First, I'd like to thank AJ for hosting me today. My name is Jesse V. Coffey and I'm here to promote my latest release, The Brothers Cameron: An Opportunity for Resentment—officially out for the public as of September 15th by Edin Road Press. It's available through my publisher, as well as Amazon's Kindle bookstore and iTunes/iBookstore. It will be available through Barnes & Noble's Nook bookstore, Sony's bookstore, and others at the end of the month.
I've been writing pretty much most of my life—since grade school, actually. I was born with a vivid imagination, which has been both blessing and curse. I would tell myself stories at night, to put myself to sleep. They were long involved fantasies that usually (and typically) cast myself as the heroine who saved those in trouble, was rescued by Prince Charming (usually whatever actor or musician I had a severe crush on at the moment), and lived a fabulous life. Many times, I would relive those fantasies over the course of many nights, altering tiny details as I did. The story played out, I would fall asleep, happy and content.
Two things finally dawned on me as I got older. The first was that life was never going to be like my fantasies. Prince Charming didn't exist, no one ever broke out into song or felt the same sense of romanticism that I did, and the foibles of human nature meant that no one was ever going to mistake me for a heroine in any reality.
The second thing was that if I couldn't make the real world like my dream world, then I'd create my dream world as I wanted it. And rather than fantasize about it in my head, I'd write it down. Fortunately, by that time, I'd met my friend Ann. I had a partner—she introduced me to rock and roll, gorgeous rockers with amazing talents that we could both drool over. And I introduced her to writing them down. We entertained each other for more years than I care to count, writing those fantasies for each other.
And thus began my "love affair" with the romance novel.
I have to admit, though, that reading romances of the time period really put me off the genre. They were formulaic, clichéd, and built around the premise of "boy meets girl, both hate each other on sight, boy forces sex on girl who then falls deeply in love with said sexual assailant, misfortune draws them together, they fall in love forever." I won't even go into the obvious problem with that, but suffice it to say, all you had to do was change the names, move the setting, and it was the same story, book after book after book. But I still loved a really good romantic story.
It wasn't until about six years ago, when I was introduced to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and then Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series that I realized that modern day romance novels went far and beyond the clichéd gothic and bodice ripping stories of old. My heart rejoiced to find stories that had substance, that weren't put out with a cookie cutter script. There were real men who had faults and problems but still remained heroic and honest. Women who didn't have heaving bosoms or were waiting for Prince Charming to sweep in and save the day. Why, these women actually did some saving on their own.
Sex was real; no more euphemistic names for body parts or acts of passion. A cock was called a cock! A vagina was a vagina or a pussy. And honey, how they loved and had sex. No more teasing, but real and honest emotions and it felt so good.
And my favorite part was no more hiding in the closet, either. I could come right out and admit that I loved these stories and I wasn't alone. That's the part I really love. That all of these books and stories were being snapped up by men and women, and these authors were loud and proud. That did it for me.
The Brothers Cameron: An Opportunity for Resentment was, quite literally, the second book I'd ever written. But it was certainly written from those stories of my youth, those fantasies in my bed at night before I fell asleep. Those divine brothers, Stephan and William, and the adventure. Those two handsome and sexy men and their loves. I practically purred as I wrote it. I'm purring now, actually; because I'm finishing up the outlines for the second and third books in the trilogy. So many adventures to have. So much angst. So much love and love making.
Interested yet? I hope you'll read it. I hope you enjoy it. And I hope it helps you find those fantasies in your head.
Jesse V Coffey, who also writes as J. W. Coffey and Meggie Chase, is the author of short story collection Illusions & Reality (J. W. Coffey) and new release The Brothers Cameron: An Opportunity for Resentment. She write a literary column and a writing column for the Lexington KY affiliate of Examiner.com, as well as a National Indie Romance Novel column. She also is the on air hostess of Edin Road Radio, an internet radio show that introduces new authors reading excerpts from their work. She is a member of ASCAP and the Erotic Authors Association.
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