Name : Jennifer Lassalle Edwards
Age : Currently 42, creeping closer to the higher number
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Louisiana, currently I live in the mountains of Colorado with my husband and furry kids. However, the Cajun in me runs deep. While attending college, I majored in Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, English Literature and Respiratory Therapy/Cardiopulmonary Science, but have not graduated with a degree in any of those. I constantly change interests, and still do not know what I want to be when I grow up, mainly because I refuse to ever become a stagnant adult, but I have worked as a drafter/designer since I was eighteen, and still do! I believe in living life to the absolute fullest.
In pursuit of an abundant life of adventure, I have spent time as a burlesque performer, a roller derby referee, a bartender in the French Quarter, writing for a music site in New Orleans, a few months abroad in Spain, and currently am an amateur fitness competitor. I have a penchant for all things that sparkle, and on a completely different note, am a self-professed food whore. However, one interest has never faltered through the years, daydreaming and penning those warped thoughts to paper.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have been working on a two book series currently. I find that I have so many ideas popping up all of the time though. I find myself jotting scenes, ideas, and outlines for other works that I want to delve into, but there is never enough time in the day. I will write on anything too, wherever I happen to be, napkin, receipt, phone, whatever is convenient.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Ever since I learned to string words together, I have been writing. My mother still has notebooks and stapled together papers of stories that I have written since childhood. I began a few historical romances back in the 90’s, but never finished them. My husband came across a few floppy discs with stories that I had begun decades ago and a few notepads with research for them. For a bit, I did a stint writing band reviews and interviews. Then, for a short period, I also edited the other writer’s work as well. My husband did the photography. It was a fun run.
Back then, I didn’t know how to even begin to get a novel published. Besides that, I think I was daunted by the idea too. I wish that I would have had the confidence and perseverance to have tried harder when I was younger.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A writer, from the time that I was very young because I was always writing, be it a story or a journal entry. An author? Well, I’m not quite sure that I will ever consider myself a true author.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I had found my old writings, and one of the beginning scenes stuck with me. I was not inspired to write historical romance though. At the time, I was in contest prep for a bodybuilding competition. I was spending many hours a day in the gym. I was surrounded by pro and amateur women and men. I kept thinking that I had not read a book about this before, and me being me, had to make it an erotic book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I know that I do write in a very unique and eccentric way. Many people have told me that they had not read anything like my work. I love words that aren’t used as frequently anymore. I love mixing words to create something new. If I had to pick one thing, I think the best thing that I have heard said about my writing is, “She paints pictures with her words.”
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Usually, titles are last for me, and they just pop up in my head. I have no rhyme or reason to it.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are always little messages about finding oneself, trust, love, love not always conforming to a societal normality, friendship, overcoming obstacles from our past, or self-acceptance. Oh, and that kinky sex is a.o.k.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
So far, I would say that 80% have tips of the hat to real life experiences of either myself or people I know.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?
It’s funny because it’s a spectrum: Brahm Stoker’s Dracula, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, Anne Rice’s Vampire Series and her Sleeping Beauty Series, Stephen King. A mentor, Al Daltrey, for sure.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
At the moment, I am obsessed with Chuck Palahniuk. I love the way he describes everything, the way he mixes these really ugly words and beautiful words. He is really visual, and shocking too. He is twisted, and I adore depravity, shock, and the appalling.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Al Daltrey & his wife Jaycee Daltrey. They are dear to me in their honesty, and willingness to take the time to critique me. Honestly, if it were not for Al, I would have never published Ripped & Twisted and started this adventure.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love it to be, but unfortunately no, not at the moment.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, not at all. I make sure that when the final copy goes to publish that I am absolutely in love with it all.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
For me, it was all of these daydreams and nightmares. I suffered from horrible night terrors and sleep paralysis as a child, still do. As twisted as they were even when I was little, I just had to get them out.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I have been referring to it as a My Fair Lady with kink…with a twist, little shocker.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I never want to be like other writers. I want to improve, be unique, and challenge myself to go above and beyond each time. It’s hard to ‘paint pictures with my words’ at times, as I never want to repeat what I have said at some other point.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Nope, though I would love to.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
It’s all me. I could not find any stock photos that caught me, nor did I want the typical male models or female models on my cover. So, I began pulling out objects mentioned in my stories and shooting pictures. I will admit, I need to improve my skills, but I do love them because they are also different from any other covers out there.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finishing, as in actually publishing it. Part of me didn’t want to share my characters with everyone. Weird, I know.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Don’t be afraid to go beyond a comfort zone. Fear less, and just do it.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?
Well, sure! I mean, if they could put me in the situations in my books, with smoking hot male leads?! Yes! Unfortunately, I don’t think I am photogenic or could act well.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone. Don’t water down your writing or change something because you are afraid it’s too much for your readers either.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I appreciate them more than they could ever know. Every review makes my heart skip a little. And whenever I get a message from someone who has read my stories truly makes my day. They are the ones that make me want to continue on in this crazy dream.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished Choke and Snuff and am now reading Doomed the sequel to Damned. Really, I think I have an unhealthy obsession, and maybe a little crush, on Chuck Palahniuk.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think it was Gus the Little Worm.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Cry: anything with animals. You can kill any person in a movie, but don’t hurt the dog!
Laugh: so much makes me laugh. I seriously, laugh every day, and it can be anything from potty humor to a geeky joke.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
So many! Present, Jared Leto. He has just always fascinated me. He’s such an accomplished actor, musician, and activist. He seems incredibly intelligent and funny as all get out. Plus, he’s hot!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Her last words: “Hold my drink and watch this!”
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Cooking, gardening, the gym, competing, hula hooping, skating, dancing, drawing and painting, being a complete goof and making people laugh.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love Twilight Zone, and give me a horror movie, cheesy or scary, and I am a happy camper.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Cheese and wine!
Green, blue, purple
I love all music, but it depends on my mood. When I write, I usually write to really dark, goth, depressing or angry music. Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Tool, NIN, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Volbeat, Type O Negative…
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
A performer for sure. I love being on a stage, and though I’m not good at it, I loved my years in burlesque and variety acts, or an athlete of some sort.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I have two, one is risqué and deals with sex and fun. The other is a personal journey of food and fitness, lol.
Candy & Kink: http://candyandkink.blogspot.co.uk/
Red Lips & Ass: http://lapetitemort73.blogspot.co.uk/
Author JLE (Jennifer Lassalle Edwards)
Ripped & TwiSTeD
Faith Dumont is a witty, confident, fiery fitness competitor, or so she appears to everyone else. Yet no one knows the horrors that she’s endured and escaped to create this seemingly perfect life. No one knows the battle of self-loathing and deviant urges Faith battles daily.
She keeps her demons under control by her regimented, disciplined lifestyle. Faith has also implemented “rules” into her life, specifically a “no dating” rule. This rule was made to protect her heart. Life in the gym keeps her sane, to an extent, however, just because there is no dating does not mean there is not a bit of kink.
Slade is smoking hot physique competitor who works with Faith in the gym. Not only is Slade a co-worker, he is Faith’s only friend, and a kin of the kink. He has always willingly followed Faith’s conditions… that is until tattooed trainer Ty enters their lives throwing all that Faith has created into a tailspin. When Slade sees Faith falling for Ty’s seduction, he decides to refuse Faith’s rules and introduce her to his.
With her normalcy crumbling around her, Faith is slammed by the carnal and emotional enticement of both men. Can they make their triad of passion work or will Faith’s past come back to decimate any spark of hope for love that she ever had?
Warning: This book is fictional and depicts acts of violence, graphic sex, including BDSM, M/F/M menage circumstances, and oodles of kink. This book is recommended for mature audiences (21 and over) who are not offended by scenarios such as these.
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Candy & KinK:
Claudette, an exotic dancer with the stage name Candy, is a girl with voracious sweet tooth who has become jaded by her illustrious career. She has always loved the notion of living the fairy tale, happy endings and all, but the men who frequent the club have crushed that fantasy. After all, who really wants a real relationship with a stripper?
Tired of meaningless flings, she has made her life an endless cycle of working and hanging out with her friends, Z and Britt, at their favorite dive bar until the wee hours of the morning keeping her mind occupied and away from romantic dreams. Besides, candy and desserts are far better than sex anyway. That’s what Claudette keeps telling herself.
But things are not always as they seem, and Z and Britt see that. Will Claudette heed their advice? Will she go back to her comfortable ways to forget it all? Or just maybe, Claudette will be surprised by the unexpected and find that her fairytale is even better than she ever could have imagined, proving that sex, and maybe love, can be oh so sweet including candy and kink.
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JLE is a Cajun girl from Louisiana who now resides in Colorado with a husband and a furry menagerie. While attending college, JLE majored in Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, English Literature and Respiratory Therapy/Cardiopulmonary Science. Constantly changing interests, she still does not know what she wants to be when she grows up, mainly because she refuses to ever become a stagnant adult. She believes in living life to the absolute fullest.
In JLE’s pursuit of an abundant life of adventure, she has spent time as a burlesque performer, a roller derby referee, a bartender in the French Quarter, writing for a music site in New Orleans, and currently is an amateur fitness competitor. She has a penchant for all things that sparkle, and on a completely different note, is a self-professed food whore. However, one interest has never faltered through the years, daydreaming and penning those warped thoughts to paper.
Now, you can also enjoy as she reveals all of those deviant fantasies that play in her head daily.