Hello everyone and thank you for joining me today to interview the wonderful and talented, RJ Jones.
*gets tea and coffee*
Beany: Now before we get started, happy birthday!
*sings Happy Birthday and brings out cake to go with the drinks*
RJ: *mumbles around cake* Hi Beans!
Beany: So aside from your birthday, we’re here to celebrate your latest release – True Blue (Out of the Blue #3). So what can you tell us about this story?
RJ: It’s a best friends to lovers story between two SF firemen. Brandon is tattooed, muscular, and rides a Ducati motorbike. Mason has been in love with him for ages but because Brandon is straight, nothing has ever happened. Except, and yes you can probably guess, Brandon isn’t as straight as he thinks. When Brandon was a teen he started questioning his sexuality but then something happened and he stopped questioning. He focused on his attraction to girls and stopped thinking about guys. Fastforward fifteen years and events happen to make him start questioning who he really is, except once he answers one question, ten more pop up. This is a story about growing, accepting and eventually loving. I hope readers like it as much as they have the first two.
I should mention that characters from the first books play major roles in this one, so I think fans of Cam and Jake, and Kris and Gray (and even Jet) will be happy to see them. J
Beany: When we chatted last October, you mentioned that Blueprint (Out of the Blue #4) was going to be the last book in the series. Is that still the case or have more characters jumped up and down, wanting their stories to be told?
RJ: A couple more characters have come up, but if I write their story—and that’s a HUGE but—it won’t be part of the Blue series. I’ll still set it in San Francisco but it will be completely separate and won’t feature any existing characters.
Beany: Now, I had a look and True Blue is your 9th published book since your first ever book, Out of the Blue, was released in early 2015. Did you plan to have so many books written and released or did it just happen?
RJ: Kinda just happened. This writing thing is quite addictive and now I feel a little weird if I haven’t written anything for a few days and I become a bit itchy. I love this process. I’ve always had a bit of a creative streak—painting, artwork, jewellery making—you name it, I’ve tried it, but I never considered myself any good or I lost interested quickly. This writing thing is completely different from any other creative journey I’ve been on and I don’t see myself getting tired or bored of it anytime soon. As for the amount of releases? Never planned that either. I write when I can and book in my editor according to her schedule. Some releases have been later than I would’ve liked, but I’m a slave to the process.
Beany: I know Blueprint is scheduled to come out in the second half of 2016, but what other books can we expect to see from you? Are there any projects that you’re working on that you can tell us about?
RJ: I don’t have much else going on. I have plans for a trilogy but I’m not sure when I’ll start that and I have a couple of WIP’s with a small amount of words down on each which I’d like to revisit and finish. I have a few idea’s which I’ve written notes on… *shrugs. I just don’t know what’s going to be next. I’ll concentrate on getting Blueprint out as soon as I can, then reassess who’s talking to me the loudest.
Beany: I think that’s all the questions I have…for now *winks* Thanks for stopping by and I’ll let you go and enjoy your birthday.
RJ: Thanks, Beans. I’m off for some more cake!
When being true to yourself means denial is no longer an option.
On the heels of a tragedy, Brandon White shaved his hair, adorned his body with tattoos, and concentrated on his attraction to the opposite sex. Fifteen years later, Brandon is a protective son and a loyal and respected member of the San Francisco Fire Department, bedding anything in a skirt that promises not to stick around afterward.
When his past and present collide in his dreams—including his best friend and fellow fireman, Mason—Brandon knows things are never going to be the same again. He starts to recall that fateful day years before, and the long-forgotten feelings that preceded it. The most important thing he remembers—he’s not as straight as he’d thought.
With help, Brandon learns to accept who he was always meant to be. But when tragedy strikes again, Brandon must reconcile his past and present and deal with his grief if he is to ever be true, not only to himself, but to Mason as well.
**This can be read as a standalone, however it is best enjoyed after reading the first two stories as side characters play a major role.**
RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.
RJ’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work. But they didn’t shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.
Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy. She is surrounded by males.
RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.
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