Jen: Today we welcome Jaye Cherie to Romancing the Book. Jaye, will you share a short bio with us?
Jaye: Jaye Cherie is author of The Golddigger’s Club and The Cost of Love and Sanity. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and has been writing for print and online media for several years.
Jaye has a deep interest in music, movies and Pop Culture, which is sometimes reflected in her novels. She was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Jaye: My newest release is The Cost of Love and Sanity. It’s about a woman, Alex, who is in her mid 30s and is facing a crisis in her life. She’s on the verge of losing her job and she endures a break up. In the midst of the chaos, she runs into her ex, who is every bit as charming and handsome as he was before but Alex has trouble determining if she should trust him. She goes through a number of internal ups and downs and deals with it in a pretty uncommon way. If she doesn’t make better decisions, she could face a lot of regrets.
The idea for the book came from all the women who have devoted their lives to their career and later scramble to try and find personal happiness. It’s a struggle I’ve seen more often and I wanted to address it.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Jaye: By pantser, I take it you mean flying by the seat of my pants (I like it). For my last two novels, I was a pantser. I didn’t really plan them out. For my third novel, I have been more of a plotter. I actually started outlining and everything. Only time will tell if this helps me with my writing.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Jaye: At this point, whatever genre I’d like to write, I’ll pretty much write it. With that said, I will likely stay away from historical, westerns or anything that is too dependent on the past for fear of losing authenticity or making a mockery of that time period and my story.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Jaye: The most challenging is waiting to see what people will think and finding the right audience for my writing. I think there’s a story for everyone but the challenge is finding the people who will connect with it. The easiest aspect is writing-if you are willing to release the need to write in order. The most rewarding is when I get Facebook messages where someone tells me they bought my book yesterday, read it in one day and want to know when the sequel is coming out. It makes me feel like I’ve done what I intended to do-entertain.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Jaye: This is two fold. In The Cost of Love and Sanity, I identify with Alex’s worker bee mentality. I’m always trying to figure out how to solve a problem efficiently and I guess I gave her that quality from me but my favorite character (right now) is Stephanie from The Golddigger’s Club. Mainly because people read that book and give her a really hard time. She’s very emotional, insecure and has a hard time holding those traits back, which makes for awesome dramatic scenes.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Jaye: That my characters are very dynamic and reading their dialogue is like sitting next to them in a restaurant. Also, I’m told that I know how to give a couple a good fight.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Jaye: Besides promoting this book, I am working on the sequel to my first novel, The Golddigger’s Club.