Today I welcome Jane Darius to the blog to answer a few questions for Author Interview³.
Jane Darius Author Interview³
1) Tell us 3 fun facts about your writing history
1. I always liked telling stories when I was a kid. I had little toys and used to act out stories for my parents with them. I didn’t realize that I liked writing until 4th grade when my teacher really encouraged me to do it.
2. I almost studied acting in college and then veered hard into an English major after my first semester. It was the right decision lol!
3. I am a freelance writer by day and write for all kinds of different periodicals, websites, blogs, etc. It’s a great way to work and make money with an English degree, so don’t let people tell you not to follow your dreams!
2) Describe your writing style in 3 words
Fun, dialogue-heavy, and succinct
3) Name 3 of your literary influences
Neil Gaiman, Joss Whedon, and Francesca Lia Block (Of course, there are plenty more but if we’re talking about looming influences, it’s hard for me to ignore these three.)
4) Share your 3 favourite books
(Gotta go with three of my favorites because it’s too hard otherwise…)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Pigman by Paul ZIndel
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?
A fan to drown out the noise, music to drown out the fan, and blue Paper Mate pens
6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?
I love to write at my desk because it’s my favorite piece of furniture, but I also love writing in my bed. A dream writing place would be in a bed and breakfast by the sea with a window seat that I can sit on and sigh a lot as I look out the window.
7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list
Wow, this is a hard question! Wishful thinking makes me want a writing space where I only go to write fiction like a little tent or cave. I’d also love to write a film script or a script for a graphic novel.
8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?
1. Write what you would want to read, not what you think is going to sell.
2. Just get that first draft down. Try hard not to poke holes in it too early or to be so bogged down with the fear of getting it wrong that you never write it at all. I know it’s hard, but trust me, just getting it down is the most important thing.
3. Don’t listen that much to the advice of other writers. Writing is a solitary profession, and everyone does it differently. If it works for you, great! You do you.
9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead
For the year ahead, I hope to edit an old title, promote my latest release, and write, write, write! I want to pursue the stories that interest me and above all write them down.
10) Tell us about your latest release
This Must Be the Place is a story I started writing in 2014. I had published another title with Dreamspinner (as part of the Advent Calendar) called “Love Light,” which you can purchase here. The story is about two men in an established relationship who go to a hotel in Mozambique for Christmas. At the hotel, they talk about their past Christmases where they weren’t together, and appreciate the love they’ve found with one another. When I wrote it, I wanted to get to know these characters more, so I wrote TMBTP, which is pretty much their origin story.
I love these characters so much and feel like they are both a part of me. Because this is my first published novel, it will always be with me and so will they. If you do decide to read it, I hope you will enjoy their individual tales as much as their love story.
Nick and Ben Book #2
22 April 2018
MM Contemporary Novella
Heat Rating: 4
Dreamspinner / Amazon / B&N
Having explosive sex is easy for Nick and Ben—getting past their hang-ups and opening up to each other won’t be.
Handsome New York City bartender Nick might’ve left life—and his abusive, homophobic father—in West Virginia far behind, but even though he was a star quarterback in high school, he can’t outrun the effect those years had on him. He’s still not comfortable as a gay man, and he keeps his relationships short… as in a single night.
Hotel reviewer Ben is a hopeless romantic, but he can’t seem to find a guy who feels the same. After being cheated on again, he doesn’t expect to spend forever with Nick, but even their one-nighter doesn’t go off without a hitch. Ben falls asleep on Nick’s couch, and in the morning, they have to face their hookup that wasn’t…and the fact that there’s a connection between them whether they’re looking for one or not.
Jane is offering everyone who comments on this post the chance to be entered into a draw to win a copy of This Must Be The Place.
About the Author
Jane Darius is a writer and dreamer who wants to travel the world. If you try to talk to Jane when she’s writing, she will probably get scared like you just snuck up on her. Someone once told her that writing is like being alone in a dark room. She understands the sentiment but prefers to think of it as sitting by a warm fire while her characters tell her their stories.
When she’s not working on fiction, Jane is a freelancer, writing for many different websites, magazines, and other publications. In her spare time, she loves to go out to dinner, spend time with her friends, family, and cat, and yell at her favorite TV shows.