Today on Author on the Couch,

(the story behind the storyteller)

I conduct a session with

AE Jones.



AE is offering her MIND SWEEPER NOVELLAS to one lucky person.

At the end of this post I’ll tell you how to enter to win.



Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.

AE: I would say that losing my mother has had and continues to have a huge impact on my life. When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, I was devastated. One of the ways I learned to cope was through my writing. I escaped into a world that I had control over. My mother loved books and she passed that along to me from the moment I was born (or it might have been while I was in utero). She was my fan, advocate, coach, beta reader. You name it and she did it. When I lost her, I dove into my writing with a passion. It helped me move through my grief, plus I knew that she wouldn’t have wanted me to stop doing something that I love.

Me: Writing does have a certain therapeutic power. It has something to do with distraction away from intense feelings and filtering emotions into a manageable form.

What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?

AE: It’s two-fold for me. One is having the drive or persistence to keep writing even when the words don’t come easily but the rejections do! The other is imagination. I’ve been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember. Thank goodness the characters in these stories finally demanded that I write them down to share with others.

Me: Persistence and imagination–two key ingredients to being a successful writer.

What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?

AE: Self-doubt can be a big deterrent for me. If I flip into that mode then I start questioning my writing and that’s not a good place to visit. I think that’s because as a writer I spend a lot of time inside my head. The interesting thing is I have met a LOT of writers who talk about that negative voice in their head, but their persistence outweighs the doubt and they continue on! That’s why writing communities are so powerful. We all can relate and support each other.

Me: What was your high point as a writer?

AE: So far my high point as a writer has been winning the Golden Heart for Mind Sweeper, Book 1 in my paranormal romance/urban fantasy series. Fpersistirst was the call that I was a finalist (you can relate to that Abbie!) from a representative from Romance Writers of America. I was a giggling-babbler on the phone.

Then finally attending the ceremony in Atlanta and sweating buckets (literally) as the evening went on. I also have to mention that I sat at a table with Eloisa James and Sarah MacLean at the awards. So on top of everything else I was having a total fan girl moment. And then having your name and picture flashed up on a jumbotron as the nominees are announced and hearing “and the winner of the Golden Heart for paranormal romance goes to”… Wow.

Beyond surreal. Whenever I think about it, I still sweat a little bit. Standing up in frontof two thousand authors and industry professionals, many of whom are my idols, to accept an award was mind-blowing. And to add icing to the cake, my writing buddy and chapter mate, Miranda Liasson, also won a Golden Heart as well that evening.

A wonderful part of being a finalist has been becoming friends with the other Golden Heart finalists that year, the Lucky 13’s. We’re still in touch today and cheer each other on. We’re a wonderful support system for each other.

We’ll have to wait and see what this summer brings during the RITA awards. Oh boy, I just started sweating again…

Me: Reading about your experience when you won the Golden Heart gives me chills! I was in the audience that night and will forever remember the cheers from all the NEORWA (Northeast Ohio RWA) members! My fingers are crossed that you win the RITA this year. You deserve it! I’ll be in the audience cheering for you!

We can’t talk high points without talking low points. What was your low point as a writer?

AE: I don’t know if I have one particular low point, really. I think slogging through rejections can bring any writer down, especially if those rejections come from someone who was so excited about your project at the outset. And I read the rejections, gather what I can from them and move on. Again, persistence, persistence, persistence.

Me: How many books have you written? How long does it typically take you to write a book? What’s the most painful part of the writing process for you?

AE: I have written several books that will not see the light of day, but were necessary for me to write in order to learn. I call it ‘on the job’ training. Currently in my Mind Sweeper series I have two full length novels and two novellas that have been released. Book 5, another full length novel, will be coming out late summer. And I have the first book of a new series written that (fingers crossed) will come out in the fall.

To write a full-length novel it can take me 2-4 months or so. And then edits and proofread, etc are another 1-2 months.

The most painful part of the process for me is getting to the daggone middle of a book. The beginning is great, the end is my favorite part, but those chapters leading up to the middle usually torture me slowly until I meet the mid-way point and then I say to myself “You’re hbe fearlessalf way done!” After that I write a lot faster.

Me: What book do you wish you’d written? Why?

AE: This might sound like a pat answer, but I would have loved to write Harry Potter and not because I would be a gazillionaire by now! JK Rowling created a magical world with endearing characters who became our best friends. Did we not see ourselves as being in the house of Gryffindor? Or playing quidditch and learning our spells?

And yes the magical world captivated us, but the reason why the books are such powerhouses is because she tapped into universal truths and emotions.

The stories were of growing up and facing our fears and fighting against prejudices. When it comes down to it, Harry Potter is a David and Goliath fairytale. Good wins out against evil. Everyone can relate to that.

Me: What’s your writer’s mantra?

AE: This is a wonderful question. In January 2014 I actually embraced a writer’s mantra that I blogged about on my website. My mantra is BE FEARLESS. I decided on this mantra at the same time I decided to self-publish my Mind Sweeper series. It was a scary leap to make, but I did it. And even though it has been one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, it has also been the most rewarding.

Me: Tell me about your newest project.novellas 3d boxset copy


The Mind Sweeper Novellas Box Set: Discover the Mind Sweeper series through the eyes of Jean Luc and Talia in these two novellas.


Vampire Jean Luc Delacroix has been alive for nearly four hundred years. Alive, but not really living. This changes when he meets newly turned vampire, Talia. Feisty and beautiful, Talia is the first female Jean Luc has been attracted to in centuries. But when he finds out she is also a bounty hunter who is interfering with his investigation of a supernatural serial killer, he pushes her away for her and his own good.



Bitten and thrust into the supernatural world against her will, Talia wants nothing more than to do her job. She doesn’t have time to deal with an overbearing, ridiculously sexy vampire. But Jean Luc and Talia butt heads on their single-minded crusade to stop a murderer. And unless they can set aside their troubled pasts and learn to trust each other, they may never have an opportunity to explore their true feelings. Especially when they face off with the killer.






Thirty years after their initial meeting, Jean Luc Delacroix and Talia Walker once again cross paths. After seeing Talia again, Jean Luc’s feelings reignite. This time he will do whatever it takes to make her a permanent part of his life.



Talia learned everything she knows about love—and about being a vampire—from Jean Luc. And when she comes face to face with Jean Luc again, she wonders if her continued independence is as important as being with the vampire she still loves.



Before either can acknowledge their feelings, they are embroiled in a deadly case of a vampire draining humans. In the midst of an investigation that threatens the very foundation of the vampire nation, can Jean Luc and Talia finally find the courage to follow their hearts? Or will the killer destroy them first?

Me: These novellas sound amazing!

Share with us a favorite paragraph from your newest release.

AE: Okay, I cheated a little bit here. I’m giving you a mini-scene instead of a paragraph, but I love this interplay, so I wanted to share it. Jean Luc is a 400 year old vampire who suppresses his emotions. He is starting to fall in love with Talia and doesn’t know what to do about it. This is his reaction to it as he teaches her how to be a vampire.

“Vampires are able to detect pulse and heartbeat. This is very helpful when you are in a threatening situation. You can often tell when someone is about to strike because their heartbeat speeds up. Close your eyes, and I will show you.” She did so without argument, which surprised him. “Now let go of everything around you and just concentrate on my heartbeat.”



Talia stood still for a moment. With her eyes shut and her face relaxed, she was Venus summoning him to sin with her.



“I can hear it,” she whispered.



He clenched his fists to keep from gathering her into his arms.



Her eyes popped open. “Your heartbeat just sped up. Were you going to attack me?”



She had no idea.


Me: OMG! I love this excerpt! I gotta see what happens next!


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What do you think about AE’s mantra?

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  1. AE Jones - June 27, 2015 Reply

    The lucky winner of the digital box set is McCall Hoyle!

    Congrats McCall!


  2. Sandy Loyd - June 26, 2015 Reply

    Loved the interview and your mottoes are words to live by. Thanks for sharing.

    • AE Jones - June 26, 2015 Reply

      Sandy –

      Thanks for visiting with Abbie and I.


    • abbieroads1 - June 27, 2015 Reply

      Hi Sandy!

      Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Miranda Liasson - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Hee hee, AE, that Lucky Table 55 memory seems awfully familiar to me! I’m so proud to be your GH sister and chapter mate. I love your motto. I need to cross stitch that and put it in front of me at all times. This is a crazy journey, so glad I get to share it with you. You will hear me screaming for you on RITA night, loud and clear!!!

    • AE Jones - June 26, 2015 Reply

      I would think that Table 55 memory would stick with you! And I would love a cross-stitch mantra as well. Who would have thought when we met in Orlando in 2010 that we would be driving full-throttle down the publishing path! Thanks for being on the ride with me!

    • abbieroads1 - June 27, 2015 Reply

      Hi Miranda!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. IreAnne - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Great interview AE! I love your mantra. BE FEARLESS. You are a great example to us all.

    • AE Jones - June 26, 2015 Reply

      IreAnne –
      Thanks! I’m glad BE FEARLESS resonates with you!

    • abbieroads1 - June 27, 2015 Reply

      Hi IreAnne!

      Thanks for dropping by for a visit!

  5. Shelly - June 25, 2015 Reply

    AE, your books sound fabulous, and good luck in NY!! Hopefully you’ll be walking across that stage again this year. 🙂

    I also really like your mantra to BE FEARLESS (in requisite caps). It can be all too easy to let fear stymie and silence us. Great interview.

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Shelly –
      Thanks for the well wishes! And feel free to use the BE FEARLESS mantra. We definitely want and need to be heard.

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Shelly!

      Thanks for dropping by!

  6. AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Jacqui –
    Hello! Thanks for visiting Abbie and I! And thanks for cheering me on. Wish you could come to NYC this year. I look forward to seeing you soon.

  7. Jacqui Nelson - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Great interview, AE! I’m so glad to be a Lucky13 with you. I’ll be cheering you on from home during this year’s RWA award ceremonies. And when I next see you, be prepared for lots of congratulatory hugs for all your successes. Persistence and imagination definitely pays off 🙂

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Jacqui!

      Thanks for stopping by Author on the Couch!

  8. Jane Lynne Daniels - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Wonderful interview. Inspiring and insightful. You already know I’m a huge fan of yours, Amy, and Abbie, I can’t wait to read your books now that you are soon-to-be-published!

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      My fellow RITA finalist. Thanks for stopping by! Can’t wait to spend time with you in NYC – fingers crossed that one of us brings home the statue for our chapter! Just finished your book – I am a fan of yours as well!


    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Thanks Jane Lynne!

  9. Nan Dixon - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Congratulations AE!!!
    I’m so lucky to be a Lucky13 with you!! And this is a wonderful interview. I have LOVED every book you have released! More, more!!

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      I am so lucky to know you as well! Thanks for your love! I also am waiting impatiently for the next book in your B&B series! More, more with pecan bars on top!

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Nan!

      Thanks for dropping by Author on the Couch!

  10. Lark Brennan - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Great interview AE! Loved the first book and can’t wait to read the rest!

    Good luck at the Ritas! I’ll be cheering you on.


    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      I was just telling Sarah earlier that I owe you a hug for telling her about my books! Can’t wait to see you in NYC!

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Lark!

      Thanks for dropping in!

  11. Sandra Owens - June 25, 2015 Reply

    You already know I’m a big fan of your books, AE. I’m also glad to be one of the Lucky 13 sister. What a great group we have.

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Sandra –
      Thanks! So true about our Lucky group. I am so honored to be included in our group of great and powerful women!

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Sandra!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Christy McKee - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Excellent interview. I loved the excerpt and the dialogue. I agree about persistence being extremely important. In fact I have Calvin Coolidge’s “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence” quote above my desk.

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Christy!

      I have Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech taped to my desk so every time I look down I see it and remember to ‘dare greatly’.

      Who would’ve thought those old Presidents could be so inspirational?

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Christy –

      Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Persistence is the key. Funny, my quote hanging on my computer is ‘There is not enough hours in the day to read mediocre.’ And that is a quote from me and not a dead president LOL. But it resonates with me, especially when I am editing!

      • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply


        That’s another brilliant one! You’re just full of it today! It being awesome mantras and quotes!

        • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

          Abbie…thanks for clarifying what I am full of LOL

  13. Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Hello name twin! I’m so proud of you for owning your FEARLESS writing career! You are a great friend and an inspiration. Another great post Abbie. 🙂

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Thanks Amy!

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Amy, my dear!
      Thanks for the kind words. You are an inspiration to me too! We are in this path together, are we not? Thanks for letting me bounce ideas off of you!

  14. Saralee - June 25, 2015 Reply

    What wonderful lessons you have to share with us! And I love your mantra — maybe I’ll adopt it for myself as well. Good luck with your Mindsweeper stories.

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Saralee!

      Amy has some pretty awesome mantras, doesn’t she?

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Saralee –

      So good to meet you. And I have no problem sharing my mantra with anyone! Thanks for visiting!


  15. Gail Hart - June 25, 2015 Reply

    My Lucky 13 sister – I’m so proud of your success with the Mind Sweeper series! I’ll never forget that night in Atlanta at Table 55–even though I was the only “Loser” at the table. 😉 I hope New York is just as special for you.


    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Gail –

      First of all your are NOT a loser, my friend! Remember that. I wish you were able to come to nationals this year ;(
      Thanks for being such a great friend!

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Gail!

      There are no “Losers” on my blog. If you can do the math to leave a comment that means you’re a winner in my book! 🙂

  16. Sarah Andre - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Man, Abbie, this math is KILLING ME! We’re writers for God’s sake. 😉

    Hi, AE!
    I REALLY enjoyed Book 1, Lark Howard , my bff and CP turned me on to your series and let me tell you: RITA this year? A shoe-in.

    I agree with you about wishing I had the JK Rowling imagination and writing skills (and published books) in my backlist! Sigh.

    As for persistence? Honey, I think I may have invented the word! I have written for 10 years, 9 of them rewriting the same 2nd novel, and JUST debuted. I would add PATIENCE to your persistence.

    Best of luck in NY (although you won’t need it!) Happy sales.

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Sarah!

      Patience is a key word in this industry isn’t it. Things just never happen quickly. Never.

      Congratulations on your debut! “Locked, Loaded, and Lying” is on my Kindle. I can’t wait to read it!

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply


      So happy you found my books! I’ll have to give my Lucky sister, Lark a hug at Nationals. I’m so happy you liked it!

      And wow you are my hero, sister!!! Persistence and patience. So happy for your debut!!!! I just downloaded it onto my phone. Can’t wait to read it!

  17. McCall Hoyle - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Love the interview, ladies. The motivational parts were especially helpful today as I sit down to start dreaded revisions. Persistence, McCall, persistence. BE FEARLESS! GO! GO! GO!

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply


      I know! AE’s mantras are so helpful aren’t they?

      Happy Revising!

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      McCall –

      So glad you stopped by! Glad you were able to find some motivation from our interview. And I’m glad you typed BE FEARLESS in all caps since that is how I see it – a mantra that you have to holler at times!

  18. Becky Lower - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Another great interview, Abbie, and AE. As authors, we all experience self-doubt, especially when you turn in a polished manuscript and it comes back from the editor with so many red marks on it, you question if you’re a writer after all. Being stubborn and tenacious certainly helps.

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Becky!

      Self-doubt seems to be one of the requirements to be a writer. I’ve never met a writer who doesn’t struggle with it. It’s what we do with the self-doubt that defines a writer. Do you figure out how to feel it and keep writing anyway? Or do you give up? Stubbornness, perseverance, and tenacity are what keeps a writer putting words on the page.

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply


      So true. Self-doubt is a writer’s arch-nemesis! We just have to plow forward and do our best.

  19. Marin McGinnis - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Good morning, ladies! Another inspiring post, Abbie, which made me cry just a little bit. 🙂 You are my hero, AE–persistent in the face of setbacks, always encouraging to the rest of us, and so gracious in your success. I wish you all the best with your series (can’t wait to read book 5!), and I’ll be in the audience cheering you on at Nationals!

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Thank you so much for the words Marin! You just made me cry a little bit too!!
      And I hope to hear you yelling for me at Nationals too! And book 5 should be in your hands soon 😉


    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Marin!

      Jeesh… you mention crying a little and my eyes get watery too. Amy’s story is so touching in many ways. It illustrates the struggle that so many writers have and shows how there can be success at the end of all that struggle.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  20. AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Hello my Lucky Sister! So happy you decided to visit with Abbie and I today. And thanks for the RITA wishes!!!

  21. Sharon Wray - June 25, 2015 Reply

    What a great interview Abbie and AE! I sat at the table right behind you, AE, and I still remember the look on your face when your name popped up on screen. I hope the same thing happens to you this year!

    What a great year you both are having and I couldn’t be happier for both of my GH sisters!

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Sharon –

      Sorry, I clicked send to quickly!! Good luck on your GH noms too!

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Sharon!

      I know wouldn’t it be FABULOUS if AE won the RITA too!

      Good Luck to you too in the Golden Heart!

  22. Dyanne Conner - June 25, 2015 Reply

    *waving* Morning Ladies~

    AE you know I’m a fan and I love my man Jean Luc!

    Abbie, congrats on getting the call and for another get post.

    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Hi Dyanne!

      As always, thanks for dropping by and for being a constant support!

    • AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

      Waving right back at you Dyanne!

      Thanks for stopping by and professing your Jean Luc love!


  23. AE Jones - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Abbie! Great questions!


    • abbieroads - June 25, 2015 Reply


      Thanks for being a part of Author on the Couch! I love your session today! So inspiring!

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