Saturday, January 23, 2010

Q&A/Giveaway with Jess C. Scott author of 4:Play

So today we are joined by Jess who will be doing a Q&A and an ebook giveaway! I've reviewd Jess's short story collection from her book 4:play and let me say it was hot!
Jess is offering an e-copy of her book to one winner but you must be 18 to enter.
Summary: (from Jess' site)
A contemporary cocktail of erotic short stories 4:Play captures the deliciousness of sexual fulfillment, the adventure of conquest, and the mystery of unexplored territory.
Among these progressive stories, a brother and sister try to make sense of the sexual love they share; a demure young woman encounters an incubus; and two friends strike up a stimulating discussion that acts as the perfect aphrodisiac.
With a scope and style that is fresh and compelling, 4:Play dives into the depths of navigating gender, sexuality, and the lines of desire.
Why 4:Play is Written This WayI deliberately wanted to cross multiple genres. I don't believe that a book should be *only* about gay fiction, or *only* about urban fantasy, etc. I'm all for diversity and open-mindedness (however one wishes to define that!).

My Review:

I'm going to keep this short and sweet since we know I try to keep my wording within the PG-13 range here... but this book was just HOT. HOT,HOT!

This was the first time I've read and erotica short story collection and I gotta say that Jess does a great job of "capturing the moment" shall we say?

If your a fan of erotica this might be one for you to check out! There is lots of diversity no matter what you like!

Q&A with Jess C. Scott:

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Sure! I basically identify myself as a writer, artist, dreamer, and doer. I have an ambitious streak as well.

How long have you been writing and what made you decide to go with erotica?

I've been writing for more than two decades (I'm currently 23 years old). I initially wanted to complete a collection of erotic short stories before I turned 25 -- but the stories kind of wrote themselves out earlier than I expected.

I must know...where do you find the ideas and inspirations for your stories?

It's a combination of fact and fiction. I am equally inspired by real-life events and whatever my imagination conjures up...along with classic books, contemporary works, things I overhear in public, things I happen to read online, music, etc.

You don't have to answer this if you don't want to...but I always wonder with erotica authors. Do your friends and family read your work? If they do how do you and they react to it? Does it make for interesting conversation?

I generally leave it to the reader to form their own opinions on a particular piece of work. Some of my friends don't read erotica; some find my writing "transgressive"; some find it "disturbing"; and some think erotica's an exciting genre. Conversationally (with friends and family), I actually prefer discussing topics other than my erotic material. I can spend a lot of time writing, so I enjoy catching up with various people in my life when I do take a break from reading/writing.

Where can the readers find more of you and your work? (fan pages, websites, twitter etc?)




Well Jess thank you so much for joining us today!

Would you like to win an ecopy of 4:play? Well you must be at least 18 to enter, and a follower!

The giveaway will end on Feb. 5th.

*To enter just leave a comment or question for Jess and a way to contact you!


  1. Hi Kris & Jess :)
    Thank you for the interview & thank you to Jess for sharing here. I love discovering new (to me) writers and I enjoyed learning about Jess & her writing. 4 Play sounds sizzling and I like that she didn't limit herself to any one genre. I was wondering what Jess likes to read?
    All the best,

  2. Do you have an ending in mind for your books when you start writing one? I follow.

  3. Hi, nice to meet you!

    > RKCharron: Yeah, 4:Play can be defined as "multiple genre-crossing" -- I thought it fit with the content of the book. Regarding my reading habits, I like to read classic works, such as the mind seducing works of Anaïs Nin, Vladimir Nabokov, and D. H. Lawrence. Maybe it somehow balances off my writing style (which mostly leans towards a very contemporary tone/style).

    > Hi rubynreba: I think I do (more or less) -- I usually plan some kind of an outline before writing a book (so that I don't get lost along the way). But I can be flexible; I'll usually end up going with "whatever's best." I think it's a mix of both objectivity and subjectivity, heh.

    P.S. Thanks Kris once again, for the Q&A :)

  4. this looks like a great read thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

  5. Do you want to write other genres?
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  6. Hi scottsgal, I do write several other genres actually [why limit yourself to just one or two...;)]. I like writing contemporary fiction, new media (blogs + IM chats forming the actual story), young adult fiction, experimental fiction (occasionally), and speculative/fantasy (short stories and poems for the moment -- maybe I'll expand on the length some time in the future!).

  7. Jess your book sounds wonderful--I used to love reading the Olympia Reader but I haven't read anything erotic in years--I would love to. When you write do you picture your characters--this sounds weird--but I picture characters when I read--usually celebrities --I think I cast each book I read--as if I'm going to film it as a movie. If you do picture your characters--are they friends and family, celebs, strangers you've seen, or completely invented.

  8. Hi kakihara, thanks for the comment. I'll have to get my hands on The Olympia Reader sometime (along with a bunch of other books -- and thus the "to-be-read" list lengthens...).

    Ooh, picturing the characters doesn't sound weird at all -- I usually picture the characters when I read too. Right down to the color of the shoes (it depends on the character/how significant the outfit is). The point about picturing celebrities is interesting. Maybe there's a certain level of familiarity with the celeb (or a distinctive feature/voice/etc) that lends itself to the visualization process?

    As for picturing my characters, I think it's a combination (friends/celebs/strangers/inventions). I don't usually liken a character to someone I know in real life (don't wanna get sued anytime), but then again, real life is an endless source of inspiration ;)...