Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a 34-year-old South African born author currently living in Kathu, Northern Cape. I live with my husband, a 14-year-old daughter, and 3 dogs. I am an avid reader of basically any non-fiction I can get my hands on but love romance and horror. Country music is at the top of my list although very few local artists produce that in our country. I love to bake but my cooking skills leave a lot to be desired. Although, I haven’t killed anyone yet so I think I am improving.
The Wolf is my first novel of a planned 5 in the Gypsy Bastard MC series. It took me about 4 years to get it done and in the process drove everyone around me a little crazy
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My Latest (and only published book at the moment) is The Wolf. It was inspired by the men I grew up around, whether they were family or friends. All my life I have been surrounded in one form by bikes and bikers my entire life. The first time I went on a bike ride I was 10 years old and clinging to my uncle as his Harley sped through town. It was the most freeing and exhilarating feeling ever. I was also taught the 3 fundamentals from a very young age. LHR – loyalty, honor, and respect and try to get that through in all of my books.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I actually worry about this. I have met many like-minded people on my journey and have a lot of support. Most have a structure or format they use to get through their writing. I don’t write alone or in solitude. Mostly I write while my husband plays Xbox or watches tv. I also don’t write every day, but whenever the itch hits me to get my thoughts out.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The first book I ever read was by Stephen King and I was hooked. I didn’t want to write horror but I wanted to be a world builder, an escape artist, and an illusionist. Through the years I have read and been inspired by many depending on the genre. But my top authors are Stephen King, Julie Kagawa, Danielle Steel, Meghan March, Willow Winter and lately AE Murphy and Bella J
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am halfway done with my first draft of The Pope, which is book 2 in the Gypsy Bastards MC Series. Though this will probably take another month and at least 6 rounds of editing between myself and my editor before preorders can start I am looking forward to releasing it
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I actually don’t do as much promotion as I am sure I should be doing. Basically its just my social media (Facebook and Instagram) and dedicated website
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Reviewers (not your family and friends) will be your greatest supporters. Don’t be afraid, get your work out there and get it reviewed. Most are bluntly honest and even if you arent happy with the feedback you can always use it as motivation. Build relationships with your reviewers!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Revise and resubmit. This works for most things in life, not just books. If it doesn’t work out the first time don’t just stop, get up, get dressed, go through your work, fix the problems and try again
What are you reading now?
Oh my. when I’m not writing I read about a book every two days. with that said authors that can always be found in my TBR include Alexa Riley, Sam Crescent, Bella J, Willow Winters, JOhn Grisham, Wilbur Smith, and AM Madden
What’s next for you as a writer?
More of the Gypsy Bastards MC Series. I have 5 books all mapped out in my head including conversations, arguments, and even set changes (LOL).but after that I have no idea. Might be working on an idea for a supernatural romance series after that. that is if there aren’t any more books that pop up along the way
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Anne Rice -Queen of the damned
Willow Aster – True love story
John Grisham – A painted house
Stephen King – Pet semetary
and if I can squeeze one more in, Wilbur Smith – Elephant song
Author Websites and Profiles
Jade Marshall Website