Today we have an interview with author John Tucker- Warning! This interview might (or might not) be considered NSFW …depending on how stuffy your boss is anyway
Tell us about Romancing the Fox in one paragraph?
My novel is about a man looking for love in what his friends and associates tell him is definitely the wrong place – in the arms of a porn actress. When John McKenzie hires Jenna Fox for his upcoming movie, she impresses him enough to fall in love with her, despite her pleas of being damaged goods. While Jenna studies her lines in LA, her friends and bitter associates try their best to derail the budding romance. In Manhattan, McKenzie is also besieged by the demands of his job and his own coterie of friends, ex-lovers, and business partners who try to dissuade him from getting involved with the porn star. Can the mismatched couple beat the odds, conquer their own demons, and keep their budding love intact? You’ll have to read the book.
Your book is populated with very…unique characters. Could you describe some?
At the beginning, McKenzie interviews seven actresses for his movie. One is Trix; a sly vixen dressed in a Catholic schoolgirl’s uniform complete with a red lollipop. She wants the role and will do anything to get it. Another is Vodka Rox; a man-hating dominatrix who only wears black, takes her whip with her everywhere, and feels she’s the best option available for the movie. In Manhattan, unstable and hotheaded Megan McCoy is McKenzie’s friend-with-benefits until he cuts off their relationship to stay true to Jenna. Of course, she decides to make him her main squeeze, even if she has to resort to violence. British actress ‘Hurricane’ Jane Bunton has destroyed fourteen marriages in her seductive past. She turned McKenzie down a year earlier when he wanted to get into a relationship with her. Now, after learning of his infatuation with the porn star, she’s determined to correct her error and make McKenzie hers.
Whats the theme of your novel?
Imagine Romeo and Juliet with excessive baggage and a crowd of personal demons chasing them. McKenzie is a twice divorced, borderline alcoholic with a genuine naiveté about the many women he usually puts on a pedestal. Jenna has completely given up on relationships with a man, has self-worth and abandonment issues, a quick temper, and has a lesbian lover. The book delves into Jenna and McKenzie’s past while they slowly come together, deal with their opponents, and try to make a go of their shaky romance.
In your novel, how far do you go into the porn industry?
I have several scenes involving the porn stars in their ‘natural habitat.’ Trix has a revealing glimpse of the porn life when she arrives at the movie set and interacts with her co-stars and the technicians. Vodka’s scene involves a ‘fan’ who pays her handsomely for her talent at humiliating men. Another actor has a ‘casting couch screen test’ with the daughter of a porn magnate – in front of his ‘fluffer’ wife.
Okay, what’s a ‘fluffer?’
A fluffer is a woman in the porn industry who doesn’t have the beauty to be a star, but loves sex enough to keep the men ‘at attention’ during interruptions or lulls on the set.
Romancing the Fox is not a stand-along novel. It’s subtitled Vol. One – The Loving Seven. How many sequels do you anticipate?
Romancing the Fox details how McKenzie and Jenna meet and stops on the eve of making their film. The Loving Seven are the women who he interviews for the role. Chasing the Fox (Due out in June) involves the film-making process, the publicity tour, and ends on a red carpet event in Manhattan. Tempting the Fox takes place two years later, goes into their complex relationship, and illustrates the temptations they both face with fame, forbidden desires, and too-friendly enemies. The final book, Chasing the Fox, wraps up their loving and tumultuous relationship in a way that will satisfy even the most jaded of romance readers.
Do you have any upcoming projects other than those sequels?
My next novel, to be published by GMTA, is Bemused and Bedeviled Book One – Terpischore in Love. It’s a Fantasy/Romance book dealing with the foibles, tribulations, and loves of the Nine Greek Muses living in the present day. After that, I’ll release a sequel to Divisive called The Fifth Game Divisive 2: Elizabeth’s Soul.
Do you like to write in silence, or have music playing?
I have to have something in the background; either a movie musical or regular music on my iPod. It’s weird but I can’t concentrate with silence. My fave artists are Sarah McLachlan, Johnny Cash, Genesis, and Paramore – depending on the scene.
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