Introduce yourself to the rest of the class. Who are you and what makes you tick?
I’m a writer and editor living in Freiburg, the sunniest city in Germany. I used to work as a psychologist, but I gave up my job two years ago to write (and edit) full-time. It was the best decision I ever made. My life revolves around books. If I’m not writing them, I’m editing or reading them. I’d describe myself as an introvert who likes being around people—just in small increments of time.
What does it mean to you to be an author? What makes a writer a writer?
To me, being a (professional) writer means that I owe my readers books that have realistic and interesting plots; complex, three-dimensional characters; and heart-felt love stories, all delivered with as few grammar and spelling mistakes as possible. That’s what I’m trying to deliver with every book.A writer is someone who writes—and who’s constantly trying to get better at it and improve his or her writing skills. Being a writer is a life-long learning process, and that’s what I like about it.
Are you promoting a specific book? Tell us about it. Include the book blurb if you’d like.
My latest romance novel is Just Physical. It’s the third book in my Hollywood series, but it can stand on its own. Jill Corrigan, the main character, was introduced as a supporting character in book two, but my readers liked her so much that they told me Jill needed her own book. So I set out to write her story because I thought it was one that needed to be told. Lesbian romances—or romance novels in general—often have characters with perfect looks, perfect jobs, perfect health, perfect lives. Jill is different. Not only does she struggle in her job as an actress, but she also has multiple sclerosis.
Here’s the blurb:
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, actress Jill Corrigan takes herself off the romantic market since she doesn’t want to become a burden to a potential partner. On the set of a disaster movie, she meets stunt woman Kristine “Crash” Patterson, whose easy smile instantly makes Jill wish things were different.Despite their growing feelings for each other, Jill resolves to let Crash into her bed, but not her heart. As they start to play with fire on and off camera, will they really be able to keep things just physical?I’m actually blogging about Just Physical as part of the Ylva Publishing author blog hop that starts tomorrow. If you want to check it out, here’s the link: http://ylva-publishing.co.uk/blog/
Tell us about your biggest guilty pleasure. For example, do you sit naked in your pantry in the middle of the night and eat Nutella with your fingers?
Nah. My guilty pleasure is ice cream. Although I don’t know if I feel all that guilty about it. I even celebrate my book releases with ice cream. This photo is from the celebration when I left my day job to write full-time.
Tell us one thing that you’re passionate about. For example, would you strap yourself to an oil rigging a la Lucy Lawless with a Greenpeace sign in your hands?
If Lucy Lawless were there, I would J Okay, kidding aside, I feel strongly about fairness, especially when it comes to beings who can’t protect themselves, may it be animals, elderly people, or children.
What’s your writing process? That is, do you have a particular place you write and/or time of day? Do you have any particular things you do before you write? (e.g. do you listen to music, drink coffee, take dance breaks…)
I can write pretty much anywhere. I always try to start writing first thing in the morning, with the Internet off to avoid getting distracted. I make myself a cup of coffee with lots of milk, put my headphones with some music on, open Scrivener (my preferred writing software), and get started. I use a timer to remind myself to get up every half hour.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you (unless you’d have to kill us, in which case tell us something that some people don’t know).
I’m 99.9% vegetarian, mostly because I don’t like the taste of meat. The 0.1% is usually when I want to try a local specialty, for example one of the shrimp po’boys in New Orleans.
Is there a book by another author that you wish you had written?
No. While there are authors I admire, I have so many ideas of my own that I can’t even write all of those books.
If time and money were no problem, where would you most like to go in the world?
How about a cruise? I haven’t taken one, mostly because I’m not sure I’d really enjoy the experience of being on a ship with so many other people. But if money were no problem, I could have a cruise ship on my own and travel to any port city I wanted. I’d start with Croatia, because I spent a few summers there as a child and have fond memories of it.
And finally, what sorts of writing projects are next for you?
At the moment, I’m working on a historical romance novel titled Shaken to the Core. It’s set in San Francisco in 1906, during the time of the great earthquake and fire. One of the main characters is the only daughter of a wealthy family, while the other is a poor-as-dirt immigrant from Sicily. During their adventures in the burning city, they encounter Dr. Lucy Hamilton Sharpe, who is the granddaughter of Luke and Nora from my novel Backwards to Oregon.
Just Physical by Jae is available at
Jae grew up amidst the vineyards of southern Germany. She spent her childhood with her nose buried in a book, earning her the nickname “professor.” The writing bug bit her at the age of eleven. Since 2006, she has been writing mostly in English.
She used to work as a psychologist but gave up her day job in December 2013 to become a full-time writer and a part-time editor. As far as she’s concerned, it’s the best job in the world.
When she’s not writing, she likes to spend her time reading, indulging her ice cream and office supply addictions, and watching way too many crime shows.
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jae/e/B008ND0QXW/