Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and seventh, is of erotic fiction and urban fantasy author and interviewee Jess C Scott. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Jess is an author / artist / non-conformist who’s dedicated to writing original stories that are both meaningful and entertaining. Jess is also the founder of jessINK, an innovative publishing company that focuses on substance over current fads and marketing hype.
Erotic Fiction is where she explores intimacy / passion / intensity, not explicitness 😉
Psychological Thrillers are where she explores the dark side of human nature.
She is currently editing The Wilde Trilogy, a psych thriller featuring a brother-sister serial killing team.
And now from the author herself:
I first ventured into the world of self-publishing in mid-2009. The second book I published that year was 4:Play, a contemporary erotic anthology.
I started writing erotic fiction partly as a way to deal with my own sexual issues and neuroses—I figured it’d be more constructive to channel all that energy into creative endeavors, rather than seek it out at random in real life where real people would be involved. I liked the freedom to do whatever I wanted in fiction.
I got into some “trouble” quite early on because several of my erotic ebooks were taboo-themed. Several were banned by various online retailers. It got me to realize that there wasn’t much differentiation between erotica and pornography—the latter is based on arousal and explicitness, while the former explores the complexity and nuances of sexuality as part of the human experience.
Most of my work tends to have a very strong focus on sex and relationships. The root of this interest formed in my early teens, where I used to find myself frequently and increasingly annoyed with the mainstream media’s often shallow depictions of love and sex.
I started venturing into crime stories as a result of my interest in TV crime dramas and similar subject matter. I enjoy exploring the psychosexual themes that are very often somewhere in the picture in a crime story. Crimes like murder and rape are extremely violent acts to inflict upon another human being. Trying to understand what drives a person over the edge or gets them to “snap” is something I will always find intriguing to explore.
My first psych thriller project, The Wilde Trilogy, features a twin brother-sister serial killing team. It is technically not super taboo due to the lack of explicit sex scenes. With this “limitation” in mind (taboo sex is in self-published fiction that’s classified under the “erotic” genre is kind of a touchy subject with a number of online retailers), I’ve sought to amp up the psychotic elements so that the project fits well in the (more mainstream) “psychological thriller” category.
I hope to gain a wider readership with this new psych thriller department of jessINK, and I like to think that some of those new readers will stumble upon my various writings on the difference between erotica and pornography.
After all, raising awareness on that differentiation was and still is the whole point behind jessINK’s (initial, and continued) focus on quality erotic fiction.
You can find more about Jess and her writing via…
- http://www.jessINK.com/bio.htm (Biography)
- http://www.jessINK.com/wilde.htm (Wilde Trilogy)
- http://www.jessINK.com/survival.htm (Survival Trilogy)
- http://www.jessINK.com/erotic_writing.htm (Art of Erotic Writing)
- http://www.jessINK.com/psych.htm (Jess on Psych Thrillers)
- http://www.jessINK.com/teenguide.htm (Teen Guide on Sex and Relationships; Co-written with author and NYC teacher, Matt Posner)
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