Well today for you guys I have a treat, im going to be interviewing Jaye wells. She is the author of such books like Red headed-Step Child and Mage in Black.
After several years as a magazine editor and freelance writer, Jaye Wells finally decided to leave the facts behind and make up her own reality. Her overactive imagination and life-long fascination with the arcane and freakish blended nicely with this new career path. Her Sabina Kane urban fantasy series is a blend of dark themes, grave stakes and wicked humor. Jaye lives in Texas with her saintly husband and devilish son. Her work is represented by Rebecca Strauss of McIntosh & Otis.
- Astrological sign: Aries
- Favorite Color: Red
- Favorite Food: Mexican
- Favorite Cities: Charleston, San Francisco, New Orleans
- Favorite Vampire: The Count from Sesame Street
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer, what was the very first idea you came up with for a story...did it take long for you to get your first book published..
I had always written, but not with the intention of becoming an author. It wasn't until about seven years ago that I decided to finally try to finish something I started. I signed up for a writing class at my community college and complete my first novel that year. It took three books and about three years before I landed a contract for the Sabina Kane series.
It's usually a character and a situation. I'm not a plotter so I usually figure out the story as I go along, but I always need a good idea of the character and her situation before I get started.
Everything in my life influences my writing. It's the same, I think, for all writers. Every place we go, everyone we meet, everything we survive, every triumph--they all become fodder for stories.
I love to travel. Luckily I get to do a lot of it with the job, but my family and I take trips together whenever we have a chance. Other than that, I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen. I'm also getting into gardening, but that's a fledgling interest at this point.
Well, first of all, you have to write. That sounds silly, but a lot of people spend more time talking about writing than they do actually writing. Also, work on learning how to accept criticism. The only way to grow as a writer is to always strive to improve your craft. The best way to do that is to seek out people who will tell you what needs work. It's not easy, but it's preparation for once you become a professional and complete strangers are ripping your work apart on the internet.
Sabina spoke to me one day when I was driving down the road. "Digging graves is hell on a manicure." Boom! I pulled over and started jotting down notes. It started as a short scene that I wrote for a friend's flash fiction contest. But I enjoyed writing in her voice so much that I decided to turn it into a novel.
I knew fromt he beginning that I wanted a hairless cat demon in the books. I'm fascinated by how evil hairless cats appear. Giguhl just sort of grew from that. As for the forked penis, well, it just showed up on the page one day and I cackled so much I knew I had to keep it. Thanks goodness I did, too, because Giguhl has become a cult hero.
My next book will be BLUE-BLOODED VAMP out in June.
Giguhl is probably my favorite because writing him is mostly fun and easy. His lines juts kind of roll off the brain. Sabina is a favorite, too, of course, but she's more difficult to write because she's so much more complex. As for least favorite? I don't know. I love them all in one way or another--even the evil ones.
I guess it's more of a generic question that all writers get, which is "Where do you get your ideas?" That question is difficult because we're wired to see ideas everywhere. And the implication is someone just needs the right idea and then they're golden. The truth is I have way more ideas for books than I'll ever get to--something several a day--but only the ones I commit to working for several months will ever become anything.
The first person who came to my head was Anne Rice. She was pretty influential on my work and I think she's pretty fascinating. THe second person who came to mind was Ryan Gosling. ;)
Thanks for having me!
Urban Fantasy Author
Jaye has very kindle offered to give one very lucky winner a ebook copy of The Red Headed Stepchild.
RED-HEADED STEPCHILD DESCRIPTION:
In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina doesn’t really fit in. And being an assassin – the only profession fit for an outcast – doesn’t help matters. But she’s never brought her work home. Until now.
Her latest mission is uncomfortably complex, and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As Sabina scrambles to figure out which side she’s on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life-changing, but together, they could be fatal …
So if you want to get your hands on a copy of this amazing book, all you have to do is.
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yeah its that simple. so wat are you waiting for. xx