Remember that list I was talking about? All the things I need to do to get ready for my trip to GRL and how pleased I was that I was at the end? Spoke too soon! 🙂 A few extra things have been creeping up. I’ve been seeing people post about costumes. I haven’t even thought about that! Do you think it will be enough that I drag my sorry arse across the ocean and just turn up in a normal dress? Here’s hoping…
Today we meet author CJane Elliot. I hope you enjoy!
Meet CJane Elliot
Welcome to the blog!
Thanks so much for having me! I love answering questions, so fire away.
Is this your first GRL? If not, do you have any advice for authors and/or readers who are attending? If it’s your first, what made you sign up this year?
This is my first GRL, even though I’ve been published since 2011. For the first several years of being an author, I hid away in my writing cave. But once my first novel, Serpentine Walls, was published in 2013, I decided to get more out there in the m/m writing world. I got active on my Twitter and finally broke down and got a Facebook page. I guess cons are the next logical step! I now have three novels in the Serpentine Series, so I’ll have some books in front of me to sign.
What are you most looking forward to about GRL this year?
The chance to meet readers. I’ve met quite a few of my fellow Dreamspinner authors by going to the Dreamspinner Authors conference the last two years. And of course, I want to meet more m/m authors. But meeting the readers will be new for me. Readers, I hope you’ll come up and say hi when you see me.
What inspired you to start writing in the gay romance genre?
Fanfic! I never knew such a thing existed until I fell in love with a performer and Googling him led me to LiveJournal. My eyes bugged out when I read the first few hot m/m stories and I was hooked.
You’ll have to tell me more about the performer you fell in love with when we meet at GRL 🙂
What was the first m/m romance book you wrote? Can you share a little about the story?
I wrote four novellas previously but I’d like to share about my first novel. Serpentine Walls is set at the University of Virginia. It’s a New Adult contemporary about a bunch of college kids. The MC, Pete, is bitter about love and thinks he wants no part of it, but ends up falling in love in spite of himself. But he has a lot to learn and several other relationships to navigate before he winds up with The One. That novel has spawned two other books so far, featuring characters that were also in Serpentine Walls: Aidan’s Journey and Sex, Love, and Videogames.
What book are you currently reading or have just finished reading? Tell us a little about it.
Oh, I wish I could tell you about the one I just finished but it’s a Rainbow Award submission (I’m helping to judge for them this year) so I can’t. It was SO good and in a genre I don’t usually like. I’ve also been reading a lot of Kim Fielding’s books. The latest one is Brute. What a wonderful story. On first glance, the setting and plot didn’t appeal to me but Kim is a fabulous writer and I was totally drawn into this sweet love story.
Please share an interesting fact your readers may not know about you?
I was engaged to my husband two weeks after our first date and we were married 9 months later. We’ll be celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary in a few days. So those who don’t believe in “insta-love” that leads to a happily ever after – I’m here to tell you it’s possible.
Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to meeting you in October.
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 LGBTQ 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.
Featured book from CJane Elliot
Shy guy Jed Carter has always felt invisible next to his charismatic older brother, Kent. Kent’s master plan for Jed is simple: University of Virginia, business, sports, and ladies’ man. None of it is Jed, except for playing on the rugby team, which he joins in defiance of soccer-loving Kent. Jed comes out in his sophomore year and starts seeing Pete, an attractive junior, who uses him for sex and videogames. Jed wants more—in life and in love—and starts making his own plans. First on the list: getting to know Charlie, the handsome guy working at the local videogame arcade.
Charlie Ambrose has always felt like an oddball, and not just for his tendency to stutter. Being gay sets him apart from his African-American community, and as a “townie,” he doesn’t fit in with the college crowd. Charlie’s inspiration is his cousin, Morocco, who’s transgender and doesn’t give a fig about fitting in. Art is Charlie’s passion, and when a local videogame designer discovers him, Charlie’s living a dream. The only thing he’s missing is love. But the last person Charlie expects to find it with is a cute, white U.Va. rugby player named Jed.
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