Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
Thanks so much for having me here today on RomanceJunkies! On September 21st, I released Sentinel Lost, which is book 5 in my Mind Sweeper Series. My series centers on Kyle McKinley, a woman with the ability to manipulate memories. She works with a team of supernatural to hide the fact that they exist from humans. My world includes all variation of supernatural, from vampires, to demons, to shifters, to angels. A United Nations of paranormal, if you will, and how these factions co-exist in a world of unsuspecting humans. Humor and angst ensues while the team solves a mystery. And of COURSE sparks fly…we can’t forget the romance.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
This is a fun question because the perfect hero for me the reader and the perfect hero for me the woman are two different people. As a reader, I like alpha heroes. I see this a lot in paranormal romances. Mysterious, gorgeous and over-protective, the alpha hero is a kick to read (and write). In real life, I prefer my heroes to be alpha ‘every once in a while’ but most of the time he needs to be willing to give and take in a relationship. I have some alpha going on in my personality as well… And humor is 100% necessary. I grew up in a house that was filled with laughter. If a guy doesn’t have a sense of humor, then we aren’t meant to be together.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I love to read. I am also a recovering TV-aholic. My writing takes up what used to be my evening TV watching hours. I like to try new foods (more so the eating part, not so much the cooking part).
As for collections, I have a large amount of Halloween decorations. I change out the themes each year. Witches, ghosts, skeletons, monsters…I can’t seem to stop myself from buying cute decorations. I should have known early on that I would write paranormal!
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Besides deciding to publish this series, which has been a huge adventure all on its own, I would say my biggest adventure has been winning the RWA Golden Heart for Mind Sweeper in 2013 and also being a double RWA RITA finalist this year for Mind Sweeper. To be part of an organization as wonderful as Romance Writers of America and then to be recognized for my work is such a thrill.
And it has allowed me to meet wonderful writers who are as addicted to telling a story as I am. Writers get to create their own adventures!
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
This is a tricky question, right? I am answering this for me, not my characters! Personally I don’t need to be wined and dined. Extravagance does not equal romance in my book. Romance is spending time together and making each other the priority. Pushing away life’s distractions and concentrating on the moment. Romance is about learning something important or not so important about the other person and finding a way to incorporate it in your time together to bring them happiness (even if it’s not your cup of tea normally).
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
Another hard question! I would say that I am hard-working (a bit of a perfectionist), tenacious, and humorous. My friends and family would say that I am neurotic, stubborn and sarcastic! Seriously, my family and friends are so supportive of my writing career. They have been my cheerleaders, coaches and teammates. Not sure why I slipped into sports analogies, but the bottom line is that they have my back and support me when my self-confidence takes a wallop.
What project are you working on next?
I have a new series that I am working on for 2016. It has humor, and mystery, and paranormal wedding planners! I am also writing some spin-off books to my Mind Sweeper Series because my secondary characters want their stories told. I need to get their voices out of my head! Misha, Kyle’s demon partner, is on the writing block first.
Book 5 in the Award Winning Mind Sweeper Series
How many supernaturals does it take to screw in a lightbulb? For this particular case, way more than Kyle McKinley has backing her up.
When she stumbles upon a dark museum, missing artwork, and a dead security guard, Kyle and her team are thrust into a new mystery. One involving demons. But not your run of the mill demons—realm demons. Tougher, scarier, and banned from earth, they are escaping from the realm and wreaking havoc in Cleveland, Ohio, of all places.
Now the Feds have shown up, and Kyle has to deal with the one person she prayed she would never see again. Dalton. How can she keep the truth of their past from him without jeopardizing the case? Especially when the Key of Knowledge is part of the mystery. The same Key that almost cost Dalton his sanity and is now threatening hers. Kyle is just starting to get her life back together again with Griffin at her side. And now the Fates are forcing her to choose. But when a demon apocalypse looms on the horizon, her only choice is to embrace the Key to save the world, regardless of what it might cost her.
Growing up a TV junkie, AE Jones oftentimes rewrote endings of episodes in her head when she didn’t like the outcome. She immersed herself in sci-fi and soap operas. But when Buffy hit the little screen, she knew her true love was paranormal. Now she spends her nights weaving stories about all variation of supernatural—their angst and their humor. After all, life is about both…whether you sport fangs or not.
AE won RWA’s 2013 Golden Heart ® Award for her paranormal manuscript, Mind Sweeper. Mind Sweeper was also a 2015 RWA RITA® finalist for both First Book and Paranormal Romance.
AE lives in Ohio surrounded by her eclectic family and friends who in no way resemble any characters in her books. Honest. Now her two cats are another story altogether.
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