Daily Archives: November 20, 2013
Posted by H.A Caine
The talented Jet Mykles has answered some questions and let us take a peek into her oh so creative brain.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, my name is Jet and I write fantasy romance. Even when it’s technically labeled “contemporary”, I write fantasy. I believe in love at first site, fantastic coincidences — okay, those only to a point — and happily ever after.
What was your dream(s) growing up?
I was going to be an actress. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts for Acting, in fact. My trouble was (still is) that I detest auditions. Which makes it very hard to get any acting jobs. So I’ve turned around what I’ve learned and I now apply what I know about characters to those I write instead of those I play on stage. Kind of better this way because I really do get to be in charge and don’t have to deal with other people (much), but I do miss being onstage in front of an audience.
What made you start writing?
When I learned to write? Okay, maybe not that far back, but I was rather young when I started penning stories. Rarely ever finished them, mind. Let’s see, I guess it was when we got our first home computer when I was nine that I learned to type. Once I had that down, that’s pretty much when I started creating story files. Huh, I wonder whatever happen to those?
Is writing something you’ve always wanted to do or is it new to you?
Didn’t always want to do it as a profession. I was going to be a famous actress after all. I wrote my first real book right out of college. It wasn’t accepted for publication, but that was when I thought I could seriously do this. Took awhile between then and now to actually do it. Back then, digital publishing and ebooks didn’t exist and that seems to be where I’ve found my home.
What is your last book? What is it about?
I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore just came out in September from MLR Press. It’s about a pretty young party boy and an older guy who he hooks up with. They live in separate states and don’t intend to fall in love, but once they connect they — say it with me — just can’t fight the feeling. It was inspired by people and events that I saw when I attended my first GRL Retreat. In the end, the events and the people who inspired the story aren’t all that recognizable in it, but there are bits and pieces that those who’ve been to GRL might enjoy.
What made you decide to write it?
My editor, Kris Jacen, insisted on a story after one particular event. There were four of us authors with her, but I was the one who caught the story bug.
Is there any hidden meanings in your book? A lesson to be learned?
Only that love is a good thing and sex should be enjoyed.
What’s in store for you next?
My main writing goal now is to finish the last two Indigo Knights books so that series is complete. I’m not really sure where I’m going after that.
Do you think authors should read reviews of their books?
No. It’s a bad thing. The good ones can be a nice pat on the back, but even those are bad to read. It messes with your feelings as the author and it’s skewed my opinion of some of my own books.
Do you read your reviews?
Sadly, yes. But not as often as when I started.
Would you argue with a reviewer over a bad review?
No. There’s no point. It’s their opinion. Although, I often would like to point out that sometimes what you don’t like about the book isn’t so much what the author wrote as the reviewer’s own personal pet peeves. It’s sad, for instance, to get marked down because there’s a menage in your book when the reviewer admits to not liking menages. That’s like not liking a blue shirt that you just bought because you don’t like the color blue.
Do you have a favorite genre to write? To read?
Fantasy. I love made up worlds, even if they’re made up alternate “real” worlds. I’d rather read about a completely different reality than the one I live in every day.
What/who is your inspiration for writing?
Pretty, pretty men. I love good looking men.
What are you reading right now? Who is it by?
Indexing by Seanan McGuire. Awesome idea about a secret federal agency that chases fairy tales and tries to abort them. Because it’s amazing how many people tend to die horribly when chased by their happily ever after.
Are you enjoying it?
Immensely! I hope she continues the series. I enjoy her voice and her worlds very much.
Do you have a favorite book? What is it?
I don’t think I can name a single favorite. There are some that have been pivotal to me. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dune, Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn, The Last Herald Mage series by Mercedes Lackey. All those books took me places that I remember vividly and are probably big reasons why I write what I write.
If you’ve ever re-read a book, what book was it? How many times? Why?
Recently I re-read a whole series because the new book came out and I’d forgotten too much to go on. Actually, that happened twice recently. Once for Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series and once for Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series. I adore both sets of books, though, so re-reading wasn’t a hardship.
Other than that, I don’t think I’ve re-read much. I re-read Dune at least once and I’ve re-read some of Mercedes Lackey’s books. Those were because I’d originally read as a pre-teen and wanted to experience it as an adult to refresh my memory. Both were just as good the second time around.
Vampire or werewolf? Angel or demon?
One of each.
One thing you want to do/see before you die?
I’d like to get back to Europe for a real vacation. I’ve been there but never for a good long stay to really see stuff.
Most recent release is I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore. More info on my website: http://www.jetmykles.com/books-stories/i-cant-fight-this-feeling-anymore/
Buy link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=JM_ICFTF
Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win a copy of Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore and a $10 giftcard from Amazon.com!
Oh, and Jet? I don’t think you’re the only one who enjoys pretty men ;D
Thanks so much for stopping by!