Two Bloggers, One Interview, TWO Giveaways with Jaye Wells

Jaye Wells, author of the Sabina Kane series, was kind enough to submit to an interrogation from Kristin at MyBookishWays and myself as she gears up for her series' latest release, Green-Eyed Demon, which releases today.

MBW: For those readers that are unfamiliar with Sabina Kane, can you tell us a little about the series?

The series is about a half-mage, half-vampire assassin named Sabina Kane. Because mating between the races is forbidden and Sabina's of mixed blood, she is an outcast who's trying to find her place in a dangerous world. What's worse, a war is brewing between the races and she must decide whose side she's on--the mages, the vampires or her own.

MBW: It's obvious from your writing that you know your way around a fight (cause Sabina kicks serious butt). What kind of research did you do for the fight scenes?
What's funny is the only fight I've ever had was a schoolyard slap fight in fourth grade. That means I do a lot of internet research to make sure the scenes are both exciting and believable. I have also taken combat workshops, self-defense classes and kick-boxing. But, really, a good fight scene is like any other well-written scene-there has to be conflict, emotion and pacing. The rest is all choreography.

MBW: In Green Eyed Demon, much of Sabina's time in the book is spent in New Orleans. It's such an awesome setting, rich in magic and voodoo! Did you spend time there for your research?
Yes! My family and I went to NOLA last year for Spring Break. We did lots of "research" on food, especially the beignets. But we also visited the voodoo museum, rode on the trolley, did cemetery tours, walked through the Garden District, etc. I took lots of pictures and just absorbed the unique culture and atmosphere. The trip provided lots of ideas for settings and other elements. One of the best "business trips" I've ever taken, that's for sure.

Spinecracker: I've been fortunate enough to have read GED, and I have to say I was floored. The characters have really come into their own, if you will. As a writer, when you set out to start this series did you know where your characters would end up? Or does it sometimes surprise you as well?
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed GED. It was a blast to write.

Unfortunately, I am not one of those writers who can plot out an entire series before I write the first book. A lot of the story choices have been the result of me fumbling my way through the stories and making discoveries. But it keeps things fresh and interesting. That said, I did have specific goals for Sabina's character arc from the outset. The plots are developed force her to grow as a character.

Spinecracker: GED somewhat completed a story arc in my opinion...not to say that everything is entirely wrapped up nice and pretty. What do you have planned for Sabina and the rest of the crew looking forward (that you can tell us)
Yes, I did intentionally wrap up a couple of story arcs in GED. But, you'll notice, I also sewed the seeds for some new arcs. GED represents a big pivot in Sabina's life. Even as she resolves certain issues, new ones crop up. Kind of like life, right?

It's tough to discuss what to look forward to because everything that's coming hinges on things that happen in GED. I can say that Sabina has a lot of challenges in store before the series concludes. And some of the issues you thought were resolved neatly will unravel in surprising ways.

Spinecracker: You consider yourself a planster (a little pantser, a little plotter) and I think it's cool that you go with the flow. Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood, get the creative juices flowing?
The only ritual is coffee and lots of it. It's a requirement. Otherwise, every day is a little different. But at the beginning of each book, I do tend to put together a play list for that book to help me focus on the themes I want to explore.

MBW: Is it tough balancing a family with writing, or have you found your "groove"?
Well, it's easier now that my son is in school full time. Plus I have an incredibly supportive husband, who takes care of laundry and the minutiae of living when I'm under deadline. I won't say we've totally found our "groove" but we make it work. I've given up trying to be superwoman.

Spinecracker: I read that you're planning on ending the series after 5 books. Is that still the case? If so, do you have plans for life after Sabina Kane?
Five books is the plan. I'm getting ready to start the fifth book now, so we'll see how it goes. There's a lot of loose ends to tie up. As for after that, I have a new series idea I'm hoping to pitch this summer. It's scary and exciting to think about leaving Sabina and the gang behind. But I'd rather end the series where I feel it should end than manufacture conflict to keep it going.

MBW: To add to Jessica's questions, can you give us any teasers about upcoming projects or Sabina adventures?
I do have one project I haven't mentioned much. On April 18, Orbit is releasing a Sabina Kane short story in ebook format. Those who've read Green-Eyed Demon will remember that Giguhl's girlfriend Valva disappeared between books two and three. VIOLET TENDENCIES will tell the story of what happened to Valva. For kindle users, here's a link to preorder. But it should be out in most ebook formats, so definitely check it out.

MBW: Giguhl has been unlucky in love. Dare we have hope for his love life?
Poor, Giguhl. Unfortunately, Mischief demons don't do so well with monogamy. It doesn't help that as Sabina's minion he's not really free to pursue a relationship. Only time will tell if the demon will get a love of his own.

Like we mentioned, there will be 2 giveaways happening for all you Wells/Sabina/Giguhl fans out there.  Here at the Spinecracker, we'll be giving away a copy of Green-Eyed Demon, Wells' latest novel, for your very own.  Then head to MyBookishWays to enter to win the audio version of Red-Headed Stepchild, the first book of the series.  Here are the giveaway details:

  • US and CAN
  • Your comment is your entry. (blog followers get 2 entries)
  • Contest ends Tuesday, March 1st
  • Winner will be announced here March 2nd, so please check back.


  1. This is great!!! Thanks to you, atmybookishway, and the author for doing this...

    hnwhitlock2000atgmaildot com

  2. Wow great interview! I'm starting to really get into Urban Fantasy. :D
    Please enter me into the contest!

  3. I'm not entering the giveaway, but this was a great interview!

  4. I'm looking forward to Green-Eyed Demon! My email address is molly(at)mcsmith(dot)org.

  5. I can't wait to read this one. I loved the first 2 books!


  6. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway! I am entering and I am a GFC follower.

    bookluv @ ymail . com

  7. Great job ladies! I really enjoyed this interview. Please don't enter me in the contest.

  8. Oh enter me in please, I have book 1 and 2, I need the 3rd one :)
    I'm also a blog follower :)


  9. Oh I have the first in this series and I can't wait to get to it! Thanks for having this giveaway!
    I'm a gfc follower
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  10. Great interview ladies! This series really does sound interesting, I have enjoyed all of your reviews and they are def on my TBR List!

    (why do people write their e-mails like this??

  11. Great interview!


  12. I am definitely adding this series to my list, Thanks for a wonderful interview and giveaways.
    GFC follower-BLHmistress

  13. Fantastic interview!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  14. I enjoyed the interview and would love to read Green-Eyed Demon :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  15. Publicly following The Spinecracker with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}]

  16. Loved the interview.


  17. Awesome I have heard great things about this series and I have slowly been getting into more UF. Thanks for the giveaway, I'm a follower.

  18. Hey, that interview looks familiar;)

  19. Great interview. I loved the Red-Headed Stepchild.
    GFC follower

    BookNoise at gmail dot com

  20. Fabulous interview. I remember when Red-Headed Stepchild first came out, and I was dying to read it. Now here's the third book finally, and I'm dying to read it too. I have to say, I really love Giguhl, he's the best side kick ever.

    Barbed1951 at aol.com
    GFC follower

  21. Fla lalalalal.... I read some of the interview, but I stopped as I have Green-Eyed Demon and want to get through it. ;D But, from what I see, this sounds like you both did an amazing job!!!! :) Thanks!

  22. Great interview.
    GFC follower
    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  23. Oh Squee! I loved the first two books! I am so excited. I love these characters and their interactions. Thank you!

  24. @Kristin - Really funny LMAO!

    Thank you gals again. Would love to finally start reading this series. I hear about it everywhere. Thank you so much. Also happy to say I am a GFC and Twitter stalker of you both :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. Thanks!!! Great giveaway.

    New follower-judy


  26. I have heard such great things about this series! I would love to try it. Thanks for the chance.

  27. Looking forward to this one, great series. Thanks for the chance!

    Im a GFC follower

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  28. This series has been on my wishlist for awhile now. I'd love to win a copy of Green-Eyed Demon.

    GFC follower

    jen at delux dot com

  29. I *finally* went out and bought the first 2 books this week. Finally. ...I'd been putting it off because I didn't need yet ANOTHER series to get into, but everyone's love for Sabina (& Giguhl!) has won me over. :) I will start RHSC next. (And I would LOVE to win GED!)

    Great interview, BTW!

    rissatoo (GFC follower)

  30. Great interview! I've read the first of this series and can't wait to read the others :-)

    smaccall @ comcast.net

  31. Awesome interview. I would love to read this book. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway!

    GFC follower

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  32. Cool interview :)

    I follow via GFC :)

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  33. Nice interview. I'd like to read this book!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm a GFC follower (tearyeyedstars)

    ejhtan at gmail dot com

  34. nice! I love this. Thanks for the giveaway and great interview!
    I am also a GFC follower


  35. I really enjoyed the interview! I've wanted to start Jaye's book for a while now. Thanks for the giveaway =)

    I'm a GFC follower

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

  36. I love this series and Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series. Both feature women that kick butt and aren't angst filled about what they do.

  37. Great interview! I can't wait to read the book. :)

  38. Wonderful interview. The book sounds great. It's on my to read list now.