I’ve been writing professionally for about 12 years, and wrote very unprofessionally (angst-ridden teen poetry, kiddie plays, etc) for basically my entire childhood and adolescence. I majored in English Literature in college and graduate school, and for a long time saw myself as a "serious" literary author writing dark, meandering work that nobody wanted to read. It wasn’t until I realized my writing talents are far more in line with popular fiction and playwriting that I began to find success.
Before trying my hand at novels, I worked as a professional editor and financial journalist in Chicago’s fast-paced LaSalle Street financial district, and also worked for a variety of software companies as a technical writer. I also worked as a freelance journalist on the side, writing lifestyle features for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, New Art Examiner, Cat Fancy, and many other publications. I also am a successful playwright, having had my plays staged professionally all over the US and world (New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, Toronto, the rural UK, and elsewhere). I did all that writing under my own name, "Jill Elaine Hughes". When I took a stab at writing erotica, it was so different from all the writing I’d ever done in the past that I thought it best to create a pseudonym---another "brand", if you will. Hence, all my erotica writing is published under my alter ego, "Jamaica Layne."
What have you had published in the erotica field? What’s coming out next?
What are your favourite genres within erotica?
I’m inspired the most by my inner storyteller. I have an almost pathological drive to write, and that drives me more than anything external from myself.
Who do you read purely for fun?
What are you working on at the moment?
Social injustice, lying, and bad government policy (which we’ve had a lot of in the US over the past eight years!)
What makes you happy?
Writing, being with my husband and son, exercise, and reading.
Cats or dogs? Werewolves or vampires? White wine or red? Tea or coffee?