Name Jaye Em Edgecliff
Where are you from
All over. I’ve lived in Georgia for the past 10 years, and that’s the longest I’ve ever been in one place.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I live a quiet life with my dog, two cats, and my wife (oh my, I’ve gone and confirmed my sexuality … was bound to happen sooner or later) whom I met in college.
I studied history, though I never bothered with finishing. Since then I’ve worked in various retail and technical fields; currently I work in the telephony switching department of a local cable/telephone/internet provider.
I was simultaneously a fantastic and awful student. One of those people who never paid attention, but also was quiet and got good grades (not best, but I did graduate 33rd of 114 … in a charter school with minimum academic requirements to even stay in.)
Really, I’m a rather boring person, it’s why I try not to talk about myself much in my blog or write bios. People always assume authors lead some kind of exciting or exotic life, and the likes of Pat Rothfuss doesn’t help that. I’m more like Ms Rowling … without the £100Mil bank account.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Well, I’ve got 2 out of the 4 books for Now & Forever out. I’m working on Book 3, which doesn’t have a title yet. I’ve got some vague ideas regarding Faerie Patrol rattling in my brain, and a neat little story about a transgender girl that I’m curious to see where it goes.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing … probably around 2004ish, maybe 2006 or 7. My wife was doing some writing exercise things she found online and I thought they looked interesting so I wrote up some vignettes about an RPG character of mine. It was fun, and I ended up a bit carried away.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I decided I had something worth sharing with the world, something I felt confident enough about to actually charge money for.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Ever heard of Terry Pratchett? You know the inspiration particles things his Discworld books talk about? Yeah, probably something like that.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Messy? Really I handwrite it all first and my penmanship is … I’m some obscene amount German ancestry and we all have a genetic glitch that means chicken scratch is a compliment.
Serious answer? I don’t know. I was never good at lit classes, I wouldn’t know a specific writing style if it bit me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I honestly don’t remember. The series name itself, I think, probably came from the fact that it’s so unabashedly “Happily Ever After” and the story itself takes you through the birth and formation of Sally & Lauren’s relationship.
The titles of the books I get as I write them and they just sort of come to me after I see the direction they’re taking; it’s all down to theme.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Homosexuals are people too. Hopes, dreams, fears, etc. They’re no different than anyone else at all. We’re some of us Christian and go to church, some of us were and were driven away, some of us simply are not. But we’re all human beings.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
That’s open for debate. Honestly, all of it. I base it all on my own experiences to varying degrees, then I dress it up and add a little bit of fairy dust, but in the end it’s all perfectly realistic. Love at first sight happens for some couples. Some couples fall in love as teenagers, as children …
Some people discover their sexuality when they meet that one right person.
Some parents are just as laid back and hippie as Lauren’s … And the coincidences of it all coming together in the way it does in the story … well, that happens in the real world as well.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Sort of. I mean I’ve got amazing friends who were as supportive of my own sexuality as Lauren’s are for her. And my own family is both very religious (and Lutheran, though a different synod of it) but very laid back and more than a little hippie-ish. Mostly I don’t force any of the characters or situations. I let them be themselves and just watch and take notes.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
I honestly can’t answer that. I don’t read books that way. Some probably have had some kind of impact on me, if nothing else influenced how I write. But to say that there was one that was Earth shattering for me … none. Well, Celery Stalks at Midnight was the first book I ever read that wasn’t a childrens’ book or a comic book. I was in grade 4 and a teacher suggested it when, I guess, she noticed I didn’t peruse the novels and such like the other kids. I fell in love with the Bunnicula series, then The Hobbit, and it was all downhill from there.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Oh gods. Uhm … either Ed Greenwood or Robert Heinlein. But there’s ever so much to say for Sir Pratchett and for Dennis McKiernan
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
None. I’ve not been in any frame of mind to read.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
The authors of a graphic series Penny Parablis (I may have butchered that spelling, I usually do) have really caught my attention. I’ve also recently discovered GRRM and Pat Rothfuss (whose name I can never get right) but I suppose George isn’t new, and Pat really wouldn’t count either. So the Penny P crew.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Now & Forever as anything I’m focused on. Ostensibly Faerie Patrol and my as yet unnamed, unfinished, and unkown length trans … whatever it’ll be.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
No one. I’m not a social person. I’ve friends, but while they didn’t keep me down, I can’t say they were supportive. Not in a negative way, just as in I never asked anything of them in regards to my writing. I’m not even sure how many, if any, have even read my book – it’s not really a genre any of them are much into; most of my friends aren’t even really readers. Writing’s a pretty solitary thing anyhow, I mean besides the editor and then later the fans (or at least “people who bought the book, yay!”) there’s not really much to the equation. If you’re in a relationship I suppose there’s a measure of “oh, she’s writing, I should probably go over here and do something that won’t be too distracting”.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Gods, I hope so. Creative jobs are so much more rewarding than slaving for a paycheque.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’d have got it finished a bit sooner so it could have been out before 4th of July weekend. But aside from that, no.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
A sample? No, given that I work in ink first, I’d have to transcribe it to the computer and the clean up all the missing words and demented spelling so that it was readable by other human beings.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Reading my handwriting.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
It’s a very long list. I read for great characters. I love the first 4 or 5 Barsoom books by Burroughs, I love Ed Greenwood and Elaine Cunningham’s Forgotten Realms novels, I love McKiernan’s Mithgar series, I love Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz … I read for enjoyment. I loathe books like Pride & Prejudice or Of Mice & Men or similar where the focus isn’t these people and look at this adventure they’re having. I’d rather read of Ms Anne of Avonlea and Green Gables, or little Laura Ingalls, or of Jo and her sisters in Little Women.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not at all. The fun of writing is that you can do it up a tree, or on a boat, in a box, or with a fox …
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Me, with a little help from CreateSpace.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
English grammar. Luckily I’m married to a grammar Nazi. She’s not perfect, but I’ve actually achieved fewer errors per page than most books put out by major publishers I’ve seen lately.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Lots of very esoteric things about punctuation that I never knew and never wanted to know. But knowing them is better for my physical health and my wife’s mental health so I try to remember them as best I can.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write. In the end that’s all that matters. In today’s world, with the technologies like Print on Demand and eBooks, just write. Maybe you’ll sell 3 copies that aren’t to your mother, but you’ll have done it.
Oh, and EDIT. Gods, I don’t care if it’s put out by Tor or some guy named Tory in his mother’s basement I’m tired of seeing books that weren’t even spell checked!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for buying the book? I promise that Book 3 will be out before Ragnarok … unless the end of the world really is nigh, in which case I’m terribly sorry. I’ve never been good at speeches of any sort.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It had lots of pictures, and I was like 3, so not really … it was probably a little Golden book … Pokey Little Puppy or maybe a 6 page illustrated rendition of Bambi or the like.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Oh, lots of things. I’m quite an emotional person. Heart on sleeves, all that. Generally I love humour. I mean good, witty, smart humour. It doesn’t have to be highbrow. I love Mel Brooks and Adam Sandler and George Carlin. But it’s got to have some intelligence in there; I’ve never been big on true mindless slapstick toilet humour kind of stuff.
Cry … cruelty. I cry when I see ASPCA ads, for example.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Oh lots. Marilyn Monroe, because … Marilyn Monroe. Jimi Hendrix, Robert Heinlein, Mark Twain, Sappho, Tesla … I should compile a list some day. This is a question authors get asked a lot.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I’ve never thought about it. I take the “I’d rather not have a headstone” approach to life. Though I’d hope it might be something tasteful and nice. Short, though.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
RPGs, video games. I’m a geek.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Firefly is good. Uhm … all sorts of movies, especially ones with explosions in. I also like really well done romantic comedies, like Letters to Juliet or The Other Women
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I love sushi and Italian. And specifically love cheese.
Red, pink, purple … if it’s a shade of red, or can be made using red, it’s a good choice. Though I love colours in general.
Virtually anything. I’m not a fan of a lot of religious music, doesn’t matter the religion, though there’re exceptions. I don’t tend to like gangsta rap, but again I’ve exceptions. I don’t like most of the newer popular country … there’s not really any exceptions to that one. And I steer clear of the varieties of rock/metal that the point is to scream and make noise.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I never really was too much of a planning for the future type person. I had a vague idea of finishing my degree and working in a university somewhere.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
It’s a week before her freshman year when Lauren Conners is thinking, for what feels like the billionth time, of breaking up with her boyfriend of the past couple of years. In a seeming answer to her fervent prayers for guidance she looks up into the hypnotic eyes of the quiet little Washington town’s exotic, dark, and alluring new addition.
The two fall immediately for one another when their eyes meet. But Lauren can’t be sure – is this love at first sight? An answer from God to her prayer for guidance? Or is this simply lust as she wrestles with newborn passions and desires for the beautiful creature that has entered her life?
The relationship is fraught with other issues on top of the poor young ballerina’s internal and spiritual uncertainty: the two attend the best school in the area, a private school, Immaculate Conception, a Catholic school Lauren has attended since she was in sixth grade and where she has a reputation as a pious, studious, bright, Good Girl. So … what’s the problem here? Oh, her newfound love (or is it lust?) is a girl.
Lauren and Sally are 15, they’re sophomores, they’re in love, and they’re growing up. Are they ready for the simple challenges of life? For learning to drive, sex, planning their futures both in general and together, to think about careers or college, for losing someone they care about deeply – forever? Are they ready to face new experiences? To deal with foreign cultures and celebrations, travel, attending a royal ball, and more? Is Lauren ready to meet Sally’s grandparents? Is Sally ready to lose her virginity?
The girls are growing into young women. They’re on the cusp of adulthood. Life is coming at them, whether they’re ready for it, or not.