20 Questions With… Jodi Ellen Malpas

Bestselling Author Jodi Ellen Malpas keeps it sexy and seductive in her latest romance, Gentleman Sinner. This new contemporary romance brings together a ruthless club owner and a distraught nurse for a love story that scorches the page and ignites fantasies.

To celebrate the release, Jodi Ellen Malpas answers our 20 Questions on keeping it positive, sexy, and sassy!



1. Your best virtue as an author.

Never expressing an opinion or entertaining negativity.


2. Your most quirky author habit.

I don’t know if it’s quirky, or even if I’m alone, but I find myself pulling all the facial expressions of my characters as I write. Then I laugh at myself sometimes. I must look certifyably crazy.


3. Your favorite quality in a protagonist.

In a man, devotion. In a woman, sassiness.


4. Your favorite quality in an antagonist.

Enough spitefulness to want to punch them in the face


5. If you could ask any other author, past or present, a question who would it be and what would you ask?

There are many similarities between F Scott Fitzgerald and his creation Jay Gatsby. I’d ask him if Gatsby is actually himself but enhanced.


6. When you aren’t writing, you are____

Thinking about writing. Always. It’s a blessing and a curse.


7. Your easiest book to write.

The Protector. Considering it was my first duel POV novel and my first full-on project with a male’s perspective, I felt like I sailed through. I usually plot in a journal, make masses of character and construction notes, but with The Protector I started writing and didn’t stop until I reached “The End”.


8. Your hardest book to write.

The Forbidden. Not because it took me a long time; it didn’t. In fact it was the quickest book I’ve ever written. What was hard was physically putting the words that were in my head down on paper, because I knew they would cause a stir given the subject matter. I knew some people would take the story as a message that I basically condone affairs. But I don’t. I just wanted people to consider the fact that it’s not always black and white. For a time, I seriously considered shelfing it. But my agent got her hands on it and reminded me of the advice I preach: write for yourself.


9. Your ideal writing place.

Anywhere as long as it’s quiet.


10. Your favorite childhood book.

The Point Horror Series. Oh my God, I used to run into town each Saturday with my pocket money to buy one! I think they truly started my passion for reading.


11. The book you’ve reread the most.

I’ve never reread a book. Shame on me.


12. Your favorite hero from literature.

Hands down, Christian Grey. He changed the face of romance and erotic fiction.


13. Your favorite villain from literature.

Patrick Bateman. What a dirt bag of a man.


14. The name of your autobiography.

The Daydreamer


15. Your favorite comfort food.

Camembert and a Parisian stick with stacks of butter.


16. First thing you do when you finish writing a novel.

Promise myself the next day off, then get immediately restless and start plotting my next novel.


17. A secret talent you have.

I’m an amazing dancer. But only after ten vodkas.


18. Where have you always wanted to travel?

The Seven Wonders. I’m going to do that for my 40th, which is creeping scarily close. In fact, I better go book that trip!


19. One tip for aspiring authors.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it. Write for yourself, not what you think people want to read. That’s my rule #1. A writer will always struggle if they’re not writing what their heart wants them to write.


20. Puppies or kittens?

Puppies, 100%


More about Jodi: 

Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, The This Man Trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published THIS MAN – the first book of the This Man Trilogy – in October 2012. She took a chance on the story with a hero who soon became one of modern day fictions most prolific alpha male characters. Jesse Ward – also affectionately known as The Lord of The Manor, sparked incredible reactions from women across the globe and catapulted Jodi into the world of romance.

She was soon signed by Grand Central Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group, and the third book of the trilogy, This Man Confessed, took Jodi to the top of the bestsellers lists, earning her the proud title of #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. This Man has since been voted one of the top romance novels of all time. With so much love and enthusiasm for her words, Jodi suddenly wasn’t afraid of her imagination anymore and has since let it run riot. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion—a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her real-life man, her boys, and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse and mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for alpha males.  Her work is now published in more than twenty-five languages across the world.


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