~ CJ England Author Interview
This month we have a sit
down with the multi-published author CJ England.
England had her first e-book published in February 2006 with
Vault, Hot Tubs and Hot Hunks. Since then she has had 7
more books published with several more still to come.
CJ has been married for 20 years to the same wonderful man, she
gives her husband all the credit for her writing. "Not only is he a
great inspiration for erotic romance, he gives me the ability to
concentrate on my writing just by supporting my dream."
In her life, CJ considers herself a "Jill of all Trades". She has
modeled, competed in rodeo as a barrel racer and trick rider, taught
preschool, performed as an actress and singer, served cocktails at
Disneyworld, specialized in production work, and got carried away by
Spiderman when she worked with him at Universal Studios.
But her best gig ever, has been being a wife and a stay at home mom.
She has home educated her three kids. Her oldest, Jessaca, is a
certified massage therapist. Jeramiah, her oldest son is a musician
and a songwriter, and her youngest son, Jasiah, who is still in high
school, plans to go into production work as a Lighting Design
A natural empath, CJ uses her gift to try and make sense of her
everyday world, and keep track of four ferrets, a turtle and a
pigeon, as well as her family who is as "unique" and "different" as
she is. It is a never ending, and always interesting way to spend
her days, and she wouldn't change a second of it.
Welcome CJ, we are delighted to have you
Thank you so much, Zoë. I’m happy to be here with you. I love to
talk about my work.
You have had a busy year. How many books
have you published so far?
My first was published in February of 2006… Hot Tubs and Hot Hunks.
After that I had, Here Comes Peter in March, The Mylari Chronicles:
The Soulmates in April, then I had a summer break before Don’t Spank
the Vamp was published in September. That was followed by Luck is a
Lady in October, Blindsided in the Masquerade II Anthology in
November, and then in December, Frosty…The Real Man and An Unholy
Embrace which is part of the Bad Boys Anthology and my first PRINT
So from my first release to the end of December, I have published
eight books in several different genres.
Frosty…The Real Man has changed the way I look at snowmen. Can you
look at a snowman without blushing?
<grin> When one of my readers, Cassidy, came up with the idea, I
immediately started dreaming. I loved the idea of an anatomically
correct snowman, but how to make it into a story that would make
everyone want to read about a snowman?
That’s when I came up with the idea of a Christmas Spirit coming to
inhabit the snowman. I added in a little holiday magic, true love,
sexy romance and came up with a story that will warm even the most
frozen of hearts. I fell in love with Givre and his story! It was
the #1 Bestseller at Forbidden Publications, so apparently, quite a
few readers did too!
Congratulations on your first print book.
That must be exciting. Tell us about it.
I am so jazzed about it! When the UPS guy showed up, I kissed him!
<LOL> Hope he doesn’t have trouble explaining away the lipstick on
his collar. <grin>
Bad Boys…An Unholy Embrace with Under the Moon Publishing. To hold
your own book in your hand is so special. To see your name on the
cover! WOW!!!! Jonathon asked me what I was going to do now, and I
just blinked at him before saying I was just gonna hug it for a
while! <giggle> The first day I just held it in my lap and walked
around with it grinning like a fool.
Then I got down to business. I had several pre-sold, so I had to get
those in the mail. The guy I take my mail to is a good friend now. I
showed the book to him, because he helped me send the submission out
the first time and then I kissed him too!
I’m already hearing back from readers who loved the story and the
anthology! They are even hollering for a sequel. <smile>
All my e-books are special. But I love real books, and to know I
have one in print is the most invigorating and awesome feeling I
have had in a long time. Right up there with falling in love!
Where can we order it?
To order Bad Boys with my story An Unholy Embrace in it, go to my
and click on the artwork…
It will take you to the order information. If you purchase it
through me, I offer an autographed copy at the same price as the
Tell us about your latest releases?
Well, we’ve talked about Frosty…The Real Man, and An Unholy Embrace.
So not being sure of when this interview will come out, let’s talk
about the books I have coming out during the first three months of
Due to be released from Forbidden Publications on January 29th, 2007
with their special Valentine’s Day Forbidden Series…is the first in
my Heavenly Host Series. Angel Eyes and Demon Lies. I did the
artwork for the cover and am very proud of it.
is a short blurb about the book…
Anael spends her days bringing romance and passion to those mortals
in her care. But love is an emotion that she herself has never
experienced. That all changes when she meets Orias, whose existence
and beliefs are in direct contrast to her own.
Orias has one purpose in life...to use his gift of prophecy and
divination to further his master's foul schemes. But when he
discovers a forbidden passion with Anael, his priorities are
What will happen when their desire is brought to the light? Will
they lose all they have together? Or will their love and need for
each other make a Valentine's Day miracle come true?
This was a story I was asked to write specially for Forbidden and I
am very excited about it. I wasn’t planning another series. It just
turned out that way. <LOL>
The next book will be out
February 21st, from Under the Moon Publications and is my second
PRINT BOOK. The artwork is in the process of being done by the same
wonderful artist that did An Unholy Embrace for me…Veronica V.
Jones. I requested her specially, because she nailed so perfectly
what I wanted for my last book, and I knew she was perfect for this
one as well.
is the blurb for my first werewolf book…In the Wicked Women
Anthology…The Beast Huntress.
Out to avenge her family's deaths, Amarie Badeau has vowed to
destroy the beasts that killed them. She becomes the Huntress,
tracking the monsters by day and stalking them by night.
Kolt Masatache is the leader of his people, a group who are
hereditary shapeshifters. He watches Amarie and when she steps over
the line, he knows he has to stop her.
Will Kolt be able to convince Amarie she is wrong? And will Amarie
learn to trust the very beast who has destroyed her life?
Their worlds collide in a flurry of anger and passion and on a dark
moonlit night they both will discover that to hold onto a forever
kind of love you have to first…let it go.
It is the first in a series that will take place in the Northwest
and is a tribute to my Native American roots. Check my
for ordering details on this as well.
On March 3rd, I have the
sequel to the bestselling and very popular Don’t Spank the Vamp
coming out from Mardi Gras Publishing. It will be the second book in
the ‘Don’t’ Series, and is called… Don’t Tempt the Phoenix. While
the first one was hot, this one is even hotter. My proof reader kept
having to take breaks to jump her husband. <LOL> You will never look
at a carnival the same way! I also did this cover…and of course I
had to stay with the signature ‘bare butt’ theme. <giggle>
is a blurb from this highly anticipated book…
Off to find her own twin flame, Aithne joins a traveling carnival to
see the country. Unbeknownst to her, the carnival hides a secret and
when she finally meets the owner, she finds that he is as handsome
as he is secretive.
Milcham has searched for eight centuries for the one female to share
his unique existence. In Aithne he finds a woman who tempts him into
opening his heart and soul.
Together, they explore each other's fantasies, having fun as they
explore the Carnival too. But before they can share their true
feelings with each other, evil attacks and the reality of their
pasts comes out.
Will Aithne and Milcham's love survive the truth? Or will an ancient
enemy destroy all they have spent their lives searching for?
There will be at least four books in this series. The next one will
come out in August and will be about Aithne’s friend Jarrod, a rogue
werewolf. Look for it!
With 2006 being good for you what do you
want to accomplish in the next year?
First, I think I'd like to start with bringing more balance into my
life. I want my personal life as well as my professional life to be
managed so my family always comes first.
I want my husband Jonathon to always know he's number one in my life
want to be there for my kids as long as they need me.
I also want to continue giving my readers quality stories that make
them laugh, weep and ask for a fire extinguisher. 2006 was an
awesome year for me, with eight releases, and seventeen acceptances.
2007 promises to be another busy year, since I have a release a
month throughout the entire year, plus several more not scheduled
I hope to continue to improve myself and my writing and have my work
as a positive force for the e-book and print publishing community.
I also want to continue bringing new authors and readers together.
To make my chat loop one where everyone can come, get to know one
another and encourage each other to use their imagination and live
their lives to the fullest! We have a wonderful group of people whom
I have learned to love dearly in the last year. Plus, we get great
people joining every day. Come see for yourself why it is such a
On your web site you credit your husband
for not only inspiring the erotic scenes (Please thank him for us
readers.) but also for the support and understanding he shows
towards your career. In what ways has he shown this?
Jonathon has been there for me in so many ways. He, as you noted,
doesn’t mind being a guinea pig now and then. <grin> But he also is
my first proof reader, and idea-bouncer-offer. Add to that he
doesn’t mind when the house goes to pot because I’m off in a dream
somewhere, and he COOKS when I forget to! Well…I gotta tell you…I’ve
got the perfect man!
He only complains about the eighteen boxes of books I insist on
carting around with us when we move. <smile> He really likes
Seriously, he says I’m his retirement fund and isn’t embarrassed to
tell his buddies what I do. He is proud of me and that is worth
millions! He keeps the kids away when I’m on deadline, brings me
food when I don’t eat and just finished building me my own writing
room, complete with bookcases all around.
Whether I become another Nora Roberts or not, the gleam in his eyes
when he tells me how much he loves me, makes everything I do that
much sweeter. He is my lover, my best friend and my KISA (knight in
shining armor). I wouldn’t give him up for anything!
With your love of travel this may be a hard
question. If you had to pick one place on earth to spend the rest of
your life, Where would that be?
OMG…you did ask a hard one! I suppose I could cheat and say that one
place I want to spend the rest of my life would be in Jonathon’s
arms, but you probably won’t let me get away with that…huh?
Thought so… hmmm…honestly, we plan on spending our lives doing what
we do now. Traveling where we want, putting down shallow roots and
then moving on when we are done. If we ever get to the point of
having to stay in one place, I guess it would be a toss up between a
secluded beach and a secluded mountain cabin.
I love the ocean, but I equally love the mountains. Someday I hope
to find a place that has both, and when I do, I will be there…in a
hammock sipping a fuzzy drink, while the wild animals howl in the
What have been your favorite places to
visit? Have you been surprised about how much you liked or disliked
Another tough one. I’ve been to so many different areas of the world
that I absolutely loved. I can give you a few of my top picks…
The Florida Keys… Love it, love it, love it. From Key Largo all the
way to Key West, it’s a great place to visit. I’m a divemaster, and
I adore diving in Key Largo. Shallow, so you can stay down forever
and filled with some of the most beautiful reefs I’ve seen anywhere.
Then head down to Key West. If you are artsy in any way, this is
such a cool place to visit. Jonathon and I have tickets to their
Fantasy Fest, which is like Mardi Gras for them.
Queensland Australia… Some of the most beautiful beaches, jungles
and people in the world. Jonathon and I went on our second honeymoon
there and didn’t want to come back. The Reef is the best in the
world, and we loved the rainforest. Would adore heading back there
to live again.
Yellowstone National Park… It has some of the most beautiful
mountains I have seen. Copious amounts of animals, with untouched
scenery, makes this a mountain lover’s dream. We want to work in the
park when we are old and grey.
San Francisco…My favorite city in the states. Love the atmosphere.
The dock, the pier, the park…everything about it. And Ghirardelli’s
is based there. Chocolate…hello??? Need I say more????
Italy… I traveled there when I was just out of high school with a
musical group. Saw every bar in the country, I swear. But loved the
area. Florence, Venice, Rome. So mysterious and beautiful. Great
shopping and wonderful food. And the Italian ices???? Well…you think
you’ve died and gone to heaven.
There are many other places I enjoyed visiting, but I’m already long
winded. <LOL> Maybe I should do a blog about them. Hmmm… <scribbles
a note to herself>
What are your favorite movies?
I love the classics. My Nana was an old movie nut. She and I would
sit for hours when I was growing up, playing poker and watching old
movies. My favorites are musicals. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,
White Christmas and Meet me in Saint Louis.
I also grew up on a steady diet of Saturday afternoon monster
movies, so I love anything that goes bump in the night. From the old
classics like Dracula and The Wolfman, to the new movies like The
Grudge and The Shining. I still watch scary movies on Saturday night
on Sci Fi! <LOL>
I’m pretty eclectic since I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail,
(Grail, Grail, Grail…umph), Blazing Saddles, Pretty Women and Animal
But if I had to choose recent movies, I loved The Ring Trilogy, Star
Wars, Indiana Jones and ANY Crusade, and Chronicles of Narnia.
I love movies.
Do you use celebrities to base your
characters on? If so who are your favorites?
Well…I started writing my Peacekeeper Series, due out April 2007
from Whiskey Creek Torrid Special Editions, right around the time of
the Lord of the Rings. I fell in lust with Orlando Bloom in his elf
get up. So that character became the inspiration for Danolas, who is
the High Priest Witch in the Series.
Sawyer, my hottie in my first book, Hot Tubs and Hot Hunks, was
modeled after Josh Holloway. Even swiped the name because one
without the other, was so wrong. <LOL>
Oh…and Jordon and Keeton of my Second Chances series, coming
November 2007 from Whiskey Creek Torrid Special Editions, are
modeled after Joe Don Rooney and Keith Urban. Can you say… I’m a
country gal! Yeah!
Most of my character’s start in my head and I go find someone to
make them flesh. It’s easier that way.
What was it like when you first realized
you had fans of your writing that were not related to you?
That was at RT 2006. Someone heard my name and screamed. I screamed
too! <LOL> It was someone who’d read my books and loved them. She
got a picture taken and then asked for my autograph. I floated for
I have great fans on my list who’ve become friends. They tell me all
the time how wonderful I am, and I soak it up. <giggle> And I
absolutely adore it when I get a fan letter from someone I don’t
know at all. It feels even more real then!
My fan’s support this first year has been awesome. They are the
reason I continue writing what I do. In fact, several of my books
come from ideas from my readers, and they get the book dedicated to
them when it’s published. Honestly, it is the fans that make this so
Your website seems to be designed to please
your readers. What would you like them to know about you?
It is designed for them and it’s going through a huge revamping in
February just so I can make it even better. I have spent the last
two months gathering info as to what they liked and disliked.
When I built it in February of 2006, I didn’t even know what html
code was. I studied, practiced and finally came up with something I
loved. Some don’t think it’s very erotic, but that’s okay. I
consider my stuff more sensual romance than erotica. <smile> As long
as the majority of my readers enjoy my site, then it will stay
pretty much the way it is.
As for what I want them to know… I am first and foremost a wife and
mom. Then a writer. I also do graphic art and have sold several book
covers and banners to other authors. For more info go to
I just started doing custom written sensual stories for fans and
other clients and the response has been fantastic. As I write this,
I have four stories I have to do, so it’s going well. Having a story
written just for you, is a lot of fun and helps me connect with my
readers in a brand new way.
Custom Erotic Romance
If you want to know me better, check me out here…
Road to Romance
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I Read CJ England Reader's Group
As I’ve said, I’ve got a great chat loop that I want to invite all
of you to. Readers are welcome to come and ask questions, make
friends and tell me what you think. Authors and Artists are welcome
to come and promote to their heart’s content. I have a pretty open
list and we all love the company!
I also have a quarterly newsletter you can join for updates and
such. If you are already a member of the chat loop, you don’t need
to join the newsletter. You receive one automatically.
I also have a brand new group... just for those who have read my
books. It is called
I Read CJ England. Those of you who
have read, reviewed or won one of my stories, are welcome to join.
What do you think influenced you as a
writer the most?
Many things…first my Mom, who is also a writer. She told me I could
do anything if I wanted it bad enough. She put the spark into me
when I was just a kid and it never went out. I may have gotten a
late start in publishing, but I’ve been writing my whole life.
Then, my people. My heritage is so important to me. I follow my God
and my totem in all that I do. My life and profession come from a
prophecy I was given. Follow your Dreams…isn’t just a tag line for
me…it’s a way of life.
My first Librarian… who introduced me to a whole other world outside
my small town. I got my first library card and never looked back!
And since we’ve talked already about Jonathon as an inspiration,
I’ll just mention the writers who made me want to pick up the pen.
Nora Roberts, first and foremost, Dame Agatha Christie, Linda
Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz and Elizabeth Lowell. Each of these fine
authors influenced the way I write. I only hope that my work will
please my readers the way theirs continue to do.
What music do you listen to?
Another Eclectic topic here! On my computer I have jazz, soft rock,
classic rock, country, easy listening and nature sounds. I listen to
whatever I’m in the mood for, but Country is my favorite. Born and
raised in the country and God willing, I’ll go toes up there too!
Unlike a lot of authors, I rarely use music when I’m creating. I
think it’s because I used to perform myself, and I can’t…not sing. I
usually use soft jazz or nature sounds if I have anything on at all.
Being in production work exposed me to a lot of different genres of
music. I learned to enjoy them all…and tolerate opera. <sigh> Go
ahead…call me a heathen.
When you’re not writing how do you like to
spend your time.
Reading. When I have time, you will find me in a book. First and
foremost, that. Then it’s anything to do outside. Walk, lay in the
sun, swim, go walkabout.
I love working with animals and have been a shelter MOM my whole
life. I’m the one in the neighborhood where all the sick critters
are taken. I used to work in shelters, but my heart couldn’t take
it. I wanted to bring them all home. So I started fostering instead.
That way I only kept a few. <grin>
Lastly…travel. Anywhere, any time. Jonathon came home the other day
and he’d been asked if he was interested in going to Singapore for a
year with his job. He knew he didn’t even have to ask me. He told
the guy… yes. So who knows, if God wants us in Singapore, I might be
there next year.
We love to see and experience new things. But we hated going there
for a week or weekend, because you could never see everything. So we
decided to find a place we wanted to explore and move there. We’ve
been doing that for fifteen years now and have lived all over the
world. Absolutely love it!
If you had to give up one of the following
what would it be? Good music, good food or good sex?
<LOL> That’s easy… Good music soothes the soul and good sex
invigorates it. Can’t do without those two. Since I have a tendency
to forget food until I’m passed out on the floor, I think I could
easily give up eating. <LOL> (Hmmm…have I eaten yet today???)
Seriously… While I love good food, I could eat Mac and Cheese daily
if I could lay forever in Jonathon’s arms, listening to romantic
music. <sigh> I must be a romance writer! <LOL>
Thank you for Chatting with us today. Good
Luck on all your upcoming releases.
Thanks for having me. I wish all of you who read this, and those at
Sensual Reads good luck in 2007 and remember… always…always…Follow
by Zoë Knighton
Sensual Reads & Reviews
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