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WELCOME AUTHOR OF: “Jagger” – MJ Field
Rad-Reader: This was a very intense story line. How did you come to write on this subject
M J: Jagger was ‘Born’ during
Hendrix’ story. My co-author for this series, Chelsea Camaron, and I wanted the
Caldwell brothers each to have their mother’s heart, but also part of their
father. We gave them each one of his ‘bad habits’ but spun them.
Hendrix owned a bar, like
his father, but wasn’t a drunk.
Morrison liked to gamble,
like his father, but it wasn’t out of control. And Jagger uses his fists, like
his father, but in a controlled (ish) way. He didn’t hit people out of anger or
loss of control— well, unless they deserved it.
When Jagger hears Totty
getting abused, it ‘hits’ home, as he and his siblings were abused by their
father. When she doesn’t leave when the police come, it reminds him of his
mother who had stayed in an abusive situation and he wants different for her,
but knows that people don’t leave situations like that easily. He watches her
from a distance and leaves her things she may need, showing her a kindness he
and his family hadn’t experienced in hopes she would see there was a way out.
He also couldn’t rush right in and snatch her up, at the very beginning of the
story, she is just about to turn 18.
The Caldwell brothers
stories all touch on very realistic hardships that many people face every day.
Chelsea and I wanted to write an inspirational, yet hot series, that showed
that the good could in fact shine through the bad.
“Be the good.”
Rad-Reader: Let me say right here that you do have a
writing partner Chelsea Camaron who has written all the books with you. I just get confused doing one thing at a time
so I had to pick one of you to
interview and since your name was at the top
tag your it but she gets total credit also. J
Rad-Reader: Why abuse?
Was this an issue you wanted to bring to light from what is in the headlines
more and more? Or did it happen to
someone you know?
M J: Abuse
happens every day. People who suffer from physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
need to see there is a way out and that it is NOT their fault. The series
didn’t spring from headlines but from the sincere desire Chelsea and I both have
to help people, shed light in a darkness, or let readers know they are not
alone. Chelsea and I have ‘lived’ it. We both have dealt with abuse in our
lives, and have overcome and broke the cycle so many fall into. Everyone can,
it’s not easy, not at all, but it can be done.
Rad-Reader: Were you worried people would have an issue
with the age difference implied between Totty and Jagger? By the way how old is Jagger supposed to be?
M J: NO! lol. We just wanted
her to be the age of consent. LOTS of people seemed to have an issue with him
calling her ‘Little One’ and ‘Good touch, bad touch’. We can’t respond to
reviews. We won’t. Each reader brings their own ‘issues’, ‘feelings’, or
‘taboo’ subjects they can’t handle. Me, I have an issue with ‘Daddy’, lol. If a
man says “call me Daddy” when he’s banging someone I am done, just done. Totty
was 18 when they became sexual. Jagger is in his early 20’s. NOT A BIG AGE
Let me explain little one.
She is physically tiny compared to him, she is underweight due to her living
conditions. She is little. That’s it, nothing creepy at all, lol.
Now let’s discuss good
touch, bad touch. She was never away from her abuser, never. Jagger was trying
his best to teach her things she was never exposed to, and not just sexually.
He tried to hold back even when she gave him consent. He’s an alpha, not an
asshole. There is a fine line at times, but he clearly tried to help her
realize (like his brothers did with their ladies) that she was the only person
who could make a permanent change in her life. A point all abused people need
to grasp in order to become truly whole and accepting of love and good things
in their lives.
Rad-Reader: That is exactly what I was figuring myself and wanted to
see if I was correct. I thought I read
Jagger as the upstanding man that he was trying to be. He was trying to be what his tattoo was meant
to say for his mother. Yay!
Rad-Reader: Why did Totty’s father bother keeping
her? He just kept beating her?
M J: Abuse, be it sexual,
emotional, or physical, is all about needing power and control. It is not
typically a physical need or sexual desire. It is about a broken person who
needs control and goes about it in the absolute most horrible way. Abusers
groom their victims to believe they are less than deserving of normal lives or
acts of kindness. They break them down. Even when an abuse victim realizes
their abuser is wrong, they live with the shame, guilt, and belief they are not
good enough to be treated any better. Jagger helped Totty see that.
Rad-Reader: What was Johnny Law’s problem with Jagger
anyway? I thought he was friends with
his brother Hendrix?
M J: Can’t give it all away,
but he hates anyone who breaks the law and well, Jagger does break laws by
making money the way he does. Johnny, is friends with Hendrix, and does have
empathy for Totty and Jagger, but law is law.
Rad-Reader: Jagger became obsessed with Totty. Was it love once he knew she was just a girl
so young trying to survive? Or was it
just a man worried who fell in love as time went on with a young naive woman?
M J: Jagger’s ‘obsession’ with
her starts when he sees how she is being treated. He lived that way most of his
life. It hurt him to see her living that way too. He is compassionate.
Once he saw her at the fight, he absolutely
started falling in lust with her, she’s beautiful and after a fight, fighters
are all sorts of hyped up. Then he wanted to protect her, and then, well… he
had to have her.
Rad-Reader: When he did fall in love and everyone else
saw it he was denying it because he didn’t want to look like a pervert? Or because he wasn’t ready to admit it to
M J: He
denied it to himself because his intention was to be strong for her, and help
her. Jagger wanted to be his mother’s ‘Legacy’. All the brothers have a fear of
being like their father, so yes he denied it while he could because he wanted
her to stand strong on her own, protect her from … him, and guarded his heart
Rad-Reader: Cobra had made his own bed as far as his
girlfriend was concerned. We never see
her go to Jagger like Cobra thought. So
what happened to her?
M J: Cobra… he’s a mess. Missy, she’s a mess too. Jagger and her did have
a ‘thing’ at one point. But as soon as she went back to Cobra, Jagger was done
was Cobra so nice to Totty? Did he
really think they could be together?
That she was really his redemption?
M J: There
is a story behind why Cobra is the way he is.
Like seriously and it’s coming out September 20th, lol.
Visibly Broken. Do you hate him? Well, you can’t pass judgement until you truly
know him. (The book is dark, hot, and twisted, it’s a must read.)
Rad-Reader: Simple answer- YES! HAHAHA!
Rad-Reader: Did Totty really think that they could be
friends? Knowing that Jagger hated him
so badly and then knowing he killed her father?
M J: Totty is a kind soul, had no social life… ever. So yes she wants to
be his friend. She sees a different side of him from the moment she met
him. Cobra killed her tormentor, she
will never hate him.
Rad-Reader: Jagger’s sister-in-law was a social worker
and she saw nothing inappropriate about the relationship between Totty &
Jagger. At least that was my take. Why did he at first?
M J: Awe, Livi! Love her. No, she knows Jagger and loves him. He’s
family. She knows about abuse and now she knows about love of self, and love of
a man. She knows Jagger wants Totty to be happy and she also knows he needs to
accept that he deserves it too.
Rad-Reader: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
M J: Never knew I wanted to, until I was. I mean I have always loved
writing letters and stories. I’ve always had a great imagination. But had
someone told me it’s what I would be doing with my life I would have laughed at
them. But it is so much different writing what I want to write than being told
what to write, lol.
Rad-Reader: If your book was made into a movie who would
you want to play…
It has been a pleasure to work with
you. I am so glad to be able to read
your book but to be able to ask you these questions so that our reads as well
as your reads can get some much needed info on abuse. This is info that they may not feel comfort
bringing into the home with a self-help book but reading in an interview or in
your books being in this genre in just so nice for them I am sure. It is hard when you are walking in the shoes
as the one being abused to see the greater picture for yourself. Jagger and Totty’s story is a good way to see
there is hope if you can find that one person who is reaching out.
Thanks again and now you too are stuck
like glue as one of our 1 Rad-Reader Misfits. :)