Jen: Today we welcome Jaye Wells to Romancing the Book. Jaye, will you share a short bio with us?
Jaye: Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young age. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas.
Jen: Tell us about the Prospero’s War series.
Jaye: The Prospero’s War series combines the action of police procedurals with the speculative elements of urban fantasy. It’s a world where cops and wizards are fighting a war over addictive, dangerous, and illegal dirty magic.
Kate Prospero knows a lot about dirty magic. Before she became a cop, she was raised in a coven that ran the Arcane criminal underworld of Babylon, Ohio. Her history helped her land a spot on a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, but as she works to bring down old friends and family members, she’ll have to face her own dysfunctional relationship with magic.
DIRTY MAGIC (Prospero’s War # 1)
MAGIC IS A DRUG. CAREFUL HOW YOU USE IT.
The Magical Enforcement Agency keeps dirty magic off the streets, but there’s a new blend out there that’s as deadly as it is elusive. When patrol cop Kate Prospero shoots the lead snitch in this crucial case, she’s brought in to explain herself. But the more she learns about the investigation, the more she realizes she must secure a spot on the MEA task force.
Especially when she discovers that their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier – on the same day she swore she’d given up dirty magic for good. Kate Prospero’s about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should never say never.
CURSED MOON (Prospero’s War # 2)
MAGIC IS A DRUG. IT’LL COST MORE THAN YOU CAN PAY. . .
When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magic Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon’s impact is especially strong for Kate, who’s wrestling with guilt over her use of illegal magic.
When a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from a local coven, Kate’s team must find the thief’s hideout before the vengeful coven catches him. But the investigation uncovers the rogue’s dangerous plot to unleash chaotic magic on the city. Once the Blue Moon rises no-one’s secrets will be safe. Not even Kate’s.
FIRE WATER (Prospero’s War # 2.5)
Rookie cop Kate Prospero only has one more training assignment to pass before she’s officially sworn in to Babylon Police Department. But the veteran cop in charge of the river patrol boat is a salty old guy isn’t happy about playing tour guide to a rookie and seems even less interested in real police work. But while on patrol, they stumble on to what appears to be a floating dirty magic lab. This highly combustible situation might finally be the key to these two unlikely partners finding common ground.
DEADLY SPELLS (Prospero’s War # 3)
MAGIC IS A DRUG.
ADDICTIVE AND DEADLY.
After the grisly murder of a dirty magic coven leader, Kate Prospero and The Magical Enforcement Agency team up with the local police to find the killer. When a tenacious reporter sticks her nose in both the investigation and Prospero’s past in the covens, old ghosts resurface.
As the infighting between covens turns ugly, an all-out war brews in the slums of Babylon…
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Jaye: Edgy, fearless, fun
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Jaye: For the Prospero’s War series, I signed up for a citizens’ police academy and attended the Writers’ Police Academy twice. I also read a ton of books on alchemy. Research, of both the book and hands-on varieties, is one of my favorite parts of being a writer for two reasons. First, I’m always learning something new. Second, writing gives me an excuse to face some of my fears and get out of my comfort zone.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Jaye: The business side of being a writer is the most challenging because I control so little of what happens to my stories after I write them. The easiest is coming up with ideas. The most rewarding is hearing from fans who have personally connected with my words or used them to escape difficult circumstances.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Jaye: Some of my favorite authors (in no particular order, and by no means an exhaustive list) :
Gillian Flynn, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Anne Rice, Michael Chabon, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Janet Evanovich, Chuck Palahniuk, and Christopher Moore.
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Jaye: I’m a bit obsessive about finding the perfect name. Often, the meaning of the name is part of the selection process, but the sound of it is also important. Kate Prospero’s name is an allusion to The Tempest by Shakespeare, about a wizard named “Prospero” who gives up his magic.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Jaye: One gentleman read several of my books before he met me. He said he was surprised I looked so normal. LOL
Jen: What’s next for you?
Jaye: My next published work will be the second novella in my Meridian Six dystopian vampire series. I’m also working on a horror novel and have plans to begin the fourth Prospero’s War series novel soon.