Before there was 50 SHADES OF GREY, there was MJ ROSE and her daring and insightful, LIP SERVICE. Re-released by Simon & Schuster’s Atria books, LIP SERVICE has been praised by Playboy Magazine as “Smart, erotic… risky, unpredictable, emotional.” While the Bookreporter proclaims “If seduction is an art, Rose is one of the masters.” The book’s reception applauds the merger of erotic theme with deft craft, which can only herald good things for the genre.
We’d like to thank MJ Rose for taking the time to be part of our “5 Minutes Alone” interview series.
AuthorScoop: What was your very first publication credit?
MJ: In third grade my poem, The Seagulls, was chosen to be in the poetry magazine – the magazine was for 7th to 12th grade so it was a huge honor to be there.
AuthorScoop: Tell us about your latest release.
MJ: My latest release is a re release of my first novel. LIP SERVICE made history in 1999 as a self published erotic book (electronic and print versions) sold only online – Shades of Grey! It was discovered online by Erica Tsang who was working at the Doubleday Bookclub and Literary Guild and she bought it for the clubs. Then it was sold to a division of Simon & Schuster. The first self pubbed novel discovered online then debuted on The Today Show where Katie Couric blushed talking about it. Back then erotic fiction wasn’t something readers talked about. Now they can’t seem to talk about it enough! LIP SERVICE probes the secret world of phone sex and one woman who becomes empowered by what she discovers there. It examines the relationship between sexuality and identity and blushing is allowed while reading.
AuthorScoop: Aside from your own hard work, who (or what) else do you feel has contributed to your success?
MJ: So many people! But I’d have to say of everyone – really my mom who encouraged my love of reading and nurtured my creative instincts. She always had my back and truly made me believe I could do anything I set out to do – and then my husband who I met the year before my mom died and took over for her in keeping me believing in myself.
AuthorScoop: At what time of day or night do you do your best writing?
AuthorScoop: Finally, what advice would you give to new or unpublished writers?
MJ: Don’t rush. And don’t settle. Write the best book you can and then make it better. Go after the best agent you can find. Write because you love writing, not because you want to get rich or famous. It’s a big lottery so focusing on the winning ticket means you’ll lose the magical journey that writing can be.