Tell Us A Little About Yourself
Well, if I must…
I was born, that’s a given, right? 😊
I grew up on a farm in Oklahoma with one sister and three brothers. I went to a small school, not quite a one-room classroom, but maybe close to some people’s standards. 😊 I started writing stories in high school to entertain friends and began reading romance stories and I was hooked. I met my husband at one of those quaint video dating places in the late 80’s. He was the first one I went out with and we are celebrating 30 years of marriage this year. We have two grown sons. I attended college (s), and finally got a Bachelors in Business Management. I am currently employed full time as a legal assistant and my second job is that of a published author (which sometimes still hasn’t sunk in). That’s me in a small nutshell.
Any habits while writing?
Music. For some reason I can concentrate better with music playing in the background. Sometimes I can tell you what’s been played, but others a whole hour can go by and I don’t have a clue what’s played. Pandora shuffle works wonders!
What kind of research do you do before writing, and how long do you spend researching?
So far both of my books have been historical books. In my book All for the Love of a Cowboy the setting was Durango, Colorado. I used to go backpacking as a youth for almost two weeks in the wilderness of the San Juan Mountains. An activity I absolutely loved, thus the story set in that area and the history.
Raider of Her Heart is set in Lawrence, Kansas. My husband and I travelled to the area to get a feel for the area and what I wanted my story setting to be. We visited the museum to see the Quantrill Raid display and drove the route Quantrill took the night of the raid. I also read several Kansas history books to get some of the other details that went into the writing of Raider.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes, I do read my reviews. I haven’t responded to any, so far. I realize not everyone is going to enjoy the story you tell and everyone will have an opinion. You take the review and try to move on. There are others who liked or loved what you wrote, take those to heart and keep writing. Write for the joy of writing for yourself, if that’s how you need to look at it to move on.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I’m not sure I believe in writer’s block… mine maybe described better as writer procrastination. I’m one of those that exclaim, “Oh look, a squirrel.” There are so many fun activities to participate in and I tend to put off the writing if tempted by an activity.
What period of your life do you find you write about most often?
I don’t write per se about my life, but I’ve had really good friends and family tell me they hear me and see me in some of the actions, figures of speech, etc. that are portrayed by my characters. Which I did not do on purpose, it just happened.
Any advice for an aspiring or new writer?
Several tidbits actually.
1). You need to have a touch of stubbornness and an attitude of not giving up if you want to achieve being published.
2). Patience – you can not get in a hurry with the process. The writing, the editing, the querying, the acceptance, the editing (again, again, and again), the waiting for release. It all takes time. Especially if you want it done right.
3). The process doesn’t end once your book baby is published. You will need to become a Marketing guru. 😊
Have you always been a romance reader?
Yes. What can I say. I like a good story with a happily ever after. (I know, what a sap – go ahead, you can say it). 😊
What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
Time with family and friends. (Games, camping, fishing)
Is watching the Hallmark channel considered a hobby?
I like to hike when in the mountains, which is occurring less and less these days. ☹
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
In Raider of Her Heart I loved all of my characters. I think that is why I’m finding it hard to work on the next project. I’m having to say goodbye to them. I loved the quirkiness and flow of attitude between Gramps and Sadie and Judson, well, what I had envisioned for him and who he became was spot on.
Do you have a favorite author or someone who influences you?
I have several favorites: Jill Shalvis, Debbie Macomber, Constance O’Day-Flannery, Julie Garwood, Kat Martin and many many many many more.
Just For Fun:
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Movie: Flashdance and While you were Sleeping, just a few
Favorite Music/Artist: Too many to name just one. I love to listen to music!
Favorite Vacation spot: Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Author N. Jade Gray's New Release Published by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Cavalry scout Judson Stone needs to warn Lawrence, Kansas, of the impending threat of Quantrill and his raiders. Shot and left for dead, he awakes in a strange new time and place. Guilt riddles him over his failed mission as the days pass and he struggles to find a way back to his own time –and overcome growing feelings for a woman who doesn't trust him.
Sadie Winters has her hands full juggling a full-time job, a start-up business, and the chore of keeping tabs on her mischievous grandfather. She doesn't need the further complication of caring for the stranger Gramps brought home. Little by little, the mystery surrounding Judson is revealed, and she throws herself into helping him find his way back to his own time. But how can she send him back, knowing she's fallen in love?
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MY REVIEW OF "RAIDER OF HER HEART"
Nothing like a book that hooks you from the beginning! This had a slow, simmering burn to it I enjoyed thoroughly. A sassy female lead and a sexy man from the past made my heart melt, but I have to say Gramps took favorite character in my mind. What an interesting story and fun read. Great romance! Definitely 5 stars!
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