September’s Humour Month continues with Jemima Valentino who describes herself as your average English 30-something. I do have a love for the English, and I can assure you Jemima is anything but average.
One of my first conversations with her had to do with humping … well, hump day actually. She has a fabulous Hump Day Q & A for authors on her blog each week, and I was fortunate to be invited as her guest. I can honestly say that no one has ever asked me Why are manhole covers round? It’s one of the quirkiest and most fun interviews I’ve done to date.
Please help me welcome the lovely and delightfully funny, Jemima Valentino.
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Jemima Valentino has worked as a commercial writer for more than ten years. After becoming an industry expert in her chosen field of business, Jemima turned her hand to writing fiction as a pastime, and to her surprise she didn’t suck. Her previous work includes BDSM erotica and short fiction. His Elle is currently available, and her latest release, a steamy, dark paranormal romance The House on Hundred Hill is due out October 14th, 2011.
A creature of beauty and intelligence is a rare breed, especially one who so wantonly offers the submission of her soul to another.
Jessica Rylan has spent her entire life trying to fit in, despite feeling deep down that she doesn’t quite belong. A slave to passions that she doesn’t quite understand, she does her best to simply ignore her burgeoning sensuality. Little does Jessica realise that a seemingly chance encounter with the handsome Nate Black will turn her world upside down.
All it takes is one garden party invitation to pull her into an ancient struggle, one where she must place her trust in Nate and his mysterious brother Draven to survive. As Jessica becomes seduced by the ancient and mystical world of the Nephilim, she finally begins to understand her own dark desires. Because Draven Black is searching for something… Something only Jessica can provide.
Stay tuned for more release details next month!
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Inside Jemima Valentino’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Living near the ocean and making a lot of money writing dirty, sexy books.
What turns you on creatively? Other people – everyone has a story and more often than not, it’s a dark one. I love delving inside the minds of others and I’m a stalker… I mean, self-confessed people watcher.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Bizarrely, I really, really overuse the word ‘flicked’. I didn’t even realize how many times I’d used it in my novella ‘His Elle’ until someone pointed it out to me. I probably over use ‘fuck, fucked and wanker’ too, but I don’t apologize for that 😉
What quality do you most admire in a man? I love strong alpha males with intelligence to back it up. The most attractive men are those that know what they want but still treat people with respect.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? The ability to heal and psychologically let go of anger and aggression. Women are superheroes. Fact.
What is your greatest regret? That I didn’t have the courage to self-publish when I was in my 20’s. If I knew then what I know now…
Other than that, I had the opportunity to go to America with a friend a few years ago and I didn’t take it for reasons that now I don’t even remember.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Nothing. I really like me.
What is your greatest fear? That I’ll wake up one morning in a room full of spiders with my hands tied behind my back.
Which living person do you most admire? My older brother, but I’m probably only saying that because I saw him last night and we only get to meet about once a year. He’s had a life almost as tough as mine and has now finally found his own center of peace. I admire that he’s fought every battle with a smile on his face and a joke up his sleeve. If more people were like him then the world would be a much funnier place.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’d love to be a magician. How cool would that be?!
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A unicorn
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Releasing my first novella in January of this year. It took me over 18 months to write it and pluck up the courage to tell my husband that I’d written it. He was the one that actually persuaded me to self-publish and I am so glad I did. The feeling of that first five star review was right up there with having my kids!
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Selfishness, dishonesty and thinking the world owes them a living. Fuckers.
What is your greatest extravagance? Shoes
What is one thing you want to do before you die? The list is far too long for me to choose just one.
What is your present state of mind? Knackered but desperately trying to stay awake as I want to watch Torchwood shortly
What are some of your favorite curse words? I think I answered this one already! Fuck, fucked, wanker, and I ADORE the ‘C’ word but really can’t bring myself to say it.
What is your motto? The moral high ground is a nice place to visit, but don’t build a house on it.
Great motto! Thanks for your wonderful responses, Jemima. I invite all my readers to comment or ask a question of this incredible woman.
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