November 18th, 2010

It’s an interview! It’s a giveaway! It’s a … a whole new word!

Is it, in fact… a whole new genre? It might be! If you google “erotocomedic,” the first 20 hits are all to Jeremy Edwards. Sex and humor are difficult to write about (or, perhaps it’s better to say, they’re difficult to write well about), so to find both done very well, and done together, is a treat.

I previously reviewed his erotocomedic novel Rock My Socks Off here. Now I have Mr. Edwards himself here for an interview about writing and his novel. At the end of the interview, please see details for how to enter yourself into a drawing to win an autographed copy of said novel.

But first, a formal introduction, of both Jeremy and his new novel:

Jeremy Edwards is the author of the erotocomedic novel Rock My Socks Off and the erotic story collection Spark My Moment (both published by Xcite Books). His libidinous tales have been widely published online, as well as in over fifty anthologies. His work was selected for The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, vols. 7, 8, and 9, and he has read at New York’s In the Flesh and Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon. Jeremy’s greatest goal in life is to be sexy and witty at the same moment—ideally in lighting that flatters his profile. Readers can drop in on him unannounced (and thereby catch him in his underwear) at www.jeremyedwardserotica.com.

Writer Jacob Hastings is uninspired by his latest assignment: a museum full of hideous rocking horses. But his socks are rocked by Normandie Stephens, a mischievous astronomer who can match his dry wit, quip for quip, and his sexual appetite, frolic for frolic, with energy to spare.

Thanks to Jacob’s public relations and the machinations of a feisty and frisky mentor named Kate, an impasse in Normandie’s career promises to blossom into either glory or disaster—with enigmatic photographer Susan and obtuse clubber Brandon along for the wild rocking-horse ride. Between farcical talk show appearances, sensuous threesomes, horny little quickies, sex-drenched romantic getaways, and close calls with utter embarrassment, the pace never lets up in this smart erotic romp.

And now to my questions, and of course, his answers.

Until Rock My Socks Off, you’d published exclusively erotic short stories. Why the change to a novel?

Once I’d been active for a while as a short-story author, I became aware that writing an erotic novel was something I might undertake—though I wasn’t sure this was something I actually wanted to embark on. At a certain point I judged that if I were going to do it at all, the time was right: I seemed to be at the right place in my career, the market seemed to be inviting, and my schedule at that juncture could accommodate the task. I’d developed a rough idea of the type of book I’d write if I wrote one, and there really didn’t seem any reason not to give it a try. So I jumped!

How did the idea of rocking horses come to you?

I don’t have a clear memory of the moment I got the precise brainstorm (if you will); but I do know I’d mulled over the possibilities for an institution that could be dysfunctional in that special way some small organizations become, and whose mission could involve something that was prized by certain discriminating individuals but innocuously repulsive to other discrim. individs. Somehow a user-unfriendly museum of over-the-top Victorian-era rocking horses came to mind, and here we are.

Recently I’ve read in quite a few places some debates among authors about words—specifically, whether an author should take care to only use words he thinks his readers will understand, or whether he should actually endeavor to use “big words” and throw a little education in there, or whether he should just write as he pleases, and let the chips fall where they may. Where do you stand on this issue in regards to your own writing?

You would count me with the chips. (And I do hope there’s some smoky, garlic-heavy salsa on the table.) While I wouldn’t use a word strictly with a didactic intent, I also don’t hesitate to use words that some readers might have to look up. Personally, I enjoy learning new words when I read fiction. But hopefully I draw the line at using words so arcane or archaic that their use could feel forced. (I think writers need to keep in mind that an autolectic avoidance of kenspeckle terms, with a goal of venditating one’s vocabulary and metagrobolizing the reader, can reduce one’s prose to literose remplissage.)

Well, Jeremy, that’s easy for you to say. And metagrobolizing is illegal in six states now. Incidentally, I’ve noticed that your novel diverges a bit from the classic plotline of the two main characters having a conflict with each other; rather, they get along famously, and their challenges are with external things. Coincidence, or design?

Definitely design. I didn’t want my protagonists to have to navigate a wilderness of relationship uncertainties, obstacles, or complications, or to suffer through misunderstandings, interpersonal conflict, or heart-wrenching ambivalence. I wanted them to have fun together, damn it!

Would you write another novel? If you did, would you re-use any of the same characters, or would you write new ones?

I’m not sure yet if there’s another Jeremy novel to come. But I could see going either way as far as a fresh set of characters or a new adventure for these peeps.

If you do write about a new heroine, I hope you’ll name her Literose Remplissage. She’d be French, of course, and she could be “Rose” for short. Or “Lite,” for short and thin. So, what are some things that you like to hear from readers about what you’ve written?

Some of the most heartwarming feedback has involved people telling me how likable they found my characters to be; how my work made them laugh at certain moments while getting them seriously aroused at others; that they found it joyous and uplifting; or that they’d been inspired to take something I’d written and read it aloud to a lover.

Who is your “guilty pleasure” author? Someone that popular taste says you shouldn’t like, but you actually do?

I suppose I’m my own guilty pleasure: you can all-too-often catch me rereading my old work.

How can readers get their hands on this wonderful book?

To purchase the book in paperback or e-book form, visit the publisher’s website; or see Jeremy’s site for a voluminous list of other retailers.

Isn’t there another way, though? Mr. Edwards, isn’t there some sort of a book giveaway in conjunction with this interview? I know! Maybe readers could submit an erotocomedic novel of their own by email, and then —

Why yes, Ms. Sharazade, there is a book giveaway! I invite your blog readers to leave a comment on this post, anytime from now through your bedtime on Wednesday, November 24, for a chance to win an autographed paperback copy of Rock My Socks Off (or, if preferred by the winner, an e-book copy). Simply make sure you comment under a name or nickname that will differentiate you from other commenters (i.e., you can’t all be “Anonymous.”) I will draw the winner on Nov. 25, using a random-number generator.

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Well, there you have it! A chance to win a free book! And all you need to do is to leave a comment here. Well, almost all. You’ll need an identifying name (it needn’t be your legal one), and you’ll have to enter your email — this will be shared with Jeremy Edwards if you win (so he can arrange mailing of the book), and no one else. It will not be visible on this site.

Your comment can be about anything, and can be as simple as, “Yes, I’d like to enter this giveaway.” However, links to sketch online pharmaceutical companies are going to send your comment straight to my spam folder, and I might not check it before my bedtime on the 24th. I’m a busy girl! You may comment more than once, but that doesn’t enter you more than once. That would only encourage the desperate and obsessive, I’m afraid. (Needless to say, if Mr. Edwards also comments, he’s not going to put his own name into the drawing. So don’t fear him as competition!)

I suppose you’ll also have to guess my bedtime on the 24th… assuming I even go to bed then, and don’t stay up working till the 25th bears down on me, as could happen. This blog’s time stamp is from Seattle, Washington, in the U.S. Get a comment in before Seattle’s midnight, and I’ll throw your name into the metaphorical hat. And who knows? You might win something that will rock your socks off!

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24 Responses to “Interview with Erotica Author Jeremy Edwards — and a book giveaway!”

Jeremy Edwards Says:

Don’t knock the desperate and obsessive–they’re some of my biggest fans!

bight_u Says:

Great interview Shar,
I’ll bight, love new reading material and I’m delighted to get exposed to an author who writes well and obviously puts a lot of thought in to his tome. I like his anti-protagonist/fun approach and the inclusion of comedian release enriched the whole thought of devouring his book. Looking forward to a good read. Bight_U

Madeline Elayne Says:

PHEW! Thanks for that clarification, Jeremy! I was worried that I might be disqualified, since desperation and obsession are my closest companions!

What a lovely interview, I especially enjoyed your ability to be verbose without reaching the point of obsequious covetry of the literati. Well done, have some salsa!

Craig Sorensen Says:

Very nice interview!

Thanks Shar and Jeremy.

I found the discussion of whether to use less known words very interesting. I personally don’t think about whether a word might need to be looked up. I feel that it would be wrong to limit one’s vocabulary based on what one assumes the reader can read, just as it is wrong to deliberately use obscure words in a story that is meant to be read by a broad audience.

Gregory Allen Says:

Great interview! Nice answers to nice questions. Were you two chatting or typing? I’d be really impressed if those wacky words came right off your tongues. I say use the words you know, but if you happen to know a few words that a reader may not it’s okay to be secretly pleased by this.

Shar Says:

That was emailing, but I’m quite sure it’d be like that in person too. If we were even allowed to meet in person. It could be an Obscure Word Fest Extravaganza!

I side with you on the words thing… I just type up my stories as they are in my head, using the words that come to me. If I go back to change ones, it’s if I’ve noticed I’m repeating something too often. Then I might look for a synonym, or even better, recast the sentence in another way. I feel pleased, though, when I read someone else’s stuff and I come across a new word. It’s like a little gift!

Jeremy Edwards Says:

Thanks for the comments, compliments, and condiments! (I’m counting salsa as a condiment, though some might quibble. I prefer to nibble.)

And if you’re out there lurking, remember that you still have until Shar puts on her bunny slippers next Wednesday to throw your chips into the salsa for a chance to win.

Erobintica Says:

I just loved the word discussion. I love to learn new words and like to use them too. And Jeremy, you can metagrobolize me anytime! 😉

Also, I will attest that he is like that in person, he can come up with the best quips. ‘Tis a pleasure knowing him.

I will however, opt out of the book giveaway thingy, since I already have two copies (am giving one to a friend).

Nice interview Shar! And nice answers Jeremy!

Shar Says:

I think he’ll have to write at least a short story now: “The Metagrobolizing of Literose Remplissage.” Maybe we could do it like one of those improv shows, where audience members call out ideas and the performer has to work them into the story. “A weasel!” shouts one. “And a butter churn!” adds another. And then Willsin can design one of those bodice ripper covers for it. We’ll put it up on Amazon for the Kindle and make a mint.

Jeremy Edwards Says:

“We’ll put it up on Amazon for the Kindle and make a mint.”

After all that garlic salsa, I’m going to need it!

Jeremy Edwards Says:

“Also, I will attest that he is like that in person, he can come up with the best quips. ‘Tis a pleasure knowing him.”

Aw, thanks, Robin! The pleasure (and metagrobolizing) is mutual!

therockgate Says:

Witty and sexy

Sounds like fodder for the fire of my hearts desire.

If I do not win a signed copy, will have to purchase one.

therockgate~

Willsin Rowe Says:

I agree with basically everyone that this is a wonderful…well, heck, it’s hardly even an interview, is it? This was a great conversation to overhear at a party. I’m definitely on the “aye” side when it comes to new and fancy-pants words. On my other Facebook profile (the music one) I’m playing stupid games with song lyrics where I take simple words and obfuscate the living hell outta them!

My fave bit was:

‘and she could be “Rose” for short. Or “Lite,” for short and thin.’

I’m looking for buttered weasels as you read this!

Smintington Leafington Says:

This interview was truly a joy to read. Reminds me of a close friend and I when we both make an effort to impress one another.
Of course I’d love to get the book through this, but if not I’ll make sure to somehow get my hands on it!

-Mintleaf

Jeremy Edwards Says:

Thank you therockgate, Willsin, and Smintington Leafington!

And Smintington, you might even edge out Rose Remplissage for the most colorful name award. Love it!

MuffinMan Says:

Very nice interview Shar. Sounds like a great book

Donna George Storey Says:

A truly delightful interview. Would love to sit by the fire with you two witty and talented writers sipping champagne or noshing on chips and smoky salsa (probably not both at the same time unless the discussion goes on into the night and I do hope it would!) Rock My Socks Off is truly a joyful and sexy novel–fascinating to learn more about the spirit behind the composition.

Jeremy Edwards Says:

Thank you, MuffinMan and DGS!

Oh, yes, let’s all hang out through both the champagne course and the chips-and-salsa course. And then it will be time for more drinks… and then more food…

abrattyprincess Says:

This would be a nice little something to add to my collection 🙂

Emerald Says:

What a fabulous, delightful interview! I laughed out loud at Shar’s answer, “Well, Jeremy, that’s easy for you to say.”

And speaking of laughing out loud, I have certainly done so as I’ve been reading Rock My Socks Off, which I am still in the middle of doing. Hence, I don’t need to be entered into the drawing (I’ve even had the honor and privilege of already having my copy signed!), and indeed I feel excited for whoever does win a copy of this lovely novel!

Thanks Shar and Jeremy for an entertaining interview. 🙂

moame Says:

that was a fun read, thanks for spamning the spam tonight!

Jeremy Edwards Says:

Thank you for your kind words, abrattyprincess, Emerald, and moame!

I will be back in a moment to give away the results of the giveaway. (How’s that for building suspense?)

Jeremy Edwards Says:

And the winner (per http://www.random.org) is… SMINTINGTON LEAFINGTON! Congratulations! I hope you’ll enjoy the book. (I’ll be in touch via e-mail to arrange the details.)

Thank you all for commenting and playing, and huge thanks to the ever-delightful Shar for hosting, quipping, promoting, and generally Qing my A!

Willsin Rowe Says:

Congratulations, Smintington. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

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