Studioenp: Silence or noise when writing?
AJ Sinclair: I must have silence when writing. No music, no talking, no people around me. And preferably no internet connection. I’m easily distracted.
Studioenp: Em is the same—uses earplugs at times, too, to block out sounds from outside. What’s your latest release?
AJ: In Her Company – Death’s Relentless Dance, Book 1. It’s a reverse harem romance in an apocalyptic setting.
Studioenp: We love the idea of the apocalyptic setting—something different. How did the plot come about for it?
AJ: I was getting bored writing contemporary romance, and a friend, Marissa Farrar, suggested that I write reverse harem. RH is a romance sub-genre featuring a female main character and three or more male main characters as love interests. I said no, there’s no way I could write all that sex, but oddly enough, sex isn’t the focus of the story. I couldn’t make the relationship work in a contemporary setting, so I raised the stakes and exposed them all to a killer virus. I’d been toying with the idea of writing something post-apocalyptic ever since I got hooked on The Walking Dead a couple of years ago. I put the two genres together and ta-da!
Studioenp: Oh, we love Marissa! And the killer virus sounds like Em’s cup of tea. How long did it take you to write it?
AJ: A few months. I have a day job, a seven-year-old, and a husband, so they demand most of my time.
Studioenp: You sound like a very busy woman. What’s next on your writing list?
AJ: Book 2 in the Death’s Relentless Dance series – Under Her Covers. The virus mutates and Indie and her men face hell.
Studioenp: Oh, so cruel yet so wonderful for readers muhahaha. Are you a plotter or panster?
AJ: Plotster. Everyone knows how a romance will end, so the story is in the journey. I plan the main points, but getting from one point to the next often surprises me.
Studioenp: Those surprises make writing so worthwhile. What is your go-to form of procrastination?
AJ: Daydreaming. I still play with my imaginary friends.
Studioenp: We’d imagine there are many adults out there who still have their imaginary friends. Gets you through the day, eh? How many hours per week do you write?
AJ: Not enough. I get an hour or two in the morning if I’m lucky.
Studioenp: Precious times. What’s one genre you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t—and will you ever write it?
AJ: I love writing romance because it has so many subgenres and it spawns more all the time. I’ve been wanting to write post-apocalyptic for a while, so here I am. Reverse harem gave me the push I needed.
Studioenp: Brilliant! What’s the best book you’ve written?
AJ: I’m most proud of In Her Company because I published it with a great team to support me, including Studioenp and their amazing cover. But I think my best book is the second contemporary romance I wrote as Amelia James, Secret Storm. It’s about a brooding hero with a tragic past searching for love. I just want to take him home and give him a hug—with my thighs. 😉
Studioenp: Ahahahahahah! And on that note—and imagery!—we’ll move along to thanking you for being with us today. We wish you much success with your writing career and hope you’ll come back again someday.
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