FRIEND FRIDAY: An interview with RJ Jones #gayromance #FriendlyFriday @rjjonesauthor

RJ Jones is on tour and today she’s joining me to answer a few questions. Welcome, RJ.

Firstly, congratulations on the new release. The book sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to read it. Just kidding! 🙂  I had the privilege of beta reading an early copy and really enjoyed getting to know Scott and Ben.

Aww, shucks *blushes

When you started writing the Love for the Seasons series, did you always know this story would be told or did the series evolve after you’d written the first book?

I never intended to write Scott’s story. I didn’t like him to begin with and I gave him an intense job because I didn’t want to do the research needed to actually write his story. But it only takes one person to say “Hey, I want Scott’s story!” to put the plot bunny in place. Now I know why Scott acted the way he did, he’s one of my favourite characters. It seems I also have a penchant for redeeming bad boys. Who knew!

Scott or Ben? Does one of the characters have a special place in your heart?

As wonderful and caring as Ben is, it would have to be Scott. He’s passionate and intense as a doctor but he’s had so many hurdles to overcome. It was a great pleasure getting to know him and finding out what made him tick.

You’re Australian but this series is set in the UK and your Out of the Blue series is set in the USA. What drives your choice of location for each book you write? Will your readers see something set in Australia soon?

I always try and pick locations that I’ve been to so I have a sense of place, but generally the characters will tell me where they’re from. I have a story in mind that is set in Boston, which I’ve never been to, so I don’t know how that will work out. I’ve tried to set it elsewhere but my MC is pretty insistent. That being said, I have a story set in Australia called Solid Rock that will be out later this year. It will be my first story set in Aus, but probably not my last.

If you had to pick one song to represent As the Sun Sets, what would it be?

I’m With You by Avril Lavigne. I imagine this is Scott being confused and hurt, trying to find his way before he meets Ben.

Please share an interesting fact your readers may not know about you.

Geez. That depends on your idea of interesting. Umm… My dog, Baxter, needs regular grooming as his hair gets too long. I try and save money by shaving him myself but he always ends up looking lopsided, scruffy and a bit of a mess. I don’t think he cares though. As long has he’s comfortable in the heat, I don’t mind what he looks like. 🙂

Tell us about your current work in progress.

Solid Rock is based in Australia, mainly around Uluru and Alice Springs with a few scenes set in Perth. James is an English lad whose estranged father dies and leaves his ashes for James to scatter at Uluru. James thinks he can go to the centre of Australia, release the ashes and leave, but that’s until he discovers there more to the red centre than just a big hunk of rock. Is that enough of a tease?

Fast Five…

  1. Shower or bath? Both depending on what mood I’m in. I have a spa so that’s always great on a winter’s day.
  2. Favourite movie: Ever After. It’s an adaptation of Cinderella with Drew Barrymore. Absolute fav!
  3. Sweet or savory? Sweet, but probably both at a pinch.
  4. Adam Ramzi or Tayte Hanson? Okay, I had to go and look these two up as I had no idea who they were. They’re both cute and Adam rocks the badboy image with his dark looks. Tayte looks too young for me so I’d have to say Adam. I’m going to have to go look at some of their vids now.
  5. Favourite pastime when not reading or writing: You mean there’s other things to do? Who knew? Probably eating and hanging out with my bestie when she’s in town. She makes eating a spiritual experience 🙂 (She sounds wonderful. I’d hang onto her if I were you ~ Nic 😉 )


 A sea change could be just what the doctor ordered.

Doctor Scott Penney used to be a Paediatric Oncologist—until he burned out. Watching children suffer and die took its toll on his mental health. To cope, he used anonymous sex as an emotional crutch, thinking it was better than hitting the bottle. But that inevitably destroyed his relationship with the man he loved.

With his tail between his legs and a year’s worth of celibacy under his belt, Scott accepts a position as an Accident and Emergency consultant, leaving his career in oncology and London behind.

Ben Jenkins is a paediatric nurse who loves his seaside city, his job, and his faithful old Labrador, Happy. When he meets the new doctor, Ben falls for Scott’s kind-yet-reserved personality—not to mention his good looks. Scott is great with the children who come through the hospital, but Ben senses there’s more to Scott than meets the eye.

Scott tries to resist Ben’s sunny charm—Scott’s not boyfriend material, after all—but it’s impossible not to fall in love with the sad looking old dog and his charming owner. As Scott and Ben get closer and the weather heats up, tragedy strikes and Ben is left wondering how much of Scott’s history he actually knows.

For them to move forward, Ben must show Scott that no matter what happened in the past, a beautiful day can always start after the sun sets.

**This can be read as a standalone**

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About the author

RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.

RJ’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work.  But they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days.  Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.

Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.

She is surrounded by males.

RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.

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