At 4 a.m., when her husband and three sons are asleep, USA Today best-selling author JADE KERRION weaves unforgettable characters into unexpected stories.
Her debut science fiction novel, PERFECTION UNLEASHED, won six literary awards and launched the DOUBLE HELIX series which blends cutting-edge genetic engineering and high-octane action with an unforgettable romance between an alpha empath and an assassin.
Readers continue their adventures in this dystopian Earth with the spin-off futuristic thriller series DOUBLE HELIX CASE FILES, starting with MIRIYA.
The DAUGHTER OF AIR and LORD OF THE OCEAN series, beginning with CURSED TIDES, blends fairy tales and mythology into urban fantasy. It’s the story you always wanted to read: The Little Mermaid finally kicks ass!
Jade’s award-winning fantasy novel, ETERNAL NIGHT, draws you in the post-apocalyptic world of AETERNAE NOCTIS where humans—victims of a war between immortals—are about to tip the balance.
LIFE SHOCKS ROMANCES, starting with AROUSED, features Jade’s sweet and sexy contemporary romance series, which proves that, at the very least, she knows how to alphabetize books.
Jade’s devious plan for world domination begins with making all her readers as sleep-deprived as she is.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
JK: I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I think I first realized it when I wrote Guild Wars Fan Fiction, featuring my characters and my friends’ characters. I’d show up in the game, announce that I’d posted a new episode, and all my guild members would just vanish because they wanted to read the latest installment immediately. I realized then that my superpower was writing stories!
- How long does it take to write your book(s)?
JK: I average about a thousand words a day, so I can usually complete a first draft of 60K words within two months. If I’m up against a deadline, I aim for two thousand words a day—a novel a month!
- What is your work schedule like when writing a book?
JK: I’m up at 3:30 am, and writing by 4 am. I usually spend 2 hours writing, and if I’m really focused, can write up to 2,000 words in 2 hours. Normally, though, I shoot for about 1,000 words. 2,000 can be exhausting; the frantic pace can really wear you down after a while.
- Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?
JK: They come from everywhere. Sometimes, they’re inspired by a picture. Often, they’re a blend of ideas that have been sitting and simmering for a while, based on something I’d read.
- When did you write your first book?
JK: I wrote my first book during the 2010 Nanowrimo, but ripped out the last third of the book, and rewrote it. It was published in June 2012.
- What do you do when you’re not writing?
JK: Well, I work full time in an amazing tech company that’s pushing the frontiers of mixed reality. It takes up most of my days. Writing is my side job, really.
- What does your family think of your writing?
JK: My son says I’m his favorite writer (even though he’s never read anything I’ve written) so I think he’s proud of me in a rather generalized sort of way. My husband tells people I’m a writer (even though that’s just my second job.)
- What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?
JK: Trust yourself. You don’t need to plot everything in advance. You don’t have to make all the threads neatly tie together before you start writing. Some of my best twists have come while I was writing, because the concepts have had time to percolate and gel together.
- How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
JK: I stopped counting at about 20. Also, the count gets skewed if you add in novellas and short stories. Do they count too? These days, I say 25+ and leave it at that. My favorite…is my current series that tells the story of the Little Mermaid you always wanted to read. She finally kicks ass!
- Any tips/suggestions on getting started?
JK: Sit your butt down in the chair and start writing or typing. Do you think you can fill a single page in Microsoft Word a day? Of course. It’s just one page. It’s easy. Well, that’s 500 words. Do that every day for 4 months, and you’ll have a novel. It’s not difficult. It just takes discipline, just like anything else.
- What do you think makes a good story?
JK: Unforgettable characters. In the end, if you can’t put a book down, it’s because you’ve fallen in love with the characters, and you don’t want the story to end. Twists are awesome, so are cliffhangers. They keep you turning pages, but in the end, what makes a story unforgettable, is the characters.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
JK: I wanted to be a firefighter. Considering how generally unathletic I am, it’s probably good for the world I decided not to run into a burning house to save lives…
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