Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
I’m a married mother to two young boys and live on the West Australian coast. I grew up in Perth where I now live but I’ve lived in nearly every Australian capital city. There isn’t much of Australia I haven’t seen. Both my husband and I are ex military so travelling the country was part of our lifestyle.
I guess I’m like most authors, I write what I want to read. I love to read stories that make me feel. Happy, sad, angry – you name it. The more feels the better.
Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
It's not that exciting really. I was driving home from work and the song Joy Ride came on the radio which became the original title of the book. It all flowed from there. I changed the name when my sister's fiancè came over and his t-shirt had Indigo Road written across the front.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The research for this one was a killer. Because it’s a roadtrip story I needed to do a lot of googling for the significant places where they stopped, which route they’d take etc. For an Australian writing about a US road trip it was quite a feat. I’m lucky that nearly all my beta readers are American and what little errors they didn’t pick up, my editor did.
Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
LOL. Yeah, don’t write about a road trip in a country where you don’t live.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Stop procrastinating and write the damn words. I should take my own advice every now and then as well.
Do you have any genres you prefer reading, and if so what are they?
I always read contemporary but lately I’ve been pushing myself out of my comfort zone and reading some paranormal. I’ve found I don’t mind vampires but they’ll never make me change my favourite. Shifters are another kettle of fish. I can’t wrap my head around them, but I’ll keep trying. I can’t bring myself to try historical yet although I have a couple on my Kindle. Scifi is another one I’m willing to try, but I think they’d have to be exceptional for me to love them.
What book are you reading at the moment?
At the moment I’m pushing my safe contemporary boundaries. I’m alternating between paranormal and twincest/brocest. Turns out I’m not as squicked out as I first believed and brothers can be super hot. I still don’t think paranormal is my thing though, so a few have been dnf’d.
What other novels do you adore/ writers you follow?
There’s one author who is always capable of pulling me out of a book funk and that’s Sue Brown. I’m so glad she’s written over 60 books because over the years, there’s been a lot of funks. Sue never fails me.
Are you a panster or a plotter?
Pantser all the way. I’ve tried to plot but my characters will generally do what they want. They hardly ever listen to me.
Are you obsessed with stationery? And if so, what and why?
I wouldn’t say I was obsessed, but I love going to OfficeWorks. They have everything! It’s a bit like going to IKEA, I go for one thing and come out with bags and bags. It’s almost a day trip.
Title: Indigo Road
Author: R.J. Jones
Genre: New Adult, Gay Romance, Contemporary
Cover artist: Meredith Russell
Two best friends take a year off to find themselves… and end up finding each other.
Joshua Simpson has just finished four years at Purdue University, but that’s not why he’s buzzing with excitement. Once they’ve said goodbye to their families, Josh and his best friend Alex are taking off to discover America in an old but reliable VW van, planning on not seeing snow for an entire year.
Josh has always considered himself straight—except for that one time in college—so when he and Alex are living in such close proximity on the road, he’s unsure what these new feelings mean. Is it because they’re spending 24/7 together, or is it something deeper? And does it really matter since Josh has only ever seen Alex with women?
While in Oregon, Josh meets Johnno, a sexy but confusing Aussie surfer. While having an impromptu surfing lesson, Johnno helps Josh realize who he is and what he wants—but Alex’s reaction leaves Josh confused.
From a Montana ranch to the bright lights and dangerous streets of Los Angeles to a dark and lonely deserted highway in Alabama, join Josh and Alex as they drive around the US, discovering not only who they are, but who they can be together.
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01867I9M4/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01867I9M4/
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01867I9M4/
“G’day, I don’t normally see anyone here at this time. I’m Johnno.” He stood in front of me, hand extended while the board was tucked under his other arm.
His arms and chest were covered with light blond hair that I hadn’t been able to see before. His light blue gaze held mine and I almost forgot my manners.
I stood and shook his hand. “Josh. It’s nice to meet you,” I replied, stuttering a little.
Johnno looked me up and down before placing his board in the sand, sitting on it, and encouraging me to sit with him.
“You surf?” he asked, watching the waves crash against the shore. “It’s mad this morning, got wiped out heaps.” His accent confused me; clearly he was not a local.
“No, I don’t. Looks great, though.” I had no idea what to say, and I was sure everything I did say was going to be lame.
Johnno turned to me, grinning. “You live here and don’t surf? What’s up with that?”
“Ah, no. We just parked here for the night before heading to California.”
“You’re traveling? That’s so cool. Where’re you from?”
“Indiana. Been on the road since early June.”
“Indiana? It’s east, borders Illinois.”
“Any surf out that way?”
“Where are you from?” I asked him, keen to keep the conversation going.
“Australia,” he said more slowly. “I’m on a surfing holiday. Needed a break from the job, you know?”
“The job?” It sounded like the mafia, and I instantly wished I hadn’t asked in case there was an Australian branch I hadn’t heard of.
“I’m a sparky by trade, but I’d rather surf, you know?”
He wasn’t a redhead and I had no idea what he was talking about, but my curiosity got the better of me again and I asked him.
“I’m an electrician. Wiring houses and stuff.”
“Oh, I get it.”
“You ’mericans are a weird bunch.” He laughed and shook his head before nudging my thigh with his.
He’s the one who implied he’s a redheaded hitman, and he thinks we’re weird?
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About the author
R.J. Jones started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write.
It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower…
R.J.’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of her day. Not so. That shower scene ended up being 3000 words long and three hours of work. And still, they didn’t shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by her bed.
Whilst she was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If she ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
R.J. is a wife and a mother to two boys. She is surrounded by males. Even her dog is a boy.
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