J. Vaughn


Jay Vaughn lives in sunny Seattle, a clean, progressive city that is way too expensive for a writer’s income. Therefore, Jay holds down a full-time, computer-industry day job, but writing is her passion. It’s a hobby-gone-wild, so much so that her teenage kids accuse her of being an addict.
Jay carries her laptop everywhere and can often be seen combining other favorite activities with writing. For example, you can find Jay sitting at a small table in the back of the gay bar around the corner from her house, drinking wine and writing. Or waking up early while camping, dragging out the laptop, and writing. Or writing in the truck on the way to and from concerts, ski-trips, visits to relatives ... wherever.
Jay’s favorite genres are sci-fi, fantasy, and M/M erotic romance. She discovered M/M quite by accident when she was writing a traditional fantasy novel and one of her characters ended up in an all-male prison for a bit too long. Whoops!
Find out what Jay is working on next at authorjvaughn.com, follow her on Facebook, or drop her a line at jayvaughn@live.com. She’d love to hear from you.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father was in the navy, so I moved around a lot growing up. I spent quite a few years in Alaska as well before settling down in Seattle. I went to grad school in Manhattan and Germany. All that travel has definitely influenced my writing and allowed me to write with confidence about both wilderness settings and city life.
One of the motifs that often creeps into my stories is the theme of trying to fit in someplace new or with others who are very different. One thing you will never see me do is to have characters instantly learn a foreign language. I like to have them struggle with communication as so often happens in real life even when you do speak the same language. Cultural contrasts fascinate me as well. They can be anything from the difference between growing up rich or poor, growing up religious or not, or growing up halfway across the globe speaking a different language.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I used to browse the best sellers at wherever I was buying my book. That was hit or miss for me, though. What is selling well now, are not necessarily the best books in class, and sometimes the choices were less than stellar. What is selling well is also not always what’s highest rated, sometimes the highest rated books are the ones with very few ratings.
Lately I’ve had good luck using the lists at Goodreads. There’s quite a few in the M/M category and they have some great books in them.
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Where to find J. Vaughn online

Where to buy in print


The Valjevo Encounter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,190. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
When an imposing man dressed in black leather, riding a Harley, and sporting a mysterious eye patch charges into an alley and saves college senior Mel from a creature with soulless, solid black eyes and glistening fangs, sparks begin to fly. Too bad they may not live long enough to explore their irresistible attraction.
Rough Boys: Revenge
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,490. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Ty and Abe are deliriously happy together—which makes both Tim and Ty’s psychotic father crazy for revenge. Dani learns some surprising things about himself as he and Nigel take their relationship to the next level. Sean and Nigel’s band is climbing the charts, but fame and fortune won’t mend broken hearts. When Kaeden’s spirit is destroyed, Sean takes foolish chances with his life to fix it.
Hunting Under Covers
Price: Free! Words: 150,190. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014 by Divergent Publishing. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Stories by Aimee Brissay, Kaje Harper, Kathleen Hayes, Shayla Mist, ME Sanford, J. Vaughn and others. This anthology is a product of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group Scavenger Hunt challenge. Men fall in love while using sports equipment, musical instruments and flavored lube. We’ve listed the items you need to find in the front of the book. Happy Hunting (Under Covers). Congrats on the baby Katie!
Rough Boys: Redemption
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 127,420. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
In this second story of the Rough Boys series, Abe finally finds Ty, but is he too late? Is Ty too broken to be fixed? Dani’s faith is put to the test when he feels abandoned by Nigel. Is he brave enough to listen to his heart and put the pieces of their romance back together? Sean falls hard for the exotic femme, and Kaeden’s rejection could be his ruin—and Kaeden’s as well.
Rough Boys: Runaway
Price: Free! Words: 106,060. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
This gritty urban romance follows the lives of three young men: a runaway, a dreamer and a gorgeous femme. Will their friendship help them survive the trials of living on the streets, working as a male escort, and the biggest challenge of all—falling in love?

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Smashwords book reviews by J. Vaughn

  • Dynasty Of Ghosts on July 16, 2012

    I finished reading BloodRaven and had to download and read this one immediately. I just lost 4 days of my life -- but so worth it! Fell in love with Ilya immediately and Ashe grew on me as the story progressed, as I'm guessing was the author's intention. I too found the typos a bit distracting, but I think most people won't even notice them. Overall, it's one of the best stories I've ever read in this category (M/M erotic romance).
  • Ice Cage (Yaoi) on May 15, 2016

    Fun, fast read. Very steamy sex. A bit kinky with the threesome and the age differences, but I hot nonetheless.