Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Interview and Giveaway: Jaye Wells

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!


Another Daydreamer said...

Wonderful interview. :) I myself have a hard time watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer--I guess I'm still sad it's over. ;)

Thanks for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read this book.

LunaMoth said...

oh dear, i love Rupauls drag race too!! great interview =)

Jessy said...

Thanks for the interview and the giveaway! I love my TIVO as well. I don't think I would ever give it up now.

Brooke Reviews said...

Great interview. I feel ya on the no Diet Coke/Coffee thing. Does tea count? I'd be very unhappy without diet coke lol. I've tried watching RuPauls Drag Race, but those dudes are so whiny haha

cait045 said...

Great Interview. I love Buffy reruns also so I am very excited I found them on LOGO.

fickle fan said...

congratulations on your book! :)

KMichelleC87 said...

Thanks for the contest

Kat Duncombe said...

lol I agree with the whole not giving up caffeine thing! YIKES!

tetewa said...

Enjoyed the post, looking forward to the release!

Robin K said...

I seem to see you on so many blogs! I am eagerly anticipating this read!

Great interview.

Moonsanity said...

Jaye and Sabina rock. She is VERY funny:)

vslavetopassionv said...

These books look great! Thank you for the interview.


joder said...

Can't imagine not having caffeine...just torture me now why don't ya! I love the cover of this book and that she's such a strong heroine.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

elizabeth said...

Great interview! I love to read author interviews about books I've never heard of! Definitely going to check these out!

fredamans said...

Hello Jaye!
Really love the covers of both books, and that is what pulls me in. Based on the descriptions I think I would love getting lost in them.
Thank you for hosting a great giveaway!
Best wishes and Happy "early" Easter!

Princess Aurora said...

I have cut back on caffeine a WHOLE lot! I drink CF Pepsi on a daily basis and CF Tea in fun flavors. The only time I have Caffeine is when I am out and about cuz nobody sells CF stuff.....
BTW I LOVE the title of the first books! Cracks me up!!!!!

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Jaye, Glad you stoppped by today. I loved the interview and enjoyed all the little godies you imparted to us.
This sounds like a terrific book and am adding to my to buy list. You are also a new author so I am adding to that list also.
Yes, I have to have my caffeine to get going in the morning (I am 67). It takes away all those little aches and pains..LOL
The way ideas pop into your head was really funny. How many women think you can mess up your manicure digging graves?..LOL

Thanks for having Jaye here today Ellz..

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Jackeline R. said...

Gosh I love coffee! I wish we had those caffeine patches like in Meet the Robinsons lol

I can't wait to read these books! I've heard a bit about Jaye Wells and they were all good things so I'm even more curious about her work.

Anonymous said...

i love the interview!

Bethie said...

Congrats on the release. I love the half vampire/half mage

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CrystalGB said...

Hi Jaye. Great interview. Your books sound good. :)

xxsquigglesxx said...

I'm new to this series, but it sounds really good. Mages and vampires in the same book...can't go wrong with that!

Martha Lawson said...

Thanks for this giveaway. I lovethe titles of these books..

angie said...

Jaye, I have heard great things about your book! I would love to read it! Great interview!

Lisa R said...

I seldom read the first book in a series. I prefer to wait until I have 2 or 3 books. This series is one of the exceptions. The guys over at Reluctant Adults and so many of the bloggers just loved the RHSC that I could not wait. I'm really looking forward to getting this book and devouring it.

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(='.'=) Happy Easter from Bun!

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Thanks for the interview Jaye! I've heard great things about your Sabina series, the permise sounds exciting! I would like to see your take on mages and how is the Sabina universe. (The covers look very cool!)

Wishing you lots of success for the future and can't wait to read your series! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

booklover0226 said...

I've had RED-HEADED STEPCHILD on my wishlist for a while. I need to read it soon fo I can read MAGE IN BLACK.

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booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Rosie said...

Thanks for stopping by and for the contest. I'm looking forward to reading this series.

Rosie said...

Thanks for stopping by and for the contest. I'm looking forward to reading this series.

dor said...

I enjoyed the interview and have to say that the covers have to catch me.....Yours have.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Tara SG (25 Hour Books) said...

I had heard of the series, but wasn't really interested in reading it until this review! Great giveaway!

Christa Holland said...

I really want to read this series & the title of this book (Red-Headed Stepchild) makes me smile. Maybe it shouldn't, but I had a friend in HS that would say that sometimes & she was a red head. : )

Thanks for the contest.

Heather Y said...

Hello! I'm not entering this giveaway since I already have a copy of this one but I wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much I enjoyed it! Giguhl especially is a crack up and I loved every minute he was in the scene. Can't wait to pick up the next one! :)

heather y

clenna said...

I haven't read any of Jaye's books but now they are on wish list. I'm can't wait. They so exciting.
Thanks Jaye - I can't wait.

Raspberry said...

I love the title Red-Headed Stepchild. It's a fabulous title and makes me want to read it all the more. :)

throuthehaze said...

Great interview! This series looks awesome!

Isi and Jas' mom said...

Sounds like a good one. I like how the idea came to you.

Anne said...

Lisa R.: The bunny is so cute, a lotof free time or did you see it somewhere?


Congrats on your new release. I'm loooking forward to reading Sabina's continuing adventures.

Rain Maiden said...

My husband calls my son " His red-headed step child." I have had this series recommend to me by Amazon. Great interview, I will have to start with Red-Headed Stepchild.

robin_titan said...

Yay! Another buffy fan :)

Man, I wish supernatural creatures existed that would be incredible. Though maybe not so much with the scary ones.

Aik said...

I love this interview! It makes me so interested in reading Jaye's books!

Natasha said...

Great interview!
I absolutely loveeeed The Red-Headed Stepchild! hat a wonderful book! I cannot wait to read Mage in Black!

E.J. Stevens said...

Great interview! This sounds like a fabulous series.



I've really wanted to read this great interview

Cherry said...

Hiya Ellz, don't enter me in the draw as I'm non-US, but twitted about your contest at

Goodluck everybody!!

jmspettoli said...

Thanks for the interview. I've so many good things about these books! Gotta love a red-head! Thanks for the giveaway.

skyla11377 said...

Hey Jaye Great Interview. So Many Sites And People Have Said How Good This Book Was. I Have Not Had The Pleasure Of Reading It Yet But I Would Love To Do So. Please Enter Me Into This Giveaway.

Deedles said...

Thank you for the interview. I love Buffy. We just finished watching the whole series on dvd. We watched 2 episodes a night.
Your books look like fun reads.

Francine said...

Great interview and thanks for the giveaway.

jacabur1 said...

Jaye I ordered the book from The Book Depository and they cancelled the order so here I am enjoying the interview and hoping to win a signed copy because The Mage in Black is on it's way and need to read them in order so the fun will not get mixed up in my head!!!


jackie b central texas

Tabby said...

Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

Manders said...

So ready to read Mage! yay! Thanks Jaye :)

Cathy M said...

Hi Jaye,

I am a die hard Buffy fan too, and consider my dvd collection part of my comfort shows.

E said...

From reading your interview whether I win the book or not this looks like a great series to start. You can never get enough paranormal romance in your life.


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