1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Thanks for having me, Jamallah. I’m so happy to be here. I fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. Now, I try and find happy endings for my characters one steamy story at a time.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
When I’m not reading or writing, you can usually find me tending to my garden, laughing with my two young sons, or dancing to my husband’s music. For my evil day job, I’m a project manager. I’m also a Nia instructor and most definitely a coffee addict.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Once I have my boys off to school or settled into their day, I first check email and social media. Music is a must have while I’m writing and I usually get my fix through Spotify or Pandora. Once I have the WIP open, I usually read through the last couple pages, not to edit, but just to get my bearings and then I start typing away. Far too soon, the evil day job or my kids will be calling for me and I’ll get pulled away, but I usually make it back to the WIP a few more times before the day is over.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
I can catch story ideas from almost anywhere. A view from where I’m sitting, the weather, observing people while I’m out and about. Once I have a character in my head, I have to figure out their story.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
TAKING CHANCES will always be one of my favorites, because it was my first, but I think it might be the story I’m working on right now. It’s the third in the Love Project series and the characters are complex. I’m loving how they learn from each other and what they learn at the most unsuspecting times.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I love to laugh and I really enjoy my funny friends, but I tend not to like the silly movies that are put out these days. The other night I was sitting on the coach with my husband. I was reading and he was flipping through the channels. He started watching Step Brothers. It wasn’t long before I started laughing. Sure, I shook my head at some parts, but I really enjoyed it. Now, I’m afraid at what my husband is going to make me watch, lol.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
They’re all from my imagination, but little bits of things come from real life experiences. The catalyst for TAKING CHANCES is a project that the hero and heroine work on together and for my evil day job I’m a Project Manager.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
No, I haven’t named her yet, but I know how to call her if she’s gone missing.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I enjoy most genres as long as they have some romance. I’d love to write suspense, paranormal, and sci-fi, but you can bet they’ll all have some hot romance as well.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
There are so many to love. My ultimate is Cherise Sinclair. Love all her books. I’m also a big fan of Maya Banks, Jacki Burton, Roni Loren, Cara Bristol, Cassandra Carr, Sandra Bunino, Stacey Kennedy, Ella Jade …
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
That’s a hard one. I love them all. The first that come to mind are the ones whose story I’m writing right now, but I’ll always love my first, Lydia and Jake from TAKING CHANCES. They’ve both underestimated themselves and that’s something I do often. When I begin to question myself I try and think of Lydia and Jake. They help me to take chances.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Balance. I need to write first and foremost, but I also need to build my brand. It’s a lot to juggle between the evil day job and caring for my home and family too.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Write. Every day, get your butt in your seat and write. Study your craft, feed your muse, and write.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’d be spending more time with Nia. Nia is a mixture of dance, martial arts, and healing arts. There’s a lot of peace to be found in anything that gets you to focus on your mind, body, and spirit.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Anywhere that’s away from home that includes my husband and not my kids, lol.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
(The Love Projects #1)
by: S.J. Maylee
Genre: Erotic Romance with D/s
Published: August 23, 2013
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
TAKING CHANCES BLURB:
Lydia’s father walked away from her when she was eight. She’s struggled to not let him affect her, but fears she wasn’t loveable enough to make him stay. Jake wants to love one woman, but after scaring the last woman he met outside of the club, he doubts he has the right. She protects her heart by sticking with her fantasies, and he lives by a set of rules that excludes women who choose a vanilla lifestyle.
The two will be kept in a conference room working together until their special project is complete. If Lydia and Jake hold tight to their bland lives, they’ll always yearn for love that is out of reach. But together they can find common ground, passion, and a reason to take chances. Once they discover the grand possibilities of the love they desire, they find themselves in the very place they tried never to be again, facing unguaranteed love.
TAKING CHANCES EXCERPT:
“Look at me, Lydia.”
He pushed her. “Why?” She shifted her gaze and hit him with her direct stare.
“Thank you. I needed to see your eyes.” He reached out and swiped a lock of hair from her face. He tucked the strand behind her ear, and let his finger drag down her face to her shoulder. All the while his gaze captured hers, not letting go. “How are you this morning?”
“Okay? Hmm, maybe I should do something to improve your mood? What would you say to that?”
“Here?” she gasped and quickly turned to look out the door.
He grabbed hold of her shoulders, lifting her slightly off the floor.
“Yes, here.” He brought their bodies together, claimed her lips and swept his tongue through her mouth, awakening her sexual hunger.
She felt wanted. She felt claimed. Images from the night before swam in her mind. Silly challenges from the office mean girl were all forgotten. He set her down and nipped at her lower lip.
“We have a lot to do today. Unfortunately we cannot go any further, now.” He stepped back behind his desk as casually as if he’d just greeted the mail man.
“But you would want to?” Still looking at the papers on his desk, she didn’t think he heard her. She took a step closer. “You would repeat last night?”
Her words stopped him. His gaze searched her face. Placing his hands on the desk he leaned forward and said, “Lydia, I fully intend to further explore your body and mind. After all, there are a few places I haven’t yet completely inspected.”
Her mind ran through what he had done to her last night, and there was only one place she could think of. Warmth fluttered through her face.
“Now, that is a beautiful sight.” He returned to his papers. “I’m going to have to keep thinking of ways to shock you simply to see you blush again.” With the papers properly sorted, his attention returned to her. “Is Gina a problem?”
Gina was a lot of things, but she’d never thought of her as a problem. “I don’t think so.”
“Don’t be afraid to put her in her place. She likes that more than she lets on. She’s the type to push so she can be pushed back.”
“I hadn’t thought of her that way. Interesting.”
“Let me know if she becomes a problem.” His gaze drilled into hers, not letting her escape.
“Okay?” His posture remained controlled, but the smirk couldn’t be missed.
She added her own version of the devilish grin, which ignited another blush before she even spoke. “Okay, Sir.”
“Trouble.” He stalked towards her and ruthlessly swept his hand under the hem of her skirt to press firmly along her panties. His lips pressed to her ear. “Hot and damp.”
The palm of his hand pressed on her clit, and he bent his knuckles, sending the tips of his fingers past the edge of her panties to drag along her slit.
“Be careful what you say to me, sweetheart, or you’ll shatter my control.” With one last drag of his fingers, he pulled away and walked from the room.
TAKING CHANCES BUY LINK:
Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/taking-chances-by-s-j-maylee/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taking-chances-sj-maylee/1116840328
All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-takingchances-1269898-147.html
S.J. MAYLEE BIO:
S. J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.
When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.
As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SJ-Maylee/339463696094996