few life lessons under his belt, Pete’s ready to take a chance on love. As he finds the courage to bare his heart to Matthew, he can only hope that Matthew will take a chance with him.

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