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06 May 2011

Welcome special guest: author Jude Mason

Today we have multi-genre author, Jude Mason, visiting. Hi C.R., Thanks so much for having me! I’m thrilled to be here.
A Multi-published, Canadian author, Jude Mason writes in a variety of genres, stretching the boundaries at every opportunity. Her work appears at Total E-Bound, Cleis Press, eXtasy in e-books, print as well as audio. There’s always something new in the works or coming out, so check out her website:

* When did you attempt your first story? What length was it? What's become of it?
The very first story I remember creating was about a mermaid and a sailor. I was about 4, so the actual writing wasn’t good. Heck, I’m not even sure it got to paper. Length? Well, I managed to talk a few of my little friends into making  a play out of it. I believe the action too about an hour from beginning to end. As for what became of it, I’m not sure. Very possibly one of the parents I forced into sitting and watching the play found it and burned it. LOL
* How many stories did you complete before you sold your first?
Oh my! Thousands! Hundreds at least. I’ve been writing nearly all my life and I wasn’t published until I was in my 40’s. I had no idea I could be published until I found the internet. When I did find the web, I lucked into a small writer’s group where the publisher/owner of Amatory Ink took me under his wing. He asked me to write something for him. I did and he took it. (You could have knocked me over with that feather people talk about)
* What genre(s) do you write in? What drew you to write in it/them? What’s your favorite genre of all to write in?
I’ve written in just about every genre there is. The only things I haven’t tackled are yaoi and steampunk.
When I first became serious about being published, I wrote BDSM femdom mostly. Even now, if given my head, I’ll go back to it. I simply find it an easier fit.
My favorite genre!? I adore m/m and write in it a lot right now. Still, that BDSM sneaks in and if I can add a dominant fem in to the story, I’m there.

* What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?
The best advice I can think of is to write what you love and keep doing it.
The worst is to write what you know. I’m a mother, homemaker, wife. Boring stuff here. If I wrote about that, I’d be relegated to the woodshed.

* How do you celebrate/deal with acceptance/rejection letters?
Acceptances are always a big high for me. Even after all this time, I still get chills when I get that email saying, yes. The celebration hasn’t changed much. I love a bubble bath and a glass of something bubbly.
Rejections aren’t so much fun, as you can imagine. I don’t get a lot of them because I mostly target things for certain publishers or anthologies. But, when I get them, I whine…a lot! It doesn’t last, though, and I try to find somewhere to send the rejected ms as soon as possible.

* In regard to the book you’re promoting, which actor and actress do you envision playing the roles of your hero and heroine? If there’s a villain or other characters who are pertinent to the story, who would play those parts?
In Fertile Domain, I’ve got two main fella’s and one very important woman. I’m not big on watching movies, so I’m honestly not up on who’s who or which up and coming has ‘made it’ so this is really a toughie for me.
Jax is young, a warrior with a heart of gold and an equal opportunity lover. He proud and not afraid to show his softer side, but he’s stubborn as a mule about things that are important to him. I see him as a young and taller version of Mel Gibson perhaps.
Trev is the man Jax rescues then falls in love with over the course of the book. Trev is shorter and has a swimmer’s body, with a scar or two from life’s little adventures. He’s a little scruffier and has a wicked sense of humor. I honestly can’t say who I’d want to play him.
The Lady Ebony is tall and her skin is the color of honey. She’s got long black hair and her curves are a little too curvy to be fashionable, by today’s standards. She’s also a bit of a princess, but in the story it works. She knows what she wants and gets it, or else. I could see someone like Angelina Jolie playing her.
* Is it a stand-alone story or part of a series? If it’s part of a series, please list the order the books need to be read in for maximum reading enjoyment.
Fertile Domain is a stand alone, right now-although, I could see myself continuing the story somehow. I love the harsh landscape of the book and while these characters have told their story, there are many others in the city, or surrounds, that might like to speak up.
*** Now for some fun info… ***
* What’s your favorite color?
Purple, always has been and it goes with nothing in my life, but I don’t care. LOL
* Are you a cat, dog or both kind of person?
I’m a huge cat person. I’ve had cats all my life and miss having one around right now. My last cat, Tequila, used to sit beside me or lay across my desk while I wrote. Very relaxing for me. When I first got her, she was 3 weeks old and the lady at the SPCA said she wasn’t sure she’d make it. She was too young to eat without help. I fed her by dripping milk off the tip of my finger for the first while. She’d ride around in the pocket of my sweater all day. Sigh.
* Would you/have you own(ed) a snake or some other exotic pet?
Well, this is a toughie. At the moment, I have no animals you could actually call pets, but I do have animals who come to visit. We live in a pretty rural area with miles of wilderness around. Our winters can get very hard. A few years ago, we had deer coming in who were suffering badly from the weather. I asked our local game department if it would be okay for me to feed them. I got permission. Well, those deer did well and they brought their young. That was the start of it. We now feed both deer and raccoons during the winter and try to keep them from eating the flowers all spring and summer. Those are my pets, sort of.
*** About Fertile Domain… ***
Genre: m/m, F, m/m/, futuristic
Publisher: eXtasy Books
In a world where pollution and greed have pushed humanity to the brink of extinction, fertility is one of the casualties and the biggest priority. Men must prove themselves to fertile fems. For those who are lacking, or who cease to please the women who choose them, harsh treatment follows. Two new men, Jax and Trev, vie for a place among the elite 'studs' of a beautiful fem. Will they succeed; will the love they feel for each other survive?

***Find Jude here***

Thank you for joining us here today, Jude! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your work.

Readers: The contest for this month is for a $5.00 Gift Certificate from eXtasy Books. The more you comment this month, the more chances you have to win! So don’t forget to come back and comment on any of the May posts. Be sure to leave your email in a comment (or email with it) so if your name is drawn as the winner you can be contacted.


Jude Mason said...

C. R.,

Thanks so much for having me. I'm thrilled to be on your blog.


Ray said...

Great blog Jude. If I didn't know who you are already I would try to find out just from the Q&A blog.



Jude Mason said...

Waves at Ray!

Hey mister, thanks so much. My very own stalker type. I'm glad you enjoyed.