Interview with Jaye Cherie

When did you first start writing?
I started writing poetry when I was around 11 or 12 years old. By high school, I started writing articles for the school newspaper and short stories. I continued writing articles in and after college.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Florida. I don't know what impact it had on my writing. I've been reading and writing since I was a child. Most of the people I spent any time with, read consistently. I suppose this impressed upon me that books were important. That was probably the biggest influence for my writing.
What is your writing process?
I used to write scenes as they came to me but now I outline. This allows me to write books faster because I, not only know where I'm going, but how I'm going to get there.
What do you read for pleasure?
Now, I am more likely to read non-fiction, mostly for research purposes.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
Describe your desk
Efficient but slightly cluttered. :-)
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, All Gold No Glitter, is the sequel to my first novel, The Golddigger's Club. Because of the way the first book ended, many people asked me if there would be a sequel. Clearly, the ladies' stories were not finished and I was anxious to catch people up on how things turned out for them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I suppose it is a feeling of accomplishment. Writing is a solitary activity that requires focus and determination to finish what you started. I think it's admirable when anyone can finish a story. I get joy out of completing the book and giving my characters a voice.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
One way I spend my time is watching reality TV. I tweet about the shows I watch @jayecherie. It's fun to me. It's a lot like sitting in my living room, watching TV with thousands of people. I enjoy connecting with others there.
Is there a primary theme in your books?
Yes, all of my books have been about women and the choices that we make. I want my stories to encourage women to think about their decisions and their motivations. I also like the idea of sparking dialogue about common issues that we face in hopes of inspiring new solutions.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a non-fiction book. The title keeps changing but it should be out by June 2015 at the latest.
Published 2014-10-18.
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Books by This Author

All Gold No Glitter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,370. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
In All Gold No Glitter, Monica Hatcher, Stephanie Robinson and Deidre Wright return, making efforts to put their lives back together in the wake of disappointments and tragedies. As they pick up the pieces, they make hard choices, forcing them to reevaluate what’s important to them-all over again.