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About High Lonesome Sound 

On the day her mama died, Ruby Barrett stopped hearing the mountain’s song, and her daddy, Cotton, climbed into a barrel of moonshine.

With no future to look forward to in Moon Hollow, Ruby prays for a miracle to help her escape. When horror author Peter West arrives looking for a story idea to resurrect his failing career, Ruby believes he’s the answer to her prayers.

But her daddy has some whiskey-soaked prayers of his own. He wants his wife back, and he’s willing to strike a deal with the devil himself to make it happen.

What people are saying about High Lonesome Sound: 

“A masterful portrayal of flawed humanity struggling to hear the song of the sublime. It’s harrowing, haunting, and ultimately triumphant with a deeply satisfying conclusion.” –Kevin Hearne, NYT Bestselling author of the Iron Druid series

“A story that will leave you shivering in the dead of summer.” –Cherie Priest, author of The Family Plot

“Some of the best horror I’ve read in ages. Feels like Stephen King after he  really hit his stride.” –Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things

Mentorship Program

Big news, friends! I am partnering with Writing Workshops Dallas to offer intensive, six-month writing mentorships for novelists.

Mentoring new writers is one of my passions, and I’ve been lucky to teach lots of writers through formal and informal mentorships, workshops, and seminars over the years. However, one of my frustrations has always been the limited timeframes. Writing novels takes time, which requires a true mentorship to last longer than a few weeks or a couple of months.

Luckily, the great people at Writing Workshops Dallas are always looking for new ways to serve the writing community. So when I came to them and said I wanted to try this, they were enthusiastic about the opportunities it presented.

The Basics:

Our interactions will include a monthly seminar on writing craft, one-on-one sessions to discuss challenges and opportunities, monthly critique of submitted manuscript pages, and a private online portal to foster a community of support during the process.

Monthly workshops will meet at The Drawing Board in Richardson, TX. One-on-ones will happen over Skype.

Time Commitment: Six months. Monthly 3-hour seminar. Monthly one-on-one Skype call (approx 30 mins). An hour or so a month to chat in discussion group. And, of course, writing time.

Cohort Size: Up to 6 mentees

Investment: $2900

Deadline for Application: May 1

For the full scoop, check out the application page here. 

FAQ:

Do I have to live in Dallas to be a mentee?

Not at all. Students outside the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, or those who have limited mobility, can work remotely via livestream and Skype.

Will I get a book contract at the end of six months? 

Writing novels is not a get-rich-quick endeavor. Anyone who promises fame or a fat contract to you is not to be trusted. Results depend on both the quality of information you receive from Jaye AND the amount of work you’re willing to put into this. Even if both of those things work out, no one can guarantee that the publishing market will be ready for you project when you’re done with it. Even if you can’t sell this project, you will have a toolbox and experience you can draw on for the next book and all of the ones after that.

Why is Jaye the mentor for me? 

She might not be. Hopefully you’ll do your homework before applying. Read her writing posts here, follow her on Twitter, read her books. If she seems like someone you’ll get along with, then apply. If not, keep working hard or find someone who does seem like a great fit. You deserve to work with someone who supports you and gets your work.

What if I can’t do it this round? 

There will be other opportunities in the future. At this point, we don’t know if the mentorships will be once or twice a year, but keep an eye on Jaye’s social media or join her newsletter for updates.

Any other questions? Email wellswritingworkshop(at)gmail(dot)com

 

High Lonesome Sound on Audible

 

Have you listened to High Lonesome Sound yet?

In Moon Hollow, secrets won’t stay buried. Neither will the dead.

On the day her mama died, Ruby Barrett stopped hearing the mountain’s song, and her daddy, Cotton, climbed into a barrel of moonshine. With no future to look forward to except raising her two brat sisters, Ruby prays for a miracle to help her escape Moon Hollow. When horror author Peter West arrives looking for a story idea to resurrect his failing career, Ruby believes he’s the answer to her prayers. But Cotton Barrett has some whiskey-soaked prayers of his own. He wants his wife back, and he’s willing to strike a deal with the devil himself to make it happen.

“This is a story that will leave you shivering in the dead of summer.” -Cherie Priest, author of The Family Plot

“A masterful portrayal of flawed humanity struggling to hear the song of the sublime. It’s harrowing, haunting, and ultimately triumphant with a deeply satisfying conclusion.” -Kevin Hearne, NYT Bestselling author of the Iron Druid series

“Some of the best horror I’ve read in ages. Feels like Stephen King after he really hit his stride.” -Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things

Get it now at Audible!

High Lonesome Sound Audiobook

At long last, the audiobook of my Appalachian Gothic novel High Lonesome Sound is available!

For this special production, I worked with the wonderful Rebecca Roberts, whose evocative narration made the story feel brand new for me.

About High Lonesome Sound:

In Moon Hollow, secrets won’t stay buried. Neither will the dead.

On the day her mama died, Ruby Barrett stopped hearing the mountain’s song, and her daddy, Cotton, climbed into a barrel of moonshine. With no future to look forward to except raising her two brat sisters, Ruby prays for a miracle to help her escape Moon Hollow.

When horror author Peter West arrives looking for a story idea to resurrect his failing career, Ruby believes he’s the answer to her prayers. But Cotton Barrett has some whiskey-soaked prayers of his own. He wants his wife back, and he’s willing to strike a deal with the devil himself to make it happen.

Get it now on Audible | Amazon | iTunes 

 

High Lonesome Sound Holiday Promo

Got a friend or family member who loves Gothic stories?

If you buy your loved one a print copy of HIGH LONESOME SOUND for ChrisHannaKwanz, I’ll send them a signed and personalized book plate. You just need to email info before 12/20.

Send an image of your receipt, personalization info and the address it should be sent to to Jaye(at)gmail(dot)com.

Details: Applies to print copies of High Lonesome Sound only. One bookplate per address. Requests received after 12/20 will not be honored. Requests submitted without proof of purchase will not be honored.

Read an excerpt of High Lonesome Sound

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Upcoming Classes

I have two upcoming workshops beginning in January 2019. Ask your loved ones for this gift for the New Year. Make 2019 the year you level up in your craft!

Novel 1 (Jan. 14-Mar 4, 2019)

Location: Online

8 Students

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Writing a novel is a complex and time-consuming endeavor that requires mental stamina. Writers who want to master the form need a toolbox of craft techniques, a supportive network, and mentoring from a pro who has been there and can offer proven strategies for success.

Each week, we will explore the fundamental building blocks of novels, including characterization, world building, plotting and story structure, themes, and point of view. In addition, we’ll focus on building the skill of reading like a writer as we analyze a classic published novel and by critiquing each other’s work to underscore craft concepts. Students will have two opportunities to have pages of their novel-in-progress workshopped in a supportive environment with the goal of improving craft, voice, and clarity. In addition, each student will receive one-on-one mentoring from the instructor to address individual goals and challenges.

Intermediate Novel Workshop (January 13-March 3 2019) 6:30pm

Location: The Drawing Board in Richardson, TX

8 Students

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Once you’ve learned the basics of writing novels, there are still lots of tools to master to take your work to the next level. This workshop is for experienced beginners, who has already completed at least one novel manuscript and are actively pursuing publication. Open to all genres.

Topics will include the connection between world building and character, using rhetorical devices to improve your word craft, exploring different methods and systems for novel writing, revision strategies, and interactive workshopping of your story in progress. The goal is to help you level up and address common errors that keep good writers from getting published as well as learning tricks that pros use to make their prose sing.

High Lonesome Sound Bibliography

I do an enormous amount of research for every book I write. This is because I often only write about things I am fascinated to learn about. In the case of High Lonesome Sound, I did even more than usual because I wanted to avoid writing something that relied too heavily on stereotypes of Appalachia.

I know lots of readers and writers who are interested in this region and its customs. So I’m sharing my bibliography in the hopes it will help others learn more about Appalachia’s rich traditions and history. The works cited below are mostly non-fiction books, but I have also included a link to my Pinterest board, which collects dozens of articles, images, and other resources not easily cited. In addition, I’ve linked to a PDF of an essay I wrote in graduate school about feminism in the Gothic genre and how High Lonesome Sound adds to the tradition. There is a bibliography on academic sources for the history of Gothics included.

 

 Bibliography for High Lonesome Sound by Jaye Wells

Crissman, James K. Death and Dying in Central Appalachia: Changing Attitudes and Practices. Chicago. University of Illinois Press. 1994.

Dotson-Lewis ,B. L. Appalachia: Spirit Triumphant: A Cultural Odyssey of Appalachia. Infinity Publishing. 2004.

Dyer, Joyce, editor. Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers. The University Press of Kentucky. 1998.

Jabbour, Alan, and Karen Singer Jabbour. Decoration Day in the Mountains: Traditions of Cemetery Decoration in the Southern Appalachians. Chapel Hill. The University of North Carolina Press. 2010.

Joslin, Michael, and Ruth Joslin. Mountain People, Places, and Ways: A Southern Appalachia Sampler. Johnson City, TN. The Overmountain Press. 1985.

McCoy, Edain. Mountain Magic: Folk Wisdom From the Heart of Appalachia. St. Paul.  Llewelyn Publications. 1997.

Whitington, Mitchell. Funeral and Mourning Traditions of the Old South. 23 House Publishing. 2017.

Additional Resources:

Moon Hollow Pinterest Board : Dozens of articles and images collected by the author

Further reading: Jaye Wells’ “The Narrative of Agency in High Lonesome Sound” essay. Wells Gothic Essay*

*All rights reserved. Do not reproduce or quote essay without permission of author.

Dirty Magic on Sale!

Big news! For a limited time, Orbit has marked down the ebook of Dirty Magic to just $1.99. Now is the perfect time to dive into this series and binge on it over the summer.

Purchase Dirty Magic now from Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

About the Prospero’s War Series:

Action-packed police procedural meets dark urban fantasy in a world where cops and wizards are fighting a war over addictive, dangerous, and illegal dirty magic.

Kate Prospero knows a lot about dirty magic. Before she became a cop, she was raised in a coven that ran the Arcane criminal underworld of Babylon, Ohio. Her history helped her land a spot on a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, but as she works to bring down old friends and family members, she’ll have to face her own dysfunctional relationship with magic.

Dirty Magic is the first book in the series, which currently has four novels and a novella with three more planned novels in the works.

“Jaye Wells has created a fresh, magical world full of potion junkies & alchemists that promises to break new ground in paranormal thrillers.” – Laurell K. Hamilton

“Kate Prospero is my new favorite heroine—imperfect, haunted, driven, and dangerous.” – Kevin Hearne, NYT Bestselling Author of The Iron Druid Chronicles

 

Upcoming Workshops

Big news! I’ve recently signed on to start teaching writing through Writing Workshops Dallas. For more information on each or to reserve your spot, go to WritingWorkshopsDallas.com.

Story Craft: Mastering the Art of Promises & Payoffs in Fiction

Sunday, July 8, 2018 – 3:00PM TO 6:00PM

Great stories don’t happen by accident. The best writers understand the tools of the craft and use them to construct tales that surprise and satisfy their readers. To master these skills, writers must learn how to effectively make compelling story promises in their opening lines and pages as well as deliver surprising yet satisfying payoffs by THE END. In this workshop, you’ll learn about:

  • The tools that make effective and intriguing promises
  • Concrete examples of how bestselling authors use these tools in their stories
  • Delivering on your promises by effectively landing your payoffs
  • Tips for revision and working with these tools with your critique partners
  • How to apply these principles to your own work in progress with hands-on exercises

Students will also receive worksheet templates they can use for current and future projects. This class is for writers at all levels.

Fee: $60 or $45 for former/current students | Live Stream Available for out-of-towners!

 

8-WEEK NOVEL I with JAYE WELLS – CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Writing a novel is a complex and time-consuming endeavor that requires mental stamina. Writers who want to master the form need a toolbox of craft techniques, a supportive network, and mentoring from a pro who has been there and can offer proven strategies for success. This course, taught by USA Today Bestselling author Jaye Wells, is for writers of all levels and genres who are serious about learning the craft of writing great novels. Each week, we will explore the fundamental building blocks of novels, including characterization, world building, plotting and story structure, themes, and point of view. In addition, we’ll focus on building the skill of reading like a writer as we analyze a classic published novel and by critiquing each other’s work to underscore craft concepts. Students will have two opportunities to have pages of their novel-in-progress workshopped in a supportive environment with the goal of improving craft, voice, and clarity. In addition, each student will receive one-on-one mentoring from the instructor to address individual goals and challenges .

NOTE: Students are required to purchase Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and John Truby’s The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, which will be used to illustrate concepts explored in class .

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students. (Payment plans available to returning students.)

  • Jaye Wells, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 8 students
  • Meets Tuesdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 21, 2018 to October 9, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206