I have two muses, Arwen and Bronwyn, they have very distinct personalities. Can you share a bit about your muse?
Oh my god, I love you! I found a fellow Lord of the Rings nerd. Oops, I mean, I didn’t just insult the interviewer…Actually, I’m the biggest LOTR nerd of all, I’m fluent in Sindarin because I have plans to propose to Legolas. What was the question? Oh yes, my muse… Everything in the world around me, and then a bit of the stuff that hides out in the dark corner of my imagination.
It seems we all endured English and/or World literature coming up in high school…What was the worst book you were ever forced to read and what about it turned you off?
You have a million dollars that you must donate to one charitable organization. Which one would you choose and why?
The Jaye Shields, Sex Demons Can Make The World a Better Place Fund…That way I can evade your question and delegate to whom I choose. There are too many great organizations to choose from. In years past I’ve raised over $8k for Breast Cancer treatment and research doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I’d love to do a habitat for humanity build.
Do you have one of those pesky day jobs, or are you a full-time writer? If you do have another career what do you do and do you enjoy it?
I do have a day job, but I also consider myself a full-time writer. While writing all my books, I worked as a receptionist, and was able to write most of it on the job. Recently I was hired by an airline as a flight attendant. A couple members of my family work in the flight industry, so it was a job I’ve always wanted.
I’ve been asked, as has my husband, if we do “all that stuff in my stories.” Do you get asked this and if so how do you handle it?
My family has told me that when they first started reading my stories, it freaked them out because they could see so much of me in my characters. This is probably less true of my Sex Demons trilogy because it takes place in a whole ‘nother realm. However, my Immortals in Alameda trilogy (debuting Oct 29th from Crimson Romance) takes place in the small town where I live.
I had an editor early on that showed me the way…have you had anyone in particular that gave you a gentle **ahem** nudge in the right direction? How did they do that and how did you react?
My crit partners and joining the RWA played a large part in my success. I only started writing seriously a year and a half ago, and had no knowledge of the industry or the art of writing to get published. For example, my POV was a hot mess. I head hopped like crazy. With their help, I was able to learn about different publishers and their writing guidelines and how to go about querying.
Wine or beer?
Winter = Red wine Summer = Beer
Satin or cotton?
Cotton, hands down
Fries or tots?
Fries, no doubt.
Cake or pie?
Really? Who’s gonna choose pie over cake?
Steak or burgers?
For me, that’s like asking lunch or dinner…
Candle light or pitch dark?
I’m a romance writer, of course I want candle light J
Do your friends, family, and neighbors know what you write and what is their reaction?
Yes, they know. I’m lucky to have an incredibly supportive family. My erotica isn’t at the top level of scandalous, just light bondage, and a f/f scene, but if I did get kinkier, I know my family would be behind me. All my life they’ve never doubted me, which Is probably why I made my dreams come true of being published and I’m only twenty-four years old. My mom, my dad, my grandma, my entire family has always told me that I can accomplish anything I want. I hope that if other writers are without this support system, they know they can rely on me for encouragement. I’m an awesome cheerleader.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Coming Soon From Jaye Shields:
Confessions of a Sex Demon: Available now from Beachwalk Press
Claiming of a Sex Demon: Dec. 2012 from Beachwalk Press
Addictions of a Sex Demon: Feb. 2013 from Beachwalk Press
Secrets of the Fog: Oct 2012 from Crimson Romance
Secrets of the Sky: Feb. 2013 from Crimson Romance
Secrets of the Jaguar: June 2013 from Crimson Romance
Where can we reach you and become informed of updates?
Email: JayeShields@gmail.com Twitter: @JayeShields
About Jaye: Born and raised in the grunge capitol, she took her love of music and poetry from the Pacific Northwest to California. Now she lives in Alameda, a quaint island town in the Bay Area. With a degree in Anthropology-emphasis in Archaeology, she’s itching to climb some more pyramids. When she’s not writing, she’s either at her day-job or taking long walks along the Alameda beach and gazing at the outline of San Francisco in the distance. Oh yes, and her heart can generally be found in Paris...