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MM Jaye

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.

Enter Kindle.

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!

MM Jaye

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Feb 8th, 2014
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Stories

  • Web of Love

    By MM Jaye
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    After what Mike saw through Rory's window, he chooses just the right Valentine's gift for her and waits for the entire neighborhood to find out what it is. When Rory shows up with a huge smile on her face, he knows something went wrong. Where did the spider go?

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