J.P. Barnaby’s latest erotic release, Sacrificed is available now! J.P. is here to share a sneak peek at her upcoming release Aaron with Dreamspinner Press, and discuss her popular Little Boy Lost series, erotica, and inspiration, so get ready to get steamy.
What are three words to describe your latest release Sacrificed?
Where did the inspiration for the Little Boy Lost series come from?
Originally, the inspiration for Little Boy Lost came from a series of posts I read by adult model Brent Corrigan about his entry into the industry. It was written from the end of the third book backward, and then forward to the end.
Is there a message behind the Little Boy Lost series, and if so, what is it?
“You aren’t alone.”
The series resonates with so many gay men who have gone through what Brian and Jamie endured in the book. I want them to know that there is an entire community of us who accept them for exactly who they are, not in spite of it. Each book has a dedication that carries the message clearly because my heart breaks for the boys who don’t have the love and support they deserve.
What has been the most challenging part of writing the Little Boy Lost series, which book was the hardest?
Emotionally, the Little Boy Lost series was difficult to write because it’s so real. Kids are dying all over the country because society tells them they’re broken and wrong for something they can’t control and don’t even need to change. They need to know that we in the LGBT community have been there, and that we care about what happens to them.
Technically, it was a challenge because I am not a gay teenage boy. I’m a 30-something bisexual woman, so making those decisions as an 18-year-old boy was hard. With my life experience, Brian should have made a different choice at the end of the second book, but he has a different life. Researching the adult entertainment industry side of the series actually changed my life. I met some of the most wonderful people who accepted and embraced me—I found really wonderful friends.
How would you define erotica?
Erotica means something different to everyone. I joke with my friends that I write gay porn, but I don’t really see it that way. The Little Boy Lost series, Aaron, the Forbidden Room series, they are all written to help show those who read them that maybe someone else is going through exactly what they’re going through. In order to make the story realistic, it includes sex—because falling in love generally does.
To me, erotica something created to entice or arouse for the sake of arousal.
What is your favorite piece of erotic art? It can be any medium you like.
I am absolutely fascinated by what Tony Buff can do with a rope—it’s beautiful, erotic, and certainly art and human canvas. I’m also a huge fan of SoldOutClothing. Each shirt is an individual work of art, and wearing one makes me feel sexy, flirty, and fun.
If you could change one thing about the erotic romance industry, what would it be?
There are two things I would love to see change in the romance industry. First, gay romance isn’t something that should be hidden in the closet. We’re like the step-children of romance because the focus is on heterosexual romance. It feels as if the mindset is that men find only sex together, not love, affection, and romance. The second thing that needs to change is the idea of quantity over quality. The romance genre, even the gay romance genre, has exploded in recent years with a shift in publishing resources. The market is flooded with mediocre books because the gatekeepers have been overrun, making it harder for those of us who love the genre to find quality books.
What misconceptions do you feel are out there about the erotica/erotic romance genres?
The misconception I find most entertaining about the romance genre is that we write nothing but swooning pirates, damsels in distress, and bodice rippers. Good, solid romance novels will make you think, they’ll make you cry, and they’ll make you remember the characters long after you close the book. My very favorite novel in the gay romance genre is Finding Zack by Rowan Speedwell. I first read that book probably two years ago, and I still find myself dreaming about it. Zack Tyler was that affecting.
What can we expect from you in your next book?
My new release, coming October 8th from Dreamspinner Press, is probably the best book I will ever write. Two years ago, a small, frightened voice began talking in my ear. It trembled at times while describing a gripping and heartbreaking story of pain, fear, and recovery. I had nightmares about it. I had to stop writing it from time to time because I could feel his pain so acutely.
How do you feed your inspiration and keep your creative muse happy?
I have no lack of ideas for stories. They are sitting in a pile just waiting for me to get to them. The inspiration I need is for endurance. Writing the first chapter of a book is easy, writing the next dozen is sometimes painful. I keep my creative muse happy by reading my reviews and fanmail because they tell me that people are affected by my work and it means something to them, as it does to me.
If you could trade places with one of your characters which would it be?
Oh my… I had to think about this for a while. My first instinct was to answer Jayden from The Forbidden Room because of his relationship with Master Ethan. However, after a fair amount of introspection, I’d have to say that I’d trade places with Alex from Little Boy Lost. He’s at the beginning of his college career, his life on track with lots of friends who care about him, and of course Mike who loves him. I have a soft spot for Mike, who was inspired heavily by my close friend adult model Devon Hunter. Alex is a very lucky boy, indeed.
What does being brave mean to you
To me, being brave means getting up every single day and facing life as the person you were meant to be. It means standing together, supporting, and fighting for each other. Our kids are being bullied to death—to me, being brave is standing up for them and standing up for ourselves in the face of the self-righteous who feel that anyone who isn’t them doesn’t have the right to a fulfilling, happy life.
What are your plans for the rest of 2012 and beyond?
Currently, I’m working on a hard-core m/m BDSM novel dealing with compulsion, fear, and loss. I also have plans to extend Mastering the Ride. Those projects should take me through the end of the year. After that, I have my work with Anteros Media and ideas for books about quantum entanglement theory, serial killers, and suicide.
Where can my readers find you and your work online?
A sneak peek at Aaron by J. P. Barnaby
I can’t describe what it’s like to want to scream every minute of every day.
Two years after a terrifying night of pain destroyed his normal teenage existence, Aaron Downing still clings to the hope that one day, he will be a fully functional human being. But his life remains a constant string of nightmares, flashbacks, and fear. When, in his very first semester of college, he’s assigned Spencer Thomas as a partner for his programming project, Aaron decides that maybe “normal” is overrated. If he could just learn to control his fear, that could be enough for him to find his footing again.
With his parents’ talk of institutionalizing him—of sacrificing him for the sake of his brothers’ stability—Aaron becomes desperate to find a way to cope with his psychological damage or even fake normalcy. Can his new shrink control his own demons long enough to treat Aaron, or will he only deepen the damage?
Desperate to understand his attraction for Spencer, Aaron holds on to his sanity with both hands as it threatens to spin out of control.