Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Jules Dixon!
Without further ado, here is Jules’ interview…
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? I always loved writing, both fiction and non-fiction, but my first passion is my family. I was a stay-at-home mom for almost seventeen years before I started writing full-time. My career passion is definitely writing now that my kids are grown.
Why did you choose to write romance? Romance was pretty much my reading sweet-spot, so it was a natural for me to write in it. Plus, my own happily-ever-after of almost 25 years didn’t hurt, I had plenty of inspiration right under my nose. I then decided to further subgenre into both New Adult and now LGBT romances. I love writing male/male romance. Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series started my love of New Adult Romance and Kindle Alexander shared her passion for male/male romances and I was inspired.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? Just today I wrote about both a rare genetic heart disease that took a lot of research and how to take a horse’s temperature. That last one… don’t watch the videos! I will never look at a veterinarian or a horse the same way. [Lol! I worked in small animal veterinary medicine, and I did a summer study program with large animals. I loved seeing things like that.]
What are you currently working on? I’m 55,000 words into the second in the Cherry County Cowboys Series- called CHAPS. The story of rodeo cowboy Nate O’Neill and professional football draftee Tennessee Reed, yesterday I laughed through the writing, and today they made me cry until I had to stop and collect myself. I only write happily-ever-after’s so I know what’s coming, but still, it’s getting there and dragging them through the mud on the path that makes me so emotional.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? SPURS: Cherry County Cowboys #1 was the start of a ball of characters. I tend to write groups of people/families/coworkers into my books, extended what in the normal romance is a cast of 4-6 characters into 12-15. Two days after release of SPURS, I had readers asking when the second would be coming out… so their love of the characters spurred (pun intended) me into a story that’s surprising me with its twists and turns.
What was the hardest story for you to write? My first male/male romance—for sure, hands down, no question—was the hardest to write. I wanted to make sure I did the story, characters, and honestly, sex scenes J were true to life or at least as realistic as possible. I agonized over the story, Road to Love and rewrote it at least six times before sending it to my critique partner and then rewriting it another two times before sending it to my editor and then I got this text “Bawling in Barnes and Noble…Holt’s coming out to his parents…this is fantastic and heart wrenching.” It was the dream text that I wanted from her. To know that I could pass my love of every version of love out there was a dream come true.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I’m a planner and a plotter to my core. I have my three acts, character sketches, and goal/motivation/conflict for each of the main characters and any side characters that heavily influence or interact with the main characters ready to go before even sitting down at the computer. I also do a lot of research into details. Like for one book where my hero had PTSD, I interviewed a soldier who’d been through some pretty rough days and his genuine openness made the character come to life. I also consult with professionals whenever possible. The heroine in the same book, Rest, My Love, was an interior designer, so I sent all of my interior design interactions to my friend who is an Interior Designer here in Omaha, Nebraska and she helped me to make them realistic and factual. I make sure those details are as close to real life as possible.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? My favorite character was probably Drexel Mason. He starts out in the first Triple R Series novel- Run to Love as this ultra-cocky, alpha-jerk, that a few readers had a problem with. Over the series he’s gone through some pretty big problems. One of the characters calls him Dixless because she hated him, they’re not besties yet, but they’re getting there. He gets his happily-ever-after this year in Rescued by Love that is planned for a September release.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Wow, if they do, I’m a little crazy, a little emotional, a little bit of a risk taker, and a little bit of a flirt. Oh, wait… that does kind of describe me, so yeah, I guess so!
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I call that the BIG WB. I am a very regimented writer, I write 3000 words a day Monday thru Friday. I won’t even say those two words out loud in the writing group I organize superstitiously keeping the BIG WB away. My daily devotion to writing really hasn’t allowed it to seep in, but it ever does and I’ll be trying everything in the book to get rid of it.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I’ve considered trying my hand at young adult romantic suspense. I’m always being told how young I act… I often wonder if they’re really saying “why does a 45-year-old woman act so immature” but I love being young at heart. Why not transfer all of that inner child into something for a younger crowd? Maybe I will.
Which authors inspire you? Wow, that list would go on forever. Jay Crownover is at the top of the list, then Emma Chase, BL Berry, and new writer Jacqueline Winters.
What novel would you read multiple times? Definitely Rome, by Jay Crownover.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? That’s easy…Jane Austen. I’m a huge Austen fan. I read Pride and Prejudice every Christmas and this year someone told me about the BBC adaptation was on Netflix. That was a mistake. I think I’ve watched it about thirty times now. I love Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet. I’d even love to live back then, the dancing, the parties, the horse drawn carriages, the formality…swoon. [smile]
What is your favorite quote? “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? I’m a cat person. I have two right now, Bella-B (16 pound long-haired Siamese) and Vladimir (bulimic black cat). Bella only likes me when she wants to get fed. Vladimir lays on my lap for hours while I write.
What is your favorite color? Emerald green…same color as my eyes.
Jules is a full-time writer. You can catch up with her online at…
Cherry County Cowboys 1 (Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/
Run to Love: Triple R Series #1
Rest, My Love: Triple R Series #2
Ride With Love: Triple R Series #3
Thank you Jules for participating in my Author Spotlight! It was a pleasure getting to know you.
Join me next week as I feature Erik Therme!