Tuesday, April 5, 2011

NRABT First Guest - JS Wayne

Born in Amarillo, Texas, J.S. Wayne has lived, worked, or traveled in approximately two thirds of the North American continent and has amassed a resume that could kindly be described as “eclectic.” He currently resides in the Texas Panhandle with his wife, a vicious attack cat, and a terrier puppy who believes socks are a threat to national security. In his laughably sparse spare time, he enjoys reading, scary movies, strategy games, and collecting obsolete weapons. His professional writing credits include two current novels, Shadowphoenix: Requiem and Wail; a short story, “Angels Would Fall,” which has been contracted by Noble Romance Publishing and is due out April 18th; and a host of poetry and work-in-progress novels and short stories, including a nascent graphic novel with artist extraordinaire Bill Fish, who created the covers for J.S.’s first two novels, his website, and took the photos J.S. uses for various publicity needs. He maintains a home page at www.wix.com/jswaynesite/herebemonsters and a blog at www.jswayne.wordpress.com.

So, first things first: introduce yourself. Name, genre, a bit about what you write, and maybe share a little tidbit about yourself--something you wouldn’t tell your doctor but nothing you wouldn't tell your best friend's fifteen-year-old daughter.

Hi, Mindy! It's great to be here. My name is J.S. Wayne.

I write erotic romance, urban fantasy and supernatural horror. My favored characters are angels and demons, vampires, and even a banshee! I like to write what I'd like to see on the shelves, but do it in a way that puts my own "stamp" on it.

Hmm, a tidbit. I have the perfect one. When I was in 10th grade, I tried out for the lead in the school production of "Dracula." Because I couldn't do a proper Eastern European accent, I didn't get the part. My acting chops, sadly, have NOT improved with time, although I do love to make my friends laugh with bad impressions. (laughs)

As briefly or as verbosely as you wish, briefly dissertate your thoughts on archetype. What do "hero" and "heroine" mean to you? And what about villains? What archetypes frequently appear in your own work, which ones do you like seeing in others' work, and which ones drive you completely up the wall with rage?

I like fully realized characters, no matter what side of the Jedi-Sith Index they fall on. I want to see a character who is believable, no matter what he's doing, because he seems fully drawn out. The antihero and the villain who believe that they are doing the right thing have always struck a unique chord with me. As far as women, I have NO patience for simpering airheads; an overdose of "tittering twit" in a story will make me lay it down faster than anything else. If I ever do use a female character who's dumber than a brick or a hero who can carry his severed right arm in his teeth while blasting away with perfect accuracy with a shotgun in his left hand, I assure you I'm doing it as an exercise in sarcasm.

The floor is now yours--tell us where we can find you online, your buy links, anything else you might want to include, and if you wish, an excerpt (limited to sweet romance please ^^;). Also, you may include up to 3 book covers.

I can be found at www.jswayne.wordpress.com, which is my blog and the hub for nearly everything else I do online; http://www.wix.com/jswaynesite/herebemonsters, my homepage; at www.webpoet.org and writing.com, both of which are wonderful sites and which I am active member of; on Twitter @jswayne702; and on Facebook. Do please feel free to stop by any or all of these and drop me a line!

My first novel, an urban fantasy entitled Shadowphoenix: Requiem, can be found at www.lulu.com or from my homepage; my second novel, Wail, is currently going through the submissions process at several agencies; and my first erotic romance short story, "Angels Would Fall," is due for release on April 18th from Noble Romance.

Thanks so much for joining us, JS!

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