Author Spotlight ~ SETTA JAY~

Setta Jay is the author of the popular Guardians of the Realms Series. She's garnered attention and rave reviews in the paranormal romance world for writing smart, slightly innocent heroines and intense alpha males. She loves writing stories that incorporate a strong plot with a heavy dose of heat. Her influences include Judith McNaught who she feels writes a smart heroine to perfection, Gena Showalter, Maya Banks and Lora Leigh. You can often find her writing compared to JR Ward, but if you are a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood be warned that Setta Jay's novels are more erotic in nature.

Born a California girl, she currently resides in Idaho with her husband of ten plus years who she describes as incredibly sexy and supportive.

She loves to hear from readers so feel free to ask her questions on social media or send her an email, she will happily reply.

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Upcoming Releases

December 28, 2016 - Book ten in the Guardians of the Realms series
Spring 2017: The first in a new romantic / erotic suspense series
Spring – Summer 2017: The first in a Guardians of the Realms spin-off series

Q & A with Setta Jay

When did you know writing was what you wanted/needed to do?

I’d always been in love with the idea of writing, but it wasn’t until I turned thirty that I found the courage to do something about it. I never finished college or studied literature so I was riddled with self-doubt. I think it was something Stephanie Meyer said about the best writers being avid readers. I wish I could remember exactly what she said, but I wasn’t able to find it when I did a quick online search. The moral of the story is that whatever she said struck a cord and inspired me to move past my fears. I’ve been a huge reader since childhood and fell in love with romance very early, likely way too early since I was sneaking my older sister’s bodice rippers. lol I think avid readers naturally think of the stories they wish they could read, so after I hit thirty I decided I’d write the stories I’d love to see. It took a while to find my way, but once I did, it was an incredibly rewarding experience.

Does any music/situations/media inspire your writing process? If so, what?

It seems like inspiration can spring up anywhere. Sometimes it’s a song lyric or just the feeling I get from certain music. And it could definitely come from something I see or hear on a show or in social media. For some reason the story telling in country music seems to motivate me to sit down and write in general. As for specific situations, I played Jason Aldean’s Burnin It Down over and over when writing Tempting Ecstasy. And a sexy gif I saw on Tumblr inspired a sex scene in Divine Ecstasy. Also, a line from the TV show the Royals inspired my upcoming contemporary series. When plotting the new contemporary I tended to replay a song by The Penfifteen Club a ton.

Will we see any new works from you soon? What will they be?

Book ten in the Guardians of the Realms series is scheduled for release on December 28, 2016. That’s the last book in the series, but I’m excited to start a Guardian spin-off in 2017. I’m not quite ready to let go. I’m also officially starting a romantic/erotic suspense series next year. It’s been something I’ve been thinking about and plotting for a while and I’m really excited for the challenge in writing outside my current genre.

Favorite wine and favorite chocolate :)

Any wine you stick in front of me. Lol I love red. Like a great Chianti, minus the fava beans. J I usually order Cabernets. Sometimes I switch it up with whites like Pinot Grigio, Riesling or Gew├╝rztraminer (although I butcher the name). I’m definitely not a wine snob. As long as you put it in a glass I’m good to go.

As far as chocolate… that’s tough. I’m apparently not all that picky when it comes to my vices. I like chocolate best with other things, like caramel… or in a Snickers. Nothing too fancy. ;)

Top five reads? (all time or current, your choice)

Five! How?! Let’s see… if I narrow it down to paranormal romance I might be able to come close.

- Several of Larissa Ione’s Demonica and Lords of Deliverance books should be on the list.
- Gena Showalter had a couple of amazing Lords of the Underworld and Alien Huntress books.
- I also fell in love with a ton of Lora Leigh’s Breeds.
- Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changling series has too many favorites to count.
- Oh, and I love some of Cynthia Eden’s. I think it was Night Watch that was one of my fav series.  
  Oh, and the Phoenix Fire.
- And how can I not include several of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters?

There’s still so many more and I already cheated! I may as well go for broke now. Kristen Ashley’s The Three series, Burn by Suzanne Wright. See, you just can’t stop me! lol

What’s the best way fans can reach out to you?

I love to hear from fans and try to keep up with messages everywhere I can think of looking. Email is good, I also check messages in Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter.

An exclusive giveaway for K&T’s Book Babblers Book Club 
Signed copy of Storm of Ecstasy, book nine in the Guardians of the Realms series 
(open internationally).