Today I'm pleased to host my fellow Beachwalk Press author Jaye Shields. She's here to discuss her recently released novella.
What motivates Jaye Shields the author? Why do you write?
All day long I come up with these crazy plot lines. I need an outlet for my imagination. When I was younger I did it through poetry and songwriting, now I write epic novels and spicy novellas. (Bows down to the queen of spice interviewer, Ella Jade)
Ella interjects - Flattery will get you everywhere!
When did you know you were a writer? Was it always your destiny or did you stumble upon your craft by accident?
Always my destiny. My parents knew, my teachers knew. I was already dedicating books to my mom in the first grade.
What is your favorite genre to write and why?
Fantasy/Paranormal. The possibilities in the genre are endless. I enjoy writing erotic romance as well because it lets me embrace my inner vixen and use language you’ll rarely hear me utter in daily conversation. Well, unless I’m driving…
Is there a particular genre you haven't tried but what like to? What is it and why?
I love historical. There’s a lot of history in my “Immortals in Alameda” trilogy (Releasing this October from Crimson Romance) that I pulled from my background in archaeology, but I’d love to do a true-to-life romantic spin on a historical event.
How did you get into eBook publishing?
My crit partner, the lady behind A Tasty Read book review blog, told me to tap into my flaming side and write an erotic novella. I’d never written a novella before. Beachwalk Press came highly recommended. In the end, I chose them and I couldn’t be happier.
How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
At least 2. I definitely have a routine that involves rolling out of bed and zombie-walking to the coffee shop. I love writing at night after the sun goes down. On a day off, I’ll write two hours in the am and two hours at night.
Is there a certain aspect of the story you begin with? Do you create the characters first or do you come up with the plot?
Characters always come first. They come out of nowhere, take me hostage and demand I write their stories. I obey. I am a literary submissive to the Muse.
Tell us about the most intriguing character you've created.
Pyrrhus, a quetzalem, makes an appearance in Secrets of the Fog, due out October. I was so intrigued by his race, a half-human half demon breed I came up with, that I had the hero in Sex Demons Book 3, Addictions of a Sex Demon, also be a quetzalem. His name is Axel. I got the idea for the Quetzalem during my Mayan studies at SFSU, based on the God Quetzal. Gotta love a man that can fly and breathe fire. Pyrrhus is the lost king of a realm that was once home to all Dragon kind. Time to reclaim the throne…
Who is your favorite author? And, if given the opportunity to meet them, what would you ask them?
I adore Kresley Cole. If I met her, I wouldn’t ask anything, I’d just enjoy her company. There’s so many interviews out there, to me the point of meeting someone is to know them on an everyday level.
What did you do when you found out your first book had been contracted?
I was at work at VW. I promptly jumped up and down and ran around the dealership telling everyone in the vicinity. A weeklong champagne binge ensued. It was a grand week indeed. I came back to school and one of my professors asked what everyone did for break. “I got a book contract!” Weee.
-Has there been a person or influence in your life that has helped you reach your writing goals?
Everyone in my family. My mom, dad, grandma, my aunts, even my uncles have always been supportive. My mom still lives in Seattle, so sometimes I call her with life’s most difficult question.
“Mom, what’s a synonym for clitoris?”
“Just don’t use honeypot.”
Do you have any words of inspiration to aspiring authors? What advice would you offer a writer trying to publish?
If you’re a fledgling author, my advice to you is don’t enter contests unless you’re prepared for brutal people on a power trip. Workshops are a better use of time and money. After I finished my first novel, I subbed to a contest and I was told I couldn’t write and I had no idea of POV. She was right, I didn’t, but instead of enlightening me, she just tore me apart. I learned everything I needed to know in a workshop by Gina Ardito, Basics Bootcamp. I revised my manuscripts, subbed, and voila, 6 contracts in 3 months. IF ANYONE EVER TELLS YOU THAT YOU CAN’T WRITE…PROVE THEM WRONG.
Tell us about your current release.
Zahra proves that sex demons do it better as she goes from captive to captivator.
Sex Demon Zahra Aniron is a closet romantic. Too bad she spends her time having hot, kinky sex with paying strangers. But she needs the money to pay off her sister's debt to wizard thugs. There could be worse things than getting paid for pleasure, especially since a sex demon needs climax to survive.
As a blacksmith, Lennox Aegros puts his fury to good use pounding steel into swords. When he arrives at a new town, his real cause for being there isn't to sell weaponry, it's for revenge. When he finds the succubus he's been searching for, her beauty means he can mix business with pleasure. But the joke's on Lennox, because as he succeeds in torturing his victim by repeatedly bringing her to the brink of orgasm and then denying her the release that she so desperately needs, he realizes that Zahra's slow demise means the breaking of a heart he didn't think he had.
Content Warning: strong language, graphic sex,
light BDSM scenes
From Beachwalk Press: www.Beachwalkpress.com
Do you have any upcoming projects in the works?
October 2012 Release from Crimson Romance – available in e-book and print
Secrets of the Fog
Sexual Goddess + Giant Tree = Dryad. Or at least that’s how Tera was born. When Tera’s friends inform her that the portal on Alcatraz Island is buzzing with an arrival, she thinks her goddess mother has come to visit. Quite the contrary. Another goddess has plans to kill Tera, and is sending a bunch of demons to do her dirty work. Instead of finding a goddess at the portal, Tera finds a gigantic otherworldly warrior causing mass destruction amongst the San Francisco tourists. Being a Forest Dryad born from the Goddess of the Hunt has its perks, and kicking ass is one of them.
Sabin is six-feet-six of hard-bodied soldier, used to subduing demons twice his size. One day after chasing an elusive smoke demon through a portal into the human realm, Sabin is brought to his knees by a beautiful woman, literally. After arriving to a pier full of dead bodies, Tera issues a passionate smack-down before Sabin can explain that he’s the good guy. He becomes dedicated to saving her as an ancient grudge comes to life. Eris, The Goddess of Chaos, has held a bitter hatred for Tera’s mother Artemis for over 400 years and is ready to destroy all dryads.
From Crimson Romance
Where can readers connect with you?
I LOVE hearing from readers! Find me on facebook, Jaye Shields or through my website Jayeshields.com. I’m also on twitter @JayeShields, but bear with me because I’m not a tweet-hard just yet ;)
About the Author...Jaye Shields holds a degree in Anthropology from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in archaeology. Her previous claims to fame include being a bass player for a grunge band called the Hymens, being mistaken for Britney Spears while in Tokyo, and commercial model. She insists the commercial still counts even though her lines were cut.