BRoP interview: S.J. Drum


Savanna LaSalle, fellow former zookeeper, left. S.J. Drum / J.T. Fairfield, right.

Welcome to this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest, former zookeeper turned author S.J. Drum. S.J. writes Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Novels, each with a bit of Steampunk flair. She writes an erotic series with tattooed heroes–first-in-series is SINFUL SOUTHERN INK (Ellora’s Cave 7-6-12).

She also writes LGBT Upper YA Dark Urban Fantasy under the pen name J.T. Fairfield. The first book in the Bayou Zoo series was released on 10/22/12, CAGED IN MYTH.

When she’s not changing diapers or writing, she enjoys scuba diving and has been known to make an elephant do a headstand.

You can find S.J. Drum on:

  • Twitter @AuthorSJDrum
  • Facebook at



Don’t miss the rest of SJ’s interview:

Part 1 @ Terri Bruce – Wednesday, March 27

Part 3 @ Emily LaBonte – Friday, March 29

Part 4 @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazon – Monday, April 1

Part 5 @ Dean C. Rich – Tuesday, April 2


What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc. I use Scrivener on my laptop. Honestly, Scrivener is the best tool in my writing arsenal. I write mostly from home but sometimes escape to Starbucks or the local coffee shop.

How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life? I have a spouse in the military who has been on assignment in another state for the last six months, two toddlers, a dog, two cats and one fish. To say my life is over-run by distractions is an understatement. I’m an insomniac and only sleep 4-5 hrs each night. It’s the only thing that allows me to read and write as much as I do.

How much time per day do you spend on your writing? Hmmm… Not as much time as I spend reading, but don’t tell my publishers! Ha!

Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support? My critique partner, Cornelia Amiri.

How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews? First, I never respond. Responding to a query letter rejection or negative review is a major no-no. Getting into a battle with readers on Amazon or Goodreads is equal to having “Amateur” tattooed on your forehead. Negative reviews happen to everyone, even the incredibly successful. Know this, I still feel a bit like vomiting for the first twenty-four hours after reading a bad review for one of my books.

Caged In Myth

Caged in Myth by J.T. Fairfield

$0.99 on Amazon


“I loved everything about this story, except that it had to end. Caged in Myth is a coming out story like no other. I would recommend you pick up this book, you won’t be disappointed!” -Squibley’s Fiction Addiction

“I felt for Jay and his friends. The character development was sincere and intriguing.” -Linda Hays-Gibbs, Author of My Angel, My Light as Darkness Falls and Review for The Romance Reviews

CAGED IN MYTH: The Bayou Zoo, where magic is real, the beasts are deadly, and a bad day at work can literally mean the end of the world.

Octavian Julius McKellter— “Jay” to everyone who doesn’t want a punch in the face— struggles with keeping the secrets of his supernatural community and his own secret…he’s gay. Throw in a dose of danger, deceit, and Louisiana heat, and you’ll find yourself CAGED IN MYTH.


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    • Sara on March 28, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Thanks for having me on today!
    Reading this now, it seems like I was saying I think I’m “incredibly successful”. Yeah… not so much. LOL! Just to be clear, I meant even authors like Stephen King and Sherrilyn Kenyon have to deal with bad reviews.

      • T.W. Fendley on March 31, 2013 at 5:27 am

      LOL — I understood perfectly what you meant, and it’s a good reminder. Sometimes I think we lose perspective when the rejections or negative reviews come our way. It truly is part of the business, no matter if you’re a top-ranked bestseller or a newbie. Thanks for sharing your story!

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