Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Thanks for having me! I'm Jae Knight. I've lived in a small town in Missouri all of my life and I believe that only helped to develop an already overactive imagination. I'm an eccentric, Pagan, Goth girl that loves all things paranormal and I use that love to write erotic paranormal romance. I've been writing since I was fifteen. My love of writing began with poetry. It wasn't long before I was writing short stories and when I was a senior in high school, I started my first attempt at a novel. It was honestly quite terrible but From the Shadows came soon after and now I am writing a paranormal series, The Shadow Bane Anthologies.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I would be Korinna MacDougal. She's one of the secondary characters in From the Shadows. Korinna is a woman that can take care of herself. She's tall, red-headed, gorgeous, smart, tough-as-nails and can wield a sword like nobody's business.
What's your favorite genre to read?
Paranormal romance is my favorite genre to read. I've always been fascinated by the supernatural and there are so many great books out there with exciting new takes on the classic legends. Many authors have their own version of the werewolf or vampire and it makes the genre so diverse and imaginative.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
On a `typical' writing day, I usually like to get up a little early (if I can - I'm so not a morning person) and check my emails. I get everything done online that needs to be done since I can get easily distracted by the internet's Siren call. Since I'm writing a few different stories at once, a mental battle between characters ensues on whose story takes precedence for that day. I choose the victor's story and reread the last few pages that I had written. It helps to refresh my memory on the scene and I can get right back into writing it. On a good day, I'll write for a few hours and then do a little editing when I am finished for the day.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I plan on continuing my paranormal romance series, of which From the Shadows is the first book. The second novel, Surrender to the Night, is already finished (the first part tells the story of some familiar characters in From the Shadows) and in submission. Lately, I've been working on the third book. I have a few other stories I am working on at the moment and look forward to finishing a few just to get something a little different from The Shadow Bane Anthologies out to the readers.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
My perfect hero is the man who is strong, understanding and caring but knows that his woman is also strong and intelligent, who can fight beside his heroine, respect and support her without domineering her. I try to convey this with my own male characters. I like my heroines to be women that are fierce, intelligent and strong, who do not always need their men to save them but, in fact, do a lot of the rescuing themselves.
What do you do for inspiration?
I get inspiration from everywhere. My family and best friend inspire me the most. They have great stories to tell and there is always something that sparks my imagination when I listen to people talk. My best friend knows my characters and world almost as well as I do and when I'm trapped, we brainstorm together and usually find an answer. There are always a lot of laughs involved. I find that music helps set moods that can inspire a scene or setting. My favorite character, Angelo, pretty much has his own soundtrack.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I have always wanted to write a horror novel. I love to read them and thought it'd be great to write one. However, I just don't think I have it in me to scare people through my writing. I'm a hopeless romantic and no doubt the story would end up as a romance even if I tried to write it as a horror. It's happened before.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I usually just jump right in. It was a mistake not to outline in the beginning. I started writing this book about vampires with no big plan and the results were that it took me three years to write From the Shadows with how often it evolved and all the editing and rewrites those changes entailed. An entire new world entered the storyline, not to mention the new mythology, and everything had to be fixed. Now I do outline at least the key plot points and any chronology I need to keep in mind when writing a story.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
I'd love to hear from anyone who has read my book and would be happy to answer any questions they may have.
Thank you for this opportunity!
Interviewed by Tammie King