I am very excited to be joined today by the very funny and talented Jaye Wells. Jaye's second novel, The Mage In Black, comes out April 1, 2010.
1. For any new readers, please tell us about The Sabina Kane series.
JW: Sabina Kane is a half-mage, half-vampire assassin. Her mixed blood keeps her on the periphery of vampire life, and she's been raised to consider mages her enemies. The series focuses on what happens when a brewing war between the races forces Sabina to question her assumptions about who she is and she has choose a side. Helping her navigate this treacherous world is a hairless cat demon, a hot mage, and various friends and enemies from the fae, demon, mage, vampire and other races.
The series began with RED-HEADED STEPCHILD and continues with THE MAGE IN BLACK (out April 2010). The third book, GREEN-EYED DEMON is slated for release spring of 2011.
2. What sorts of adventures are readers in store for in the second book, The Mage In Black?
JW: Let's just say Sabina has more enemies than she bargained for and finds friends in unlikely places. Speaking of friends, Giguhl--her demon minion--gets himself involved in a Demon Fight Club in New York's Black Light District. There's also some romantic developments that might surprise some readers.
3. Sabina is a strong kick-butt heroine. What came first, the characters or the story?
JW: Sabina came to me first. I was driving down the road and all the sudden the line, "Digging graves is hell on a manicure" popped into my head. From that line I wrote a quick scene that eventually became the first chapter of the book. Sabina's sardonic, matter of fact attitude toward violence was very clear to me from the beginning. The rest came as I began to dig deeper and figure out who she was. She's a fun and frustrating character to write because she is very stubborn and broken in ways that make her decision-making questionable at times.
4. For you, what is the hardest part of the writing process? The easiest?
JW: The hardest part is getting out of my own way and letting the story happen. The easiest is dialogue. Especially when Giguhl is talking.
5. I know you enjoy reading and writing all things paranormal, but do you believe in all things paranormal? Not so much vampires, but ghosts and witches?
JW: This is a tough one for me to answer.Witches obviously really exist, although they're not the fictionalized hags or all powerful creatures of lore. Ghosts? Well, I think the bottom line is I'm skeptical but with enough superstition to not want to anger anything that might be out there. Mostly I worry that acknowledging they exist might invite some unwanted attention. That said, I have had some minor creepy crawlies that I couldn't explain.
6. OK Jaye, no more coffee or Diet Coke. Now what?
JW: Good lord, what's next? Thumb screws?!? Okay, if you're stealing my caffeine I'll be forced to subsist on wine. Do you really want the responsibility of turning me into a wino on your conscience?
7. Lastly, what is your favorite way to unwind after a hard day of writing? Any guilty pleasures?
JW: Currently, my obsessions are RuPaul's Drag Race and watching series DVDs of Deadwood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don't watch TV every night, but TiVo is my best friend so I indulge in a good binge every now and then.
Jaye, thanks for the great interview. Congratulations on your books. I can't wait to continue the adventures with Sabina.
For more information about Jaye Wells and her books, visit her at her website. Her books can be ordered from booksellers such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Contest Time...I have one signed copy of Red-Headed Stepchild for a lucky commenter. To enter, please complete the form. You can gain an extra entry by spreading the word (tweet, blog post, sidebar, ect). Please be sure and leave some love for Jaye in the comments section (this is required for entry)! The deadline to enter is April 9th and since the book is already in my hands, this will be open to those with US/Canadian mailing addys. Good Luck!
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