I'm MM Jaye, a bilingual Greek native who teaches translation and also translates on the side. I live in Athens with my worked-out husband and spoilt(ish) 3-year-old daughter, or rather with a teenager and a baby. In terms of self-realization, motherhood has been a real eye-opener, but with it the notion of “quality time for myself” was tossed in the bin along with the first diaper.
As a reader, I’ve always been voracious. At the age of four, I taught myself how to read all the nursery rhymes I could get my hands on. By my late teens, I was done with the classics. My twenties were all about modern classics, and later, I went through a long and dark thriller phase. Then, suddenly, my appetite for reading just waned. Poetry sounded pompous, literary fiction smacked of self-serving arrogance and dark fiction brimmed with unnecessary violence. I read the occasional humorous book and stayed clear of any work endorsed by highbrow critics. Then, one day, while on my honeymoon in Lisbon, I found a book in a drawer at my hotel room. It was Rhonda Nelson’s The Specialist, a Harelquin Blaze. Reading it was a jaw-meet-floor situation for me. Did people actually write this way? After the initial shock, I realized that the book had “worked” on many levels (apart from the obvious). So that’s how I discovered romance. It took me a while to come out, but now I’m an unapologetic romance reader, happily jumping from one sub-genre to the other.
My next tentative step was to put pen to paper (or rather fingertips to keyboard) and write a story from scratch. It took me four years to convince myself that I had it in me, but there’s no stopping me now. My first completed manuscript is a contemporary romance entitled Fate Accomplis, and I’m currently writing the second in a series of four books: my Aegean Lovers series, set in the beautiful island of Alonissos where my husband proposed. I briefly tried the traditional publishing route, querying ten agents, and I’ve had a couple of partial requests (yes, my query letter worked!) but it didn’t go any farther down that road. Since I want to have free creative and artistic rein, I gave up sending queries in favor of trying out self-publishing.
Until I publish, I will try to connect with new writers and readers through my blog and through writing short stories like Web of Love which I published here.
Hope you enjoy it!