This week, Jasinda Wilder – author of some of my favorite books – released Madame X, her first book with a traditional publisher. To help celebrate the release, I asked Jasinda a few questions about the book and herself.
What was it like to go from being a regular everyday writer-mom into the head of a hardcore, high class dominating woman who whipped ninny-boys into shape?
Okay, well first off, Madame X is NOT—I repeat, NOT—a dominatrix or anything of the sort. She would be horrified at the insinuation. Unless you count Jack, I don’t think I have any hands on training—and my husband has never been a “ninny-boy.” But I’ll take the “hardcore, high-class, dominating woman” part, though!
• What are 3 important things you concentrate on doing or make sure to include in your stories?
Every book needs two strong, fascinating, sexy main characters, the hero and heroine. That’s huge. They have to be real, flawed, but still sexy and fun to read about. The plot has to be fairly simple, straightforward. Twists and such are great, but the characters have to dominate the story. The plot is just the engine. It has to be a good plot, though, with lots of drama and heat. And last but certainly not least, the book has to have at least one good sexy scene, preferably with a good amount of build-up leading to it, heaps of sexual tension piled on more sexual tension, leading to some seriously explosive sex. Those are the three key ingredients to any story, for me.
• What’s your favorite nomming food when you’re writing?
Almonds and cheese, and sometimes a Quest bar.
• When you write, do you sit down and run a marathon over the keyboard or do you write in bursts?
I keep business hours when we’re working on a book. We usually start work at 9ish, take a break for lunch, and work until the kids get home from school around 430ish. So I suppose “marathon” would be the correct answer.
• What’s the best music to listen to when you’re writing the sexy times? Did you have a playlist while writing MADAME X?
You know, I don’t really have any specific sexy-times music, it’s just usually whatever I’m listening to at the time. As for Madame X, I didn’t record the playlist, but I can tell you it was a lot of classical and instrumental. Lots and lots of cello music, instrumental. Zoe Keating, Yo-Yo Ma, Cello Fury, the Piano Guys, Escala, Philip Wesley, Takenobu, Rostropovich. It was a very classically-influenced writing experienced, as opposed to some of the more indie-folk playlists I tend to work from.
• What’s your favorite word?
• What’s your go-to alcoholic drink?
See above. Red wine, pinot noir or cabernet franc
• What do you always have stocked in your pantry?
Quest bars, Clif Bars, chocolate, almonds
• Where is your favorite place to nap?
Nap? Who the hell has time to take naps? I certainly don’t!
• Do you like to drive or be driven?
Be driven. I don’t drive much, Jack usually does that.
• Are you a Target or Walmart person?
Target, for sure.
• What’s your favorite meal to make for your family?
Anything I can make on the grill; I’m the grill-master in our family.
• What’s your favorite gift to give?
A good book. And wine.
• When are you going to name a character after me?
Hmmmm. You’ll have to read them and find out!
Now, if you haven’t already, go out and get Madame X by Jasinda Wilder!