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.Amazon Author Page
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.
Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for this interview. I’m really looking forward to our chat.
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!)
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?
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.
Thanks, Colleen. It was a pleasure to visit.
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“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.”
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.