Interview with Jessica E. Subject, author of the Kaddim Brothers series
Today, for my romance author interview series, I am delighted to feature SciFi romance and paranormal romance author Jessica E. Subject. Thank you so much, Jessica, for agreeing to sit down with ne and chat about all things romance!
Tell us about yourself and your journey to becoming an author.
I write scifi romance and paranormal romance. My stories include many different sexual pairings (groupings). FF, MF, MM, MFM, MMF, MMFM, etc.
I live in a small city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada with my spouse and one of my kids. The older one has left the nest.
Growing up, I created detailed stories in my head and spent my time in those worlds instead of this one. I didn’t start writing my stories down until grade 8, when I wrote a story called It Starts with a Kiss. When on maternity leave with my second child, I wrote a book for my oldest about their favorite stuffed unicorn getting lost.
I joined Twitter in 2009 at and connected with so many other authors, and I started sharing my works-in-progress on my blog. In July of 2010, my first story, Celestial Seduction, was published with Decadent Publishing. I’ve kept writing since then, learning more and more along the way.
Why do you love to write and/or read in the romance genre?
With romance, it’s the journey the characters go on in order to achieve their happily ever after that I enjoy. Some people say the romance genre is too predictable, but it’s the same in most other genres. The main characters always win in suspense thrillers; they survive in horrors; they defeat the aliens in SciFi, and they solve the mystery in mysteries. In romance, the characters work through misunderstandings from poor communication, pull through tough situations, help each other survive, and work through their feelings. Feelings are what seem to set romance apart from other genres. Every romance journey is different, as every author has different experiences and a different point of view. This is why I enjoy reading books by authors from all over the world. With happy endings, romance gives people hope, and to me, hope is very important.
What are your favorite romance tropes to read and/or write, and why?
The tropes I like to write are the same as the tropes I like to read, though I haven’t written all my favorite tropes…yet. Here’s my faves:
Alien/shifter/clone/AI/cyborg with human or someone different than them
Soft alpha (AOB) heroes
Best friend’s brother
Beauty and the Beast-type retellings
Blind dates – I’ve written many of these through the 1Night Stand line at Decadent Publishing
Enemies to lovers
Friends to lovers
Celebrity with non-celebrity
What is the best writing advice that you have ever received, or that you yourself have to share?
Just write without worrying about how perfect your first draft is. It’s the best advice because it’s really important to get all those ideas down when you have them. Even if you have no ideas, it’s like exercising your body when you’re tired. You may not write as much, but it’s learning muscle memory.
It’s great advice, but it’s also advice I have the hardest time following. I’m getting better.
Tell us something surprising about yourself that no one would ever guess!
English was never my favorite subject in school. From grade 7 until I graduated, I always preferred math and computer programming. In high school, I had two horrible English teachers, and two fabulous ones. I’m thankful for the good ones who taught me so much, making up for the other two.
What is the best book marketing advice you have ever received, or that you yourself have to share?
This is a tricky one, because book marketing is so hit and miss for everyone. Any group promotions definitely help to get your name out there, especially if you’re new to writing. Book marketing is very important, but you can’t overdo it. You have to spend more time writing than marketing. And you can’t do everything. Pick a couple platforms you’re most comfortable with and stick with them. Trying new things doesn’t hurt, but you can’t expect instant results. They all take time.
Who is your favorite character that you yourself have ever written, and why?
This question makes me want to cry. Just like my children, I love all my characters, but love them all differently. If I had to pick one, I would choose Dare (D32), the clone hero from Made For Her. He never let being a clone stop him. He was determined to become the best pilot and then to win Mikayla’s heart; but he never stepped on others to get what he wanted. I really want to return to a futuristic version of this world for another story, but I have other stories raging in my head to be written first.
Are there any other writers who have influenced your own writing, or whose books are comparable to your own?
Any author I’ve read influences my writing. They teach me what I like and what I don’t like. When I was young, I read Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Francine Pascal, Welwyn Wilton Katz, Ann M. Martin, Roald Dahl, Christopher Pike, Robert Munsch, Tomie dePaola, Eric Carle, and many more. When I got older, I read a lot of Nora Roberts (J.D. Robb), Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, Tess Gerritsen, Gini Koch, and more. I read a lot of YA when I first started writing, and Beth Revis’s Across the Universe series remains one that really impacted me. I’ve been diversifying my reading and am currently reading a Historical Korean Mystery by June Hur.
I don’t think my books are exactly the same, but I’m often in the “also bought” with Veronica Scott, Cynthia Sax, Tasha Black, and others for my scifi romance. With my MPreg stories, I’m “also bought” with Lorelei M. Hart, Colbie Dunbar, Jena Wade, Susi Hawke, and more.
Tell us about your latest work(s).
Last year, I finished my Kaddim Brothers MM MPreg SciFi Romance series with RET. Here’s the blurb:
Ret Kaddim has the perfect life. He’s a space racer, the leader of the most popular team across the universe. Always planning, practicing, and racing, he has no time for a relationship, but finds plenty of willing partners who agree to his one-night-only rule. Because there is no way he wants to end up in a relationship and stuck with a family like his younger brothers. He’s having too much fun for that.
Ilam Nairan always dreamed of becoming a space racer. And thanks to a chance encounter with a retired racer, he is now living that dream. Far away from the mated and pregnant omega life his parents wanted him to have, he loves everything about his life. It’s perfect.
But one night can change everything. Especially when too much alcohol is involved. Can these two teammates survive the resulting media storm? What will it mean for their careers? The future of the team? And for them?
Ret is a sweet with knotty heat mm non-shifter mpreg sci-fi romance featuring an alpha space racer and an omega space racer who both believe they’ll always be single, snarky but loveable teammates, lots of space racing, endearing family members, an adorable baby, and a guaranteed happily ever after. If you enjoy teammates realizing they have feelings for each other, and all the obstacles those bring, be sure to download Ret today!
Where can we connect with you and buy your books? (Website, social links, email address, or whatever you want to share.)
Here are all my links. Feel free to message me anytime!
Website - https://jessicasubject.com
Newsletter - https://eepurl.com/eX1Zw
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jessicaesubject/
TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@jes_author
Twitter - https://twitter.com/jsubject
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@JESubject
BookBub Page - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jessica-e-subject
Books2Read Author Page - https://books2read.com/JessicaESubject/
Goodreads Page - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4959083.Jessica_E_Subject
Apple – https://apple.co/37UETf3
Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Jessica%20E.%20Subject%22
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jaysubject
Thanks again so much to Jessica E. Subject for taking the time to talk about romance and your writing!