Here is my Review:
Call Girls: The beginning
How could a nice proper girl who always makes sure she is doing the “responsible” thing, turn into a prostitute who enjoys a poolside gang-bang, in just two days? Emma Jaye makes it believable.
After a life of always being the responsible one, on a path to a proper, if strictly controlled, life, Sasha has an experience that turns her life around. With her new found insight into life, she finds the work of a party escort more empowering than that of an proper student.
The writing follows one clear rule, be clear and concise. This makes it a breeze to read.
Here Emma Jaye’s response to my questions about it.
Me: After your first reaction to my review (First reaction is always wrong) and you had a chance to look it over, what did I miss?
Emma: I think you got the point perfectly! Sasha chose to fund herself, rather than rely on a controlling man. So the ‘empowered’ comment hit the bullseye.
Me: What would you like any one who read my review to know?
Emma: That although there is adult material, that isn’t entirely what the book is about.
Me: Without calling out anyone, what would you like any one who read the other reviews to know?
Emma: That its primarily a story about people, attitudes and emotions rather than sex. As such, I bristle a little when people call it ‘erotica’. To me, erotica is written porn, a little pointless scene setting then hot and heavy. Mine is much more than that.
Oh, I’m not, and never have been, a call girl. In a way, it’s a compliment that people think I must have personal experience to make the characters so real. I also write paranormal m/m. I’m not a gay demon either!
Me: Of all the reviews of your book, what was the greatest take away, what did you learn about your writing from a review?
Emma: From the early reviews, don’t EVER think you can proofread your own work.
Me: How do you think you have evolved creatively, while writing this book and after?
Emma: I’ve learned a great deal about the technicalities of writing, so much so that I now earn a living from beta reading and developmental editing. Creatively, my focus has shifted more toward m/m fiction in the last couple of years. I write books with relationship themes and I find many female characters come with stereotypical baggage and the ‘heroes’ are expected to be of a certain rugged type. With m/m, I’ve found a little more scope to examine personality rather than stereotypes. And well… hot guys. Sue me.
Me: Every author gets bad reviews that miss the mark so completely, that you have to look at the rating to know if it was a positive or negative review. Have you ever looked at the negative reviews of your favorite author and chuckle, knowing that the review could be applied to your work?
Emma: Oh yes. Usually the ones that state they couldn’t continue because the book was heart breaking. I loves me a bucket load of angst. I also love humour, which some think is an odd combination to mix in with angst and sex. No fluttering eyelashes and skipping through meadows for my characters!
Although they might get chased through said meadow, end up in a cave and find a sexy guy tied up. With several friends.
Me: I get inspired by B-Movies, I’ll sit and laugh at “Attack of the the Eye Creatures” (Not a typo, that is the name of it) but learn as well, mostly what not to do. What sources inspire you, that you wouldn’t recommend others try?
Emma: I’m in total awe of the author Chuck Tingle. How he gets away with titles such as ‘Domald Tromp Pounded In The Butt By The Handsome Russian T-Rex Who Also Peed On His Butt And Then Blackmailed Him With The Videos Of His Butt Getting Peed On’.
Me: What is the WORST piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?
Emma: Why don’t you try writing something without sex, like those nice twinkly vampires? Thanks Mum.
Me: Who is your favourite indie author?
Emma: Hmm, tough one. I’m a huge fan of Jex Lane’s Beautiful Monsters series, but I love ‘Love of the Egoist’ by Nero Seal. Both m/m.
Me: Describe you ideal fan (the person who would love your book)?
Emma: For this one, Call Girls The Beginning, someone who likes powerful women doing it for themselves. In the call girls world, you have to wonder who is using who.
Me: You write erotica, Amazon likes to make people jump through hoops to find erotica, how do you get around that?
Emma: No, I don’t. Although, out of all my books, the one you reviewed is probably the most likely to fit the category.
Me: You make it very clear on the cover, in the blurb, in the chosen genre, that you books are erotica, so how do you react when a review starts out, “I didn’t know it was that kind of book…”?
Emma:Can I growl now?
Just because a book has sex in it, it doesn’t make it erotica. In erotica, the point is sex. Without explicit scenes there is no story.
Yep mine all have adult scenes, but the story, the characterisation, would still work with fade to black scenes, every one of them. Many thrillers have graphic sex too. Doesn’t make them erotica.
If you change the question to having ‘adult material’ I might let you out of kinky dungeon I just put you in.
Consider yourself spanked!
Me: Where can we find more of your books?
FB Page: http://bit.ly/Emmajayepage
FB Profile: http://bit.ly/EmmaJayeFacebook
Follow me on Amazon: http://bit.ly/EmmaJaye
Follow me on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/EmmaJayegoodreads
Me: What books do you have coming out?
Emma: As usual I’m working on several, Paint #3, Hybrid #8, Call Girls #7 and hopefully another silly Christmas fairy story.
Me: Favorite Cover of one of your books.
Me: What are your different author pages (Website, Amazon, Smashwords, ect)
Oops, like I said, I do make mistakes. “Erotica” vs. “Adult Material” is a debate from both authors and reviewers. In my view fiction is storytelling, no matter what the genre, without a story and therefore characters, motivations, conflict (be it inner or external or both) it is not fiction. (There are exceptions, but that takes a high level of skill.) So labeling it erotica doesn’t let you off the hook for not having a story.
On romantic stereotypes: One thing I absolutely hate (with a few exceptions) is when I’m reading romance and the fair maiden is debating if she should sleep with the guy, who is so perfect that as a straight guy I’m thinking, “Hell, if you don’t want him, I’ll sleep with him.” I prefer characters that are both “The girl of my dreams, and the girl of my nightmares, rolled into one.” So I absolutely agree with Emma on this.
“Many thrillers have graphic sex too.” Are you pointing at me? I’ve been told there is too much sex in my stories, even Showgirls and Aliens which didn’t have any.
Finally, If you ever write an autobiography, “I’M NOT A GAY DEMON!” is a perfect title.
I’d like to thank Emma Jaye for taking the time to do this, if you enjoyed reading this please let everyone know that, Emma Jaye is not a gay demon.