Jayelle Cochran is an independent author and artist living in San Diego. As a military wife and mother of two special needs children, finding time to write and publish her novels can prove to be a challenge at times. According to Jayelle, there are two things a writer needs if they wish to make it into a career: Perseverance and Dedication, and she has both in full supply.
Jayelle's writing primarily consists of Urban Fantasy, though she has plans for a post-apocalyptic scifi series for the future. Currently, she is focusing on the Supernatural Uprising series of novels. After the 4th novel for the Supernatural Uprising has been written, then the second series will begin and the two will be written in tandem.
Although she has been writing for over a decade, it wasn't until Sadie's War that Jayelle became serious about turning her love of writing into a career. The novel had began as a way for Jayelle to cope with her addiction to role playing games. Taking a few characters from a freeform campaign, and designing a few new ones, she began to write her daydreams about these characters. It wasn't long before a story began to unfold and a new love for writing was ignited.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Long Island in New York. My high school, Sewanhaka, had an amazing English teacher who encouraged me to write. Her lessons taught me a lot about creative writing and finding influence wherever you are. Sometimes she would play a short amount of music, and then ask us to write a story based on what we felt or thought of while listening. It's probably one of the best writing exercises that I learned while in Sewanhaka, and something that I sometimes will do when I need a change in pace, or something to practice with.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 12 years old I started writing poetry. I was a very depressed child, and writing helped me to release some of the emotional pain that had built up inside of me. Since then, writing has always been very therapeutic. It doesn't matter if I'm writing in my journal or working on a story, ever since I was a preteen I have used writing to help me cope with any stress in my life. As far as novels are concerned, I didn't start working on that until I was about 28 years old. Before that it was either short stories or poetry. The Supernatural Uprising Novels were started in 2012 and the first one, Sadie's War, was published in 2014.