Interview with Jacey K Dew

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play video games in my spare time. One of my favorites is Portal by Valve Corporation. I love the concept and puzzle aspect. On the shooter/RPG end of the spectrum I also really enjoyed the Mass Effect Series by Bioware. If I'm not gaming, I'm spending time with my Husband, baby and roommate; mini golfing, bowling, playing pool, and watching movies.
What is your writing process?
My writing process has change since I had my baby. I just write out he story. Well, in between diaper changes, feedings, and play time. It's changed into a five minutes here and ten minutes there type of thing, unless I write while she's napping.
How do you approach cover design?
I do it myself, and I try to go with simple, but effective concepts. That's what first gets your attention. But I believe simple is better. Do you want to have your book look too busy, that people scan right by it because it looks exactly like the busy covered novel next to it?
Describe your desk
I have a few different "desks" per say. I work on a laptop, and in notebooks; which are very mobile. So much of the time I'm writing on a lap table, or on my coffee table (a few candles, a picture of my husband and I, remote for the TV, and Avenno Lotion). Sometimes I'll go outside and sit at my patio table to write (citronella candle). As for my actual desk itself (Printer, lava lamp, a hundred sticky notes and scraps of paper, and a stereo).
When did you first start writing?
The first thing I had written, that wasn't for school, was a couple weeks after my mom had passed away. I had written down what had happened the day she passed as theraputic writing. After that I found fanfictions and thought i could write my own. I started writing and collecting ideas for those. Shorty after, that morphed into writing stories with my own characters.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a couple things at once. I'm about half way finished Dezirah Volume 1.3. In the third installment of Dezirah you are introduced to the third point of view; Jaiden. You get briefly introduced to her in the first book, now you are getting a bit more of a from her view for the same timeline.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story, that I was trying to write as a novel, was about time travelling. I ended up scrapping it at about the fourth chapter, because I really couldn't get over the logistics of the idea (or lack there of). I might go back to this story later, even if I change it into something a bit different.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The choice and control. I can be a bit of a control freak at some points. Sitting and waiting around for someone to offer to publish my books or take it on as an agent was killing me. I like to be able to control my own deadlines, and the books themselves. The series I'm writing, the first three books, are of the same time period from different views and they intermingle together in the fourth book. This isn't really something I've seen before, and not something that a publishing company may be wanting to take a risk on before I'm finished the fourth book. Then it comes down to my own choices. It's my choice to take everything as far as I want. It's my choice to do anything and everything exactly how I want.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is creating the ideas in the stories. I can spend hours figuring out what's going to happen now, or ten books from now, and never get bored.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are amazing. They mean so much to me. I get all the encouragement I could ever need to keep going, when I can see that my fans enjoyed the stories as much as I did creating them.
Published 2016-04-13.
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Books by This Author

Dezirah Volume 3
Series: Dezirah. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,590. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Spring thaws the snow and awakens all that lies dormant. Movement returns to the frozen North. The revolution is onto its next phase. Alexa is sent to find a gift Darius left her. Nikki wishes to find her family. Jaiden knows through her visions that the calm will not last. A rebellion emerges.
Blood Mountain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,920. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
She never thought she’d have to return to the city in the crux of a mountain. When her mother falls ill, Kara is beckoned home and thrust into the world she left behind. What life changing consequences will her return put into motion?
Dezirah Volume 2
Series: Dezirah. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,390. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Three weeks have passed since the first attack. Chaos reigns as a power struggle begins. Alexa watched in horror as her niece was taken by Darius. She is determined to retrieve Rayleen, but at what cost? Nikki is trapped and tortured. Her only chance to survive is to convince her captors she has visions. Jaiden hopes to reunite with her sister.
Dezirah Volume 1
Series: Dezirah. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 212,740. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The plight to survive in a world ravaged by a supernatural war, as told from different points of view of Alexa, Nikki, and Jaiden. The world is suddenly thrown into a World War III like no one imagined. Supernatural beings break their one thousand five hundred year old treaty to stay hidden from human knowledge. The new generations and some nostalgic individuals decide to rule the world.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,680. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Anna's parents had strict rules for life. Suddenly, at eighteen, her parent's deadly accident throws her life in turmoil. She has nothing more than her parent's rules to go by, but she soon learns that maybe her parent's beloved rules may be wrong for her.