It’s no secret that I adore J.R. Gray, as an author and a person. He’s an enigmatic character and comes up with some of the HOTTEST books on the scene. His newest is out on March 23rd and, well, you’ve seen that cover, right? …RIGHT?! No? Well, even if you have I’m posting it again ’cause I just cannot get enough!
If you’re like me, I’m absolutely certain you want more of this book (and that cover! And most of all, Gray!)….and I have got what you need. In anticipation of Clouded Hell’s release, Gray recently asked his Facebook group, The Gray Pack, to throw out any questions they may have for him. What they asked was an awesome mix of personal, craft, and Clouded Hell exclusives and Gray answers…even the dirty ones.
M: I’m reading Clouded Hell right now and want to know: where’s your gambling knowledge come from?
Gray: My grandma loved poker. She was a big player in her youth. (Knowing her she probably swindled quite a few people.) So I’ve known how to play card games since I was little. For more detailed questions I asked her, and did a fair amount of research.
R: Have you ever come across something bizarre when researching for a book? Or what is the strangest thing you’ve come across while researching for a book?
Gray: It made you wonder what you researched. My research usually starts in the library. I get a ton of books and read them. I usually take a lot of notes. As for crazy, I have a bad habit of seeking out situations I want to write about. I’ll let you wonder about that.
R: In your reading, what is one of the favorite other worlds you would have liked to visit or live in?
Gray: I would love to live in Lyrian, from Beyonders by Brandon Mull. The magic and world building in the series are beyond description. I have had full conversations with my brother about the places we’d go see in Lyrian. As for my own books, I have a world in my YA novel I’d kill to immerse myself in. I don’t think I’d ever come back to reality.
M: If they were to make a movie about you who would you like to portray you?
Gray: I’d love for Eddie Redmayne to play me.
M: You have accomplished a lot at your age what else would you like to do other than writing?
Gray: Writing has been my passion since I was a little kid. I used to fill up notebooks with my own science fiction and fantasy stories. It was my escape, and my sanity. I never meant for it to be a career. It was always just something I did. That being said, I’ve also done a lot of other things. I’m a pilot, and many other things, I can’t think of a different direction I’d like to go. I really want to focus on bettering my craft.
E: What advice do you have to other people who want to get into writing but maybe are too afraid to take the leap?
Gray: My advice on a first step would be write. Write as much as you can, the best way to get better is to write, and then read as much as you can. When you have something you’ve gone over until you’re sick of it find someone you trust to be honest with you and have them read it.
K: Do you typically prepare a proper detailed outline / use general notes / (other option) before you start writing? And if you do write a detailed outline, do you always stick to it?
Gray: I do outline. It’s not always a chapter for chapter break down, but I always know where I’m starting and where I’m ending. I have to have a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen because I write out of order, so I have a path in my head and bullet points. So most of my stories are pretty fully formed by the time I start writing them.
C: I’ve seen your tumblr and it’s very hot(!) but beyond that do you get inspiration from other things?
Gray: I get inspiration from everything. My friends and partner say that it’s a risk of being close to me. Anything may end up in a book. I have been known to stop mid argument with my partner to take notes or stop in the middle of a street, because a tiny detail most would overlook spawns an entire plot bunny. Inspiration is also an issue of mine. I love chasing plot bunnies. It’s a lot of work for me to buckle down and force myself to finish something instead of working on the new and shinny idea.
D: What do you think of tentacle porn?
Gray: I am leaving this open since I have never read a single book with tentacle porn. We still have to do a tentacle porn buddy read with Ripper.
About Clouded Hell:
I survive on avoidance. Physical pain to avoid the mental. Disposable flesh to avoid relationships. Work to avoid attachment. My club became my empire of avoidance. Inside the ring millions are won and lost. The fight is confined to breaths, actions and reactions, fists and pain. Rules don’t exist. Only my opponent exists.
I’d been avoiding my needs for far too long when Remi stumbles into the Inferno and I’m hungry. The promise of a submissive with no attachment is far too tempting. I can’t resist him. He was only supposed to be a distraction, but I know I’ll never get over him. There isn’t a chance in this clouded hell.
Out: March 23rd, 2016
Buy the book: http://jrgraybooks.com/clouded-hell/
About J.R. Gray:
When not staying up all night writing, J.R. Gray can be found at the gym where it’s half assumed he is a permanent resident to fulfill his self-inflicted masochism. A dominant and a pilot, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. He frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns and conversations, to jot down notes or plot bunnies. Commas are the bane of his existence even though it’s been fully acknowledged they are necessary, they continue to baffle and bewilder. If Gray wasn’t writing…well, that’s not possible. The buildup of untold stories would haunt Gray into an early grave, insanity or both. The idea of haunting has always appealed to him. J.R. Gray is genderqueer and prefers he/him pronouns.
Learn more about Gray: JRGrayBooks.com