First, as someone has not yet read any of Jay Shaw’s work, let’s look at her blurb for The Hunted for a bit of insight before jumping into the interview. 

Abducted without a trace, Colonel Mark Holden remains in the clutches of Arcadia’s Grand Chancellor – a maniacal dictator who continues to enslave and experiment on X2 humans.

Meanwhile, far away on an alternate reality Earth, Julia Holden lives a life she no longer belongs to. She spends her days rescuing those who cannot save themselves, and pining for her lost love.

Can the Arcadians achieve galactic domination, or will Hayden rescue Mark before his genetic secrets are stolen?

And when Phoenix City calls, will Mark and Julia return to fight for the hunted?

Not half bad if I do say so myself. Now, on to the questions for you, dear Jay Shaw. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

Six years ago I’d been going through major life changes and wondering ‘where to from here?’ But it wasn’t until my uncle came to visit and asked a thought-provoking question. What I was going to do with the next phase of my life?

It was invigorating to have someone take an interest in what I felt and thought, and it opened the door for me to ask these questions of my self. I hadn’t done that in a long time.

A week after his visit, an image of a woman wandering along a deserted beach alone; enjoying how nature affected her senses and the peace it gave her, lingered in my mind. As I made lunches, waved goodbye to my children on the school bus, and hung out the washing; her thoughts about her work, her dreams, and her feelings, helped solidify the person she was and who she dreamed to be.

I carried the empty laundry basket back inside, passing by my computer, and I knew I had to write it down. How else would I clear my head for the million-and-one other things we mothers think about each and every minute of the day? So I sat and wrote what would, five years later, become the integral moment in “The Space Colonel’s Woman” and the opening up of an entire alternate reality to explore.

But it was the encouragement from a friend to join 2015 Nano which kicked my author career into top gear. I wrote “Wolfhaven” in a month and published it within three. It was safe to say I’d been bitten by the bug, and could finally answer the question of what I would be doing with this new phase of my life.

I’m glad you found your calling! Now I have to ask, how did you go about getting published?

One day I answered my door to a woman who said she lived across the road and asked if I would like to come to a New Year’s Eve party. I said yes, excited to meet more people in the semi-rural area I’d moved to. It turned out she was a published author and so were many of her friends. They are amazing women, eager to help and encourage. It is with their support and advice I’ve managed to find my way into this world. I’m still new and finding my way, but if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have made it this far.

As far as advice…trust your gut. There are incalculable options, both legit and dastardly, you’ll be spoiled for choice. So start small, establish your online presence, and write, write, write. For readers cannot buy books if they’re not written.

Sounds like you have an awesome neighbor. So, what is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?

Because I write everything by hand, I keep a stack of pads and a cup of pens by my bed and as soon as my eyes open I’m reaching for them. It’s not uncommon for me to be writing before I’ve even sat up. With this method I can average four thousand words a day, which I type up after the teens are in bed for the night and the house is quiet.

And here I thought my 3,000 was good and that’s only on a good day! Now, what do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?

Between being a mum to two teens, I love reading action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, m/m or m/f romances. I have a passion for photography and just purchased a Nikon DSLR which I can’t wait to get outside and use this summer. I love movies, and dancing around the lounge with the music cranked up. And when I’m not doing all of the above, I’m going for walks, and attending two writing groups, or hanging with friends and family.

Sounds like the typical mother, with an added splash of awesome author fun. 😉 What’s your all time favorite animal? It can be mythical.

Real: Snow Leopard. Mythical: Dragon

See, this is why I would have problems picking ^^^ snow leopards are awesome and so are a ton of other animals and that’s before we even look at lovely things like dragons and pheonix. Okay, enough about my slight obsession with animals, tell us about what you’re working on.

My WIP is “The Shifting Tide” – book three of the sci-fi action/adventure romance series Dragonus Chronicles. It follows on from “The Space Colonel’s Woman”, and “The Hunted”. I’m aiming for a February/March 2017 release.

Other projects:

Birthright” – Duality 2.

A sexy wolf-shifter coming-of-age/action/paranormal/romance story following Rawlin Forrester as he rejects the future his mother and uncle arranged for him. Only to discover no matter how arduous and interesting the journey, you can’t run from who you’re meant to be.

“Savage Love” – Endangered Romance series.

The first of four stand-alone contemporary romances. “Savage Love” is set in Africa in the world of rhino-poaching. Jacquelyn Savage, or Jac as she prefers to be known, is ex-Army and training the anti-poacher teams. It’s a hard, gritty, and thankless job, but she’s doing her bit to defend an innocent species from extinction. Hunter Sinclair is Special Forces, hired by the WWF to go undercover in the Asian Cartels. If he can isolate the top-tier buyers, maybe they can short circuit the rhino horn trade.

Sounds like you have a bunch of romance stuff running around. Happen to have any links to share with everyone to wrap things up?

Awesome! Thank you for coming! 🙂 

p.s. her Pinterest is pretty epic…