R.J. Van Cleave


R.J. Van Cleave is the last of four children and was raised in a small town just east of San Diego, California, where she still resides, today. From the time R.J. was a small child, she wanted to be a doctor or have lots of babies. Her sixth grade teacher ignited a passion for science that carried on into high school, where she also happened to fall in love with a cute guy and American and British literature, courtesy of another great teacher (the literature part, not the cute guy- she blames that on her sister).

She went on to attend the University of San Diego, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and a minor in English Lit. Forgoing medical school for motherhood, R.J. married her high school sweetheart, got a job in the bio-tech field, and had her first child. She quit her full-time job to become a stay at home mom and eight years later, she and her husband were surprised to discover they were having twins.

A few years after that, her mother died unexpectedly, and R.J. inherited her father and her mother’s two dogs. She currently spends her days buried under mountains of laundry and cares for her three daughters (the Teen and twins Frick & Frack), her husband (the Man-child), her father (the Old Fart), and a menagerie of animals . All while attempting to write down the stories of the characters that have taken up residence in her head. R.J. would love to hear from her readers and engage in real adult conversations, so please, drop her a line.

R.J. can be contacted by e-mail at rjvancleave@gmail.com, found on Facebook under R.J. Van Cleave, and on twitter and Instagram @rjvancleave.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I have a fabulously talented sister-in-law who is a graphic artist. She was able to find me a good number of pictures to choose from, once I gave her an idea of what I imagined my cover to look like. I am a stickler for the cover models matching the general description of the characters, and actually came across two photographs that just drew me in. I looked at one and said, "There's book one, and here's the other for book two!" For my series, I have harsh-sounding titles: Demons, Damages, Deceptions. They represent the struggles that my main characters deal with, but my characters are not as rough as the titles. I knew that while images of half-naked couples might work well with the titles, they would give potential readers a false sense of what to expect, and I didn't want that. I was lucky enough to stumble across a third similarly posed picture for book three, and then I just let my sister-in-law work her magic.
What do you read for pleasure?
I prefer contemporary romance novels over, say historical or paranormal romances, but I have come across a few of those that I enjoyed. Any kind of scientific suspense follows the romance category. If I get the chance, I also read magazines such as Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens, but I'd much rather have my nose buried in a book.
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Series: The MacLanes, Jase & Cassie. Price: Free! Words: 120,060. Language: American English. Published: February 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Cassie sees Jase for more than his money. Jase sees Cassie as more than just a mom. But the demons from their past relationships prevent them from seeing themselves for who they really are. It will take trust, perseverance, and the willingness to risk it all, just one more time, to find the love they both deserve. Sometimes, you just need to find the right person to help you drive out your demons…

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