Jaye Wells



Jaye Wells is the author of several speculative fiction novels. She is best known for writing urban fantasy with her USA Today bestselling Sabina Kane series and the Prospero’s War series. In 2012, she won the Best Urban Fantasy Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews for Blue-Blooded Vamp, and her novels Dirty Magic, Volatile Bonds, and Silver-Tongued Devil were also nominated for the award.

Before she became an author, Jaye was a magazine editor and freelance writer. She earned her B.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, and holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She belongs to International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Horror Writers Association.

In addition to writing, Jaye is also a sought-after speaker and teacher on the topics of writing craft and the writing life. She has served as faculty for the Paradise Lost writing retreat, taught writing at sea for Cruising Writers, ran the writers’ workshop for FenCon, and served as a mentor for Horror Writers Association’s. She also offers writing workshops and seminars through Writing Workshops Dallas.

When Jaye is not writing or teaching, she loves to travel and cook. She lives in Texas.


Short Bio:

USA Today Bestseller Jaye Wells is a former magazine editor whose award-winning speculative fiction novels have hit several bestseller lists. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, and is a sought-after speaker on the craft of writing. When she’s not writing or teaching, she loves to travel to exotic locales, experiment in her kitchen like a mad scientist, and try things that scare her so she can write about them in her books. She lives in Texas.

For rights inquiries or questions: Jaye@JayeWells.com


Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about buying Jaye’s books:

How can I stay up to date on Jaye’s release schedule and events? 

The best way to keep up with all my releases and news is to subscribe to my newsletter. It goes out monthly-ish (if it’s a release month it goes out the day the book launches), and is usually filled with exclusive content. Plus, I send all my new newsletter subscribers a free copy of The Uncanny Collection. Sign up now for my newsletter.

Why can’t I get your book in X store? 

This comes down to the limitations of independent publishing. While I have wonderful relationships with several great bookstores, I do not have the same reach and distribution options of a massive NY publisher. Bookstores have access to order any of my titles, but they also need to know there is a demand for them in order to carry them. If your favorite store doesn’t carry my books, ask them to order copies for you. They’d be happy to do it, you’ll feel good knowing you’re supporting your local bookery, and I’ll be glad to know that my books are on the shelves of a great store. We all win!

Questions about Jaye’s Novels:

What is the Prospero’s War series about?

Prospero’s War is a series about a cop who busts covens of wizards who sell illegal and addictive dirty magic on the streets of fictional Babylon, Ohio. Kate Prospero’s beat is the magical slum called the Cauldron.

The first book in the series is DIRTY MAGIC. While this series will be marketed as Urban Fantasy, I like to think of them as speculative crime fiction. I pitched these books to my editor as “The Wire and Breaking Bad with wizards.”

So far, there are three novels and one novella out in this series. Learn more about Prospero’s War here.

What is High Lonesome Sound?

It’s a stand alone novel in a genre I call “Appalachian Gothic,” which uses a lot of the motifs and tone of traditional gothic novels and sets it in Appalachia. When I pitched this novel I called it “Winter’s Bone meets Stephen King.” Learn more about High Lonesome Sound here.

What is Meridian Six?

It’s a series set in a dystopian world where vampires (the Troika) have enslaved the human race. Meridian Six is the main character. She is the daughter of a human freedom fighter who was murdered by the vampires, but when M6 was taken into custody they found out she was a carrier of the rarest blood type and, thus, extremely valuable.

When the Troika finally take their abuses too far, she runs towards freedom and the open arms of the Sisters of Crimson. But soon, her saviors hand her over to the human rebels, who want to use her famous name to start a revolution. All she wanted was freedom, but she’ll learn the hard way that in a world dominated by vampires, freedom is a luxury paid for in blood.

So far there are two books in that series Meridian Six and Children of Ash. Read more about them here.

Do you have any more Sabina Kane novels in the works?

The final Sabina Kane novel, BLUE-BLOODED VAMP, was released in June 2012. While I do plan on writing a couple of novellas or short stories set in Sabina’s universe again (like FOOL’s GOLD or RUSTED VEINS), I have no plans to write more novels featuring Sabina as the main character. Maybe one day I’ll write a book about some of the other characters in that ‘verse, but for now I have plenty of new worlds to conquer.

Questions About Jaye:

Do you have any hobbies?

I have a nasty habit of turning hobbies into enterprises. Witness my writing career, which started out as me saying, “It’d be fun to write stories in my spare time.” Anyway, my current obsession is cooking and I’m spending my free time taking classes and experimenting in my kitchen like a mad scientist. Since I have no interest in working a kitchen line (so stressful!) I figure it’s a safe hobby for now.

What does your family think about the fact you write … (Choose one) vampires, guns, murder, demons, addiction, profanity, etc.?

They’re very supportive because they’re terrified I will write a memoir.

General Writing Questions:

What is a typical workday like for you?
The only thing typical is that each day is different. Sometimes I’m strictly writing. Some days, I’m juggling writing with promo or businessy stuff. Some days, I read in my library or do research for an upcoming project. It varies depending on where I am in the book process.

Where do your ideas come from?

Everywhere. I’m not being sarcastic when I say that. I’ve gotten ideas from dreams, wine bottles, web sites, newspapers, overheard conversations, a porch light, a song, and dozens of other random places.

When did you decide to be a writer?
I decided to write a novel when I was eight. I think I got as far as the title before I gave up. It took me 22 more years to take my first writing class and realize it’s not supposed to be easy. Giving myself permission to be a beginner helped me complete my first novel. It hasn’t gotten any easier, but it’s still a lot of fun.

Are you a pantster or a plotter?
I’m a scene writer–or a puzzler. That means I start with one or a few scenes as inspiration, then I have to figure out the rest of the story. The process of figuring all that out is complex and sometimes even a mystery for me. But I do find that at a certain point plotting the scenes on a story board helps me organize my thoughts and keep the pacing tight. But I don’t outline so much that I don’t have room for flights of fancy. In other words, the answer is: I’m a puzzler.

How did you cultivate such a wicked sense of humor?
I made a pact with the devil. My dark master feeds me witty lines through my dental fillings.

Got more questions for Jaye? Email her: jaye@jayewells.com