Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work.
Today, JM Wolf – JM Wolf never thought he would one day say that he’s a published M/M romance author. Having a poet for a mother and a sister to once ran a blog, it was only a matter of time before JM discovered his writing genes. In the beginning, his sole purpose in life was to be a singer/songwriter. Writing lyrics was the first step putting his thoughts onto paper. Even while singing, JM always found time to dabble with writing little short stories but never thought too much about it.
Thanks so much, JM, for joining me!
J. Scott Coatsworth: What was your first published work? Tell me a little about it.
JM Wolf: My first published work is the first book in my Angels and Demons of Babylon series, The Black Feather. It’s a PNR about a demon named Bastion who spent years watching over Scott Grayson, but when circumstances forced Bastion to make himself known, their relationship begins to form. But the romance is mixed with preparing for an upcoming war.
JSC: How long do you write each day?
JMW: It all depends on the day itself. Sometimes, I’ll write for about 2-3 hours, and other times, I spend about 5+ hours. But that’s usually around the weekend.
JSC: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
JMW: I try not to, but I can’t help myself lol. I love reading the good ones because it makes me feel like the months spent writing was worth it. The negative ones do discourage me sometimes, but if they offer constructive criticisms, I pay attention to it and try to incorporate it into my future work.
JSC: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
JMW: My first book took about a year, but back then I wasn’t planning to publish. My second and third book both took about 4-5 months to finish.
JSC: What was the hardest part of writing Adam’s Trial?
JMW: For me, the hardest part was diving into the medical research. In Adam’s Trial, Adam has a serious case of heart failure. I’m not going to reveal what causes it, but I will say that I spent about 4+ hours a day for about a week going deep into the research to make sure I was as accurate as possible.
JSC: What inspired you to write this particular story? What were the challenges in bringing it to life?
JMW: This particular story was inspired by a near death experience I had last year. It helped me realize that life is too fragile and precious to let it go to waste. And when my readers and fellow authors showed love to me and wished me well, I realized that they were my family. They may not be blood, but they were still important to me. I wanted this book to show both those lessons.
JSC: What secondary character would you like to explore more? Tell me about him or her.
JMW: I definitely grew to love my side character Ryder. This book was his introduction to the series, and he’s incredibly loyal, and has such an air of mystery to him that makes me want to explore his backstory.
JSC: What was the first book that made you cry?
JMW: Without Reservations by J.L. Langley. It’s an MM wolf shifter story about a vet name Chay Winston, who patches up an injured wolf, who’s a college professor name Keaton Reynolds, and finds out its his fated mate.
There’s a scene in the story where they argue because before Chay met Keaton, he’s straight, and Keaton doesn’t want to feel like Chay’s only into him because of their pheromones. But Chay tells him he’s dreamt of Keaton since he was a little boy. His blond hair, his blue eyes. There were tears in the book and I felt my heart tighten and my own tears fell. I love the book so much lol
JSC: What do you do if you get a brilliant idea at a bad time?
JMW: I pray that I don’t forget it, so I can write it down when I get home lol. I usually type it on my notes app on my phone if it’s something worth writing it down.
JSC: What are you working on now?
JMW: I currently have three WIPs right now. I’m working on the sequel to The Black Feather titled The Fallen Crow. Since my Trials of Abingdon received their second book, my Angels and Demons of Babylon series need their second book.
I’m also working on my first MPREG series called Frostbite. It’s a wolf shifter story with a more unique twist, but I won’t reveal too much about it just yet. 😉
Lastly, I’m working on the third installment in my Trials in Abingdon series titled Malcolm’s Trial, and it’s going to be my most heart-wrenching book in the series.
And now for JM’s new book: Adam’s Trial:
“Sometimes, facing your personal trial can be a life or death situation. Do you have the courage to overcome the obstacles in your life before time runs out?”
Determined to protect his older brother’s wedding, professional chef Jerrick Ramhart makes a deal with his cruel, homophobic parents. One that involves keeping his true desires locked away and deceiving his brother Gerard and his new family in Abingdon. In exchange, his parents agree to leave Gerard and his fiancé Jace alone. Jerrick doesn’t mind the sacrifice, just as long as Gerard gets the happily ever after he deserves. What he doesn’t expect is a fateful encounter with a wild, red-headed pop star. An encounter that threatens to expose Jerrick’s secret life.
Recording artist Adam “Adam Love” Walker is known for living his life the way he wants. Doing and saying whatever he wants and not caring who likes it. Why shouldn’t he? After all, Adam isn’t sure when his life will suddenly come to an end. But after an unforgettable night with a sexy chef, Adam starts singing a different tune. Jerrick is everything Adam wants in a man, but what’s the point of being in a relationship if he can’t promise Jerrick forever?
What happens when polar opposites with secrets cross paths in the most unexpected way? Adam begins to show Jerrick what it’s like to be free, and Jerrick is slowly showing Adam what life has to offer him. As stubborn as these two are, will they learn to accept each other before one of them checks out forever?
TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains sexual adult content, mental and physical health issues, minor violence, and talks of death.
*This is Book 2 in the series, but can be read as a standalone story – no cliffhangers*.
Well now things were getting interesting. If he wanted us to have alone time, did that mean we were finally going to be together? Or was I reading the situation wrong?
“O-Oh.” I said dumbly.
Adam chuckled and slowly headed toward me, like a lion getting ready to pounce on his pray. Adam sure was primal enough to devour me.
Feeling my heart speed up, I began walking backwards until I felt my back against the counter, unable to move anywhere else. But Adam kept coming until his chest was firmly pressed against mine. He was so fucking close his scent tickled my nostrils. He smelled of Cinnamon and…wow…ginger, and it was already becoming my favorite fragrance. Maybe I could bottle it up for myself. Eau de Ginger. Or I could probably make a profit off it.
“What are you snickering about?” Adam asked in amusement.
I chuckled “Okay fine. I was thinking about how good you smell.”
“Oh? Is that right?” Adam purred as he slowly ran his tongue from my left collar bone and up my neck.
“Fuck,” I panted, feeling my erection growing painfully hard.
“You know what I’m thinking about, Mr. Sexy chef?”
I shook my head since it felt like my voice was no longer available for use.
Gripping my bicep with his right hand, Adam reached up with his left to grip my hair and forcibly tilt my head back. He growled as he bit down on my neck and sucked on the skin.
My mouth hung open as a moan of pleasure left me. My whole body vibrated, and if it wasn’t for him pinning me to the counter I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be standing up at that moment.
Once Adam was done leaving his mark on me, he licked the dark spot he left behind before trailing his tongue up to my ear and began nipping at my lobe.
“Fuck, Adam!” I whimpered, not caring how needy I sounded.
I was sure if he kept this up I’d end up jizzing in my pants without even touching my throbbing dick.
“I’m thinking that I’m sick of playing games with you.” Adam whispered in my ear.
“W-What? W-W-What do you mean?” I panted in a shaky breath.
Adam licked along the ridge of my ear before saying, “I mean that this tip toeing back and forth about our relationship is getting old. I’m fucking tired of waiting. I want you Jerrick. I want you so fucking bad. If you don’t feel the same way, tell me now. Because otherwise, I’m not sure I’ll be able to stop.”
Oh, halle-fucking-lujah! Praise Jesus!
“Want you! Need you! Please, Adam take me! Please!” I begged.
JM Wolf never thought he would one day say that he’s a published M/M romance author. Having a poet for a mother and a sister to once ran a blog, it was only a matter of time before JM discovered his writing genes. In the beginning, his sole purpose in life was to be a singer/songwriter. Writing lyrics was the first step putting his thoughts onto paper. Even while singing, JM always found time to dabble with writing little short stories but never thought too much about it.
Once he reached adulthood, his music dreams left him, but not the feel of writing down what was in his mind. However, that didn’t mean music no longer played a part in JM’s life. His debut book The Black Feather was inspired by one of his favorite songs. Whether lyrics or love stories, you will always find JM’s heart and soul in every word on paper.
JM Wolf lives in Chesapeake, VA with his husband and in-laws. When he’s not writing, you could always find reading a good book, spending time with the love of his life, or jamming out to music. He didn’t pick the world of literature; the literary world picked him.