Jade Jones - Creating Captivating Characters
Readers enjoyed Jade Jones' Wife of a Misfit series so much that they have been begging her to write a spin-off about two popular secondary characters, Soul and Diana. So she did. As our Author of the Day she tells us more about this book, her secret Call of Duty skills and talks about her journey as an author.
Please give us a short introduction to what Soul and Diana is about.
"Soul and Diana" is a spin-off of the "Cameron" series. It features one of my readers' favorite couples, as well as the highs and lows of their drama-filed relationship.
Tell us a bit about your journey as an author. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
Since the age of 7, I've always known that I wanted to be an author. The journey in itself was far from easy, but it's very rewarding. I've been writing full time 5 years, and I'm still learning new things everyday as far as marketing and strengthening my craft.
You have had a troubled life as a teen but overcame all of that. How much of an impact has your life experiences had on your writing?
I attribute every experience in life to my success as well as my creativity. It really has helped me write a more raw and believable storyline.
Tell us more about Soul – why did you make him the son of a vicious African warlord?
I made Soul the son of an African warlord, because I felt that it fit his backstory. He himself is troubled, and his background explains why. You'd have to read the series to learn more about that! ;)
This book is a spin-off of the “Wife of a Misfit” series. What inspired you to write “Soul and Diana”?
My readers incessant demands is what inspired me to write "Soul and Diana". Lol. Once they finished "Wife of a Misfit 3", they were anxiously looking for its spin-off, and they weren't shy about letting me know that lol.
How much, would you say has your work evolved since you published your very first book?
My work has evolved tremendously since publishing my first book. I make sure to read regularly, and I'm still learning things everyday to perfect my craft. Reading definitely helps with that!
Instead of only focusing on your main characters, you also create very captivating secondary characters. Why?
I love secondary characters because they add so much drama and "juiciness" to the story. It's also nice to focus on non-main characters once in a while.
Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?
Besides writing, I am an expert at Call of Duty, and similar video games! Lol.
Some readers got a bit frustrated with Soul in this book. Was it intentional?
Yes, I did intend to ruffle readers' feathers with Soul's actions, but it wouldn't be a good book if I didn't lol. "Soul and Diana" is one big emotional roller coaster of a ride, but it's one any reader will be sure to remember.
Why do you write romance? What is it about the genre that you enjoy?
I love writing romance because it's relatable to me. Plus, I've always kinda been a hopeless romantic myself! ;)
How do you come upon the ideas for your books? Where do you find inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from my own personal experiences, or people that I've encountered along my journey. Honestly, everyone and everything inspires me.
Do you have any interesting writing habits? Favorite writing spot, best time of the day for you to write?
I tend to write on my bed, sitting Indian style. I like it, but my back, not so much lol. Currently seeking alternatives lol.
What are you working on right now?
Right now, I am working on the sequel to "Bad and Boujee." A novel written under my other pen name, Sasha Davenport.
Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?
My readers can find more of my work at www.jadedpublications.com, or by following me on Instagram @authorjadejones