Alright, folks. Since May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, this blog post is going to be a bit different in flavor than all my previous posts, because I heard about HAHABT (Hop against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia) and could hardly wait to participate for the first time this year!
As an author whose work debuted in April 2014 with a bisexual female lead protagonist, of course I've wondered about my sanity! Why, M/M is more lucrative and therefore more prevalent. Why not jump on the bandwagon? So here's a DIY interview to answer those burning questions!
Question (Q): What inspired you to focus on writing LGBT fiction?
Jacintha Topaz (JT): My characters compelled me to write. For the past year, I’ve focused on writing contemporary erotic fiction focusing on lesbian and bisexual female characters in metropolitan areas and some of the LGBT issues that arise there. Recently, I began to write from a “what-if” standpoint and dove in with gay/transgender characters to delve into science fiction/futuristic erotic fiction.
Q: Why did you debut in the bisexual female menage genre?
JT: Often, women in general are raised to be people-pleasers who negate their own needs and desires. That's why the Purr Billionaire BDSM Trio serial exists. (btw, the first book in the serial is free.) I chose to star a bisexual female protagonist who gets the best of both worlds -- a man and a woman. Instead of her desires going unmet, I made sure that plenty of her desires got met.
Q: A menage? Isn't that another genre that usually stars MFM?
JT: LOL. Yes! So I purposefully wrote the story so that it was MFF or FFM, depending on whether you'd like the ladies to be listed first. :-)
Q: This might be an obvious question. Since the FF is listed together, do the two females really couple with each other?
JT: Yes. Although the female in the middle is the bisexual one, the other one is lesbian.
Q: Speaking of females, can you tell us a little bit about your debut into the FF genre?
JT: There isn't much to tell. In my DykeLove Quickies series, I chose to star females who know what they want and go after that. Unapologetically. The series is full of feisty women that have me riveted to the keyboard, wondering just what they'd have me type next.
Q: How much say do you really have over your characters in the direction of your stories, given that you mentioned that you also choose the kind of story that you write?
JT: Well, I write romance. So every story ends with either the HFN (Happy for Now) or the HEA (Happily Ever After). My characters have issues and often get to the HFN, not the HEA. So you can count on the direction of my stories to always end in a happy manner.
In terms of my characters, they're the boss. Sometimes, I can let it (my creativity) rip and get a couple thousand words out onto my computer in no time. Some days, I get only one sentence in or delete a whole bunch of words because somehow I've lost the connection to my characters and am out of integrity with their desire to move forward in the story.
Q: So you're the slave or submissive to their Dominant desires?
JT: LOL! That's one way of looking at it!
Q: Can you comment on the kink--how it gets into your stories?
JT: Although BDSM is increasingly popular and out of the closet in the mainstream these days, it still has some of that forbidden flavor. So yeah, gotta have the kink. :-) My stories have more of the BD than the SM... for now.
Q: Speaking of SM, your MM debut has a rather sadistic lieutenant. Can you tell us more about that?
JT: Lieutenant Ash has a penchant for imparting pain and pleasure. In Vaughn 1 in the Man X Chronicles, a futuristic science fiction gay/trans erotic romance, he has a crush on one of the leading males and is heartbroken over it. He acts out and will probably piss off the readers. I cut that scene out because it was 100% pain with zero pleasure. Given I'm such a softie when it comes to my characters, I might just find him his Happily Ever After. Just not in Vaughn's serial. :-)
Q: So if you end up writing Ash's story, then instead of being a slave to your characters you'll end up being the masochist in this case then?
JT: LOL! You have a way of twisting things around! I guess so, then. :-)
Q: As a participant of HAHABT this year, what are you gifting readers and visitors who comment on this blog post?
JT: I'm gifting my latest book, a copy of DykeLove Firsts (DykeLove Quickies Bundle Volume 1): A Lesbian BDSM Erotic Romance Short Story Collection. This book is a collection of three stand-alone stories in which readers will meet three different couples who find each other and fall into lust/love.
To win a copy of the book, simply comment on this blog post with your favorite slogan or motto that goes with the spirit of this international hop against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. Mine is (for today, anyway):
Contest ends on May 24th, 11:59 P.M. Hawaiian Tropics time. :-) No purchase necessary to win. Winner will be picked via a random drawing and will be contacted no later than May 31, 2015. Winner will be announced and contacted via email. So please ensure that your email address is correct when you post your comment. Thanks!
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