About Jodie Manhattan:
Jodie Manhattan is a contemporary romance artist who’s first read was a Mills & Boon book that included a Doctor and a frigid kissing scene. Grateful, but eager to discover more she figured the only thing she liked cold were her cocktails… leaving the romance to be hot and steamy.
For Jodie a general fiction book is likened to a five course meal with dessert afterward, satisfying. But with romance? A tub of ice cream eaten when no one is looking. Utterly indulgent 😉
What inspires you to write?
I find that it is something that I have always been fascinated in. I always look at people and wonder their story, the rushed woman crossing the street with coffee in hand and cigarette in her mouth… is she JUST late for an appointment? Or has she just come from a meeting where she had to break it to her handsome lover that she can’t continue this any longer, for the sake of her unsuspecting husband? I find myself creating little stories as I go through my life because as we all know… Not everything is as it appears. So why not imagine?
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually begin my day by making a cup of coffee, on the way out to the kitchen I remember I need to go to the bathroom and by the time I’m in there I’m already on the way to taking a shower. On the way out of the bathroom I usually walk past my room and notice it’s unusual messiness and begin to clean it, but mid-way through cleaning remember that today is bin day! I need to take the bins out! On the way to take the bins out I see a newspaper on the front lawn so I take it in, and as I bring it in I remember that this all started with one cup of coffee and it is now 10AM… WHERE HAS MY TIME GONE!? Haha 🙂
I think that is called ADHD, but on a serious note, I usually get a few things done in the morning before setting my schedule to write. I begin by using an outline for each chapter, just something rough that I expect will change. On an extra sheet of paper I might write out ‘qualities’ that character has, their pet peeves and really try to characterise them to myself because then that will flow out to my audience.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to myself in the voices of my characters! And it scares me! I think a little bit of it is normal but when you get to the point of answering the doorbell and the mailman says ‘Hey Mam, how are you today?’ and you answer in the tone of the alpha billionaire you have been trying to create… it becomes a serious issue lol.
What advice would you give other writers?
Find something that you are genuinely interested in, and write from that ‘perspective’ or angle… You don’t need to stick with one thing… but if it isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change 🙂
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, mine is a story of inspiration! I find that it is something that I have always been fascinated in. I always look at people and wonder their story, the rushed woman crossing the street with coffee in hand and cigarette in her mouth… is she JUST late for an appointment? Or has she just come from a meeting where she had to break it to her handsome lover that she can’t continue this any longer, for the sake of her unsuspecting husband? I find myself creating little stories as I go through my life because as we all know… Not everything is as it appears. So why not imagine? I read a lot of Carol Queen. I love the perspective she writes from. Sexual freedom is a right to any man or woman who walks this earth. I just made the decision one day that this is something that I would pursue.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that eventually everything to do with ‘fictional’ stories will be published via eBooks because paperbacks just aren’t viable. For me though, I prefer paperbacks with pages that I can touch and smell! I guess with the advent of self-publishing it has meant a lot of authors now have a platform to publish from. But the market is really over-crowded in SOME genres.
What genres do you write?: Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romantic Suspense, Crime Romance, Billionaire Contemporary Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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