Conversations with Colleen: Special Edition Countdown to Halloween – Meet Author, Jaye Marie, @jdawes2
Hello everyone! This week I’m thrilled to bring you mystery writer, Jaye Marie. I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE, which she did. The best way to learn more about writing is to learn from other successful authors.
I’m excited to be part of Jaye’s book promotion on her newest release, “Silent Payback.” This book releases on October 22, 2019.
Please meet my guest author, Jaye Marie.
Jaye Marie is affectionately known as the giant redwood, probably because she is very tall, but also because of her love for trees. Most afternoons she can be found repotting or taking care of her bonsai collection, but her love of detective mysteries soon brings her back indoors. She has written three fiction novels in this genre, Nine Lives, Out of Time and Crossfire and is looking forward to publishing Silent Payback, her fourth book.
She spends any free time learning everything she can about self-publishing, and despite all the obstacles, she never gives up on anything and is as stubborn as a mule. She also shares a website http://jenanita01.com with Anita Dawes…Amazon Author Page U.S.
Hi Jaye! I’m really glad you stopped by to tell us about your new book. So, when did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Hi, everybody! I love books and have read my way through stacks of them, so when Anita needed someone to edit and type up her manuscripts, I was happy to help and discovered my vocation and my love-hate relationship with the world of computers. However, I learned how to edit and proofread, taking over the job of getting Anita’s books ready for publication. I had wonderful compliments from one of the best literary agents in London for my editing of Bad Moon and for the last twenty years since my retirement, that is what my life has been like.
Somewhere along the way, I started thinking about a story that had been nibbling away in the corner of my mind for months and before too long, it demanded to be written and I am very pleased with the outcome.
What a great start to a writing career. Would you share how much structure is in your story before you start writing it?
I wrote my first book Nine Lives on NaNoWriMo, and all I started with was the characters and a rough idea of what I thought would happen. Then my characters took over and practically wrote the story for me. When I thought about the sequel everything changed. Continuity was essential, I discovered, so I made a storyboard to keep track of what was evolving.
What time of day do you prefer to do your writing?
I write best first thing in the morning, something that still surprises me, for I have never been at my best at that time of day. Always considered myself a night owl, but apparently my muse is not!
The muse has a hold on us, for sure. How do you develop your characters?
I like to identify my characters with real people. For instance, in the sequel to Nine Lives the detective inspector, David Snow, is a dead ringer for Tom Selleck in his role as Jessie Stone. This way I know exactly how my character will behave in every circumstance and this imparts more realism. I have heard that some authors have photographs of their role models, but I’ve not gone that far yet.
Having a photo of your character is a brilliant idea. Now, who or what helped you the most in getting started on your writing career?
When everyone started talking about ‘Indie’ or self-publishing it was as if a light went on in my brain. I knew how hard it was to be published in the traditional way, so I became very excited at the prospect of being able to do it ourselves.
I started our website and found that I enjoyed talking to people from all over the world and posting our thoughts online. Then, I concentrated on publishing Anita’s books. It wasn’t quite as easy as they made it sound, but with my usual stubbornness, I kept at it, learning more and more as I went along.
I started thinking about a story that had been nibbling away in the corner of my mind for months and before too long, it demanded to be written and I am very pleased with the outcome.
How fascinating! What led you to choose the genre you write in or did it choose you?
Before I started to write, I always imagined I would write supernatural scary stories, as this was what I enjoyed reading most. Thanks to Stephen King and James Herbert! But the idea of a woman cheating death so many times took hold and I had to see what would happen. Before I knew what was happening, she had a murderous ex-husband and the bodies began to pile up! I suspect I may change genres as I go along, as my interests are so varied.
Jaye, besides writing, what are your favorite things to do?
I have so many hobbies, it might be easier to say what I don’t like doing! From Bonsai and gardening, knitting and crochet, to painting and craftwork. But my one huge obsession is for puzzles. Solitaire, Sudoku, jigsaws and PC games and dozens more. I honestly believe my puzzles keep my brain from fossilising and are solely responsible for my insanity.
Your hobbies all sound fun to me. What do you do about the cover art for your books?
I don’t have much spare money, I’m the original church mouse, so I have tried to make our own. Apart from the financial situation, creating suitable covers appealed to my creative streak. Learning the best way to do it was the difficult part, as I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to technology.
I discovered you can make quite good covers on Microsoft’s Word, but I fell in love with a company called Picmonkey. http://www.picmonkey.com/ Every bit as good as Photoshop, but easier to use and most of it is free.
I like the idea of making your own book covers. How did you start your blog?
The first thing you learn when you decide to write a book is that you must have an interesting and popular website or blog. How hard can it be, I thought? Everyone is doing it, so it must be relatively easy.
And once you know what you’re doing, it is easy – ish.
It’s also incredibly easy to get it wrong, so I spent a lot of time checking out other blogs to see what worked for them.
Oh, yes… the trials of the blogging world. I don’t know how you have time, but what is the working title of your next book?
This question is not so easy to answer, as I don’t have a clue for my next book. Something is growing in the back of my mind though!
Okay. Please share where you got the idea for your latest book?
I wanted to write another detective novel and already had a brand-new character in mind for the lead role. But there was where it all went crazy. This detective, David Mallory had arrived with a shed load of problems, some I would not normally have considered. The idea began to take root, and the rest they say, is HIStory!
What is the single most important quality in a novel? What must an author do to win you over?
A book must inspire me, especially now that I write. Good authors can do this, and not only the way I write, but also the way I live my life…
Thanks for the visit, Jaye. Best wishes on your new book release.
How to Contact Jaye Marie
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK/