In today's Featured Friday, please welcome EPIC member and EPIC eBook Award winner, CJane Elliott! CJane lets us in to what makes her tick and more!
Introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? How has your personality shaped what you do?
I’m an ambivert. I’d say I’m about 60% introvert and 40% extrovert. My introvert side is well matched to being a writer and a counselor—both are professions where being quiet is useful. But for many years I also led courses on communication, which utilized my extrovert tendencies. I’m quite comfortable speaking in front of a room or doing a reading from one of my books. (For one situation during which my extroversion didn’t help me in front of a room, see the next question!)
What’s something you tried that you’ll never, ever try again?
When I was in my early thirties, a friend talked me into doing a stand-up comedy routine at a local club. She was an aspiring comedian and helped me write my jokes. I’m enough of an extrovert that I thought I could probably pull it off okay. As soon as I started, though, I was praying for it to be over. I’d forgotten that one of my scarring incidents was the time in 3rd grade when I told a joke to the class and no one laughed. The world is safe from me ever again trying to be a stand-up comedian.
Name a book/movie/TV show you hate that it seems everybody loves.
I hate the movie Love, Actually. I thought it was okay when I first saw it, but on rewatching it I realized that it has no strong female characters who are allowed to have a happy ending. I mean, why wasn’t Laura Linney’s character allowed to get with that gorgeous man? And then what Alan Rickman did to Emma Thompson—well, that’s just not right! So when the movie comes around every Christmas season, I do my best to ignore it and the gushing from people who love it.
What is your favorite line from a book, movie, song, or poem?
I love these lyrics from Leonard Cohen. They remind me that I don’t have to be perfect and inspire me to celebrate life no matter what.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
About CJane: After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.
CJane is an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories. In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.
CJane is the author of the award-winning Serpentine Series, New Adult contemporary novels set at the University of Virginia. Serpentine Walls was a 2014 Rainbow Awards finalist, Aidan’s Journey was a 2015 EPIC Awards finalist, and Sex, Love, and Videogames won first place in the New Adult category in the 2016 Swirl Awards and first place in Contemporary Fiction in the 2017 EPIC eBook Awards.
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Anthony Vallen is the life of any party. Full of energy and fun, Anthony adores romance and enjoys playing matchmaker for his friends while dancing the night away with a series of Mr. Right Nows. But he’s given up on his own happy ending. A bad breakup years ago made him a secret cynic about love… until he runs into Walter Elkins—the boy who broke his teenaged heart—on a scuba-diving vacation in Key West. Suddenly, Anthony’s reasons for shunning romance no longer hold much water. Being with Walter again forces Anthony to get serious—about himself, his worth, and his heart’s desires.