Jane Wakely isn’t your real name, so how did you come up with your pen name?
I got my last name from a book—a shifter romance, of course! At the time, I wasn’t sure what my pen name would be. I tried out lots of different names, but nothing was quite right until I read the book and I knew Wakely was mine! My first name was harder. I’d settled on another, less common name, but I’ve always liked Jane, so I went with it!
Seems like a lot of thought went into that. Are the names of your characters in your novels important in any way?
No, I chose names I like that I think go together well as a couple—and don’t belong to any immediate friends or family!
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a pantser with notes! LOL I usually make about a half sheet of notes (on paper) of things I want to happen, or where I want my couple to end up. Once I start writing, anything can happen. I sometimes use the notes and sometimes don’t!
Sounds like a good balance between the two! What attracts you to your genre?
I love the freedom paranormal authors have to create. Making worlds and characters with my own rules, characteristics and ideas is exciting.
I couldn’t agree more!
What was the first novel/short story/poem you wrote? Did you ever publish it?
LOL! I’ve been writing forever. I have no idea what my first thing was, but I wrote a ton of poems and stories in high school. My mom might have something saved somewhere, but I don’t have anything (except my fifth grade journal) and I never tried to publish anything until a few years ago.
Well I’m sure your readers are glad you did!
Where do you like to do your writing?
I have an office, but if no one is home, I like to write on the kitchen table. Our back door is a glass window and I love the view to our little yard. If the family is home, I write at my desk.
That does sound lovely, and very inspiring in and environment like that I’m sure it must be easy to write. Still though, do you ever experience writer’s block? How do you get through it?
Usually reading. Reading helps me relax, recharge and refocus and I can usually get through the block after a short break with a book.
Well it’s definitely working for you, when you are writing what kind of pen do you use?
I write all my stories on my laptop, but all my notes are made on a legal pad. In pencil. I prefer not to write in pen, but if I have to, I like a medium ball point pen in blue or purple.
Are you reading anything interesting now?
I’m not reading anything now, but I just finished CONTROLLED CURVES by Christin Lovell.
While on the topic of books, do you prefer e-books, paper backs or hard covers?
Ebooks are my fave!
Has your dog ever eaten your manuscript or notes?
LOL! No, but if I printed out a few pages, she would sniff and lick it for me!
Well thank you for joining me Jane. It was a pleasure to sit down and chat with you. I certainly enjoyed the experience. Perhaps your next interview could be with someone of your own choosing … do you have anyone whose brain you wouldn’t mind picking?
Hugh Jackman—he’s YUM—oh, and I’d like to chat with him too! 😉
LOL! Yes he is yummy indeed! I love that accent …
Thanks again Jane … it’s been a slice!
Jane Wakely (Paranormal/Contemporary Romance Author)
Jane has been creating stories of love and romance for as long as she can remember. She’s a sucker for a happy ending and thinks the best thing about any movie or book is when the characters find someone to love.
Jane’s stories reflect her interest in all romance genres, and all levels of spice, but paranormal romance is her true passion. She loves creating worlds around sexy shifters and vamps—even if the shifter is a smelly skunk!
Jane writes sensual romance that will warm your heart, and a happy ever after is guaranteed!
Visit her website: http://www.janewakely.com