This week’s Author Spotlight is with Jane Jago, author of the book Bolded Hearts. Jane is an author of seven other works.
Please see our reviews for Bolded Hearts, the interview with the author and some information about her below:
I spent the first half of my working life cooking and the second half editing other people’s manuscripts.
At last I have time to write down the stories that have been disturbing my sleep for as long as I can remember.
Writing my first title took two years, because the characters kept doing unexpected things. I’ve since learned that they are always going to break out of the mould. So I just sit back and enjoy the ride.
~Interview with Jane Jago~
Twogalsandabook: Did you always want to be an author?
A: I guess so. But earning a living rather got in the way for a lot of years.
Twogalsandabook: What inspired you to write this book?
A: Originally, I saw two figures in the fog. They became Amal and Chin-Cha and told me their story.
Twogalsandabook: At what age did you start writing?
A: I started to write as soon as I was old enough to hold a pen.
Twogalsandabook: Are there any specific writers and poets that inspire you?
A: I think that all writers are inspired and influenced by what they read and hear. The first piece of writing that made me open my eyes in wonder was “The Song of Solomon” in the Old Testament.
Twogalsandabook: Have you written anything else?
A: Yes. Bolded Hearts was my seventh published book. It was preceded by three fantasy novels, two thrillers and a book of short fiction. Since then I have published A third thriller called Jackdaw Court which is also my first paperback.
Twogalsandabook: Is there anything you’re working on now?
A: Oh yes. I have a fantasy novel with beta readers and I’m working on more short fiction for a collection later in the year.
Twogalsandabook: What ambitions do you have for your writing career?
A: I just want people to read my stuff and enjoy it.
Twogalsandabook: Do you think your writing will stay in a specific genre?
A: I can’t imagine so, as I’m already a genre wanderer.
Twogalsandabook: Do you read a lot? What are some of your favorite books, genres, and authors?
A: I am a voracious reader. I am a great fan of Guy Gavriel Kay’s fantasy, JD Robb’s crime novels, Janet Evanovitch. Dorothy L Sayers. Georgette Heyer. And many, many more.
Twogalsandabook: What was the most difficult part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?
A: I love to write and my biggest difficulty is stopping. But actually Bolded Hearts was more or less written in one sitting. Obviously it had to be edited and spell checked later, but substantially it changed very little.
Twogalsandabook: Did you have to do much research for the book?
A: Being fantasy, BH required little or no research. My modern day thrillers need a lot more.
Twogalsandabook: Have you ever experienced writers block? If so, how do you deal with it?
A: Not really. If I don’t feel like writing, I go do something else.
Twogalsandabook: Where is your favorite place to write? Do you have a favorite “writing” atmosphere?
A: I write on the settee with my feet up. And I like there to be stuff going on around me. I can’t write in quiet.
Twogalsandabook: Do you have any advice for other novice or aspiring writers?
A: Just do it. But do have somebody you trust read through it. And be sure that person is somebody who will tell you if it’s rubbish.
Twogalsandabook: Were there any books or specific stories that were an influence for Bolded Hearts?
A: Not specifics, but it does have its roots in folk tales.
Twogalsandabook: Was the cover your idea/design?
A: No. The cover was created for the story by the very lovely and hugely talented Christina McMullen. Click here for more information on Christina McMullen
Twogalsandabook: Did you originally intend creating a longer story?
A: No. It was never meant to be more than it is.
Twogalsandabook: Who would you recommend to read this book?
A: People who want a bit of aaah in their lives.
Twogalsandabook: Is there anything you would like to add that we have not inquired?
A: Just that I am enormously grateful for a life that permits me to write, and to anyone who reads and enjoys my work.
Twogalsandabook: Are there any social media platforms or websites that readers could connect with you on?
Twogalsandabook would like to thank author Jane Jago for agreeing to participate in this interview so that we can share it with everyone…
Stacy’s Review: 2**
Not for me
This is not my genre. Definitely not for me, though the author shows great skill with
imagery and in telling a story.
Nice short fantasy read
Bolded Hearts by Jane Jago is a short, well written, fantasy story about Amal and Chin-Cha.
I was a tad confused when I first started reading, but as the story goes on, the characters become better understood. It essentially feels like folklore. The story and characters are genuinely magical and I loved the ending.