LEIA STONE/JAYMIN EVE: WE WROTE ASH AFTER FACEBOOK CORRESPONDENCE
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
They are young and very successful writers. They combined their forces to create the first chapter of the new vampire trilogy Hive. And they did it!
Ash, the initial chapter of the series, was released on December 15. Leia Stone and Jaymin Eve bring a cool world full of interesting characters and stories.
Land of Books got a chance to finish the year with the last interview for 2015. Enjoy our fun chat with talented Leia and Jaymin.
– Leia, Jaymin, what is your book Ash about?
– Ash is about a human girl that lives in a realistic world of vampires and half vampire/human children, the ash. All ash are male and so the story really starts when Charlie, the lead heroine, and a female, finds out she’s an ash. The ash live in the Hive which doesn’t have enough room for the incoming batch of ashes. So Charlie needs to survive the culling, a barbaric fight to the death. The Hive only wants the strongest to become members of their society. We won’t spoil too much but Ryder, the lead Ash enforcer, has a soft spot for Charlie’s wellbeing. The story really develops further into the larger plot which you will find out if you read it. =)
– How did you decide to write the story?
– Leia: Jaymin and I became friends over Facebook. We were both putting out books in the same genre, my Matefinder series, her Supernatural Prison series and I saw that she had two young kids, which I do as well. After geeking out over hundreds of Facebook messages with her, I realized she would be an awesome co-author. I sent her the first 8 pages of an idea for a novel that I had. It was rough and so, so different from the Ash you see today. She sent it back all marked up with different ideas and a new character profile. I then sent my part back all marked up with even different ideas, it just kept getting better and better. We did this back and forth until we realized we were totally doing this! We were writing a novel together. It was so seamless, I don’t mind bragging that we wrote 73K words in 1 month.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– Haha well Leia is the boss of Leia’s books and Jaymin is the boss of Jaymin’s books so I think initially it was hard to have someone suggest a change in your writing or flat out say they thought it should go a completely different way. But it worked, we work really well together. We have officially reached BAFF status. (Best Author Friends Forever)
– Tell us something more about your main character Charlie? Is she close to someone from your real life?
– Jaymin and I both write strong women as our female leads. Aurora from Matefinder and Jessa from Dragon Marked are both badass women who do what they want. I think that will always carry through to all of our female leads. What’s that famous quote? “Well behaved women seldom make history,” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– We wrote it in 1 month and with editing and all the other stuff put it out in another month. Don’t think we will write book 2 that fast though lol.
– Leia, what will the readers find in your trilogy Matefinder?
– Leia: If you liked Ash, I definitely think you would like Matefinder. A paranormal romance shifter story, you would see similarities between Charlie and Aurora. Both strong willed and would do anything to protect those they love. Aurora is a matefinder and with her abilities the werewolf race has a chance to survive.
– Jaymin, give us some insight about your popular The Walker Saga series?
– Jaymin: The Walker Saga is YA Fantasy series. Set over seven books it follows Abby (starting on dystopian NYC) as she discovers her heritage and that she is part of a group of seven half-Walker females (only ones in this star-system), who must battle the Seventine and save the seven worlds. In each book we see Abby, her best friend Lucy and a lot of bada** characters as they move across the worlds of this star system. Each planet is vastly different to the Earth we know today. If you love sarcastic, kickbutt, funny, soul-mate love, epic action and battles, then the Walker Saga is for you.
– Who are you?
– Leia: I would say that I’m a free spirit that ultimately is here to create. My stories really flow so effortlessly through me I do think that this career was meant to be. I couldn’t imagine finding the fulfillment that I feel from writing than with anything else.
– Jaymin: I am and always will be a massive reader. I spent the vast majority of my life exploring fantasy worlds. Today, being able to create worlds, I know I’ve found my true calling. I’m pretty relaxed and free spirited also, Leia and I are author twins. BAFF forever.
– What are your writing habits?
– Hide from the tiny children that follow us around all day and let it flow =)
– Are you satisfied by the sales of your book?
– In the words of Charlie, “Hells yeah!” Who wouldn’t be? #50 in the paid kindle store and #1 in teen and young adult urban fantasy, is a very very good place to be.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– This is where our amazing amazing joint fan base comes in to play. As of right now we have done no paid advertising for Ash. It was all fans and word of mouth. Thank you fans!!!
– When we will see your next common project and would you unveil something more about it?
– Ash book 2 should be out in the next 3-6 months. I think we can reveal that you will definitely see a strengthen of bonds and relationships and the secret that shook up the end of book 1 will play a bigger role.
– You put a note that the book’s recommended age is 17+. Do you think that books must have kind of obligatory PG rating like movies?
– Let’s be honest, Charlie has a potty mouth. We feel we need to let it be known before any parents start giving one star reviews for not warning. On a side note we have yet to meet a teenager that doesn’t know the F word. =)
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be?
– Leia: I would ask, was it hard to get to this point in your career? Just so that I could say, YES it was damn hard and don’t ever give up! I wrote my first novel ten years ago, got rejected 30 times. Matefinder got rejected 50 timed and is now optioned for film. To anyone thinking of going after their dream, I would say… DON’T give up. It will happen.
– Jaymin: I would ask, How do you write full time, market, publish and raise small children, without going insane? Let’s just say, sometimes I question the not going insane part, but I am truly blessed to be able to be at home with my girls, watch them grow and explore and discover this amazing world. And then, when I need some grown up time, I get to dive into book worlds, interact with my amazing readers and meet wonderful authors like Leia. It’s been a lot of hard work to reach this place, but I really like it here.