In this installment of Erotica Author Interviews, we talk with Jen Harper. She is an author of transsexual, tentacle, and paranormal erotica. She is also a co-creator of Dominant Other Press.
Ellen Dominick: Who are your favorite authors?
Jen Harker: I'm a big fan of Jessi Bond, Raminar Dixon, Delilah Fawkes, and Nicolette Allain.
ED: Did you celebrate when you sold your first book? How?
JH: I celebrated my first sale with some Thai food from the local take-out joint.
ED: Tell us about Dominant Other Press.
JH:Dominant Other Press is a small publishing imprint created by myself and Ophelia Upmoore. When we started we wrote a lot of BDSM themed erotica, and we still do, though she's branched out into longer fiction and I'm dabbling in the paranormal stuff.
ED: You have 49 titles out on Amazon since January 2012. How are you so prolific?
JH:Frankly I'm a little obsessive when it comes to writing. When an idea takes hold of me, it won't let me rest until I've gotten it out of my head and on paper.
ED: Tell us about your latest release.
JH:My latest release is a collection of transsexual stories titled Transexual Tales. I have a lot of transgendered friends, and they're constantly bemoaning the state of trans erotica. I wrote this to get some trans-friendly stories out in circulation.
ED: Who has been your favorite character to write? Why?
JH: My favorite character so far is Gerald, the mythographer studying urban legends in the Slenderotica series and All Aboard the Man Train. He's a lot of fun to write.
ED: What book would you recommend to your first time readers? Why?
JH:I recommend Sheriff's Gay Revenge to my first time readers, simply because it's free. There's a no-risk investment right there. If you like my style, you can find links to all my other work in the back of the book.
ED: What do you think is the future of erotica?
JH: The future of erotica is constantly in flux. That's what makes the genre so dynamic. Even though the fans don't change, their tastes do, and they have an endless hunger striving to be satisfied.
ED: Where do you see yourself in 4 years?
JH:Four years is a long time in this business. I'm hoping to see more outlets for readers, and easier ways for them to find and identify the erotica that gets them off. The more power we give them, the more books they'll buy, and that's good for everybody.
ED: Do you have any advice for new writers?
JH:Write! Don't worry about marketing until you have your skill and your library of work where you want it to be. For now, just keep writing, keep publishing, and don't give up.
Blurb for Transsexual Tales:
Sometimes love and lust can be more than meet the eye, as in these three stories of erotic transsexual romance.
Jerry goes to a Burlesque club with some co-workers, and immediately falls for beautiful torch singer Alexandra. Imagine his surprise when he finds out that Alexandra is biologically male! Unable to deny his attraction to the beautiful transsexual, he asks her out... but can he go through with it?
Transvestite Party Foul
Terry doesn't discover that the hot babe he hooks up with at his costume party is actually his classmate Josh until after he's gotten off. By then it's too late -- will he reciprocate, or will Josh tell everyone what happened?
Harold hasn't seen his best-friend since high-school, and when they meet again he discovers that Carl has become Carla... and a beautiful woman at that. After the drinks and stories start flowing their mutual attraction is undeniable... but how far are they willing to go, and what does this mean for their friendship?
Jen Harker is a writer of short erotica living in the Pacific Northwest. She likes roller derby, body art, and the kink scene. A sensualist at heart, she writes stories inspired by her own erotic adventures, and those of the people she is intimately acquainted with. When not writing she busies herself working, playing, and seeking out new and stimulating inspiration.