Today I have Jordan St. Johns visiting my blog for the first time ever today. Jordan just came out with a new book titled The Colonel's Woman. It's a great story, I must say! Welcome Jordan! Let's get this interview started.
What made you decide to write a historical story set in Idaho?
There were several things. First, I know the area and it’s always easier to visualize the story in a geographical setting you know. Second, I wanted the suffragette angle and Idaho had one made to order in 1896, a statewide referendum. This was about the same time that Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch rode in Wyoming, so I had a model of sorts for the Prado clan.
You're definitely right that it is much easier to write about a place if you can visualize it in your head. Did you have to do a lot of research for your story?
I did do some research to place events in the right time frame, such as the coming of the Union Pacific in 1894. I did take liberties, however, with some locations. There is no town known as Elkhorn that is up near Galena. Elkhorn Valley is a development near Ketchum. I also did some research into firearms of the era, so that my characters were properly armed.
Did you have any inspirations that inspired your characters?
I kept visualizing Sam Elliot in Tombstone as the colonel and Diane Lane in Lonesome Dove as Emma.
Do you have any authors that inspire you or are kind of like role models to you?
Lots of them. I like Lee Child for action, directness and brevity, John D. MacDonald and Preston and Child for plotting, Hitchcock for wry twists (technically not an author), Elmore Leonard for dialog, and Will Henry and Paul Little for the steamy spanko stuff.
Now for my favorite question to ask new authors who come on to my blog, what is your writing process?
I have an idea for the general story, usually including how it will end. I write a cut down draft, sort of a Readers Digest version first, then I go back and fill, adding scenes, adding detail. I’ll end up with a number of scene files then I paste them all together.
You self publish stories and also publish some stories with a publisher. Do you think it's beneficial to do that? You get the best of both worlds?
I may be wrong, but it’s been my belief that erotica that is in the spanking genre specifically is best self-published. The reader base is not big enough to sustain the costs a publisher incurs. I do it for next to nothing, so it’s all profit. If some publisher thinks otherwise, give me a jingle.
When you aren't writing spanking stories, what are you doing?
For now I still have a day job as an IP attorney and I’m also a jazz musician.
You're a jazz musician? That's so cool!! Now it's time for my favorite game, The Five Question Game!
What is your favorite color?
Green. Went well with what used to be my red hair.
What is one of your guilty pleasure reads or authors?
The ones I mentioned above plus Robert Crais, Thomas Perry, Nelson Demille, Michael Koryta, Don Winslow and many others.
Who is your favorite Lord of the Rings character?
Samwise Gamgee. He’s facing down someone to protect Frodo and this guy sneers at him and says “who are you, his bodyguard?” and Sam says, “No. I’m his gardener.”
Sam is my favorite character too! I feel like he didn't get near as much credit as he deserved, even if he was just a gardener. What is your favorite food?
Always been a well prepared rib eye steak.
What is the last song that you listened to?
You Don’t Know What Love Is
Thank you for answering those questions. Now do you think that you could give us a snippet from your story?
When Laura Lee and Luke had left, Emma and Nate snuggled on the loveseat in the parlor with the curtains drawn for the night. Emma put her head on Nate’s shoulder. She sighed, a long drawn out sigh that told Nate something was up.
“Now what was that big sigh about?” said Nate.
“They seem so happy,” said Emma. “Sometimes I wish… “
“I know what you’re going to say, and I wish it, too. But you’ve lost one husband and maybe you don’t want to lose another.”
“Whatever do you mean?” said Emma, startled.
“When I took this job, I had no idea. I thought this area was mostly settled down, different from the old mining days when every man carried a six gun, and claim jumpers and robbers made trouble night and day. But now I find out that criminal gangs like the Prados are working the area, dealing in all kinds of misery. It’s dangerous and things need to be cleaned up. Look, I don’t want to leave a widow two times over. I love you, Emma. I hope you know that, but until this town is safe, the future looks a mite perilous. Besides,” he said, trying to lighten the tone, “you are one feisty woman. I don’t know if I’m up to taming you.”
“Tame me? Why, Nathan Bradford, whatever makes you think you can tame me?” She said it with a sense of mock outrage. Secretly she was thrilled. He had just told her he loved her. She didn’t care about anything else.
“So,” she said, pulling away and sitting straight up. She huffed her chest out and put her hands on her hips. “Just how do you propose to tame me?”
Nathan understood when a challenge was being issued. He narrowed his eyes. Remembering what she had told him about her desires, he countered: “I imagine a well warmed bottom or two might do the trick.”
“You’re a cad and you wouldn’t dare!”
Now that was a challenge if there ever was one, he thought. “That’s where you’re wrong, Mrs. Weston.” In a single smooth motion he took her by the wrist and pulled her across his lap.
“Eeek!” she squealed, fluttering her arms about.
She thrust out her hands to stop her forward motion which permitted Nate to toss her skirts up in back without interference. Underneath she had on lacy drawers.
“You stop,” she said, squirming. “Stop it at once!”
Smack! Nate’s palm struck Emma’s shapely bottom in rapid succession. They were light spanks, calculated to excite and tease. For Nate, the feel of Emma’s satiny bottom, rippling sensuously as his hand spanked, was enough to cause his manhood to rise.
Thank you for that snippet!
The Colonel's Woman Blurb
Earning an honest living is a challenge for a woman on her own in the rough and tumble western town of Ketchum, Idaho in 1896, and given her circumstances, renting rooms to a few boarders seemed like a good option for a young widow like Emma Weston. But Emma never counted on a man like Colonel Nathan Bradford taking up residence with her.
Colonel Bradford’s commanding presence quickly proves useful for keeping order in Emma’s home—as does his willingness to take misbehaving young ladies out to the woodshed—but soon enough it is Emma herself who finds her bottom bared for a sound strapping from the firm-handed officer. Her sore bottom only further kindles her growing desire for the handsome colonel, and his dominant lovemaking awakens her passion as nothing ever has before.
But just as love starts to bloom between Emma and the colonel, the harsh realities of the west intrude upon their romance. When the town is attacked and Emma is captured by a notorious band of outlaws, Colonel Bradford will need every bit of his skill, his courage, and his fighting instincts to bring them to justice and take back his woman.
Publisher’s Note: The Colonel’s Woman is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, anal play, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
Want to contact Jordan?
Thanks for visiting today Jordan!
Happy Thursday Everyone!