Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Guest Post - S.J. Drum and Sinful Southern Ink


by S.J. Drum 

In celebration of the launch of Ellora’s Cave’s new PRICKED line, I’d like to share a bit about what tattoos mean to me as an author.

Jed, the hero in SINFUL SOUTHERN INK, is given an awesome tattoo of a Steampunk style cowboy spur. To be honest, I’m not sure where the idea came from. Like most of my storylines and details, the Steampunk Spur Tattoo seemed to appear out of the ether and demand its place on the page.

After I finished writing SINFUL SOUTHERN INK, I couldn’t get Jed’s tattoo out of my mind. As a writer, the only way I can usually get things out of my head is to write them down. So, I wrote it down…on my skin. I already had quite a few tattoos and each year, my mother and my husband chip in to buy me a new tattoo as a Mother’s Day present. Awesome, I know!

As it turns out, the tattoo I received isn’t the same tattoo Jed received in SINFUL SOUTHERN INK, but it does share a theme. Steampunk.

In this case, the story inspired the tattoo. Sometimes, one of my tattoos will spark the idea for story.   Do you have tattoos? What do they mean to you?

Jed Weston is a tall, hard country boy with dangerous cowboy charm and piercings in all the right places. As Abigail’s partner in her tattoo and piercing shop, he’s kept things between them on a strictly professional level. Until Abigail’s violent past catches up with her and she seeks his comfort—comfort that leads to an intense emotional and sexual connection neither can ignore. Jed’s jealous ex-girlfriend, a nosy reporter, and a potential father-in-law on death row won’t keep him from the woman who makes him hard at the very sight of her. Nothing will keep Jed Weston from catching—and keeping—the woman he loves.

About the Author

Former zookeeper turned author S.J. Drum writes Urban Fantasy and Erotic Romance novels, each with a bit of Steampunk flair.

S.J. has a terribly expensive and utterly useless BA in Studio Arts with a minor in Psychology.

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, at, and Facebook at

I want to Thank S. J. for her guest post.  I love the sound of Sinful Southern Ink and can't wait to check out this book. 


  1. Thanks for having me on your blog today!

  2. SJ, your book sounds super sexy, can't wait to read it. Also, I do not have any tattoos, I'm a chicken, but I do think they are beautiful, especially the one on your shoulder. :)

    1. Thanks, Kimber! Go for a Henna tattoo, they are adorable and wear off. ;-)

  3. Sounds like a really interesting take on steampunk books. I have read steampunk yet but I like cowboys and tattoos so I'll have to check this out. Thanks!!

    I do have a tattoo but it's hidden where no one can see. :)

    1. I haven't written a true steampunk genre story as of yet. I do, however, love to incorporate little bits and pieces of steampunk culture in my contemporary stories. And, yup, cowboys with tattoos and piercings? What's not to like?! lol

      If only they existed in real life. *sigh*

  4. I have 3 tattoos myself I have Lock,Shock & barrel from the nightmare before Christmas on my ankle they represent my 2 boy and my girl, I have a pansy on my left shoulder in memory of my grandmother and I have a celtic shamrock on my left foot my daughter mother and sister all have the same one we got them the week before we moved across the country from my family.

  5. Great interview, sounds like a great steampunk book to read, too!!