DC, 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?
Thanks for having me! I’ll take a decaf coffee, heavy on the cream and sugar.
Charles! Please bring DC the low grade juice.
DC, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
For those who don’t know me, I’m a bisexual transgender fella, married to the most amazing man in the world, still looking for the woman of my dreams, and I write GLBTQ romance. I have three dogs and three cats. I enjoy long walks on the beach and…oh. ::ahem:: Never mind. J
When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?
I read the e-mail, called up my husband and said, “Guess who just sold an mpreg story?!? THIS GUY!!” LOL I’d already had it turned down a couple times because of the content, so I was thrilled to find a home for it.
What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?
Growing up, I didn’t relate to the characters in romances, and that left me pretty disillusioned. The first story I ever wrote started out an m/f, but morphed into an m/m/f. I ended up doing a search for “gay stories” on Amazon. I found MJ Pearson’s “Discreet Young Gentleman.” The rest is history.
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.
As long as the cookies are gluten free, I’ll take peanut butter.
But of course! We knew you were coming and Charles made a special plate just for you! Charles! DC’s cookies please!
DC, how many hours a day do you spending writing?
Not as many as I’d like. My Evil Day Job takes a lot out of me mentally, so daily writing is tough. But on Wednesdays and the weekends I spend as much time as I can. I’ve been known to write from 9 AM to 3 AM on those days.
Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?
I write things down as they come to me and piece them together later, then I revise.
When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?
I have a general idea of where the story is going, but I don’t plan things out. That just feels unorganic to me. I’ll jot down notes, but that’s about it.
Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?
I have several favorites, all for different reasons, but Derek from Even Guys Cry is probably my overall favorite, because he’s a lot like me.
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 had writers block once, in 2009. It was during a very, very dark time for me. I’d lost two people very close to me, and my world was spinning out of control. It came down to, quite literally, write or die. I looked in the mirror one night, after several months of this, and said to myself, “you’re going to write, or I’m going to end it.” And I’m reasonably certain I meant that. Writing has always been a part of me – it defines me in so many ways. To be without those voices in my head… Well, at the risk of sounding nuts, I didn’t know how to function. That same night, I wrote from 8 PM until 8 AM the next morning, non stop. Several really good stories came out of that.
Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)
I have a writing office, but really, I can write anywhere. Growing up, my writing wasn’t respected, so I had to grab time anywhere I could. I can write in the tub, on the toilet, while cooking, and I’ve even been known to drive down the street with a notebook balanced across the steering wheel. LOL
When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?
LOL Have you met me? I don’t need a sign to warn anyone off. But seriously, no. My Hubby is very respectful of my time.
How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?
Dry and darkly sick. LOL I loved Seinfeld. I really love Ron White, Jeff Dunham, and John Stewart.
What is the most frequently asked DC Juris question?
“Do you wear a penis all the time?” Seriously. That’s life in the spotlight, folks. LOL And the answer is no.
What are you working on now?
I have 21 WIPs currently. I’m in the middle of a short story for a charity anthology, and I’ve got a fantasy thing I’m starting after that. Both m/m.
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 don’t really have any trouble being creative – it’s just always something I’ve done.
What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?
I don’t read m/m at all, with only a very few exceptions. In general I don’t actually read all that often, but when I do, I go for Peter David and Richard Knaak. My all time favorite book is The Island of Doctor Moreau by HG Wells, and I’ve read it over 100 times. Not even kidding. If I’m bored or feeling ill or just looking to kill time, I’ll read it. I read it twice on the plane to GRL this year.
Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-
Good God not retail – been there, done that. It’s really cold in space, so that’s a no-go. I’d say scientist but those are always the guys who end up releasing the zombie apocalypse. But horses might kick me… Eh. Horse trainer, I guess.
Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Photography, going to thrift stores, going to drag shows, going on long drives to nowhere, baking cupcakes.
Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?
I’ve got a few releases slated for this year. ::sly smile::
Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/danielchristianjuris
Personal Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dcjuris
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!!
Thanks for having me! And as far as the kitchen – as long as there’s nothing sharp and pointy, I’m in!!
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