I had the opportunity to read Jaye Elliot's new release, No Chance Meeting, as well as the opportunity to interview her, in exchange for being a part of her blog tour release, so here's an interview with the author!
Priscilla here, and I'd like to start the interview by letting my readers get to know you a bit. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Jaye - I’m a 31-year-old (who still likes to believe she’s 21) Wisconsin country girl. I’m very
much a hopeless romantic, though I have yet to meet my future husband. I was
homeschooled K-12, which I’m thankful for to this day. I don’t think I would have had the
time to develop my love for writing if I hadn’t been. I currently rent a house from my
brother and live with my three cats, Arthur, Timothy, and Lucy. That number may go up
this year. I’m starting to get “kitten fever.” So I may find myself at the local animal
shelter this spring looking for a new addition to the family.
Priscilla - Did you always want to be a writer when you grew up?
Jaye - I didn’t actually. Though I started writing young and loved it, it wasn’t until I was fifteen
that I decided it was the path I wanted to pursue in life.
Priscilla - So, Jaye, you've just released a book. Would you tell us a little bit about it and what
your hopes are for it?
Jaye - No Chance Meeting is my first ever contemporary romance. Aside from writing horse
stories when I was young, the only genres I had ever written before this were historical
and fantasy. For a long time I believed I couldn’t write a contemporary romance to save
my life. I didn’t even have any interest in it. Never say never, I guess. The book idea
popped into my head just over a week before NaNoWriMo 2016 and demanded to be
written. The book deals with some rather difficult topics like depression and suicide, but
the theme is that God never gives up on us and is always working in our lives even
when we can’t see it. Since this is an entirely new genre and audience for me, I have no
idea what to expect, but I’m very excited (and nervous!) about it.
Priscilla - Did you have any one author, or book that really inspired you when you first started
Jaye - My mom. :) My mom is a writer, and she is the one who inspired me to start writing. My
very first stories were heavily inspired by my favorite books at the time, the Pony Pals
series. I was very horse crazy then.
Priscilla - If you had just one piece of advice for a beginning writer, what would it be?
Jaye - Read. My whole life, both in writing and just who I am have been impacted and shaped
by books. Reading is the best way to help develop your writing style and learn to write
Priscilla - Are you a tea or a coffee drinker?
Jaye - Tea. I have a mug (a big mug) of Irish Breakfast Tea almost every day. I occasionally
can enjoy a cup of coffee, but I don’t have much of a taste for it. Except for McDonald’s
mocha frappes. I LOVE those. Do those even count as coffee?
Priscilla - How old were you when you first knew you loved to write?
Jaye - I was eight when I started writing and fell in love with it immediately. I’ve had some
extended periods where I didn’t write anything, but for the majority of my life I’ve had at
least one book project in the works.
Priscilla - What kind of things do you like to do for fun when you need a break from writing?
Jaye - I love movies and TV shows. I’m a very visual person, so not only is it fun for me, it’s a
great source of inspiration. In the summer time, I like to spend as much time as I can
outdoors and doing summer activities. Once winter hits, I tend to become something of
a hermit. I also enjoy various creative projects like crocheting and sewing historical
outfits since I’m also a historical reenactor.
Priscilla - How has your relationship with God influenced your writing?
Jaye - It pretty much colors everything. I’m not even sure I know how to write a story that
doesn’t have a strong theme of faith.
Priscilla - Where can people find you and your books on the internet?
Jaye - You can find me on various social media platforms and on www.jayeelliot.com and
www.jayelknight.com. All of my books are on Amazon, and No Chance Meeting can
also be found through a variety of other eBook retailers.
Priscilla - Thank you so much for sharing with us! It was a real blessing to get to interview a fellow author. And to all of you readers out there, Jaye has two giveaways that she's holding. Check them out!
To celebrate the release of No Chance Meeting, Jaye is giving away a reader bundle that
includes a signed copy of NCM, a hand-painted watercolor bookmark, a coffee mug, and a bag
of Dove chocolates! Enter using the form below. U.S. entries only. Not open internationally.
Click here to enter the contest!
For her second giveaway, Jaye is offering 3 ebook copies of No Chance Meeting. Open
Click here to enter the contest!
If you're interested in learning more about Jaye's new release, check out the blog tour schedule!
Here's the schedule for the rest of the book tour!