Please give a warm welcome to debut author Jade Waltz
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a mother of two sons and three cats. I live with my husband in the Midwest, USA.
During the summer, I write marching band drill – which are the pictures marching bands make on the fields to music. I also help teach the drill to the marching bands at their band camps.
When I am not writing, I enjoy reading, playing video games, knitting, and acrylic painting (even though I am not that good at it).
The first part of my pen name is the nickname people who know me well call me in real life (and because I love the color green). Since music was an important part of my life growing up and is a part of my seasonal job, I wanted to have my last name that related to it. A lot of musical terms are hard to spell (being Italian or some other foreign language) – I wanted to make sure I used an easier word. Hell, half of the time I butcher spelling some of the longer musical terms myself. That was how “Jade Waltz” was born.
Have you always wanted to become an author?
Sort of? I have written a lot of fanfics. Then I wanted to create my own worlds, so I have collected multiple notebooks of notes and outlines of universes I wanted to write someday. I finally got the courage to write one of universes and now I am here.
What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
I am a huge Star Trek and Star Wars fan. Sci-fi movies/shows, anime and books are my jam. I wanted a diverse multi-cultured universe with multiple aliens and where humans weren’t the dominant species.
What are you working on now?
The initial series of the HUGE “Project” universe named “Project: Adapt”. It is space-fantasy RH/#whychoose series which will have the FMC travel through the galaxy, experiencing new things and meeting multiple aliens along the way. Her collection of males will grow throughout the series
Do you have any quirks while writing?
I always have to have at least two drinks prepared before I write (a cold drink to drink while the hot one cools off some), I have a Keurig and a pile of Lifesavers Mints always next to me so I don’t have to leave the desk.
What are your hopes for the future?
I would be happy to be successful enough to pay for the costs of creating the books and some debts — maybe even getting a nanny! ^.^ But mainly, I would love for the world to fall in love with my stories and the universes they are in.
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Being a new author myself – my main advice would be to make writing a habit – even if it is only a thousand words a day. Get your first draft written before going back to butcher and edit it. It is better to get your story completed than getting stuck redoing a certain chapter/scene.
Do you have anything to say to your fans?
Thank you for all of your support. You help me want to push myself to write faster and grow as an author. I hope you continue to enjoy my stories as I write them.