After several years as a magazine editor and freelance writer, USA TODAY Bestselling author Jaye Wells finally decided to leave the facts behind and make up her own reality. Her overactive imagination and life-long fascination with the arcane and freakish blended nicely with this new career path. Her Sabina Kane urban fantasy series is a blend of dark themes, grave stakes and wicked humor. Jaye lives in Texas with her saintly husband and devilish son. Her work is represented by Rebecca Strauss of DeFiore and Co.
- Astrological sign: Aries
- Favorite Color: Red
- Favorite Food: Mexican
- Favorite Cities: Charleston, San Francisco, New Orleans
- Favorite Vampire: The Count from Sesame Street
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about signed books:
How can I get signed copies of your books?
Watch my blog, twitter feed and Facebook for news on upcoming signings and conventions. If you can’t make those, A Real Bookstore offers signed and personalized copies shipped directly to you.
I already own the books and can’t make it to one of your signings, how can I get my copy personalized?
Book plates are available. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope and inscription instructions to the address below for a personalized, archive-quality book plate.Jaye Wells 7000 Independence Pkwy Suite 160, PMB 183 Plano, TX 75025
Please note: Requests received without proper postage will not be fulfilled.
What’s Team Awesome?
Team Awesome is my street team. Really, it’s a social club for my most avid readers. The team has access to exclusive giveaways, events, and news before everyone else. We’re also working on exclusive Team Awesome swag for members, i.e. tshirts, etc. But most importantly, it’s a community of book lovers.
Here’s how it works. My wonderful Street Team coordinator, Annie, has put together a nifty online form here. Fill it out and we’ll do the rest. If you’re chosen, you will receive a welcome packet in the mail with bookmarks, stickers, buttons and a welcome gifts. You’ll also receive instructions for joining the Team Awesome’s exclusive Facebook page. We limit numbers to keep the team manageable, but I will announce online when the membership reopens. If you’re not sure if we’re open right now, go ahead and apply and we’ll be in touch.
-Note: You must be at least 18 years old to be a member of Team Awesome. While Jaye loves her teen readers, there are liability issues that prevent her from accepting underage readers.
-Any questions regarding the team should be sent to TeamAwesome@jayewells.com.
Questions about Jaye’s Series:
What is the Prospero’s War series about?
Debuting in January 2014, 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.
Kate Prospero is a new breed of Urban Fantasy heroine. She doesn’t shoot first and ask questions later. She’s far too jaded by the system to go off into a rage. Even though she was born an Adept, she walked away from magic years ago, so she’s got to rely on her wits and her training to navigate the War on Dirty Magic. Still, her past with the dirty magic covens will definitely complicate the hell out of her cases.
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.”
Fans of the Sabina series will definitely find a lot of familiar elements in Kate Prospero’s world–lots of action, humor, crazy characters and tons of twists and turns. Reading it will feel a lot like spending a wild night in a magical dive bar.
What is Meridian Six?
It’s a novella 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. The Troika uses M6 as a propaganda tool by presenting her as the perfect example of a well-behaved human, but behind closed doors she is a blood whore passed around between the highest ranking vampires.
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 when the world is at war, freedom is a luxury paid for in blood.
The novella Meridian Six is the first in what I hope to be a series of stories about this character.
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, 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.
Who is Kate Eden?
She is my alter ego, who writes humorous paranormal romance. Check out her web site.
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. Except for my family who is forced to eat my food.
Who is Spawn?
He is my kid. He’s nine going on forty. I call him Spawn to protect his identity because I share all sorts of embarrassing stories about him all over the internet. I figure one day he might run for Congress or something and I don’t want a random tweet I posted to ruin his chances. For example, the other day at lunch in a nice restaurant, he announced, “I’ve tasted my own blood!” Is that the kind of person you want running your country? I didn’t think so.
What does your family think about the fact you write about … (Choose one) vampires, guns, murder, demons, drugs, midget orgies, drag queens, characters that cuss too much?
To my face, 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’m a complete slack ass. 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, and dozens of other random places.
Which emotional state do you experience more often when writing? (1) I’m going to throw this effing mess out the window or (2) leave me alone, I’m having an intimate moment with my manuscript.
The second part of that could get you arrested in several states, I think. But my emotional state changes so much while I’m writing one answer is impossible. So many factors come into play. But if I had to guess, the effing mess state outweighs more during the draft mode.
How do you get in the mood to write sex scenes? Or fight scenes?
Same answer for both. Music. It’s amazing how many songs on my play list apply to either sex or fighting.
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.
Are you a pantster or a plotter?
I’m a scene writer. 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.
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