Title: Going Under
Series: Falling Under Trilogy, #1
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Knowing all too well the damage online trolls can inflict, game designer Emily Bartwell takes privacy seriously. Living in solitude and working remotely under a male alias gives her a sense of security. The sexy writer renting the house next door ignites desires she’d forgotten she had, and when he invites her to play games of a very different sort, Em is ready and willing. Even if it means breaking all her own rules to abide by his.
Undercover tech reporter Fox Mullins is so close to the biggest scoop of his career: finding the elusive programmer Phoenix. An increasingly erotic adventure with his reserved but passionate new neighbor is the ideal way to heat up the chilly Pacific Northwest nights as he tracks the brilliant gamer.
At first Fox is happy to help Em explore her newly awakened kinky side, no holds barred, no strings attached. But as they push the limits of intimacy, both physical and emotional, Fox discovers he’s not the only one keeping secrets. And revealing hers may mean betraying the one woman who embodies everything he desires.
Hi! Welcome to my blog! Thank you for stopping by and answering some questions!
Sure thing – thanks for inviting me!
1. Where did you get the inspiration for this book?
Well, originally this was going to be part of my Facets of Passion series, which all have precious gems-style titles and take place on various coasts. This book was going to be “Emerald” and I wanted it to be in the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest. To me that means computer tech. I was also fascinated by what some female gamers have gone through, dealing with online trolls. I wanted a heroine who was a gamer and – more than that – a game designer. I wanted someone super smart and who was in hiding because online trolls ruined her life. I went from there!
2. How did you choose your character names?
Heh – names carry a lot of meaning for me, so I choose them carefully. My heroine has layers of identities, so she has several names. She picks “Phoenix” to be her screen name as a game designer, both because evokes glory and supremacy, but also to emblemize that she’s risen from the ashes of her former life. Her day to day name, Emily, is one she deliberately picked to be plain and unassuming. She was born with a society name – Silar – which I pulled from “Heroes.” I wanted that sense of her being a superhero and having alternate identities. She scrambled it when she married and made it be Lisa R. All of this reflects that she sees herself as being many different people – and she’s not sure which is real. As for Fox, his name is actually Raynard – a family name that means “fox” in French. I wanted him to have a nickname that conveyed how clever and wily he is. He’s also a ginger, so that played on a couple of levels.
3. Do your characters remind you of someone you know in real life?
Not exactly. All of my characters have fragments of me in them, but they’re also very much their own people. I sure wouldn’t mind knowing Fox though! :)
4. Since writing erotica sometimes can be a bit "hot", do you ever need to take a moment after writing a scene?
LOL! I don’t necessarily have to take a moment, but yes, I do get totally revved. It’s good energy, though, so I usually pour it into something else.
5. Anything you'd like to say to my readers before you go?
As always, thanks for reading. You all are my tribe! I’m happy to answer more questions in the comments.
About the Author:
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.
Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Foreword Literary.