Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Jaye Marie

Hello everyone! This week I’m thrilled to bring you author, Jaye Marie, of the famous blogging duo of Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie. I asked Jaye to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions.

First, please meet my guest, Jaye Marie.

My name is Jaye Marie, and for a long time now I have been half of a writing partnership with my sister-in-law Anita Dawes, who has published several books.

In the past, I have written short stories and poetry, but reading has always been my favourite pastime. The thought of writing my own book always appealed to me, I just never seemed to get around to it. Life has a habit of getting in the way, doesn’t it?

Then, last summer, I was suddenly plagued by these characters. First one, then another and as they talked to me (and each other) I became fascinated and involved all at the same time.

When I decided to write some of it down, these characters went into overdrive. What I thought they should be doing was blatantly ignored, to be replaced with their own agenda. In the end, it was as if they were writing the story and not I.

The ending was a bit tricky, as they wouldn’t let on what was going to happen, and I worried constantly that it would all go pear shaped.
But of course it didn’t, and the rest, as they say, will be history.

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Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for this interview. I’m really looking forward to our chat.

Hi Jaye. Glad to have you visit. I know you and Anita have a joint blog but have you considered co-authoring books?

When I saw this question I had to smile, for this is exactly what Anita and I were trying to do at the moment. We had often wondered if we could write a book together and what would happen if we did.

We finally gave it a go after seeing Nikki French and her husband on TV talking about how well it worked for them. We began the next day, or rather, Anita did. We decided that we would write one A4 sized sheet of paper each, keeping the story going and we were not allowed to alter anything that the other had written either.

Now, we are used to brainstorming each other’s books, and it usually gets a bit stormy sometimes. The discussions rows we had on this joint project were spectacular and threatened to derail everything!

In theory, I think this idea could work, but maybe later on when we are both free of other commitments… (or grown a thicker skin!)

If anyone can write a joint book, I know you two ladies can. Jaye, which of your novels best describes you as a person?

I could be wrong, but I think many writers put a lot of themselves into at least one of the characters in their books. In my first book, Nine Lives, my character, Kate Devereau is a hybrid of the person I am and the person I would like to be.

Not sure if it is considered wrong or lazy to do this, but they say you must write what you know, and that starts with ourselves, doesn’t it?

We hold a veritable wealth of information about how to behave in certain circumstances, and even, I have to say it, how we should have behaved?

That’s true. Now you’ve got me thinking? Have you ever written a character with an actor in mind?

When we create a character, I think we always have someone in mind. A friend or neighbour, someone whose personality we love (or hate.)

When I began to put flesh on my detective in “Out of Time,” and “CrossFire,” I found myself thinking of Jesse Stone, a detective played by Tom Selleck in a series of films based in a small Massachusetts town called Paradise. Jesse Stone is seriously flawed with a broken marriage and a drinking problem, but such an enigmatic character. Watching how he coped, helped me to create my own DI Snow, aka the Snowman, for my books.

DI DAVID SNOW HAS ANOTHER KILLER TO CATCH, a killer a mysterious as the crimes he commits.
Betrayal and lies come to the surface as Snow struggles to find the truth, but is he looking in all the wrong places?
Can Snow outwit the killer, or will the truth cost him his life?

I love British crime dramas. This book looks like a great read. Thanks for stopping by, Jaye Marie.

Thanks, Colleen. It was a pleasure to visit.

How to contact Author, Jaye Marie

Jaye’s email


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k luv u bye

 Thanks for stopping by to meet Jaye Marie. ❤

92 thoughts on “Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Jaye Marie

  1. Great to get to know more about Jaye-Marie as I’ve become a fan of her and Anita’s blog. I can’t imagine co-writing, but I find it incredibly interesting to hear about how other writers manage it. I loved Jaye-Marie’s description of her characters taking over her book. I remember that amazing, startling experience the first time it happened. I thought I was possessed or tapping into the spirit world! Lol. And it hooked me. Great interview and Happy Writing!

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  2. It’s lovely to learn more about Jaye. She’s so right in what she says about writing about you know. I’d loved to have been a fly on the wall when Jaye and Anita were jointly writing that book. However, out of the fire, a phoenix can sometimes emerge.
    Good luck with your writing, Jaye

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  3. Well done. A very interesting set of questions and answers. Glad to hear that Jaye-Marie and Anita are working on a book. It can be a very enriching experience. My daughter and I co-wrote our new children’s book and it was a remarkable experience. How much more so will a novel be. Best wishes, writers! And thanks for this post, Colleen.

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  4. Excellent interview, Jaye Marie and Colleen. I’m so close to finishing the book, and it’s great. Can’t wait to share my review. 🙂 And thanks for the tip regarding picmonkey. I’ll check it out. Have a great day, my friends.


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