Author Spotlight – Jaye Shields

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
Since 2011. I've always wanted to be a writer, but my problem has always been that I have too many ideas to commit to just one at a time. Even throughout middle school and high school, I began novels, got about a third to halfway through, then got distracted by a newer, better idea, and started on that instead. I still get excited mid work-in-progress, but sticky notes have become my best friend. When I get an idea that has me excited, I write it down and put it someplace visible so I don't forget. On occasion, I actually write out an entire scene from the (future) book. When I began Claiming of a Sex Demon (book 2 in the Sex Demon trilogy) I already had Addictions of a Sex Demon (book 3) written in my head.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
I wrote book 2 in the Sex Demon Trilogy, Claiming of a Sex Demon, in about three days. It's only a novella and I was on spring break from school, so I had all day long to write. It was so fun. I felt like a real writer that week, binging on champagne, scones, and pizza, and writing over 5k a day.

3) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
I love writing in the morning during my first cup of coffee. I'm a coffee addict, but the first cup is always the most magical, and I think my best sessions (because I'm the least distracted) are in the morning. My second favorite time to write is late at night with a glass of red with some haunting tunes like Nina Nastasia.

4) Where is your favorite place to write?
At my local coffee shop. Bright walls, black and white checkered floors, comfy chairs, local art, and the sexiest lattes you've ever seen. I've been known to flood my Facebook wall with gorgeous latte art ;)

5) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
There is always music on while I'm writing. What I listen to greatly depends on the scene and genre I'm writing. For the Sex Demon trilogy, I listened to a ton of Deftones and A Perfect Circle. I think the song "Change" by the Deftones should by Zahra and Lennox's theme song for Confessions of a Sex Demon. It's very sensual instrumentally, but the lyrics are haunting. There's this one line, "I watched a change in you…" that's perfect for Lennox and Zahra's sensual love/hate adventure. Tee-hee. Note to readers: listen to this song and then read the book. :)

6) Are you plotter or a panser?
Both

7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That even though I'm supposed to be young enough to get away with it, I can still put on five pounds if I eat a pizza every day. Tee-hee. When Spring Break was over (while I'd been writing Claiming) I'd accumulated a stack of four pizza boxes. By the time I finished writing Addictions of a Sex Demon, I realized I had to get on the Insanity routine or Jazzercize or something.

8 ) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
I never thought I'd write a contemporary, but here I am, about 30k into one. In the couple months I've written a paranormal novella, a historical, and now I'm into the contemporary. I also wrote a few scenes from a horror I'd like to publish, but put that one on the backburner. I got scared ; ) Paranormal/fantasy is still by far my favorite genre. I have a wicked imagination, and I love that with paranormal the possibilities are endless.

9) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Don't give up. Also, what I wish someone would have told me in the beginning is spend more effort finding a good critique partner before you invest a bunch of money entering contests to get feedback. In my experience, all I ever got was conflicting opinions because everything is subjective and everyone has different tastes. I also heard things like "this author doesn't know how to write" which is not exactly constructive.

10) What do you think makes a good story?
Awesome characters, an epic adventure, and a scintillating conflict.

11) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Nope. And luckily, I have so many darn ideas, I'll be writing straight for at least 2 years. I do get editor's block though. Sometimes I'm way in the zone and I catch all kinds of things. Other times, I just second guess everything and NOTHING gets done.

12) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and JR Ward in her early years. These are kickass paranormal authors.

13) What do you do to relax?
I love to play guitar and take epic walks along the beach and through the gorgeous Victorian neighborhoods of my home base. I really love photography and spending time in the darkroom, but I haven't done that since I dedicated my schedule to writing.

14) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Eating and watching HGTV. Guy from Income Property, CALL ME. :)

15) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To be indestructible. I'd love to be able to save people by jumping in front of cars or absorbing disease into my body, but still live to tell the tale.

16) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Pegasus. Tee-hee, does that count?

17) What's your biggest pet peeve?
No pet peeves. Life is entirely too short.

18) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
Website/blog: www.JayeShields.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/JayeShields
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jaye-Shields/228175300573148

XOXO Jaye

*Leave a comment on this post to be entered into a drawing to win an eBook copy of Confessions of a Sex Demon by Jaye Shields. Winner will be chosen on October 12th.*

19 Responses to Author Spotlight – Jaye Shields

  • Teresa says:

    I bought confessions of a sex demon based on some reviews I had read. I was not disappointed. Once i started reading, i could not stop. I read from cover to cover in one sitting and enjoyed every second. Can't wait for the second book to come out. I was excited to learn about an upcoming contemporary novel from Jaye and look forward to reading it!

  • Elizabeth H. says:

    I tried to win this on another blog but was unsuccessful. It sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  • leslie ryan says:

    got it order cant wait to read come on mail man from what i have its going to be awesome . look forward to more reads from her

  • This sounds like an awesome read. A sex demon…I love it.

    shields donna at hotmail dot com

  • melisa L says:

    haven't read this one yet (i'm sorry) but i can tell you–it definetly has my attention…looks like it will be a outstanding read!

  • Pam W. says:

    Oh!!! Sex Demons? You had me at hello! I typically detest Facebook's recommended links, but this one I am truly grateful for. Love LOVE Demon books, but there are very few good ones to choose from. These look delicious! Most definitely must have these for my reading collection!! :)

  • Great interview! Paranormal is my first love and your book sounds like fun! I thought I'd never write a contemporary too, but I did and it was a refreshing break. Sometimes you just need to do something a little different…go outside your comfort zone. Hope to see yours published!

  • Jaye- I love that you say your first cup of coffee in the morning is "magical!" I'm not a coffee drinker, but have been known to snag a Starbuck's peppermint hot chocolate in the morning, especially on a cold, drizzly morning, and it does seem to help you to have a better day somehow. Best of luck with Sex Demons! The name alone is fantastic!

  • Tara Mills says:

    I love your "voice" when you write and your imaginitive themes are refreshing. After reading your interview here, I suspect that you don't need a muse because you 'are' a muse. How handy. Good luck . I'm looking forward to watching your career as it unfolds.

    P.S. I love writing in the morning too. That first cup of coffee is a heady punch to the system. Great way to get all the juices flowing.

  • Jaye Shields says:

    @ Tara Mills. *Blush* If you were a dude, and that was a pickup line…You'll have me falling at your feet in a melting puddle. Guess it's the romance writer in ya. You've seduced me.

  • Coffee, Sex Demons, and the guy from "Income Property" – oh, my! Great article, Jaye. I wish you much luck with your novels!

  • "Don't give up"

    Thank you Jaye for the advice and for an entertaining interview.

    Can't wait to be seduced by your Sex Demon.

  • R.T. Wolfe says:

    Great post. I'm glad you've gotten some time to get away and write. Here's wishing you many sales.
    -R.T. Wolfe

  • Jaye Shields says:

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone!!! Hope you can all get some hot sex demon action soon!

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