Interview with Jayne Amanda Maynes

What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read Science Fiction Fantasy, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind, are examples, but by no means the limit. If it contains magic and swords it always sounds like a good read to me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer. I have a couple different ebook reader programs as well as adobe to read PDF's. I've never thought of spending the money to buy an ereader.
Describe your desk
A little cluttered. It is where everything lands until I take the time to put it away.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Salt Lake City Utah. I guess feeling like I never really belonged in ways has influenced my stories, but I never really thought much about writing until I was over 50 and wrote a story about how I dreamed my life might have been if I could have just been me.
When did you first start writing?
I don't really remember a time when I didn't make up stories, but the first story I ever sought to have published was one that I came up with while talking to some friends online about how our lives might have been different if we hadn't hidden away who we knew we were back when we were children.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I am working on now is about someone who was hidden away from the world for a time in such a way even they didn't know who they were. It is about witches and vampires and blood magic and elemental magic. It differs from other such books because I chose to define the rules for both blood and elemental magics and those who have access to them. It started out to be a short story but thus far has become 2 novels, I'm hoping that's all it will be.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having someone tell me they really enjoyed the story and even learned to look at things a little differently because of the story.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything!!! I really do believe in people and believe that given the chance they will look for the best in others. I'm not naive enough to believe everyone will do what is right if it isn't the easiest thing, but most people will if they can see the rightness behind things.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are several, but I guess the top of the list would be Terry Goodkind, and Robert Jordan.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sewing, making ornamental iron furniture, cooking, gardening.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The restroom.... No a couple months ago I wanted nothing more then to just give up and not get up again. My best friend died and it hit me very hard since I was already in a depressed state. It was in coming to grips with her death I realized I still had to go on and continue what her and I had started together. Her life has meaning because of all those who remember her and help make things better for others like her.
Published 2014-02-04.
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Books by This Author

The Strength of Love
Price: Free! Words: 347,820. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
I was broken, the thought kept running through my mind. I deserved what was done to me because I was broken, I would never be whole, or good, because I was broken in such a way, even god hated me. That was the message I learned, nothing I ever did would ever make me acceptable, because I was broken.
Holiday Short Stories
Price: Free! Words: 16,050. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
The stories in this collection each show acceptance of others simply because they are, once the preconceived conception of others needing to fit in a molds constructed by a society lost in dogma.
Daughter of Love
Series: Daughters of Power, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 87,650. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
“Tonight we have each felt the Power of God as my sister felt all her life. So much I did not understand and feared. The gift of God is not given lightly and should be used wisely. I pray always we remember these things and what has been entrusted to us.”
The White Rose
Series: The Rose OF Magic, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 182,180. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
I am the first born of element and blood, and the only to draw directly from the source of all magic. It is given that all men may draw from the pure source of love, but only I have been given to draw from the pure source of element and blood.
The Mystic Rose
Price: Free! Words: 6,530. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
One thing held true in all the stories however, the one constant in all the stories was the Mystic Rose was a guide to the lost, be they lost in riches, or lost in poverty.
The Hidden Rose
Series: The Rose OF Magic, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 225,160. Language: American English. Published: July 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
“Mac what would you think if I told you I hate being called sir, that I'd rather be called ma'am?” “The old lady is still calling you daughter isn't she?” “Mac this goes back way before we ever met grandmother. As long as I can remember I've felt I should have been female not male.”
A Psalm of Love
Price: Free! Words: 139,170. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The first time I saw her I wanted to cry. There wasn't a smile, only tears. You could see a smile belonged there, but was strangely missing. How the tears wanted to flow, like streams in a river beds flowing at capacity. A dam filled to capacity needing the release least it over flow and wash away the river banks needed to hold the stream during times of great floods.
Daughter of Life
Series: Daughters of Power, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 180,800. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Friends! Those special people who are there when you need them. For me they were special because I didn't have many, and the friends I did have most of them became friends in my senior year of high school. Erin; the friend who had been there the longest, so smart and so willing to accept someone who was different from what most considered normal.