Interview with Jai Lefay

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. To know people love these voices as much as I do keeps me writing.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a new collection for the tales of the Wiccad. Set a few years after An All Hallows' Eve, it will include the characters we've already met and introduce some amazing new men and women.
Who are your favorite authors?
This list is very long but off the top of my head right now - James Rollins, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Isobelle Carmody, Robert Holdstock, Caiseal Mor, Katherine Kurtz
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, my creations, my loved ones. The promise of bacon, coffee and blueberries.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With friends and family, taking walks, dancing, working on crafts, watching movies and the million and one amazing TV shows I enjoy. Playing with Reilly the black cat.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often through suggestions from other writer friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not the very first but the first one I still remember writing was when I was about thirteen and about a girl who was in a car accident and could not deal with surviving.
What is your writing process?
My process is that I let the voices do what they want. I get inspiration from the oddest of places and often dreams and then they just take over and write the story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first stories I remember having read to me was Diana and the Golden Apples and yes it definitely had an impact. I still have a fascination with strong female characters, and love overcoming even the hardest problems.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a wide range of genres but without fail of late, anything of James Rollins that comes out, I will be reading that and devour it in about a day.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Samsung Tablet is definitely my e-reading device of choice, followed by my phone.
Describe your desk
Currently it's a mess. Random bits of paper with my ideas on, the space under the tray my laptop rests on is a mix of jewellery I've taken off, hair ties, sunglasses (plural, two pairs for some reason), pill box, throat lozenges, usb sticks, a hair brush and old receipts.... (which means it's time for the monthly clear out)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Zealand. I'm not sure this influenced my writing as such, well other than I use terms that I don't realise the rest of the world is familiar with. Sweet as.
What's the story behind your latest book?
An All Hallows' Eve, well, I decided less than a week out from Halloween that I wanted to write a ghost story. So I took a dream I had years ago, a haunted house story I vaguely remember from childhood and a character that I love to write for and I let them mix together and this is what was created.
When did you first start writing?
I feel like I've always been writing but I really started to develop characters and story ideas from about 13.
Published 2016-10-31.
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Books by This Author

Witch Warning
Series: City of the Wiccad. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,180. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The Order is not going to let Gabby out of her assignment that easily. The whole household is in danger as she stands beside Benjamin. Benjamin is not going to sit by while his City, and his loved ones, are in danger. Is he doing the right thing reaching out for help from the Shadow Guard and his Aunty Peggy? Or does Queen Victoria have ulterior motives for involving her elite task force?
Thief in the Night
Series: City of the Wiccad. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,670. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Nerissa Firth is a talented thief, so every birthday she challenges herself to steal her own present. Fate leads her to the home of Professor Robin Torres. Will Nerissa find a worthy birthday present to steal? Or will Professor Torres be the one taking what he wants? Join the birthday celebrations and meet Nerissa and Robin before they join the ongoing saga of the City of the Wiccad.
Emerald Untouched
Series: City of the Wiccad. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,540. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Gabby the Succubus is sent up against an agent of Queen Victoria’s Shadow Guard, an elite supernatural task force. Gabby has never failed in a mission before, but will all go to plan once she is face to face with her foe? Men are so easy for the succubus, but this woman could be a complication. Join Gabby in her life before the story of the City of the Wiccad.
Vampire Redemption
Series: City of the Wiccad. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,190. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Catherine and Rhys have survived their encounter with Amaret but will Catherine ever be the same again? She never believed in Vampires and now it seems she is in love with one? Can their relationship survive the truth, or the arrival of the beautiful Fae bard, Jaidee? The City of the Wiccad story continues in the seventh Act, Vampire Redemption.
Vampire Malice
Series: City of the Wiccad. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,730. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Vampires are dangerous creatures, and you do not want to be at the mercy of one of the oldest Turned Vampires. Especially when she has a score to settle with your boyfriend. Will Catherine survive Amaret? Can Rhys reach her in time or will the young woman be lost to him forever? Come deeper into the world of the Children of the Night in Vampire Malice, the sixth Act of City of the Wiccad.
Vampire Innocence
Series: City of the Wiccad. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,010. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Catherine is navigating a world she doesn’t fully understand after the death of her brother, Nicholas. Who is Rhys Huntingdon and how can he have a hold on her so instantly? And what of the murders in the City, why do they worry her so? Catherine survived a deadly ghost but will she survive falling in love? City of the Wiccad continues in Act 5, Vampire Innocence.
Wiccad Confession
Series: City of the Wiccad. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,910. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Secrets always have a way of coming out, and for every action, there is a consequence. It does not matter if you are an ancient witch, a vigilante murderer, or a demonic succubus, you cannot keep your secrets from the world forever. City of the Wiccad continues in Act 4, Wiccad Confession.
Succubus Chosen
Series: City of the Wiccad. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,650. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The woman is uncertain, the succubus is elated, and Benjamin Fletcher is marked for death. Can Gabby complete the task that has been set for her? Or will Gabby find she is up against greater forces than she could ever imagine when she enters the home of Miss Maggie Baker? Find out in City of the Wiccad Act 3
Witch Sanctuary
Series: City of the Wiccad. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,620. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Constance survived her brush with death and Father Jeremiah but where can she go from there? A kind Detective Inspector helps her find a new home, but how will a woman training to be a nun find a house full of witches?
Succubus Ardour
Series: City of the Wiccad. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,980. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
What would you do to protect your family? What would you sacrifice? Who would you sacrifice? Victorian London was a far more dangerous place than you were taught.
An All Hallows' Haunting
Series: City of the Wiccad. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,230. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Catherine would do anything for her best friend, including travelling to Mina's dying Uncle's home. But Uncle Reginald is the least of her problems as the veil between the worlds thins for All Hallows' Eve and the ghosts of the house come out in force. Can the restless souls find heaven or hell, or will there be new souls haunting the house for next All Hallows’ Eve?
A Queen's Tale
Series: Shadow of Avalon. Price: Free! Words: 21,700. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
The souls of Arthurian legend were bound to return again. They know the truth of those times and they know the coming danger in this time. Old souls reborn and reunited. Gwyn is one of those souls, struggling to find her place in the world to combat the growing darkness.