October 7th, 2017
Kris Jayne joins us today to talk about reading her mom’s Harlequin books, experiencing new places, and writing her way through a 2-hour flight delay!
Her Thirsty Hearts series is available now on Amazon, and it’s FREE to Kindle Unlimited subscribers!
Tell us about you! Can you share some interesting tidbits we may not know?
I have three dogs, which some days is three too many. All of them were found wandering the streets of Dallas causing trouble. In the past few months, I’ve gotten very “woo woo” while researching my next series, which is going to have a slight paranormal element (just a psychic and maybe a ghost or two). Here’s hoping the burning sage will keep writer’s block at bay.
What inspired you to start writing?
I wrote my first stories in elementary school, including one about how Refrigerator Perry got so fat. I got into romance because my mom was into romance, and she used to get old Harlequin romances that the library was throwing out. One summer I read my way through a giant trash bag full of Harlequin Presents books — sheikhs, Greek shipping magnates, and tons of virgins.
Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
Reading, obviously, but also travel, travel, and more travel. Nothing is more inspiring than experiencing a new place — especially one where you hear a different language and see people living in a different way. Stepping into a foreign culture changes your brain. I love it.
What was your debut novel, and how has your writing process changed since your debut?
My first published novel is Charming You. When I started writing it, I was working full-time and just planning to write for fun and see where it went. That’s probably why the first draft was such a mess. I had 70,000 words and NOTHING really happened. Since then, I’ve learned that I need to do a minimal outline first.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process and why?
I have lots of favorite writing moments. I love it when inspiration strikes with a new idea for a story or when I’m thinking about my main character and finally get who they are. I love the moments of flow where I look up and I’ve written 1000 words without even thinking.
What is your most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and what do you do to make it easier?
Editing. It’s harder than writing. Starting with the story arc in mind and getting it out in a short outline has helped, but it’s still a pain. I’ve started using Margie Lawson’s deep editing process, which involves working with my manuscript printed out and burning through tons of highlighters.
What does a typical day look like for you? How do you find balance?
I don’t have a typical day. Maybe I should, but I guess I’m a pantser in life as well as in writing (meaning I fly by the seat of my pants vs. planning everything). I’ve fought this forever, but part of my new approach to things is to just go with the flow. I do try to get in: writing, meditation, some exercise, fun with the dogs, and tasty food every day. I quit my 20-year technology marketing to write full-time and briefly went back to a corporate job earlier this year. But I missed my freewheeling life too much and left that job to go back to writing and freelancing full-time.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Just do it. Just write. Don’t worry about whether you’ll make a living or what people are going to think.
What do you love about writing romance?
The universal stories. The happy endings. The sexy scenes. The way my heart pounds. The way sometimes I find myself going, “NOOOOOO!!!!,” when a character does something boneheaded (even though it’s my fault) and then they find redemption.
What kinds of things do you find romantic in real life? Can you share a story?
Big, strong men doing sweet things… Firemen with puppies. When a sexy guy talks about his kids… I’m single so most of my real-life stories involve more hijinks than I can share. 🙂
Do you read your book reviews? If so, how do they affect your writing (if at all)?
I have read reviews. They don’t affect my writing. My favorite bad review was from someone who said they liked the story, but didn’t think it needed the sex and language. The sex and language are some of my favorite parts. That hasn’t changed my writing, but it did make me change my book covers. They were sweeter than the content inside, so I raised the heat levels on the covers and relaunched the series.
What is the craziest, funniest, or most surprising thing that has happened to you since publishing your first book?
I have a good friend who shares my love of collecting airline miles, and we used to schedule mileage runs where you find a cheap ticket to a city and fly there and back in a day just for the miles. I had a $90 ticket from Dallas to LaGuardia, and on the way back in the afternoon, a guy on the plane had a health emergency. All of sudden, the plane dives and we landed in D.C. Then, we were stuck on the tarmac for 2 hours. Everyone else was complaining, but I wrote about 7,000 words that day.
Check out my Thirsty Hearts series. I just re-released them with the new, steamy covers in August. I called it “Thirsty Hearts” because all the heroines are looking for something, longing for something. They have lost love, troubled love, problems hanging on to love. Plus, except for Shannon from book 3, each one has a signature drink. I’m a fan of cocktails. Book one in my next series will be out in early 2018. It’s a story of a jilted bride, a guilty man, and some spiritual (and romantic) awakening. There will also be an unreliable ghost.
Is there any other news you would like to share?
I’ll be at the Fresh Fiction Readers & ‘Ritas event in Dallas, November 10-12. It’s like a giant romance novel sleepover where readers and authors get to hang out and be smutty. It’s lots of fun.
My next series is a spinoff of Thirsty Hearts, so I’ll be releasing a novella to introduce my readers to it before the end of the year. I’ll have details in my newsletter and on social media.
Thirsty Hearts Series
(Can be read as standalones)
All books are FREE with Kindle Unlimited!
Five Facts Just for Fun!
1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
U & I by Jodeci is the first song that comes to mind.
2. What was the last gift you gave someone?
Oracle cards for my best friend.
3. What were you like as a kid?
Quiet and plotting big things.
4. What was the last thing you binge-watched & what did you think of it?
Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix. I’m not into gore, so I had to fast forward through some of it, but it was funny.
5. What is the one thing (other than your loved ones) that you cannot live without?
I include dogs in loved ones and say chicken fried steak or the Internet.
Thank you so much for your interview, Kris!