Author Archives: mjanecolette

About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance TELL ME, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) CONSEQUENCES (of defensive adultery), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and the just released TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes the non-fiction collection of essays ROUGH DRAFT CONFESSIONS: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown.

Best. Writing. Prompt. Ever. #writingprompts #dirtywritingsecrets

All I’ve got to say today is you’re welcome. The towel was soaked, and so was she. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes. That’s

Best. Writing. Prompt. Ever. #writingprompts #dirtywritingsecrets

All I’ve got to say today is you’re welcome. The towel was soaked, and so was she. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes. That’s

Jane has Christmas issues and needs therapy #filthyfeaturefriday #hotread

HOLIDAY Filthy Friday Feature aka Jane has Christmas issues and solves them with orgasms episode 2019-1! So virtually every single one of my novels is a Christmas book. Really. Either the inciting incident or the “oh-my-god-how-did-things-get-this-fucked-up” point happens at Christmas.

Jane has Christmas issues and needs therapy #filthyfeaturefriday #hotread

HOLIDAY Filthy Friday Feature aka Jane has Christmas issues and solves them with orgasms episode 2019-1! So virtually every single one of my novels is a Christmas book. Really. Either the inciting incident or the “oh-my-god-how-did-things-get-this-fucked-up” point happens at Christmas.

Michael Pritchard reads me to sleep with Rex Stout’s Some Buried Caesar #audiobook #minibookreview #rexsout

I love Rex Stout. Actually, he’s a misogynist, narrow-minded prick. Much like his creation Nero Wolfe. Who I really love is Archie Goodwin. OMFG, do I love Archie Goodwin. Archie is… suave, smooth–sexist, of course, but in that sweet way

Michael Pritchard reads me to sleep with Rex Stout’s Some Buried Caesar #audiobook #minibookreview #rexsout

I love Rex Stout. Actually, he’s a misogynist, narrow-minded prick. Much like his creation Nero Wolfe. Who I really love is Archie Goodwin. OMFG, do I love Archie Goodwin. Archie is… suave, smooth–sexist, of course, but in that sweet way

Let me tell you what your future holds at the Wall of Fire Book Launch & Masquerade Nov 22, 2019 at c-space in yyc #yycliterary #booklaunch #yycevent

So if you follow my Instagram (@mjanecolette), you might have noticed I have a thing for Tarot cards. (I’ve also got a WIP called All In the Cards, the heroine of which is a fake Tarot card reader, but it’s

Let me tell you what your future holds at the Wall of Fire Book Launch & Masquerade Nov 22, 2019 at c-space in yyc #yycliterary #booklaunch #yycevent

So if you follow my Instagram (@mjanecolette), you might have noticed I have a thing for Tarot cards. (I’ve also got a WIP called All In the Cards, the heroine of which is a fake Tarot card reader, but it’s

You’ll have fun with this one… #writingprompts #janeausten #dirtywritingsecrets

Oh, the places you’ll go with this one, kittens: Jane Austen, on acid. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes. That’s enough. Then add a

You’ll have fun with this one… #writingprompts #janeausten #dirtywritingsecrets

Oh, the places you’ll go with this one, kittens: Jane Austen, on acid. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes. That’s enough. Then add a

The Anodyne Necklace by Martha Grimes #minibookreview #murdermysteries

Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury mysteries are among my go-to reads when I need to soothe myself with excellent writing, characters drawn to life, and believable plots. This has been the latest one I’ve revisited, but it’s been so long, I

The Anodyne Necklace by Martha Grimes #minibookreview #murdermysteries

Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury mysteries are among my go-to reads when I need to soothe myself with excellent writing, characters drawn to life, and believable plots. This has been the latest one I’ve revisited, but it’s been so long, I

This week’s writing prompt is the worst thing you can ever hear, or say to someone… #writingprompts #dirtywritingsecrets

Happy Monday, kittens. Now, let’s go dark: “I can’t forgive that.” The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes. That’s enough. Then add a minute or

This week’s writing prompt is the worst thing you can ever hear, or say to someone… #writingprompts #dirtywritingsecrets

Happy Monday, kittens. Now, let’s go dark: “I can’t forgive that.” The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes. That’s enough. Then add a minute or

Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpoint illustrated by Manjit Thapp #allsaintsday #minibookreview

Today is All Saints Day in the Catholic religion, and I’m observing it by reading Julia Pierpoint’s Little Book of Feminist Saints, with gorgeous illustrations by Manjit Thapp. The collection includes obvious choices, such as my beloved Frida Kahlo: The reason

Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpoint illustrated by Manjit Thapp #allsaintsday #minibookreview

Today is All Saints Day in the Catholic religion, and I’m observing it by reading Julia Pierpoint’s Little Book of Feminist Saints, with gorgeous illustrations by Manjit Thapp. The collection includes obvious choices, such as my beloved Frida Kahlo: The reason

Douglas Copeland wants to know why you don’t dress like this every day #halloween #quote #flyyourfreakflag

Happy Halloween, everyone! Are you dressing up? What are you wearing? Would you wear it yesterday… or tomorrow? Douglas Copeland thinks you should: I think if human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year,

Douglas Copeland wants to know why you don’t dress like this every day #halloween #quote #flyyourfreakflag

Happy Halloween, everyone! Are you dressing up? What are you wearing? Would you wear it yesterday… or tomorrow? Douglas Copeland thinks you should: I think if human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year,

He would not touch her #writingprompt #amwriting #dirtywritingsecrets

No foreplay today, just go: He would not touch her. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes. That’s enough. Then add a minute or two

He would not touch her #writingprompt #amwriting #dirtywritingsecrets

No foreplay today, just go: He would not touch her. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes. That’s enough. Then add a minute or two

I’m Afraid of Men by VIVEK SHRAYA #minibookreview

I’ve been meaning to read Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men ever since the book came out in 2018. I almost met Shraya when she was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017 (almost, because there

I’m Afraid of Men by VIVEK SHRAYA #minibookreview

I’ve been meaning to read Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men ever since the book came out in 2018. I almost met Shraya when she was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017 (almost, because there

Aldous Huxley on why comfort and happiness are not enough #iwantsin #quote #whosaidthat

Everyone once in a while, when someone tells me, “I just want to be happy,” I start quoting Aldous Huxley at them… But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom,

Aldous Huxley on why comfort and happiness are not enough #iwantsin #quote #whosaidthat

Everyone once in a while, when someone tells me, “I just want to be happy,” I start quoting Aldous Huxley at them… But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom,

Today’s writing prompt is an answer to a question asked off-page #writingprompts #amwriting #dirtywritingsecrets

Ready? The question is asked off-page. You begin with the answer: “Hard.” Who said it? What was the question? Do you need to reveal any of it to the reader? Go. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to

Today’s writing prompt is an answer to a question asked off-page #writingprompts #amwriting #dirtywritingsecrets

Ready? The question is asked off-page. You begin with the answer: “Hard.” Who said it? What was the question? Do you need to reveal any of it to the reader? Go. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to

The Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea #bookreview #tarot

Today I want to introduce you to Michelle Tea, an American author, poet, and literary arts organizer whose (primarily) “autobiographical works explore queer culture, feminism, race, class, prostitution, and other topics.” (I quoth Wikipedia because I am lazy busy today.)

The Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea #bookreview #tarot

Today I want to introduce you to Michelle Tea, an American author, poet, and literary arts organizer whose (primarily) “autobiographical works explore queer culture, feminism, race, class, prostitution, and other topics.” (I quoth Wikipedia because I am lazy busy today.)

Colette (not me, the “real” one) on eye contact #quote #whosaidthat

Today, a moment with Colette… Not me. That Colette, the famous French author whom I honour in my pen name. When she raises her eyelids, it’s as if she were taking off all her clothes. ― Colette I think this

Colette (not me, the “real” one) on eye contact #quote #whosaidthat

Today, a moment with Colette… Not me. That Colette, the famous French author whom I honour in my pen name. When she raises her eyelids, it’s as if she were taking off all her clothes. ― Colette I think this

Cherry Pie Cure: because a good pie CAN cure a broken heart and you know it

Ok, first of all, I gotta tell you… Actually, you know what? I won’t. Tell you. Because although I could say much about Cherry Pie Cure–how I wrote it (it was insane)–how and why it was nominated for the IBA

Cherry Pie Cure: because a good pie CAN cure a broken heart and you know it

Ok, first of all, I gotta tell you… Actually, you know what? I won’t. Tell you. Because although I could say much about Cherry Pie Cure–how I wrote it (it was insane)–how and why it was nominated for the IBA

Gratitude #canadianthanksgiving #thanksgiving #gratitude

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. (BTW, if you’re writing with me on Mondays–today’s writing prompt is “What are you doing to do with all that fruit?” And I am grateful to be alive. And fed, and housed, and clothed, and secured.

Gratitude #canadianthanksgiving #thanksgiving #gratitude

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. (BTW, if you’re writing with me on Mondays–today’s writing prompt is “What are you doing to do with all that fruit?” And I am grateful to be alive. And fed, and housed, and clothed, and secured.

How to Avoid Making Art: a cartoon lecture from Julia Cameron #minibookreview

I spent a night last week  with Julia Cameron. Like, really. In person. We’re besties. Ok, there were hundreds of other people there. But we were in the same room. And we totally made eye-contact. (She was in Edmonton on

How to Avoid Making Art: a cartoon lecture from Julia Cameron #minibookreview

I spent a night last week  with Julia Cameron. Like, really. In person. We’re besties. Ok, there were hundreds of other people there. But we were in the same room. And we totally made eye-contact. (She was in Edmonton on

Ariana Reines on bad writing #quote #writing #whosaidthat #ownyourflaws

Do you know Ariana Reines? I want to say something about bad writing. I’m proud of my bad writing. Everyone is so intelligent lately, and stylish. Fucking great. I am proud of Philip Guston’s bad painting, I am proud of

Ariana Reines on bad writing #quote #writing #whosaidthat #ownyourflaws

Do you know Ariana Reines? I want to say something about bad writing. I’m proud of my bad writing. Everyone is so intelligent lately, and stylish. Fucking great. I am proud of Philip Guston’s bad painting, I am proud of

Screw Chocolate–“Who’s Chocolate?” “Really, Zellie? You went there?”–how a legend was born

So there we were, a dozen or so queer writers dreading the onset of Valentine’s Day for various reasons, and I said, you know what we should do? Write about it. And we did it. We released out first collection

Screw Chocolate–“Who’s Chocolate?” “Really, Zellie? You went there?”–how a legend was born

So there we were, a dozen or so queer writers dreading the onset of Valentine’s Day for various reasons, and I said, you know what we should do? Write about it. And we did it. We released out first collection