Thank you for joining us with our Interview with author Jayce Carter today. I am excited to announce that she has a new book release today and we will be talking about that a little. So let’s get started.
Gina: Why did you become an author?
Jayce: Everyone likes to ask this question, and I’m never sure of the answer. I can’t think of a time when I didn’t want to become an author. I was that weird kid with imaginary friends who would be happy to sit on my own and make-believe. As soon as I learned to write, when I realized I could turn that imagination into stories, I did it. I can’t imagine not writing, even on days when I hate it, when I’m tired, when I’m sure my work is the worst thing that has ever graced a laptop screen, I still can’t picture myself not doing it. Even if I found I’d never make a dime writing, I’d still do it.
Gina: What genre of books do you like to write?
Jayce: I write erotic romance, and within that genre I have works that are reverse-harem, BDSM, contemporary, and scifi. Basically, anything with romance and sex makes me happy.
Gina: What is your inspiration for the current book or series you are writing?
Jayce: As a lover of romance, I’d gotten used to the entire love triangle trope, and because I am a softie at heart, I always felt bad for the person left out. When I learned about the entire #whychoose idea of reverse-harem, I was hooked. Why pick one penis when you can have them all!? However, I also tend to love the romance, which is why my current series is a more romance-based reverse harem, meaning each book features its own female main character, her harem, and the full arc of their relationship. The next book then moves onto another character to tell her story. More specifically, my Omega’s Alphas series focuses on omegas—females who are often mistreated and underestimated—finding their own power and strength with the help of their alpha mates. These female omegas kick ass and overcome their pasts to get the future and lives they want.
Gina: I do see that in your books. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Jayce: I’ve am an unholy mixture of the two. I always know my ending when I start, but I don’t always know the exact path the story will take to get there. I figure it is like starting a road trip. I know where I’m going so I head off in that general direction. The exact route I take might change, but I always know I’m still heading toward my ending.
Gina: Seeing the ending first sounds interesting. I would expect most see the beginning first. I know I do.
Do you have any quirks or habits when your writing?
Jayce: Other than running on copious amounts of coffee, I love using the pomodoro method. I set timers for 25 minutes to work and have 5 minute breaks between them. This tends to keep me on track, and the ticking of the timer is mildly threatening. I love a good threat.
Gina: Nice that you mention the pomodoro method. It is the first I have heard and other authors might like to know.
Have you had any setbacks becoming an author yourself?
Jayce: I started writing when I was a teenager, and since I’m 33 now, I’d say it took me a while to reach this place. I wouldn’t call any of them setbacks so much as knowing I wasn’t ready until now. I spent all that time learning and growing my craft.
Gina: It shows in your work. I know you are a new author but your writing has a very professional feel about it.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a writer?
Jayce: To keep going! There will be days when writing sucks, when you’re sure you’re terrible, when your book is rejected or you get a scathing review, or when you realize your first book didn’t even make enough money to pay for the celebration dinner you took yourself out to. Just keep writing. Keep working, because you sure as hell won’t reach your goals by quitting.
Gina: What is some of the best advice or inspiration you have received from another author?
Jayce: My mentor and pseudo-big-brother taught me everything I know, but I think the most important lesson he taught me was to write every day. Even when I was tired, even when I didn’t want to, to sit my ass in the chair and do it anyway. He taught me to make writing as vital to my daily routine as brushing my teeth, and by doing that I’ve found I never struggle for what to write.
Gina: I think I might love your brother. He is after my own heart.
What goals have you set for yourself in the future?
Jayce: I have 4 more books in the Omega’s Alphas series coming out next year, plus three novellas for that series, and four additional novellas that are rom-com and part of a new series. I have a few other things I am hoping to do, but I don’t like to share too much until it’s certain.
Gina: Sounds like you have a busy year for 2020. How many do you think you will get published?
Jayce: The plan is all of them. The plans for all have been okayed by my publisher and we have tentative release dates for all. So unless there is some huge problem, they should all get done. I should have time to do all in that time and will have a release for all but one month next year.
Gina: How do you want readers to see your work?
Jayce: I want readers to see flawed people who have to learn to be their best selves to form connections with one another. Beyond the sex, beyond anything else in my novels, that’s what they’re about. I write about people who aren’t perfect, those with baggage, with walls up, with fears and setbacks and desires they never believe they’ll get. I want readers to see the characters face their biggest fears and overcome their pasts for the futures they truly want.
Gina: I too like to show the flaws in my characters. Nobody is perfect and I don’t think they should be.
What should a reader expect to see from your next novel?
Jayce: Sex. Humor. Grumpy characters who curse but are sweet for the person they love.
Gina: Anything you would like to share about the new release today, “Shared by Alpha’s”?
Jayce: My next book is called Shared by the Alphas and is book two in The Omega’s Alphas series. The story is about a young omega named Tiffany who has her life turned upside down when someone starts to target her. Three very different alphas come together to help keep her safe despite each resisting an actual relationship with her. I think the three of them complement one another perfectly, and together they create a wonderful balance for the feisty and young Tiffany.
Gina: Is there anything you would like to share with your readers?
Jayce: Only that I am beyond grateful to be able to share these characters and stories with my wonderful readers. It’s always been a dream of mine, and I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have such amazing and supportive readers.
Gina: Thank you for sharing with us your story and how you have become a writer. I look forward to reading your new release and all your books in the future. I am a big fan and will be following your work. I’m sure many others will also.
Jayce: Thank you.
Be sure to check out Jayce’s new release today! You can also see my review of the first book “Owned by Alphas’s”.