Questions on writing and publishing:
I was homeschooled K-12, which gave me a lot more time to write than I would have otherwise. It was one of my favorite pastimes growing up. Also, growing up in the country with two brothers and no sisters led me to especially love adventure stories, which really affects what I write.
About how long does it take you to write a book?
Ideally, around six months. However, more realistically, it usually takes around a year.
Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?
I am fully self-employed right now, but besides writing, I also create and sell jewelry on Etsy. That is about half my income. It takes a lot of time, so I really have to try to balance writing related work with jewelry related work.
Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
A lot of the time, I simply cannot write on the computer. It just doesn’t feed my creativity. I usually write on my Alphasmart Neo, or if I really need a change, I’ll write in a notebook.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Probably just how much work it takes to write and publish. You have all these grand ideas when you’re young, but the reality of being an author is not nearly as glamorous as you would like it to be.
What was the biggest sacrifice that you’ve had to make in order to be an author?
Time, probably. Writing and publishing not only take a lot of work, but a lot of time. I always feel busy, and a lot of times that comes at the expense of other things I love, like reading. I sadly read far less than I used to before I really got into publishing.
Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
My most recent book is Samara’s Peril, the third book in my Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. It’s the midway point in the series, and the characters go through a lot of changes that launch them into who they will be in the second half the of the series. Also, a lot of the mysteries surrounding my main character, Jace, are answered in this book.
If you could spend time with a character from any book by any author, who would it be?
These sorts of questions are always really tough because I just adore fictional characters. Right at this moment, I would say it’s a tossup between Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings, or Kien from Books of the Infinite by R.J. Larson. But then, there’s also Kaladin from The Stormlight Archive . . . Yeah, so tough to choose.
What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learned from the process of writing?
To not be too concerned with every little thing different readers think or say. No one reads a book the same way. Everyone has different opinions. Sometimes they are positive, and other times they are not. It’s hard to receive criticism or even to worry about meeting the expectations of readers. I’ve had to tell myself to just focus on the story I know God has given me, and write it the way He directs me.
Questions about you:
I don’t usually listen to music while I’m actively writing, but it does play a big part in brainstorming and developing characters. Most of my main characters have a theme song. Usually it’s tracks from artists like Audiomachine and Future World Music. Movie soundtrack music. My character Jace has a few more songs than most characters. His theme song is On My Own by Ashes Remain. I also listen to a lot of music from Skillet for his character.
I love your pen name. How did you happen to choose it?
That’s a funny story. It was about two years ago now. One night I was watching one of the G.I. Joe movies with my brothers. The girl in there is called Lady Jaye. When I saw how the name was spelled, I thought it was really cool. I figured I would use it for a character someday, but the more I thought about it, the more I loved it, especially when I, for some reason, paired it with Knight. Next thing I know, I desperately wanted the pen name for myself. I discussed it with my mom the next day, and just decided to run with it. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made for my writing career. It was a total God thing.
What are your favorite quotes and/or scriptures?
I have two favorite Scripture verses. Psalms 46:10, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! And 1 Thess. 5:16, Rejoice always. These have been very important verses in my life, especially when things are really hard. They are always reminders to me to be still and trust that God has everything under control and to rejoice always no matter what happens.
What are your current writing projects?
I am currently writing the sixth and final book of Ilyon Chronicles. That is my main project right now, but since I’m nearing the end of the series, I’m starting to gather ideas for what I’m going to write next.
What comment from a reader would you love to hear?
I’ve already received so many wonderful comments from readers. Comments I only ever dreamed of when I first started publishing. It is always a huge encouragement to hear that my stories have touched someone’s life.
How would you describe yourself, in one sentence?
An introverted hopeless romantic. :)
What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
I’ve read quite a few such books, but the most recent one that has really influenced my life is Sacred Waiting: Waiting on God in a World that Waits for Nothing by David Timms. I had so many ideas of what my life would look like when I reached this point, but it never turned out how I imagined it would when I was a teenager. I always thought I would be happily married by now, but I’m still a waiting single girl. Anyone in my position can tell you how difficult that wait can be. I wasn’t very good at it, but I finally accepted my singleness and was able to look toward the future with new eyes after reading this book.
Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
Would you call sewing an uncommon talent? Lol! Because I feel like I’m always putting together a new costume or sewing new reenactment clothing for myself. :)
Do you have a specific story about how you came to Christ that you would like to share?
I don’t have an exciting conversion story. I grew up in a Christian home and got saved when I was about eight. I didn’t start taking it very seriously though, until I was about eighteen.
A lot of your books are set in a medieval time period. If you had the choice, would you have chosen to have lived then, or now?
Well, as much as I love medieval things, I don’t think I would want to give up my modern conveniences. :) Now, if there was a time machine and I could take a vacation to medieval times, I’d definitely do that.
Want more of Jaye's writing? Check out her books, and her blog, on her two websites.