Please Welcome Author Winnie Jerome!!

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
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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
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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.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

http://winnie-jerome.livejournal.com
http://winnie-jerome.dreamwidth.org
Twitter : http://www.twitter.com/WinnieJerome

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?

A Perfect Target by Winnie Jerome

Title: A Perfect Target
Author: Winnie Jerome
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 30
Characters: Trent and Adrian
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal
Kisses: 4



Blurb:

Trent and Adrian from “The Perfect Housemate” return. It’s Trent’s birthday, and Adrian takes him out for an early, sexy celebration. However, a secret from Adrian’s past interrupts the festivities, and Adrian is forced to disappear. Now Trent must decide if he wants to let Adrian walk out of his life, or if he’s willing to risk it all.

Review:

Okay, I could be at a slight disadvantage here because I hadn’t read “The Perfect Housemate” but I have to say it didn’t stop me from getting to know these well fleshed out characters and enjoy this short any less. Adrian is part demon and on the run from the holy people who want him dead. This sweet lithe dancer is full of life and spark and he really has more good in him than bad, so why those holy people think he needs to be killed just irks me.

So, it’s Trent’s birthday and Adrian has managed to plan a very special night for him in celebration and things are going so well for them, the night is everything Trent had hoped for. A fantasy of his comes true where Adrian is concerned and it’s a great scene. But all good times must come to an end and when Adrian leaves like a leaf in the wind, without telling Trent what the hell is going on, things don’t go over too well. Trent, with the help of their other partner manages to track Adrian down and they must come face to face with what keeps making Adrian hightail it out of town every time a holy person gets wind of his presence. Only this time, the good does prevail in a way that completely satisfied me with this short story knowing really only a small part of the men involved.

Reviewed By: Michele

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A Perfect Mess by Winnie Jerome


Title: A Perfect Mess
Author: Winnie Jerome
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 29
Characters: Adrian, Trent and Carl
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal
Kisses: 3.5





Blurb:

Adrian and Trent from “The Perfect Housemate” and “The Care and Feeding of Demons” are back. Adrian, an incubus, is having trouble dealing with the side effects of his transformation.

To make matters worse, Trent and Adrian’s half-giant lover Carl has left both of them. As time goes on, Adrian’s bedroom antics with Trent have become dull, threatening their new relationship, but an offer to perform at a paranormal BDSM club on Halloween leads to an unexpected and blisteringly sexy conclusion.

Review:

A Perfect Mess brings Adrian, Trent, and Carl back for a bit of saucy, angsty, and raw sexual fun. Add some love to the mix and you have the story. Adrian and Trent stand together strong in this story as Adrian is learning how to deal with the side effects of his transformation while Trent helps him understand and cope. Carl in the meantime has taken it upon himself to just disappear because he felts no more than a sex toy to the other two men.

The men are invited to a BDSM Halloween party and are told to prepare themselves for a role playing scene with a third party. When the third party sees who he is to perform with he runs off once again but the show must go on and it does. However, that third party can’t seem to stay away and once he realized what love it, this story turns into something more than just a quickie.

Reviewed By: Michele

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Title: The Book of Wisdom
Author: JM Cartwright
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: contemporary
Characters: Con, Stephen, and Jesse
Pages: 33
Kisses: 3.5







Blurb:

Con Danvers is not jealous. Uh-uh. No way. The fact that his lover is helping a young college kid with life issues doesn’t mean Con has to get all growly and snarky. Does it? Stephen Rydell wants Jesse James Callender to succeed in life — and being gay in a small West Virginia town hasn’t exactly given the kid a head start.

Catch up with the boys from A Change of Scenery five years on, as they host Stephen’s protégé for the summer.

Review:

If you’re looking for a sweet short story that has all the elements of a good engaging story line, I think you should give Book of Wisdom a shot. The story is about Con and Stephen and the young Jesse who has been recently accepted at the state college and how Con deals with his jealousy over the younger man and the attention Stephen gave to the young Jesse before he left for college before the story begins. I’m thinking this occurred in the first book, A Change of Scenery, which I didn’t get to read.

Jesse comes home for a visit, as Con and Stephen are the only people he has in his life who’ve been there for him and guided him after his family turned their backs on him. However, Con must deal with his insecurities that creep up when Jesse is around Stephen. Con believes Jesse has a crush on the older man, and the fact that Stephen laughs it off doesn’t set well with him. But in saying that they do come together and work as partners to advise the younger man especially when it comes to the matter of his heart and possible love interest.

The characters are introduced in the main story as mentioned above, and I didn’t get to read that, however, I wasn’t lost at any point in this story, so I will say this is a fine standalone. The story itself is easy moving, no angst to speak of, but wonderful sex scenes where two men know one another so well that they know what makes the other tick or tock.

Title: Family Values
Author: Alexa Snow
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 17
Characters: Tim and Marvin
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

When Marvin and Tim go to Marvin’s family reunion, they’re nervous about their reception. After all, Marvin’s family has been less than accepting in the past. To their surprise, things turn out far different than they were expecting.

Review:

Imagine the intense build up you put yourself through when you know you have something coming up that you must do and it’s something you don’t care to do on any level, ever. We fear the unknown and avoid any situation we can that may present the unknown and that’s what this story is about. Due to the fact that prior family get togethers have been nothing short of kais, Marvin and Tim are what I like to call a hot mess. Expect the unexpected.

I enjoyed a glimpse into the thoughts of the character as anticipation rose and how they dealt with this in the days leading up to the actual reunion itself. Tension build up in this story was wonderfully done. And I like to compare the end as a burst of brilliant colors where everyone in the story and out can say: AHH.

Title: Fiends In Low Places
Author: Missouri Dalton
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 17
Characters: Simon and Gabriel
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Paranormal
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Simon Murphy, psychic and former thief is trying to rekindle the romance between himself and his FBI beau, Gabriel. The two of them have gone from being on opposite sides of the law, to the same side, to fighting over cases. At each step they’ve been drawn closer together and thrown apart over their constant fighting. Can a pizza date fix this mess? Or will the vampire mobsters after Simon ruin any chance Simon has of being with the man he really loves?

Review:

The comedy value alone in this short story brought it from a 4 kiss read to a 5. It takes talent to pull of a story in the 1st person to start with, then it takes more to know when to add the comedy and not overdue it. Missouri Dalton hit this one smack dab perfect. I found the character Simon simply adorable, he’s witty, he’s intelligent, and he’s a psychic who used to be a thief. The story is told in his POV and he is in love with Gabriel, who works for the FBI. As the blurb states they used to be on opposite sides of the law, now they are on the same side, Simon just goes about things differently, especially when it comes to Vampires. See, he works for the agency who deals with the supernatural side of things and mostly Garbiel doesn’t approve of Simon’s ways.

These two men have been an on and off again item, they love and hate each other, and over a pizza date they realize it has to be one or the other, they can’t go on as it is. Simon in the meantime locates a Vampire and follows him to the bathroom where he does what he does and then tries to hide it from his partner who is waiting on him in the restaurant. The whole set up, the way Simon goes at it, the way he looks at it and tells us about it, simply awesome. I truly loved this story and would love to read more about the couple.

Title: Four Years On
Author: Nicole Wilkinson
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 22
Characters: Jason, Kale
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary/Urban
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Jason thought he’d left it all behind when he went to college: the family who couldn’t accept him, the boyfriend he might have outgrown, the small town with even smaller minds. The past, however, catches up to him on the day of his graduation, when Jason is set to give the valedictory speech. Thanks to his new boyfriend Kale’s meddling, this might just be the closure Jason needs, for better or worse.

Review:

This is truly a cute story about a young man who basically ran away from the small minded people in the small town he grew up in, leaving his boyfriend behind with them to escape the pains and looks. However, four years later, that certain past caught up with him, and on the day of his graduation he’ll see not everyone sees or thinks with a small mind where love and family are concerned.

Title: Happy Hour
Author: Bella Leone
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 28
Characters: Bodie and Eli
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

After a light, flirtatious conversation about what makes a good beer, Bodie invites Eli back to his place to try some real brews. After a few different beers, the boys loosen up and are in confession mode. All their embarrassing tidbits come out, making for fun and silliness, like surfer Bodie coming out of the musical closet, to the ginger cowboy’s delight. Will there be more to it, or will friendship be enough

Review:

I love when a story can pull me in on the very first sentence and keep me there until the end of the journey and this little piece did that for me. It’s a cute short romp of a tale about a southern born man living in the big city and the man he meets, Bodie, who makes or creates beer for a living. Eli is from Texas and quite a ways from home, and the man he meets who changes his life forever is Bodie. Theirs is a sweet romance where respect and love go a long way.

Title: Hard Choices: Thanksgiving
Author: Winnie Jerome
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 26
Characters: Todd and Shane
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

In this sequel to “Hard Choices”, Todd brings his partner Shane over for Thanksgiving. As things go from bad to worse, poor Todd wonders if the situation will ever get better. Can he convince his family to leave well enough alone?

Review:

Sometimes the blurbs for the stories don’t match the story itself and it proves true in this case. This story is so much more than what you’re told in that blurb and if I were the type to only take the blurb into account before selecting this to read, I would have missed out on a hell of a story with some amazing characters. While the blurb does mention a bit of a struggle for Todd to bring Shane home for Thanksgiving, it does not mention how Todd, who is now a teacher, saves the life of a young boy by sharing his own past with him. Truly, a heartwarming story that should be shared and read.

Title: My Boyfriend Has a Scar
Author: M. Raiya
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 24
Characters: Gage and Kyle
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Modern Contemporary
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

A gay teen’s worst nightmare is to be caught in the act by someone who disapproves. Gage snaps under his conservative father’s fury and bolts, fleeing school, the family farm, and his shy, quiet boyfriend, Kyle. Ten years later, a violent thunderstorm brings the two together again. Can weathering the storm mend the damage?

Review:

For as short as this read it, it sure does a number on you. We have two boys, who as teens in school were the best of friends and lovers, until one fateful night when they were caught fooling around in the barn which pushes Gage over the edge causing him to flee everything he knew and loved. For ten long years he stayed gone, he headed to Hollywood where he was sure he’d become famous. Things didn’t go as planned as another fateful night stole his youth and looks. He decides to head home, his pride wounded only to end up in the arms of his long ago boyfriend, who never once gave up on them or their love. Very nicely done with a touch of angst with well written dialogue and awesome scene setting made this a definite worthwhile read.

Reviewed By: Michele

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