Welcome to Monday Feature! I'm happy to introduce a new author on the scene, J.C. Long!
C.S.: What do you write?
J.C.: I write mostly MM (trying my hand at an FF story right now) in pretty much any genre you can think of besides historical—and I have one of those planned for 2018!
C.S.: Why do you enjoy this genre?
J.C.: My goal is always to tell a story that I would have wanted to receive when I was young and desperate to find myself represented in stories as a gay man. The romance community is so wonderfully supportive, and I love the sense of belonging that comes with it—plus, the readers are wonderfully responsive and supportive!
C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
J.C.: My writing space is a desk in the middle (ish) of my apartment living room. Living in Japan, I don’t necessarily have a lot of space compared to America, but I have a great niche carved out specifically for my writing, and it’s helped me be quite productive.
C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
J.C.: I always have pens and two notebooks at hand—one where I plot mystery stories I write, and one where I record my progress daily, kind of a visual for me to see and keep me motivated.
C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
J.C.: Toilet paper. Boxed tissue (like Kleenex) is really expensive in Japan, so I use toilet paper as tissue for my nose, too.
C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
J.C.: My Big Bang teddy bear. Big Bang is my favorite band, and T.O.P. is my favorite member. I have a large collection of official merchandise, where there are various bears styled after their music video looks (they’re called Krunk Bears, you can look them up). I always have one on my desk. I have 6 of them now (well, seven, but one is small) and I change the bear depending on what I’m writing.
C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
J.C.: Without a doubt my cell phone. I’m constantly letting myself check Twitter or read messages from friends or just looking up random things (or playing games) when I should be writing.
C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you write?
J.C.: I have to have the television on while I’m writing. I usually have something I’ve seen a million times playing, but sometimes I let myself play things like Bob’s Burgers, which I adore, so it distracts me from getting words on the screen.
C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
J.C.: I’m most creative late at night, between 10pm and 2am.
C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
J.C.: Unfortunately no. I really want one, though. Wait—does my boyfriend count?
C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
J.C.: I’m a game nut, so to unwind I usually play Don’t Starve Together with my friends back in the States. Also, living in Japan, I often go to hot springs—I have one a ten minute bike ride from my house, which is great. Super relaxing.
C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
J.C.: Yes. Pretty much constantly. I always have snacks close at hand. And cola. Lots and lots of cola.
C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
J.C.: I can’t focus when I listen to music while writing—the television is bad enough—but I do listen to music while plotting/thinking, and it definitely changes to fit the mood of what I’m working on.
C.S.: Question from the audience: What was the very first story you ever wrote?
J.C.: The very first story I ever wrote was about a boy who wanted a chicken so badly he took eggs out of the refrigerator and sat on them to hatch them (obviously unsuccessful). He didn’t just sit on one at a time, but on DOZENS at a time. This was not, however, my first foray into fiction—this was autobiographical. My grandmother had to put a lock on the fridge.
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Blurb: Jordan Price is used to the boring wait in airports, given that he practically lives on business trips. He’s all set for this to be more of the same, until he meets a self-described power bottom on Unzipped–a guy who happens to be in the same airport. It seems like a perfectly good way to kill time until his flight, but soon Jordan realizes that Heath, his newfound friend on Unzipped, will be taking the same flight, and the wheels in his head get spinning. Jordan is determined to test Heath’s bottoming skills himself, and if he has his way, the flight will be anything but boring.
Note: This is the second title in the Unzipped Shorts series.
Author Bio: J. C. Long is an American expat living in Japan, though he’s also lived stints in Seoul, South Korea—no, he’s not an Army brat; he’s an English teacher. He is also quite passionate about Welsh corgis and is convinced that anyone who does not like them is evil incarnate. His dramatic streak comes from his lifelong involvement in theater. After living in several countries aside from the United States, J. C. is convinced that love is love, no matter where you are, and is determined to write stories that demonstrate exactly that.
His favorite things in the world are pictures of corgis, writing, and Korean food (not in that order… okay, in that order). J. C. spends his time not writing thinking about writing, coming up with new characters, attending Big Bang concerts, and wishing he were writing. The best way to get him to write faster is to motivate him with corgi pictures. Yes, that is a veiled hint.
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