ME: What is your favorite childhood book?
JAYE: Looking for Alibrandi.
ME: What is the first book that made you cry?
JAYE: Honestly, I never really cry in books. Maybe one tear but never ugly cried.
ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?
JAYE: Writing is a hobby. I actually format for close to 150 authors and that keeps me busy and able to stay home with my kids.
ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it?
JAYE: Yes I tell everyone. The one time it made me nervous was when my son's teacher read my short story. Thank god she liked it.
ME: Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not? And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again.
JAYE: Yes very much so. Silence took me 18 months to complete because it was tough to get into Eddie's head space and not become depressed myself. I listen to music that fits my story to help pull me from my block. Usually music videos inspire scenes and help me move on.
ME: So let's talk about your process for a bit... Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?
JAYE: I wing it. I have tried to plot and it got me nowhere really fast. I keep extensive notes on my books because it helps when I need to reference something fast.
ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
JAYE: Depends on the story. If it's all close to home I don't research and if I need to know something I have an amazing team and I ask them for help and advice.
ME: Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?
JAYE: I am wishy washy. I have an interconnected stand alone series and it is hard to keep track. I may be sticking to stand alones in the future.
Where do your story ideas come from?
JAYE: Music videos. Something someone says to me. A stranger I see in public.
ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?
JAYE: Yes. All my characters either look or have the personality of someone I know. Location for my Australian series is my home town but I have embelished on the surrounding towns a little.
ME: Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?
JAYE: No, lol.
ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?
JAYE: For me it's like naming a child. I start with no idea what their names are and as I write my ideas, they just come to me.
ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?
JAYE: Eddie Diamond. He is caring but self centred.
He loves feirce but is afraid to love
He is an amazing man yet so childish at times.
ME: Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?
JAYE: No. Simply because I know who will die before I start. I did once try to kill off an upcoming character but a friend said I'm not allowed to and have to stick to my plans. She compromised and said I can stab him with a fork.
ME: What was your hardest scene to write?
JAYE: In Silence, a girl dies and the scene where Eddie tried to get to her was hard.
ME: Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?
JAYE: Both depending on what I'm writing about.
ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?
JAYE: A sloth, because damn they are adorable but also so slow.
ME: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
JAYE: Don't be in a rush to grow up. Stay in school and do well at english because your grammar sucks.
ME: LOL, that's what editors are for :) What are common traps for aspiring writers?
JAYE: Trying to please everyone. Just do you and make sure you pick your team well. Don't get ripped off and trust your gut.
ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
JAYE: Buying a new laptop. It's been the best investment so far.