I’m delighted to welcome Jade Marshall to my blog.
|Jade Marshall - Author|
Hello Jade – I’m so pleased we managed to connect and arrange a date for your blog spot. And I’m also keen to unearth some of your personal secrets and learn about the things that make your readers ask for more of your stories. But before we discover more about your latest release, Not His Mate, here are a few questions that will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.
Arabella: How did you manage to get your first novel published and what did you learn from the experience?
Jade: My first novel wasn’t just simply a novel. It was a vindication of a dream. It took me five years to write The Wolf (Book 1 of the GBMC) and throughout those years only three people knew what I was doing. I had myself convinced that it was an unachievable dream and that I would never be published.
Through the writing, I did a TON of research, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to self-publish. I know myself and I wouldn’t be able to do all of this on my own. By that time I had two publishing houses that I wanted to submit to and Evernight Publishing was my first choice.
About a month after submitting The Wolf to Evernight Publishing I finally gathered the nerve to tell my husband. He was supportive as always but being the realist that he is reminded me that not everyone gets signed.
When I received my feedback from Evernight Publishing I wasn’t contracted but I was asked to revise and resubmit. That took me another year, but I finally did it and haven’t looked back since.
Arabella: The T.V. is on and you’re in control of the remote. Which would it be?
1) A quiz programme
2) An afternoon of sport
3) A family soap
4) A romantic film you always wanted to see but missed when it was shown at the cinema?
Jade: None of the above. Mostly I like to watch procedural dramas or something more horror/thriller related. It helps that the husband and I have the same taste in shows so there aren’t many fights about the remote.
Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your latest release, Not his Mate ?
Jade: I have an entire series built in my mind. I have always loved paranormal romance and wanted to be part of that world building. I love the alpha heroes, the fated mates, and the family that comes with being part of the pack.
Arabella: Roses, Lilies, or another flower of choice?
Jade: I love Arum Lilys. In Afrikaans (my first language) they are called Vark Ore which directly translates into Pigs Ears. My husband has planted the white variety in a pot beside our front door for me after I kept killing the red ones.
|Red and White Lilies|
Arabella: Which authors or what books have influenced your writing?
Jade: Most of my reading habits were influenced by cousin Heliza and my mother. Heliza used to read horror and suspense including Dean Koontz and my mother was more on the romance side with authors like Danielle Steel and Catherine Cookson. I think that may be why my romance is on the darker side. I have a love for Tiffany Reisz, Stephen King, Sam Crescent, Wilbur Smith, and many others that I have discovered for myself over the years
Arabella: Some authors write at first light, others need a mug of coffee or a glass of wine before putting pen to paper. When writing, are there any “essentials” you need to help the words flow?
Jade: I can’t force myself to write. I have tried it and everything I put down is sucky. So I tend to write when inspiration hits. I am mostly a night writer. My husband will sit playing Xbox while I write on the couch. I do need coffee quite often and I am a smoker so those are also always nearby.
Arabella: You’re halfway through the work-in-progress and you’re stuck! If you had to contact an “author/publisher/editor friend” for guidance, who would it be?
Jade: I have the best Beta reader ever. Her name is Jessica. If I’m ever stuck or not feeling where the story is headed, I will just walk over to her house, have a cup of coffee, and talk it out. She is my biggest supporter besides my family and gets all riled up about things like bad reviews or people not understanding my work. She motivates me and gives me hell when I slack off too much.
Jessica is always the first to know if I am working on something new. She is my soundboard, my support system, and a great friend. It helps that the husbands like each other. Lol.
Arabella: If you could choose, which would it be?
1) A walk in the woods
2) A walk along a beachfront to dip your toes in the sea
3) A day shopping for clothes
Jade: The beach by far although I don’t like the ocean. I am terrified of the waves so I don’t go into the water, but I am more than happy to sit and read while having a cocktail.
Arabella: Do you have any great writing, publishing, or marketing tips you’d like to share with “want-to-be” authors starting out on their writing journey?
Jade: There is so much I have learnt in the last year!
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Your work isn’t for everyone and not all reviews are going to be good. Breath, read it again, and use any criticism that was constructive. Forget the rest.
Editing, Cover design, Promoting, and everything that goes with launching a book is important. Don’t skimp on those things.
Social media is more important than you think. You are your own greatest advocate and promoter, and no one will do as much effort to see your work do well as you will.
Thank you so much for joining me on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, Jade. You’ve been an amazing guest, and I have to say that love the sound of your supportive Beta reader, Jessica, and the fact she lives so close to you.
Wishing you all the best for your latest release Not His Mate
ABOUT JADE MARSHALL
|Jade Marshall - Author|
I am a South African author from the Northern Cape. Finally found someone to take a chance and me and now I am published (yaaaay). Since I was a little girl, I have loved reading and telling stories. I never dreamed that anyone else would like my stories. Luckily, I have a great support system. People who support me and pushed me to chase my dreams.
I am the mother of a 15-year-old blonde girl, who still thinks her mom is cool even though she is now a teenager. A loving, hard-ass, biker husband who constantly puts up with my insanity and supports everything I do. Our other children include an American red-nosed Pitbull (Lesnar), a German Rottweiler (Tyson) and a fox terrier (Patches).
I try to keep them all alive and happy and mostly succeed. Although my cooking skills do need a lot of work
This is a little trickier than I thought it would be because I find that I write what I am feeling in that moment but here is the shortlist!
· MC Romance
· Dark Romance
· Paranormal Romance
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Not His Mate (Book 2) Katu Wolves Series
When a wolf shifter finds their fated mate
their entire world changes. There is nothing on earth you wouldn’t do to keep
your mate by your side, happy and safe. But what happens when your fated mate
is already mated to someone else?
Calum Beckett, Beta to the Katu wolf pack, has finally found his fated mate in Talon Quinn. The only problem is that she already has a mate. Trying to stay away from Talon is pulling him apart and driving his wolf to the brink of insanity. But what choice does he have?
Talon has moved to the Katu Pack with her mate Parker, but Parker isn’t her true mate, but someone she was forced to mate by her previous Alpha. When she finds her fated mate her life is thrown even further into chaos. Difficult choices lie ahead, and no matter which path she chooses, pain is inevitable.
How much pain are you willing to cause? How will either mate react to choices that Talon make? Can anyone have their happily ever after?
RELEASE DATE: 29 October 2021