Hello, Winnie Jerome! We’re thrilled you’re here!
Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?
Green tea would be wonderful, thank you.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’ve been an m/m author with Torquere Press since 2007, and I primarily write m/m contemporary or paranormal with a dash of humor and a dram or more of kink.
When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?
Let me reflect on the wording, because I want to transmit the gravity and depths of the awe I was feeling at the time… I believe my first words were, “Holy fucking shit! They accepted it!”
What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?
I think what first caught my interest were the m/m stories in Susie Bright’s “Best American Erotica” anthology. What really brought me over to the M/M genre were Tricia Owens’ stories.
I used to write for myself quite a bit when I was growing up, but I stopped after I moved away for college. I took up gaming instead, and Game Mastering satisfied my writing itch.
My gaming group splintered about a year before I was laid off. I decided to start writing again once I realized that a temp job wasn’t around the corner, and since I was spending so much time reading M/M; I figured that if I was going to write, it should be something that I really liked.
Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.
I’d like the chocolate chip, please. I’m a bit of a chocoholic.
How many hours a day do you spending writing?
It varies. Sometimes I’ll go long stretches without writing, and then I’ll write anytime I can squeeze in for the next few week. Or I’ll write 2-3 hours every day for a month.
Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?
I’m a seat of the pants writer, so I’ll try to barrel all the way through and then revise. Sometimes, though, I’ll revise a little as I go along.
When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance? I start out with a skeleton and then just go for it. I try to have an idea of how I want the story to end, but I’ll change it if the story takes a different direction.
Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?
Hmm. Amelia from “Diamond: Double Cross”. I just love that she’s an optimistic and perky woman in a field normally populated by cynics. And the fact that she loves to watch things explode.
Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?
I actually had writer’s block last year because a number of family issues came up. I stepped away from my laptop and waited for my muses to return, which they eventually did.
Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)
Yup, in my bed or on the couch.
When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?
No, but my terse answers and half-intelligible grunts to questions tell my SO when I’m in the zone.
How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?
I have a pretty cynical sense of humor, so Black Adder is one of my favorite shows. However, I also love geek jokes, so my favorite in that area is the Guild and Felicia Day’s Flog.
What is the most frequently asked Winnie Jerome question?
Hmm, one is not coming to mind.
What are you working on now?
A story involving a shifter bonding with a human, but the human is very much against the idea, to put it mildly. It’s further complicated by the fact that shifter/human relations are a jail-able offense.
Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?
I try not to bring my work home with me. I also try to free associate ideas if I hear or see something interesting. I just let my mind go in truly bizarre directions, plus I free-write little mini-scenarios with a friend of mine over email.
What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?
Classic science fiction – Isaac Asimov, Leigh Brackett, Ray Bradbury. I’ve also read science fiction by Greg Bear and Neal Stephenson. Some horror (Robert Bloch) or fantasy books by Neil Gaiman.
Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-
Definitely scientist. Especially if I can be a Mad Scientist.
Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I’m a dabbler in many hobbies –- baking and knitting are my primary loves, but I’ve branched off into cooking and simple jewelry making. I’ve also tried my hand at melt and pour soapmaking, perfume making, crocheting, and cake decoration.
I stink at gardening, though. If you have a plant that you think is mocking you and deserves to die, send it to me and the deed will be done within a week.
Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for? Nothing on the horizon yet. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a possibility.
It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen?
Thanks!! Thank you, it was fun! Sure, I can help… these cups go into the garbage disposal, right?