Meet the Lady in Red: Jaye Shields

Crimson Romance author of the Immortals in Alameda Trilogy

             

Introduce yourself, please. Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name?

 Hi there, my name is Jaye Shields. It is indeed a pen name, although Shields is my last name. I came up with some really sexy pen names, like Jenna Ember, but in the end, decided to keep it simple. My early cover mock ups of my first erotic novella, Confessions of a Sex Demon actually has the pen name, Jenna Ember on it.

Let’s get the details out of the way:

Single, married, divorced, widowed?

Single. Send the highlanders my way!

Parent?

Maybe when I’m older

Living where?

Born in Seattle, living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What’s your secret passion?

Writing romance novels is my not-so-secret passion. Writing erotic novellas is my semi-secret passion. It’s about to become a lot less secret though when my book, Confessions of a Sex Demon comes out Sept. 17th, 2012!

Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.

My family and my upbringing. They, and I mean everyone, my mom, my dad, my grandma, my aunts and uncles, really made me who I am. I’m lucky to have been encouraged (to do anything) from a young age. My dad let me make my own mistakes and my mom, well, she always told me when I was being a snot. I’m less snotty these days so now she’s my official Momager and the best fan a girl could ask for. Days with my grandma were spent hanging out at Starbucks, book stores and psychic shops. What more could a girl ever need? My aunts and uncles taught me to be wordly and it’s because of them that I’ve never been afraid to venture out on my own. Yep. I adore my family.

If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?

A little bit of everywhere. I’ve spent a lot of time abroad, but I’d love to live in many places. I’d love to live in Mexico for a while (and put my Maya Civ education to use) and for sure spend time living in Paris, Italy and Ireland, my favorite destinations.

Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?

Yes, my upcoming novel takes place mostly in a small island town, Alameda, California. I love it because it reminds me of Europe meets USA. The charming town is filling with grand Victorian-era homes and I find myself walking the unique boulevards for hours. Since it’s an island, there is indeed a beach, that most Bay Area dwellers don’t even know about, and it has a gorgeous view of San Francisco in the distance. Love Alameda.

What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class?

I was always journaling and writing poetry. In high school I was in a grunge band called the Hymens (sick sense of humor, I know) and I wrote some of the later songs with the guitarist. My first novel-length creative writing was when I was a sophomore in high school. I wrote some serious Lord of the Rings fanfiction. I used to get tons of comments and reads. I think I might actually have had more of a following than I do right now as a writer 😉

Why do you write romance novels?

They make me smile. They make others smile. It’s a break from the everyday routine.

What else do you write?

Everything. I did journalism in middle school and high school, I may do non-fiction one day that utilizes my anthropology/archaeology degree. I’d love to do travel writing. Right now my days are spent writing either poetry or swoon-worthy romance novels.

What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?

In Secrets of the Fog, coming Oct 29th from Crimson Romance, quite a bit is taken from my personal experience, especially since it takes place where I live. The coffee shop Tera owns, is a real coffee shop. Although, it probably doesn’t have a basement arsenal of weapons designed to take out paranormal bad guys…

What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part?

Nothing really. I did have to cut some out and Secrets of the Fog is a lot shorter now. Nothing they wanted me to cut was super imperative, which was why it wasn’t body part breaking worthy. It was mostly just fun conversations with secondary characters. 

Do you identify closely with one particular character? How?

There’s a little bit of each character in me, for sure. Tera, our heroine, in a Dryad. For those of you who don’t know about Dryads, I’ll give you a quick rundown. They’re a mythological creature that dwell within forests, often hiding within the essence of trees. Tera’s a bit more of a badass though and has left her forest. She uses her ability to speak to trees and bend the flora when she’s fighting paranormal bad guys.

The best part about my writing life is:

I’m writing and it makes me so happy. I can finally share my imagination with people.

The worst part about my writing life is:

I wish I had more time to write because there are more stories I want to tell 😀

Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.

Secrets of the Fog (October 29th, 2012)

A-Sexual Goddess + Giant Tree = Dryad. Or at least that’s how Tera was born.

When Tera’s friends inform her that the portal on Alcatraz Island was buzzing with an arrival, she thinks her goddess mother has come to visit. Quite the contrary. Another goddess has plans to kill Tera, and is sending a bunch of demons to do her dirty work. Instead of finding a goddess at the portal, Tera finds a gigantic otherworldly warrior causing mass destruction amongst the San Francisco tourists. Being a Forest Dryad born from the Goddess of the Hunt has its perks, and kicking ass is one of them.​ ​    

Sabin is six-feet-six of hard-bodied soldier, used to subduing demons twice his size. One day after chasing an elusive smoke demon through a portal into the human realm, Sabin is brought to his knees by a beautiful woman, literally. After arriving to a pier full of dead bodies, Tera issues a passionate smack-down before Sabin can explain that he’s the good guy. He becomes dedicated to saving her as an ancient grudge comes to life.

 

Thanks for stoppin’ by.

XOXO Jaye

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16 Comments

  1. Hi Jaye – we were just talking pen names at my signing at the chapter meeting. A chapter mate who writes for HQN said she just got her DBA so now she can take checks in her pen name.

    So many things to consider. So glad you made it onto Ladies in Red. Looking forward to reading your posts.

    • Thanks, Lynn! I took a really great workshop on rwaol on the business of writing and I got my DBA back then, it was such a thrill!

  2. Hey, Jaye! Great to get to know you!

    • Thanks Berinn! It feels awesome to be with such talented company. Am lovin’ Collision, almost done!

  3. Confessions of a Sex Demon sounds like fun indeed!

    Very pleased to meet another Lady in Red with the same release date.

    Best of luck and enjoy your day tomorrow!

    • Thanks! So excited to share a release date with you! What will yours be titled?

  4. Sounds like this new series is going to be fun…who doesn’t love a hero who is a knight of the fog…wonder what he wears?? hee hee

    Excited for you new release and excited for your upcoming release with Crimson. Red is definitely your color!!

  5. Great to read more about you! I’m loving the setting of your books and can’t wait to read them. Alameda and SF are in my backyard. The name Secrets of the Fog sounds so mysterious…so much to hide in that SF fog!

  6. Erin’s right, you make Alameda sound heavenly! I love the setup for “Secrets of the Fog,” and I’m not normally a paranormal reader. Continued luck in all of your writing endeavors!

  7. Sounds like an interesting read. Can’t wait until the book is out. I love paranormals and kick ass heroines are the best. And I love Alameda. I spent a year in the Bay Area and miss it. Great to know more about you!

  8. Thanks, ladies! Alameda is heavenly! Great to see you all and have my first day on Ladies in Red!

  9. Great interview, Jaye. You sound like great fun, and so very interesting. Can’t wait for your books to be out. They sound tons of fun!! Best of luck!

  10. Hi Jaye – great interview. Best of luck on your release. I love paranormal books.

  11. Wonderful stuff Jaye, very imaginative!! Good luck with all your releases this year!!!

  12. Your life sounds so interesting. Congratulations on your release today and your upcoming release on 10/29.

    • Thanks for coming by, October 29th is right around the corner!


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