Guest Author: E.I. Jennings

My guest today is E.I. Jennings, paranormal romance erotica author of the Jessica Dawn series. She has some great advice around editing (definitely not the area you want to rush through), as well as some insights on research and thoughts for new authors.

Please join me in welcoming E.I. to the Guest Author Program!

If you are interested in participating in the program, you can submit here.

E.I. Jennings

  1. Tell us your name, and a link to where we can find you (blog, Facebook, etc):

    E.I Jennings –


  1. How many books have you written? This can include both published and unpublished works. Describe each of them in 1-2 sentences apiece (if published, feel free to include the links as well):

    Rising Dawn – The first novel in the Jessica Dawn Series follows Jess and Reuban taking on the Supernatural world together.  It is a Paranormal Romance Erotica novel for adult readers

    Burning Desire: Juliet’s Story – A Novella in the Jessica Dawn Series.  Sometimes we just want to know about the other characters in a main novella and so this follows Juliet a Vampire Doctor with a love for Versace.

  2. Tell me a little bit about your current WIP:

    My current work in progress is Darkest Dawn the second novel in the Jessica Dawn Series.  There are new characters and a new big bad guy for the team to deal with and it isn’t getting any easier for Jess.  I can’t give too much away but I promise that it will be intense and funny with lots of naked Reuban!

  3. What does writing preparation look like for you? Do you do full outlines and character profiles, or do you just start with a general idea and write?:

    I always thought that I would have to prepare lot and lots to write my novels but I have surprised myself by saying I actually don’t do much at all.  I usually have a beginning and an end and that’s it.  Because Rising Dawn was the first novel I did sit down with my note book and pen and designed a new world for Jess to live.  So I had to start from scratch coming up with character names and bio’s but some of this changed to fit in with the feel of what I was writing as I went along.  I turn on my laptop and off I go.  I seem to always know what to write and have even woke up in the middle of the night with a new idea to write into the story.  Burning Desire was a little different because I had always known where the story would take me and as it happens before, during and after Rising Dawn I got out my highlighting pen and highlighted the bits I wanted to cross over.  It was a behind the scenes look at my new world with a different character being at the centre.

  4. Editing is a challenge for many writers. Give us some of your tips for editing efficiently and well:

    The greatest challenge I find in editing is missing something.  I like a second person to look over the manuscript because we all miss things.  Remember not to rush the edit and read it through looking for different things.  First edit look at story only, second edit spelling, third grammar and so on.  Never try and do it all at once or you can get completely lost and you start skimming missing basic errors.

  5. Research is another challenge writers face, but is an important part of the writing process. What are some of your research tips?:

    Run with an idea.  Look for things that could support that idea even if it seems like something frivolous at the start.  I remember doing research right at the beginning of Rising Dawn and checking again near the end that I was still on the right track and I got really excited when it all knitted together quite nicely.  Research around the idea rather than trying to find one through research.

  6. If you have been published (self or traditionally), what type of marketing did you find worked the best for you? What was the least helpful?:

    Facebook has been a massive marketing surprise as it has allowed networking through other indie authors.  I have met and regularly talk to people across the world via social media.  Word of mouth is a powerful platform to get your novel seen globally.

  7. What genre do you write in? What are some of the challenges to writing this particular genre well?:

    I write Paranormal Romance Erotica.  As you can imagine Erotica does have its draw backs but I promised myself that if I were to write a novel it would be for adult readers only.  There are many paranormal novels aimed at teenagers or those that are extreme erotica.  I wanted to get a balance of story and erotica and I believe I have done this in Rising Dawn.  The biggest challenge is getting that balance and others have failed in the past losing story for erotica.

  8. What advice would you give to a writer who is starting out?

    The best advice I can give is to do it!  If you have a passion to write get a laptop, notebook, anything that you can write with and do it.  Don’t let your own insecurities put you off from writing.  I had done this for years until I settled down, started to write and allowed someone independent to read a few chapters.  It was those fresh pair of eyes that inspired me to finish my manuscript and within six weeks I had a first draft sitting in front of me.

  9. What are your writing, editing, marketing, and research goals for 2013?

    My biggest goal now is to finish the manuscript for Darkest Dawn and edit it to an inch of my life.  The research is done and I’m starting the build on Facebook now.  I hope I can be physically holding a copy 1st September so we shall see.

  10. Pretend I am from a publishing house and you are looking for me to take on one of your books. Pitch it to me in 1-2 paragraphs.

    Jessica Dawn has felt alone all her life and a personal tragedy has set her on a path of revenge and self-destruction. Always searching and longing for the family she lost has meant that she has spent the last two years hiding and fighting in the shadows. One night her life would change again, thrown into a world she never knew existed she will find horrors, hope, friendship, love and a strength she did not think she had. She is a Pureblood; the only known Vampire Pureblood in existence and she has been protected all her life by a secret organisation called the Council.   Reuban is an Alpha, a Wolf that has sworn his life to this women and in the process has lost his heart. He will see that no harm will ever come to her and she is destined to forever hold his soul. From the moment he disobeyed orders and interfered in her life he knew he could no longer deny his Wolf and she would be his.

    An old threat is rising, Reuban and Jess will have to fight together for their lives and their love, a love that has been written by Fate herself. But can they overcome new lies and truths that could destroy the very world they are part of? The Queen and her army must be stopped before she can break her bonds and return to this world bringing Hell along for the ride.  Jessica never asked for this life but she sure as hell won’t be going down without a fight and Reuban will be by her side for every second – bring it on!


6 thoughts on “Guest Author: E.I. Jennings

  1. My question for E. I. Jennings is about word count. Do you keep your books to within a certain count? Say under 90,000. My WiP is over 100,000 and I’ve been told that’s too long.

    1. In case Ms. Jennings doesn’t see this/respond, I can give you my perspective. Some of this depends on the genre, but the “average” novel length is usually between 70-110k. Yes, that’s a pretty large range! There are of course longer novels (usually that’s more accepted in established authors, or epic fantasy), but usually the above range is the sweet spot.

      I think for a new author, staying under 100k makes it easier to sell books and gain readers. I know my first book is 115k, and I think its slightly too long for folks who are new to my books.

      1. Keep in mind the editing process usually consists of a bunch of chopping. So I always aim high in my initial drafts since I know I’ll be losing a bunch.

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