MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR J.R. THORN
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Jen Thorn, writing as J.R. Thorn, and my books are Reverse Harem Romance stories.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
For those who don’t know what RH (Reverse Harem) is, I’ll define it quickly. A story where one woman falls in love with 3+ men. This isn’t necessarily an erotic story, but a love story with multiple men. The roots of RH come from Japanese Anime, which I’ve enjoyed ever since I discovered Sailor Moon and Chobits as a little girl. Writing RH was a new and exciting venture, although I got overexcited and my first series is way too steamy! (Maybe that’s a good problem to have, haha!)
Can you tell me about your Series?
The main “world” I write in is the “Blood Stone Series,” which is an overarching plot of a thousand-year curse that comes to try and kill everything in the universe; think of it as a form of Ragnarok. Each series is written as a piece of the puzzle. The debut novel “Chasing Fate” is a stand-alone which touches on the beginnings of this curse in modern times with a young psychic named Renee. Her harem of two angels and a vampire stall it, for now. The next series focuses on Sonya, debut novel “Succubus Sins” and she’s a succubus with seven mysterious runes on her body, and she eventually comes to realize that four of those runes represent the four powerful supernaturals meant to help her fight this curse. This is a multi-series universe which has just gotten started and I am so excited to bring it out into the world! Four books are releasing between Dec,2018 and Jan,2019. The next series is planned for Feb 2019 rapid release style as well, and so forth. I currently have four separate 3-4 book series planned in this world and I’m sure there’s plenty more to come.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write every day. Typically I get up early and write for a few hours in the morning, and then I’m writing all day on weekends. I have multiple pen names, so I’m publishing 1-2 books a month. I don’t do it alone, though. I have a co-write author for some books, as well as a team of editors and ARC readers. I’d say I write 2-5k every day, 10k on weekend days. That makes the books come out pretty fast and the stories flow well.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’ve written in a few genres, but all of them in the fantasy realm. Reverse Harem has been something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I’m a little late to the game, although I knew about RH when it came out and wanted to try it, I was way too wrapped up in my other books to spend time on it. Now, looking back, I really wish I would have done this sooner! It’s such a blast!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I have to remind myself to segment time exclusively for writing. Even though I write a lot, it’s easy to get distracted and work on other writing-related things, such as marketing, chatting with author friends, or the one-hundred-and-one other things that need to be done. Writing the words must come first.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’ve been in the publishing world for about three years now. It’s taken that long to learn what sells and what doesn’t sell, how important book covers and editing really can be, and how to manage my time. In ten years, I see myself writing full-time and making enough to quit my day-job, perhaps even for my husband to quit his. My earnings are directly proportional to what genre I’m writing in, and I’ve found that to be true over and over again. I love writing, no matter what genre it is, so now that I’ve focused on more marketable stories, I’m confident in the next few years I will be able to go full-time. In ten years? I imagine I’ll have made a lot of friends and be much better at writing-to-market than I am now!
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read. I was told this advice and didn’t listen and suffered for it. Read everything you can get your hands on. I wasn’t successful until I started reading 3-5 books a week in my genre. My stories were always good, but they missed the mark until I learned what was selling. I’ve heard advice to read outside your genre, but I think that can get overwhelming. Just read the bestsellers in your genre and learn what makes those books great. You don’t even have to try that hard. You will learn from osmosis because reading is so immersive, especially when you read that many books one after the other. Read every day, and then write.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes I read my reviews, but I take them with a grain of salt. If 20 reviews all say the same thing, then maybe that’s something I can fix for the next book or take into account. However if there’s one oddball review, I don’t pay attention to whatever it says, even if it’s an unjust one-star. I would NEVER respond to reviews. That’s a huge no-no. The reviews aren’t actually for me, are they? They’re for the readers. I have no business responding to them.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I’ve already written Sonya’s trilogy, the first book coming out Dec 29 “Succubus Sins.” I’m working on the next trilogy now which is called Royal Covens and is about a witch in Belgium who’d much rather use her magic to teach arrogant pricks a lesson than serve the Royal Covens. She finds herself bound to three powerful vampires and, well, you’ll just have to read the rest! I keep my catalogue updated at AuthorJRThorn.com.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Yes I write in multiple genres and I have multiple pen names. I make a writing and publishing schedule and know what I’m going to be working on. I’m much more organized than I used to be, but when you write multiple pen names, it’s necessary. About how I chose the genres I write in, some are purely for the love of writing them, and others are because that’s what the market wants to read. It’s not hard to find a balance between a love of writing and writing in a genre that sells. It’s more rewarding when books are easier to sell. The market loves post apoc, reverse harem, and dark/gritty fantasy romance, from what I’ve seen, anyway. I enjoy those genres, I write in them, but I enjoy and write others as well.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
My favorite PNR books are the Guildhunter Series by Nalini Singh and my favorite RH series would be Power of Five by Alex Lidell.
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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you for reaching out to me! ❤