Welcome, Jaye! Tell us a little about yourself and your work. How did you get started writing?
I had no intention of becoming a writer. I loved to read, and for most of my life that was enough for me. More than enough really, for I am a compulsive reader and will read anything I can put my hands on. Present me with a bookshelf full of books, and I will start at one end and read my way to the other.
Then I offered to edit my sister’s books. She hates computers, so I offered to type them up too. Before I knew it, my brain began to explore what other things I could be doing.
I tried to ignore that inner voice, for I was busy enough. Anita was writing faster than I could format, and there were all my other interests too. Gardening, DIY, dressmaking and a host of craft projects. I love to be busy, but it came to the point where something had to give, never mind add something else to the list.
That was then, and now I am busy writing the third book in my mystery thriller series. The characters just turned up in my head, one by one and nagged me for weeks until I gave in and listened. So you can never say never.
This genre came as a surprise, for I lean towards the supernatural, spooky kind of book, so I have no idea where the idea came from. If anything, I should have expected to write medical stories, as I always wanted to be a doctor, and these are some of my favourite television programmes.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer when I held my first paperback copy of my book The Ninth Life in my hand for the first time. Up until that magic moment, I doubted I would ever feel like a writer. But holding that paperback copy finally convinced me.
It is the dark and disturbing mystery thriller of a middle-aged woman who has escaped dying so many times she would appear to have nine lives. At least that’s what the annoying voice in her head would have her believe.
Always a bit of a loner, with a failed marriage and relationships behind her, Kate Devereau’s life has not been kind, and despite her apparent immortality, death might have been welcome. Kate’s reputation as an English artist has grown, but she has no life other than art. No friends or husband.
When people around her start to die at the hands of a sadistic serial killer, she begins to wonder if she will be next. Is she finally running out of time? Is it her turn to die?
Who is your favourite character from your book and why?
My favourite character didn’t really appear until book two, The Last Life, and his name is Detective Inspector David Snow. The fact that my detective looks a lot like Tom Selleck should indicate how fond I am of him. I just love writing about him.
Do you have any other talents or hobbies?
Probably shouldn’t have chosen this question, as I could be here for hours. The list of my hobbies is incredibly long, so I will limit myself to my favourites. So apart from writing, which has to be number one, I love photography and am a puzzle freak. Jigsaws, suduko, PC games, I love them all. I also sew, knit and crochet and when I have the time I love to paint and draw.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I am just writing the third book in my mystery thriller series, The Wrong Life, but this might be my detectives swan song. I would love to write a supernatural story next, but anything is possible as I’m not really in control of any of it.
What would you want your tombstone to say?
Well, my life has not been easy by anyone’s standards, and now I am growing old, I sometimes look back and wonder how I managed to get through it all. So, the perfect epitaph for me would be: “She did her best…” Even though I made a pig’s ear out of most of it!
What is your favourite Fiction/non Fiction book?
My favourite fiction book just happens to be Scarlet Ribbons, my sister’s supernatural mystery romance. I was the editor for this one and fell in love with it. And no, she didn’t have to pay me to say this!
Jaye Marie is the ‘oily rag’ and joint partner of the establishment www.anitajaydawes.net and usually prefers to stay in the background.
Since Jaye and Anita decided to publish their books, all Jaye’s other interests have had to take a back seat. And as she (claims she) is not half as clever as she wants to be, they may well have to leave the country for a while.
Jaye is an avid Bonsai fan and has her own collection that demands her attention in the growing season or they will die. (It’s a bit like having children.)
Jaye has always preferred to be kept busy, although she does think that now she is over 70, she might be able to relax a bit more – but also doesn’t think that will happen any time soon. She has a need to be doing or trying something new. She makes all these plans in her head, knowing she is probably wasting her time, but just can’t help it.