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Hello JC!! Welcome to Guilty Pleasures!! We are glad to have you here.
What inspired you to become a writer?
My mom and dad. They used to sit with me when I was a little girl and tell me stories, about princess and dragons and knights. Because I had memorized all the stories, they started changing them on purpose, just to see what I would do. I would yell at them and tell them word for word what the book said. Soon, they were telling me to make up my own stories for bedtime. As time went on, I started writing all the stories down. My mom wanted me to be the doctor, the lawyer, the JAG officer (we watched JAG a lot and now, NCIS all the time). One day, I said that I had to turn the stories we wrote into bigger stories to share with people. Everything sort of went from there.
What type of scenes (dialogue, etc.) do you enjoy writing the most and why?
I think I really like writing the ending of a story. The beginning is the hardest so I try to do that last. Yes, I skip the introduction until the book is written. The ending though is what really makes the story. It is what ties up everything, brings everything to a close, not just with an obvious definition, but an emotional ending. I want my readers to walk away with a feeling, happy or sad, and so I really put my effort into the ending scene.
You’re latest book, Double or Nothing, recently came out. What can you tell us about it?
“Double or Nothing” came from working at a casino in California. Every single day, I passed poker tables and suddenly had an idea of a short, hot romp in Vegas. The story is on the shorter side but I do believe it captures what I wanted: a bet that leads to a steamy night in Vegas. It is about a bridesmaid, Sam, and the grooms cousin, Eric. He’s a High Roller. He bets almost $40,000 a hand. They meet, instant attraction, and things just go from there. You’ll just have to buy it and read it.
Who was the biggest influence on you as a writer?
JR Ward and my mom. JR because I would love to see my work up there next to hers on a bookshelf in the bookstore. I love her stories and writing and think she can create an amazing story that people all enjoy. My mom is my other influence. She always reads my stuff (well, she hasn’t read the Matik Masters. She hasn’t pulled up the courage for M/M yet). She does encourage me daily and is one of my biggest fans. I really want to make her proud of me and pay her back one day for all the things she has given me in life.
What is the most important advice you’ve ever received as a writer?
“Write what and where you know. Those two pieces of your life are the most powerful in the field of writing.”
What’s next for you?
I am currently in graduate school at Fairfield University for Creative Writing. I am interning at publishing companies, writing a literary piece (a challenge because I have never done anything in literary fiction), working on the next in the Matik Series and the High Rollers, working on a fallen angel series, co-writing a book with author Eva LeNoir…the list just keeps going. I never limit myself. The question should be “What am I NOT doing?”
Now, for the hard hitting question. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Pay off my graduate school loan and put the rest in the bank so that when I graduate school, I can go on a nice trip with my mom, pay off all her bills (and mine), buy an apartment in NYC in CASH (I don’t want to owe on anything), and then just keep working on my writing and get a job at a publishing company. I’m a little different when it comes to the lotto. I want to keep working in the writing industry. Being rich is just something comfortable and yes, I’ll be happy being comfortable and making sure my mom is as well, but it isn’t going to make me happy forever. Only I can make myself happy forever.
We all have them… What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate…and yaoi….and chocolate…and Chris Hemsworth…and chocolate…and Alexander Skarsgard…and chocolate. Can you see the pattern? Chocolate and hunky men! Now chocolate ON hunky men would be fun…
Thank you for talking to us today JC! Wishing you much success!!
The High Rollers Series: Double or Nothing by JC Wells
Dateless, Sam still expects her best friend’s New Year’s Eve wedding to go without a hitch. The one magical night a year has other ideas, and they come in the form of Eric Christianson.
Eric has everything—money, looks, and the title “High Roller.” When he coaxes the beautiful Sam into one night of passion, sparks fly and revelations become clear.
Bets are made, everything is a gamble. When chances rest on pure luck, the jackpot is in reach… will they double or walk away with nothing?