Jaye A. Jones

Biography

Jaye A. Jones lives in a beautiful suburb of St. Louis. Jaye is obsessed with musicals, Marvel comics, and sci/fi and fantasy stories whether they be movies, television shows, or novels. Joss Whedon is her story-telling idol. She's addicted to the Cooking Channel, to good food, and to attempting new recipes. A lifetime of absorbing pop culture, of reading when she should have been working, and of having eclectic interests that span contradictory subjects was her writing school.

Her degree in Psychology from St. Louis University comes in handy every now and again too.

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Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
REJECTION! I did the whole query letter thing and got rejected a lot. I have thick skin, so it didn't deter me until one agent showed actual interest...but only if I changed the main characters age to 16. My character was 19. She had 19 year old problems. I changed the book as she asked, didn't like the result, and still got rejected. I didn't like the choice I made to change what I'd written to fit into what this agent thought would be marketable. I want to write what I want. That's when I started to seriously consider self-publishing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Soulless by Gail Carriger - I couldn't get enough of this book, or this series! Aside from the vampires and the werewolves and all the things I love, it presented a brand new supernatural concept for me, which happens so rarely. The humor and the quirkiness is SO the author. She isn't being any certain way but the way she wants. And it's weird. And It's AWESOME. Plus the main character is so so flawed. I love her. To me she's perfect. Lesson learned: Your main character shouldn't be perfect, and be uncompromising in your strange-ass self as a writer!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - What awkward, stubborn preadolescent wouldn't adore Elizabeth Bennett? Thank you to the teacher who made me read this even though it so didn't sound like my thing. Lesson learned: Things might not take you where you planned. Don't be so rigid, keep an open mind as a writer!

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - The way she writes demands that you read it in one single sitting. HOW do some authors harness such power?! Lesson learned: Keep the stakes high and keep a story moving!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling - All of the Harry Potter series of course, but why specifically PoA? It is the first time time-travel was done correctly, in my opinion, in ANYTHING! It actually makes sense in my over-analyzing brain. Plus Sirius is my favorite HP character. Also, this book got dark. Like for realsies dark. Lesson learned: Readers, no matter their age, aren't fragile!

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs - This book brought me to the genre I should have been writing all along. Sometimes I write other genres, sure, but my heart will always belong to the vampires, and the werewolves, and to magic. When I read Moon Called, I realized I'd been studying for my writing career my whole life. My favorite TV shows, movies, books were all paranormal urban fantasy with heart and humor. Well DUH! That's what I should be writing! Lesson learned: Write what you know!
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Series

Books

Bleu Blues
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,790. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
After a bad breakup and a completely idiotic drunken escapade through her ex-boyfriend’s house, Parker Bleu has found herself in some legal trouble. Her court-ordered therapist assigns her sixty days of a daily vlog, during which Parker very publicly struggles with bad habits, adulting issues, an apartment that’s trying to kill her, and new feelings for her best friend.
Survival Instinct
Series: Demon Instinct, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,620. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
As the first half-caste Scion of the demon Underrealm, making hard choices comes with the territory. But when Rowan leaves to help a female from his past, being responsible is easier said than done. Despite her Royal demon mother, a stalker, the manipulative Division director, and her shifty council, Savannah sets out to find the male she loves—even if he doesn’t want to be found.
Defying Instinct
Series: Demon Instinct, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,180. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Savannah learned to deal with annoying customers in her human father’s bookstore and accept the ugly disguise her demon mother cast on her when she was born. Now 20-years-old, her disguise is stripped, bringing a tidal wave of emotions with her true appearance. Before deciding if she should rule demonkind with her mother or stay in the human world, Savannah must discover who she was meant to be.
Craved
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,490. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Five years ago, Magi became celebrities and took positions of power overnight. Since that day, logical culinary student Dani has hated everything magic-related, and that was before suffering some major trauma at the hands of dark witches. When two gorgeous brothers are sent to take her to a safe house for Magi in danger, Dani discovers Destiny has its own plan.
Harsh Light of Day
Price: Free! Words: 74,180. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Lena doesn’t love Declan. He may be a doting, beautiful, blue-eyed vampire, but he was also the creature who murdered her twenty years go. She hasn’t exactly been impressed with her mundane two decades as an immortal either. Running away, she spends one day in the human world away from Declan, and everything she thought she knew about him, her existence, and herself changes.

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