Today I'd like to welcome Kay Jaybee to the Author Hot Seat. Kay is currently in the middle of a blog tour to promote her new book, The Retreat. Information about the book can be found at the end of the interview along with buy links. The Retreat is book two in the very popular Perfect Submissive Trilogy and in the next day or so I'll be including a highlight from each book and review in relation to each. Before that happens though, lets meet Kay and see what she has to say in response to a few tricky questions.
About your writing:
How many books have you written during your career so far and which is your favorite?
So far I have written 18 solo books, including 6 novels (such as The Perfect Submissive, Making Him Wait, and The Voyeur), 4 novellas (inc. Digging Deep and Not Her Type: Erotic Adventures With A Delivery), 7 anthologies (inc. The Best of Kay Jaybee, Equipment, and Yes Ma’am), and the stand alone short story, Punished.
It’s really difficult to choose a favourite from all these, as each one is quite different from the next, but at the moment my latest release, The Retreat, is very close to my heart. This was a book I didn’t think I’d ever write, for it is the sequel to my novel The Perfect Submissive- which, to my amazement, was so popular that my publishers asked me to turn it into a trilogy!!
Have any of your books received negative reviews and how did you handle the criticism?
I have been fortunate enough not to have many poor reviews (so far!!)- but I did have one for my erotic romance, A Sticky Situation, that really upset me. It wasn’t a criticism of the book, but a personal attack on me. The reader left a review on Amazon- they really hated that I’d used English words and not American ones. However, I’m English, the book was set in England, and all the characters within the story were English. If the story had been set in the US, then it would have been a fair comment, however abrupt- but it wasn’t, and it really got under my skin. I handled it by drinking more coffee and eating chocolate!!
Do you believe in writer’s block and if so, how do you overcome it?
I do- it’s a nightmare. For me writer’s block is more an overload of ideas that just won’t move from the brain to the pen, rather than a total absence of ideas. I deal with it by walking it off- a long walk usually puts the brain cells back in gear.
What is the one genre you would never write and why?
Teen fiction- I was no good at being a teenager myself- I’ve never been into popular bands, or fashion, or makeup- frankly I’d be hopeless at it!! I just haven’t got the skills to think on the correct mindset.
Have you ever written a book that you’ve regretted publishing and why?
Not so far thank goodness!
If a reader said they wanted to write a book, what advice would you give them?
Go for it!! But do it because you love to write, because something in you burns to produce a good story. Don’t do it if you think it’s an easy way to make a living- I promise, it is the most fun, but it’s very hard work and for the majority of writers there is little or no financial return.
Tell us what a typical day in your life is like?
I’m up at 7am, and at my computer by 7.30 putting out the days blogs, and PR for both my web sites (www.kayjaybee.me.uk and www.jennykane.co.uk)
Once my children have left for school, I scoop up my pad and pen (I largely write long hand), and head towards my local coffee shop, where I write from 8.45 until 11.30.
Then its home again, where I work via the Internet as an administrator for a Distance Learning Company from 12 until 1.30pm. Then I’m on the move again- back to a cafe in town to write from 1.45 until 3.15.
Life pauses for an hour then, so that I can do the return school run- before going back to my admin job from 4.30 until 6pm.
During the evenings I then type up, edit or produce new blogs for the following few days.
I really am that regimented!!!
What sort of things put you in a bad mood?
Lack of consideration of the feeling of other’s feelings, and when people assumed because I wear hearing aids I’m stupid.
Do you have a bucket list and what’s one thing you still want to do that you haven’t done?
Up until this summer I had a bucket list. The last thing I wanted to do on my list was to see Pompeii in Italy, and in August I did just that!! It was every bit as incredible as I thought it would be!!
Admittedly my bucket list was only short- but I didn’t want to have a list I had no hope of finishing! Now I’ve done everything on it, I guess I’ll have to write another one!
What makes you laugh?
Being with my friends, being happy- I’m a big laugher and smiler. I like clever comedy- MASH, Only Fools and Horses, Blackadder, QI- I can’t stand anything that get’s its laughs from humiliating or belittling other people.
What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
Where shall I start?? I’m always dropping myself in it! Most of my embarrassing moments come from misunderstanding people. As I don’t hear very well, I rely on lip reading and gestures a great deal whenever I’m in crowded noisy places- so you can imagine how many times I’ve got things wrong.
I won’t go into details- as I promised I wouldn’t- but once I jumped on this poor guys foot really hard because I thought he’d asked me to. What was I thinking!!!??? Why would he have done that? I wasn’t drunk- no excuses- just got it wrong- again!! Whoops.
Do you like to read and what are you reading at the moment?
I love to read, and wish I had more time to enjoy other peoples work. I’m currently indulging in reading the brilliant Death Is Now My Neighbour by Colin Dexter. I just adore his Inspector Morse novel. The TV series was fantastic- but the books are even better.
If you couldn’t write anymore, what would you do instead?
I’d be doing historical research or working as an archaeologist. I trained in both fields when I was at university, and have a degree in archaeology and a PhD in Medieval Criminology- there is very little I don’t know about Robin Hood!!!
If you could go out with one famous person who would it be and why?
Stephen Fry- his mind fascinates me.
Do you have a habit that drives your partner/friends/family nuts and what is it?
I like to sing to myself- I can’t sing- totally tone deaf- drives everyone bonkers.
In your opinion, what makes a person attractive?
Kindness combined a happy smile and nice eyes
What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
Snake- I was on dig in Africa- it was snake or starve. It was very chewy!!
Would you rather have a classic 1969 convertible Mustang or have the use of a beach side condo any time you want?
The car every time.
Would you rather survive an apocalyptic event (yes, even a zombie apocalypse) or die instantly without knowing what happened to your family and friends?
I’d pick the apocalyptic event- at least then I could try and save my family and friends, even if there was no hope.
Many thanks for inviting me here today Jan!
The Retreat by Kay Jaybee
Carrying on 6 months after Miss Jess Sanders has adapted to her new life as a working submissive at the Fables Hotel in Oxfordshire, The Retreat takes her on a new and challenges adventure…
Just as Jess is beginning to relax into her new life as a submissive at The Fables Hotel, her employer Mrs Peters announces that she is loaning both Jess, and her dominatrix Miss Sarah, to one of their most demanding clients; Mr David Proctor.
Whisked away by the mysterious Kane to The Retreat, hidden in a remote part of Scotland, Jess and Miss Sarah find themselves teaching another submissive to meet Proctor’s exacting rules.
As Jess comes to terms with the techniques of The Retreat Mistress, and the strictly overpowering dominatrix Lady Tia, she discovers that Proctor’s motives may not be all they seem.
Just who or what is Fairtasia? And why does Jess feel like she’s walked into a warped fairy tale?
In order to get back to The Fables, Jess is going to have to be more than just a perfect submissive...
If you’d like to buy The Retreat, it is available from Amazon –
If you’d like to find out more about Kay’s work you can find details at www.kayjaybe.me.uk
You can follow Kay on Twitter- kay_jaybee
And on Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/KayJaybeeAuthor
On Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3541958-kay-jaybee
Kay also writes romance as Jenny Kane- www.jennykane.co.uk