Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve sold over 100 romance books and novellas in the past 20 years, mostly erotic romances. Lately I’ve been moving back toward hot, sensual contemporary romance about one man and one woman–minus hardcore BDSM, menages and multiple partners. Check out my website (http://annjacobs.net) for info on new releases, revised re-releases, and other interesting info.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest releases (April 9) are the first two books in a contemporary series called The Oil Barons–Capture Me and The Closer We Get. My next releases will be the next two in this series, Promises Lost and Rescuing an Angel, “late April or early May”. The brand-new original lead-in to my new series (also contemporary), Courthouse Connections, is entitled More Than Lust, and its tentative release date is May 20. Jake’s Love, a contemporary short story, is also up for release in May–assuming that I can finish revising it with everything else I have on my plate! 🙂
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Other than writing in my PJs unless I’m expecting company, I think I write pretty much like most authors–one book at the time, front to back of story, with a pass or two through to fix snafus before sending the book out for edit, and so on. I don’t outline heavily, but I try to check books in series for continuity–usually as I’m revising them to re-release.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Susan Johnson’s Russian series was one of the first that nudged me toward very sexy romance, along with the late Bertrice Small. Since I write mostly contemporary books, the authors who influenced me most in that area were Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, Nora Roberts, and too many others to name.
What are you working on now?
It’s unusual for me, but I have two contemporary novellas (one a revision of a previously pubbed one, the other an original lead-in to a series I’ve already revised for re-release) going at the same time. The reason is that I’m working in some secondary characters who appear in both stories and the revised series. I’m also fitting in edits between the original writings, to try to get my backlist released ASAP.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have a personal assistant, Michelle Mottola, and a beautiful website built by the incredible Original Syn that I attempt to keep updated. As far as me personally promoting my books, I go hit-or-miss on Facebook and Twitter when I have time–but mainly I follow Michelle’s instructions. (I’m hopeless with self-promotion.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write stories that touch your heart. If you do, they’ll resonate with readers. Also, learn the tools of your trade (spelling, grammar, punctuation, and so on, and self-edit your work before letting it out into the cruel world. I’ve written a short book titled SELF EDITING FOR WRITERS that gives some good hints on cleaning up your manuscripts. It’s out at all the major online booksellers, in print as well as digital editions.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t put all your writing eggs into one publisher basket. You may be very sorry if you do.
What are you reading now?
My own backlist books that I’ve succeeded in getting reverted from Ellora’s Cave are pretty much my reading material at the moment, as I try to determine whether they can be sanitized and turned into sensual but not erotic romances, and whether I want to self-publish them on my own, or turn them over to a company that specializes in revising and re-releasing backlists for authors.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I need to finish an original contemporary western series, the San Antonio Connection, which I hope to get back to very soon. First, though, I have to finish revising the last three books of the Courthouse Connections series for release as the second boxed set (the first boxed set is ready for formatting now). I have serious revisions to finish for my editor at Beyond the Page, as well, but those won’t be critical time-wise until next summer.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I can’t name just one! Joey W. Hill’s vampire series at Berkley, specifically The Vampire Queen’s Servant, is up there on the list, along with Sandra Brown’s early romantic suspense, Mirror Image, Virginia Henley’s A Year and a Day, and several I mentioned earlier in the interview.