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Boys in our Books is proud to be selected as a Featured Blog for GRL 2014. As a part of the GRL Blog Tour, we’re highlighting some of our favorite authors. Every Friday, stop by and get to know them as they answer some of our questions.



JA Rock


1.  Starting from scratch: Tell us all about you. What do you want us to know?

I live in Chicago. I spend most of my time writing, but I also work part time as a dog walker. I’m obsessed with dogs, especially my own—she probably wishes I would get a life. Um…I love dinosaurs, hiking, caves, sharks, movies, cake, politics, Queen, costumes, and painting. In no particular order. I want to be P.G. Wodehouse and Donna Tartt’s lovechild. I write mostly LGBTQ erotic romance, often with BDSM content, but I also write queer general fiction and the tiniest bit of nonfiction. My arms bend really oddly.


I think that’s all I want you to know.

2.  10 Questions about books:

How did you get interested in gay romance?

I always wrote and read queer characters, but I didn’t know until a few years ago that gay romance was a thing. Once I knew it was a thing, I was onboard.

Best book you’ve read in the last 3 months? 

The best romance I’ve read recently is Lisa Henry’s SWEETWATER. I know I’m biased because I write with her, but I write with her for a reason!

Best book you’ve written in the last 3 years? 

I’m proudest of THE SILVERS, which was published under my other name, Jill Smith. It’s queer spec fic—not a romance, but definitely a love story. Of the solo erotic romances, I feel best about CALLING THE SHOW.


What book would you recommend to someone who’s never read your work?

Probably CALLING THE SHOW. It depends on what they’re into. If they like it darker, then WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS, written with Lisa Henry.

What book would you recommend to someone who’s never read gay romance?

GLITTERLAND, by Alexis Hall. Anything by Lisa. And anything by Katey Hawthorne—she changed any preconceived notions I had of what romance was.

Your favorite character you’ve written?

Jayk from the WACKY WEDNESDAY series.

Your favorite character someone else has written?

Sugar from THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE, by Michel Faber. Not romance, but she’s my favorite!

What plot bunny has been sitting in your head that you haven’t committed to writing? 

I’ve got an idea I get sporadically excited about. Vaguely futuristic, lots of murders, a trio of completely untrustworthy “heroes,” and a game that’s not really a game. That’s all I’m gonna say.

What’s on the horizon/in the pipeline?

Lisa and I have several upcoming releases: BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD on October 28, and FALL ON YOUR KNEES, a BDSM ménage novella, around Christmas. Our PLAYING THE FOOL trilogy starts releasing December 29. Solo, I have a creepy novella about sex carnivals called THE GRAND BALLAST coming out sometime in late fall/early winter, and a contemporary called TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, about a guy who fails his senior year of high school and tries to make sense of where his life went wrong and where he’s going from here.



What’s the BEST thing about being an author?

Everything. Except coming up with titles. And the crippling insecurity. And marketing. But everything else.

3.  Would You Rather…

…Write a book that sells a ton or a book that generates a ton of discussion?

A ton of discussion. But ask me again in a few months when my decrepit car inevitably dies.

…Have a book with 100 4-star ratings or a book with 50 2-star and 50 5-star ratings?

This is a hard one to be honest about! Because sure, I prefer positive ratings. But I also know the best books I’ve read tend to be divisive. So I’ll take the 50/50 split.

…Write fluff or angst?


…Have a book made into an indie-movie that told the exact story or into a long-running tv show that was only inspired by the story?

Indie movie! I love TV, but I’d want to see the story preserved.

…Have written Twilight or 50 Shades of Gray?

Neither? Please? Do I have to choose? Or, can I wish I’d written one but written it differently? Because in that case, 50 Shades.

4.  Two Truths and a Lie…

Tell us 3 things about you…2 of them are true, 1 is false. 

I’m vegetarian.

I grew up in West Virginia.

My favorite color is green.




Try and guess which are the author’s truths and which is the lie!

Comment below for a chance to win this week’s prize package:  ONE (1) backlist title from JA Rock and a $10 gift certificate to Amazon or All Romance e-Books!




J.A. Rock has worked as a dog groomer, knife seller, haunted house zombie, standardized patient, cashier, census taker, state fair quilt hanger, and, for one less- than-magical evening, a server–and would much rather be writing about those jobs than doing them. J.A. lives in Chicago but is still seeing West Virginia behind Illinois’s back.









24 comments on “GRL 2014 BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: JA Rock

  1. Barbra
    October 10, 2014

    I’m pretty sure #2 is true, and I have no idea on #1 & #3. I’m a vegetarian so I know it’s fairly common, but maybe someone from W Virginia would love green…so I’ll say #1 is the lie.


  2. Nicoletta
    October 10, 2014

    The first one is a lie. #1


  3. Aniko
    October 10, 2014

    I have noooo idea which is the lie! I’ll go with…being vegetarian is the lie?


  4. Serena S.
    October 10, 2014

    I don’t know! Ok, hmm… number 3 (?) maybe.


  5. Debra E
    October 10, 2014

    I’m guessing #1 is the lie. :)


  6. Allison
    October 10, 2014

    I’m going with Number 1 being the lie only because I know how important meat is in Chicago, lol.


  7. Antonia
    October 10, 2014

    I’m saying #1 is the lie, but it’s a complete guess!


  8. susana
    October 10, 2014

    I’m going for number one being the false one… Though I am not sure. :)


  9. jenf27
    October 10, 2014

    I’ll go with #1 as the lie also. Thanks for the interview and contest!

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com


  10. Tamika
    October 10, 2014

    I’m definitelyy going with living in West Virginia.
    tamikamclaurin (@) hotmail dot com


  11. Lisa
    October 10, 2014

    I’m going to guess that you being a vegetarian is a lie. Looking forward to your upcoming releases. :)


  12. I’ll say, My favorite color is green, is the lie. :)


  13. Rocky B
    October 10, 2014

    I’m guessing #1 is the lie.


  14. Jen CW
    October 10, 2014

    I’m guessing #3 is a lie.


  15. moneycommonsense
    October 10, 2014

    I do not think JA is a vegetarian.

    Also I am excited about her upcoming solo books and also about the ones with Lisa. They have great synergy. Calling the Show is one of my fave books.


  16. H.B.
    October 11, 2014

    They all sound like they could be true.


  17. Lisa G
    October 11, 2014

    I’m thinking green isn’t your favorite color :)


  18. Kim W
    October 11, 2014

    No idea. I’m going to guess the favorite color is a lie.


  19. Kimberly
    October 11, 2014

    Its nice when #1 is true. #2 could very well be true. I will say #3 is not. P.S. Absolutely loved ‘WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS’. Thank you.


  20. Carolyn
    October 12, 2014

    I’m going to go with the green being the lie, even though it’s a great color. JA is someone who I haven’t read, so this was great. Plus, I loved getting the recs.


  21. Ian
    October 12, 2014

    I think 1 is the lie


  22. Trix
    October 13, 2014

    I adore CALLING THE SHOW…and I’ll pick vegetarianism for the lie!


  23. blackasphodel
    October 16, 2014

    I’d say #1 is the lie.


  24. J.A. Rock
    October 20, 2014

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented! #2 is actually the lie–which is pretty mean, since I do pretend I’m “from” West Virginia. But my family didn’t move there until I was in college. Grew up in Ohio!


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