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Jayne DeMarco is still a new(ish) name in the world of m/m publishing, but she has been writing in other genres for many years. She made her m/m debut with DreamCraft in mid-2010, with the short novel Painting Stephen, and later in the year co-wrote the phenomenally successful Umbriel with Mel Keegan. Coming Out in Cooper's Crossing is her third m/m work, and a fourth title is due out in early 2011 -- More Than Human, an SF tale also co-written with Mel Keegan.
The author describes herself as an inveterate traveler who has lived in England, Australia, Canada and the US, and is equally at home in any of those regions. This becomes immediately obvious to one who has read her stories. Umbriel is set in England, Painting Stephen in the American northeast, and Coming Out in Cooper's Crossing is the tale of a young lad growing up gay in a flyspeck town in rural Australia.
If Jayne has one abition, she says, it would be to stop being the last of the procrastinators, get to work and finish the rafts of her m/m stories, which have been drafted out and are at the moment lying fallow. She's made a good start with DreamCraft in the last year or so, and has plans for some longer works ... in the fullness of time.
She like traveling, animals, old TV shows, and has eclectic musical tastes, being as likely to listen to Doctor Hook as Debussy -- depends on the moment. At this moment she lives in South Australia, but has no plans to stay put forever. New Zealand interests her strangely, and upstate Ontario is beckoning. "Mind you," she says, "with the world economy the way it is right now, it might take a little while to get there!"
In the meantime, she's working on several more m/m pieces which you'll see issuing from DreamCraft as we cruise through 2011 and 2012.
on April 15, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this one, even if the Aussie slang was a bit difficult. The real main character here was the town and I have to congratulate the author, she managed wonderfully to convey its sense of place. Then, this story is about how two truly ordinary people get together - a rarity in romances, let alone m/m romances . So, a very satisfying read, I am looking forward to read more from this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)