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Indie Author Spotlight Interview: Jaé D. Evans

Hello, my little grimlins!

It's that time again where we get to know yet another amazing Indie author in our weekly Indie author Spotlight interview. This week's feature is none other than Jaé D. Evans. She has quite a few poetry books as well as a few Black, Lesbian Romance titles. She was a pleasure to work with and I'm sure you'll love her and her work.





Let us get to know you:


1. Where are you from? Does that have any impact on your writing?

I’m from Richmond, VA. When a novel is set in Richmond, I’m sure to use landmarks and certain businesses to let locals connect with it. At the most, the way I phrase

things would be the closest thing to saying I’m from Richmond.

  

2. How old were you when you first started writing your own stories?

17 if you count the short story published in school creative piece before I graduated; 23 if you count the children’s novels I wrote.

 

3. What do you do to relax?

Paint and nap

  

4. Was there any one moment in your life that made you want to become an author?

It was a challenge in high school. My English teacher knew I wrote poetry, my way of

having a diary, and asked me to submit something. Minus school assignments, I didn’t

really write any fiction (children’s novels) till 23.


5. How many unfinished novel ideas do you have lying around?

10, with a breakdown of 2 WIP, the sequel and conclusion of Love Legalism series, 1 YA, 1 children’s novel, 2 fantasy novels, and 2 ideas I have just characters and theme for.

  

6. While I love to rep all Indie Authors I like to spotlight those that are part of

marginalized communities, would you say you are a part of such a demographic? How

do you think this influences your writing?

I am a black, lesbian masculine presenting woman. So yes, I'm part of that demographic. I write the romance novel I needed when starting my acceptance to my queerness.


7. If you could change any one thing about our world today, what would it be?

The cost of living! As a creative that works 2 jobs, it costs too much to live on my own.


A bit about your writing:


8. How do you go about writing? Are you a planner or do you just write?

I like to say that I catch the words to the story. Although I try to plan out the setting and

characters, I let the story write itself. I try not to force things. If I'm in a block, I just write desired direction and move on. So, it is situational. Some books started as a challenge. Other novels are planned out to a t; where one story I had the plot and no characters.


9. Do you have a preferred writing environment? Such as a Cafe, home office, or just

anywhere?

I write at home and at work (naptime during day job, and in box office during

part tiem job)


10. Are you a full-time or a part-time writer? How do you think that affects your

writing?

I write when I can / when I catch words to story. That means I give myself

freedom to write when I feel like it. There are days when I get a lot done and then there

are weeks when I only right notes.


11. What do you find to be the most difficult part about writing? The easiest?

The most difficult and easiest part is my mind. I love how easily novels come to me. however it gets me in a tricky part when I start new novels before I finish the whatever I’m working on.

For example, I have 3 WIPs I’m currently working on, although I tried not to, I have 2

new stories I have bones for…One that might even sneak to being published this year.


12. What comes first, plot or characters?

It’s situational. Most recently, plot then characters.


13.  Is there any writing advice you would like to give to a writer working on their first

novel?

Write the story that you want to read. There is someone out there that is waiting on what

only you can write.


14. Why did you choose to self publish your book?

I had to stop saying one day. So, I published “My Mind’s Tangent” to get me out of “one day” to being published.



Book Specific:

  

 

15. What has been your inspiration for your books?

I’m a helpless romantic and I use my work to debunk stereotypes / philosophies in the black lesbian community.


16. Could you tell us a bit about your stories? Why should we read it? 

Its the greatest queer love story written. I write from the place as a helpless

romantic. The end-goal is always to fall in love; its just the Hi, I'm Jaé D. Evans,

these are my 2024 Publishing plans


17. Do you have a favorite book you’ve written?

To date, “The People’s Baker”


18. You put your efforts into writing, and then managed to publish a book! How do

you feel now that your work is out in the world?

That I have to keep going. The stories keep going, which means I have to keep writing. Even more so because I need to get these children’s books out in the world.


19. Would you be willing to share a quote or excerpt that you love the most from one

of your novels?


Following from "Chef’s Kiss"


The burst of flavor rested on her lips.
Yes, the food was good. Such a highly respected chef would make a pretty plate.
But it was the softness of her lips that burst with a shuttle hit of mint, strawberries
and champagne that made Phoenix close her eyes in heat. It was better than the
aforementioned best seller.
“Tell me to stop,” Summer pleaded in a hushed breath.
“I can’t,” Phoenix boldly admitted.
"I'm not responsible for starting an addiction," Summer warned.

20. And lastly, what are you currently working on? Can we expect to see more books

from you in 2024? Possibly more full length novels or novellas?


Black Lesbian Romance-erotica Novels

•It Gets Longer

•Chef’s Kiss

•Redemption along the Brook

•untitled BDSM centered novel


Children's novels

°Nature's Music

°Rainy Day Checklist

°some toddlers first readers about colors, shapes, food

road has many twists and turns.

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