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About J.J. Massa
You may know me, or you may not…there's always a 50% chance, right? Well, if you don't know me, I'm J.J. Massa and I've been writing paranormal and erotic romance since 2004. As a voracious reader, I finally had to turn to writing when all my book money was spent.
I live south of New York, East of Pennsylvania, and North of Delaware. You won't see me on Google Maps, though. I'm short.
My main staple is dry roasted peanuts (unsalted) garnished with Snickers candy. I share an apartment with family, including a couple of dogs, a handful of cats, and two Conures. One is only visiting, but I confess I'm becoming a little too attached. That's why I got the second one *g*
I've visited a number of other countries, and discovered a few foreign countries right here in America. There's always more to write about, and tons of new stories to tell.
Also by J.J. Massa:
Available at Amazon Kindle and/orSmashwords(www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BLFHGS and/or http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/124020)
Belonging to MacGregor
A Hunted Heart
Available at Melange Books (www.melange-books.com)
Slow Burn: An Erotic Collection
Dark Blood: Two in One
The Montgomery Family Chronicles:
Book One: Acting Like Family
Book Two: Family Harmony
Book Three: Family Portrait
Montgomery Family Chronicles, Book Four: Family Matters
Available at New Concepts Publishing (www.newconceptspublsihing.com)
The Weather Series:
Book 1: Electric Rayne
Book 2: Ashes in the Wind
Book 3: Angel's Forecast
Available at Torquere Press (www.torquerebooks.com)
Rocks and Hard Places
The Wedding Party
Going to the Chapel (an anthology)
Also at Torquere Press under the pseudonym of Illian Obsidian:
Into the Light
A note from J.J...
My sister and I enjoy making jewelry, much of which is inspired by one or the other of my books--look here to take a peek. We add new things all the time.
I post additions to my free read Beauclerc Island on my blog(s) at jjmassawriter.blogspot.com or jjmassawriter.wordpress.com
An Interview with J.J. Massa
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: J.J., thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Figuratively Speaking.
JJ: Thanks, Holly—I really appreciate you and TRS for your time today.
HH: First, where did the idea for this thrilling romance?
JJ: I think the idea for this story came from an amalgamation of sorts. The opening scene—which I’ve changed a little over time—was inspired a little by the scene in Look Who’s Talking, where the old man eats all his allotment of candy bars. The story sort of evolved from there.
What do you like about Alyssa and why will readers relate to her?
JJ: Alyssa is down-to-earth young woman, full of contradictions. She is, by turns, hard and then soft, and a sucker for a smoking hot, arrogant man.
What do you like about the man who changes things for her and why will readers love him?
JJ: If by that you mean her grandfather, I like how focused he is on his family, and how sure he is about Alyssa from the first moment he knows he has a grandchild out there somewhere. He’s mischievous, irascible, and sharp as a tack.
If you’re talking about Nik, the man who catches Alyssa’s attention, I love the bits of humanity in him, no matter how hard he fights to be all-business and distant. He’s inspired by every Harlequin Romance I read during my teen years, and looks something like Theo Theodoridis.
How did you bring their world so convincingly to life?
JJ: I really feel close to the characters when I’m writing about them. It’s as if I’m watching their story unfold and trying to tell it as fast as I can.
What makes this book unique compared to what readers have seen to this point?
JJ: Aside from certain qualities inherent in the characters—Alyssa has an eidetic memory, and a talent for numbers—this book is unique because each writer is different and brings a different view of their characters. Every life is different, and more so when combined with a handful of others. That’s what makes this story unique—the people in it.
What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
JJ: In the next month or so, The Montgomery Chronicles, Book Five: Extended Family, will be released. After that, in August, Metamorphose, the first book in the Many Worlds Museum Series, will be released at New Concepts Publishing. I’ve also got a serial story releasing at Torquere Press called Rainy Day Lover. I’m very excited about it. I don’t want to say too much except that it’s going to go on for a long time and we’ll go through quite a bit with these characters. It’s an M/M story that takes place in Louisiana. There will be quite a bit of Cajun going on ; -) I also have a handful of books coming out on Amazon and Smashwords, just like Figuratively Speaking has done.
How much of your life is spent on your writing career?
JJ: Writing is huge in my life—it’s at least 50% of it, or more. Sometimes my biggest issues are finding the time, place, or focus to write. Still, at any given time, there’s a story playing out in my mind, and I’m twitching to get it down on paper.
What does it mean to you to be a writer?
JJ: Being a writer is more than a job or career to me. It’s like having brown or blue eyes. It’s natural—an inherent part of my nature, even before I realized it.
What would we find in your to be read pile right now?
JJ: I don’t keep a To Be Read pile. If I did, I’d never get any work done. I always read Sasha White’s newest—half the time, I read it while she’s writing it. She reads most of mine the same way. *grin* I always look to my favorites when I need a break and I’m ready to read. I start with Mae Powers and Sasha White (always good for a second read). After that, I look to my favorites. In no particular order, Dakota Cassidy, Ashlyn Chase, Samantha Storm—all funny romance that I love. I like the shifter stuff, as I’m sure you have guessed, putting G.A. Aiken, Mae Powers, Jaden Sinclair, and Jacquelyn Frank high on my priority reading list. Sultry Summers has something coming out that looks good—it’s Submissions in Time at Melange-Books. I always troll Torquere Press—I know I publish there, but that’s because I love a good m/m book. If you feel the same way, check out BA Tortuga’s offerings. There’s quite a spread of genre’s there, all of them hot M/M stories. I like Sean Michaels, Michelle Rode, Mychael Black, and of course, Nix Winter. If I’m not in the mood for romance, I’ve got E.A. Poe’s macabre library to turn to, Arthur Conan Doyle with Sherlock Holmes set aside, along with greats like Earl Stanley Gardner, Dickens, and Patricia Cornwell on standby.
What plans do you have for the summer?
JJ: I plan to read, write, spend some time with family and friends, and maybe go on a short trip. We’ll see. I don’t have firm plans. I like to see what life has in mind for me, then take it from there.
HH: Thank you!