Jaye Valentine and Reno MacLeod Interview

Today I’m interviewing writing and life partners Reno MacLeod and Jaye Valentine. I have read quite a few books recently by these very talented and prolific writers whose plots are always original, and I’m amazed at the depth of their characterizations and the imagination of their world building.

This is how Reno describes himself on their website:

I’ve always spent a good deal of time with the darker side of my imagination. I was never afraid of the dark. In fact, some of my fondest memories are of Saturday afternoons with my dad watching Creature Double Feature with a big bowl of popcorn. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Werewolves, angels, demons and vampires were my childhood passions. I guess I never grew up.”

Jaye’s very short bio:

“Jaye Valentine lives in a small New England town with his partner, Reno MacLeod, and their menagerie of cats, freshwater fish, and dust mice. Jaye enjoys writing, watching movies, and is shamefully fond of competitive reality shows.”

Jaye’s answers are in burgundy and Reno’s (he’s the cute one)  😮 are in blue



Hi guys and thank you for agreeing to be interviewed on the site. I hope you’re fully clothed in your best interview attire. 🙂

Thanks for inviting us. We hope you don’t regret it.

I have heard so much about Cape Cod. What made you decide to live in that part of Massachusetts?


The Cape is a bit like Massachusetts’ version of Maine living. Half the year it’s crazy with tourists, but as Jaye and I discovered, during the winter months the place turns into a ghost town. We wanted to live in a quiet area near the water, which made the Cape perfect.

One word: cranberries.

Jaye, can you tell us what is it about Reno that makes him the best creative partner for you? What do you love about this writing gig?

Cape Cod Cranberry Bog

Well, he hasn’t killed me yet, so that’s a big plus. I think our creative partnership works particularly well because we individually view the writing process through a different lens. Reno is a big-picture thinker, whereas I am incredibly detail-oriented. Reno brings extreme sensitivity and empathy to the table, as opposed to my more logical, analytical thought processes. I think the combination of those differing perspectives is a large component of why our paranormal world-building has a lot of emotional layers, and yet somehow seems like not such a stretch to believe. I think it also contributes to the distinctive voices we give each our characters.

Reno, what was it about Jaye that got your motor revved up the first time you saw him? Is he as fun in real life as he appears to be from his writing? What do you love about his writing?

Jaye is my soul mate. I feel as though I have known him all my life. As I write this, we are celebrating our 4th year together. He and I have both had a few dark relationships in the past. When we started to get to know one another, we realized how our individual quirks worked well together. We really do balance each other in many ways.

I always try to find out how the relationship works with creative partners. In your case you’re both writing and life partners. As writing partners how do you work together? Does one develop a plot for a new story and then each of you writes a different character?

It might sound cliché, but several of our co-written plot ideas have come from dreams. History Channel, Discovery Channel, and similar programming are also responsible for some creative sparks. From there, we move on to main character development. Jaye and I write different characters in their entirety, which allows them to have very different voices, and we can spend more time building layer upon layer into each character’s personality.

From the start, our approach has been to take sole ownership of specific characters for the reasons stated above. There’s no formula in regard to how we divvy up the cast; for instance, Reno doesn’t always write the bad guy (although I have to mention that he has written some truly evil fuckers). Typically, whoever comes up with the basic premise usually already has one of the main characters fairly well fleshed out in his head. If Reno came up with the premise and one of the guys, then I’ll start working on the other half of the main couple, and vice versa.

Railroad Bridge

We create full character descriptions (physical attributes, personality strengths and weakness, behavioral characteristics, family members, likes and dislikes, etc.), as well as detailed backstories for each character, and we compile all that information in a separate Wiki for each book. We have timelines, preferred style of dress, mannerisms, what their childhood was like. You name it, it’s in the Wiki. Hell, I can tell you what kind car each character drives. That doesn’t mean all that information ever makes it into the story, but it does impact the way the character is portrayed, just like a real person’s history impacts his or her life. We don’t have to stop and think in the middle of the story, “How would _____ react to this situation?” We know the character inside and out before we write the first word, so we can hit the ground running right from the start.

How do you resolve creative differences, if any?

The few times we’ve had a creative difference, we’ve been able to work it out over morning coffee. And honestly, I can’t remember the last time we had one. Can you, Jaye?

I wouldn’t even say those occurrences would be considered creative differences. The morning coffee discussions usually revolve around one or both of us waking up, reading back, and then saying, “OMFG, that was the suckage.” I don’t ever recall us disagreeing about whether or not a particular passage kind of stunk. We’ve never had an instance where one of us wanted to take the story in a certain direction and the other disagreed.

That’s true. And most of those moments were brought on by an over-indulgence of tequila or vodka.

Yeaaaaah. In our current work-in-progress (historical novel), we recently ran into a problem with how we’d written a particular event that needed to occur to move the story forward. When we sat down to write and read back a chapter (we always read back a chapter before writing again, to refresh our memories and to crawl back into the characters’ heads), we realized that we’d created a hole big enough to drive a semi through. So, we started talking it out, and between the two of us we figured out a more rational and plausible (and simpler) alternative to arrive at the same end. We had to ditch some hard work, but it made the story better. That’s typical of the way we operate.

Does anyone have veto for certain aspects of a book? Your writing seems to be complementary because I can’t tell where one begins and the other leaves off – it’s almost seamless. How do you do that?

Regarding the veto power, it’s not necessary. We’re sort of a hybrid between plotters and so-called pantsers. We usually have an idea of where things are headed, although we have never plotted every single scene, situation, dilemma, and obstacle in advance. When we finish a given chapter and have accomplished what we set out to do there, we’ll have a huddle (and maybe a couple of shots) and discuss where we need to go next. I guess you could say our collaborative works are written quite democratically.

For the second question, I think the division of who wrote what may appear seamless partly because I am the lone editor. While I rarely touch dialog except for mechanical and typographical issues, I do a lot of work to smooth over the connecting narrative to make the prose read with a cohesive, uniform style. I think one of our great successes is that the work can’t be easily parsed down to who wrote what, or even which characters, and we’re really thrilled that you commented on that. Reno and I tend to finish each other’s sentences in verbal conversation, too, so I guess it’s no great surprise our writing tends to come across that way. Thanks for the nod.

Who wrote which characters in Messiah 1 & 2?

I wrote Malcolm and God. I’m not sure what that says about me.

I wrote all seven of the deadly sins. I’m not sure what that says about me.

Seizing the opportunity for some shameless self-promotion, both the Messiah novellas are going to be re-released under our M&V Tailz banner in late-July. Our contract with the original publisher expires the second week of June, and I’ll be giving the books a solid re-edit, and Reno will be creating spiffy new covers. I’m hoping we can start working on the third installment shortly after that, but we’ll have to see which muses have taken possession of us at that point. They’re a fickle bunch.

How do you make each other better as a person and as a writer?

As a writer, when we first started collaborating, Jaye had a much stronger grasp on grammar rules, and a year of writing with him taught me more than K-12 ever did.

That’s because Reno didn’t go to Catholic K-12. I have the bruised knuckles to prove I have done learned good grammar.

As a person, Jaye stabilizes my sometimes flighty and always indecisive Libra nature. I lean on him far more than I think he realizes.

As far as Reno making me a better person and writer, I can’t separate the two. Knowing Reno and writing with him has allowed Jaye to be Jaye—an odd bird, and certainly not everyone’s ideal mate. After decades of pretending to be something I’m not, in order to make everyone around me happy, I finally met someone who thought it was important for me to be happy, too. And I am happy to the point of giddiness on a daily basis, let me tell you.

Also, I love to cook and Reno likes to eat. That’s important.

Reno you produce most of the covers for your books as well as the banner for your site and the graphics for M&V Tailz. Tell us about your art. Have you always dabbled in creative projects?

I grew up in a very artistic family. I’ve experimented in many other mediums—from photography to charcoal to video to sculpture—at one point or another. I took art courses from kindergarten through college. I guess, in a way, writing has become one more form of expression for me, and the cover art makes it a complete package.

Both Hannahva (US) and I asked this question in different ways so I’m combining them 🙂 Hannah’s question: For Jaye: How are your writing styles/topics so different that you would write under 2 names? And mine: Jaye what’s different about your “Acer Adamson” and “Jaye Valentine” books? I think I know the answer since I’ve read a few of them but some of your fans may not even be aware of your alter ego.

I’m curious as to what you perceive as the difference. There was no conscious effort toward that end on my part, so I’m interested in your perspective. [Perhaps I felt that Acer’s characters were gentler and more romantic because I read Only Words and Any Excuse first. I might change my mind when I read all of the stories] 😆

The real reason for the creation of the Acer Adamson nom de plume was because of my constant teasing of fellow author Addison Albright regarding her name always coming before mine on alphabetized (first or last name) author lists. I had several short stories that I didn’t think would have a broad audience, so I threatened Addison in jest that I was going to publish them under a pen name that would fall before hers. Good sport and gracious lady that she is, she told me to go for it, and so Acer was born and those stories were published. I would’ve never guessed they would receive such a positive reception. Authors aren’t always the most accurate at predicting which stories will find an audience and take hold.

I choose the name Acer Adamson because I was researching laptop computers at the time and an Acer Aspire had made my shortlist, Adamson was the last name of my favorite English teacher in high school, and “Aaron Aardvark” would have just been a little too obnoxious.

Jaye, because I like edgy stories I loved Firecracker which is a really hot but non-traditional romance. This is what I said in my review of this book

Jaye Valentine ….. gives readers a thrill a minute and is known for his unusual stories featuring couples who are looking for the extreme turn on. He pushes every kink to its exciting conclusion and then some, and takes readers along for a mind blowing ride.”

Is this an accurate description of your writing style and Firecracker? If not, how would you describe yourself as a writer, and this book specifically?

Your review is your opinion, so of course it’s accurate. The reader sitting next to you might have an entirely different opinion, and that would be no less accurate. I don’t make a habit of critiquing opinions or impressions. Factual errors, maybe, but not opinions.

I’m not sure how I would describe myself as a writer, and I have to admit that this was the hardest question in this interview for me to answer.

I suppose I would call my style “clean and unencumbered,” and I realize how unsexy that sounds. I’m not a big fan of ultra-flowery language and excessive description. It’s nice to know that the room has a certain style, and that maybe there’s a huge, ostentatious portrait of a specific ancestor hanging over the fireplace that might be important later, but I don’t need huge paragraphs describing every brushstroke, every detail of the painting, and every single chip of paint missing from the spectacularly gilded frame.

Cape Cod cranberry bog

I believe a vivid picture can be painted without going overboard and slowing down the forward momentum of the story. There’s a writerly saying that I hold almost as a credo in my writing, and I wish to hell I could remember the source to give them credit. Anyway, to paraphrase the quote: “Don’t over-describe the ketchup bottle being passed at the table unless you plan on using it later as a murder weapon.”

I’m glad you loved Firecracker. I had a great time writing that story, and I’m happy to see others enjoying it, too. For my description of the style of that book, I would have to say that your description of “hot but non-traditional romance” sums it up nicely.

I know this question was directed to Jaye, but we were discussing it and have to add one thing here. Something a writer needs to realize is the reader’s own imagination will fill in whatever details are missing, as long as the scene is set up properly. If you say, “The room was a light pink” my instant reaction is, “Ew. I hate pink.” and I disengage from the story. However, you can say, “The room was light and airy.” My mind is going to fill in what I personally think of as light and airy and it’s going to use things I like because that’s how the imagination works. Sometimes less is more.

Is there a chance that we could see more of Jeff, Isaac and Leo? I really like Leo.

More than just a chance. Those guys are a lot of fun to play with, so there will positively be more stories featuring them. I don’t see myself doing Firecracker novels, but I do have plans for more closed-end stories that will be in the 10K to 20K word count, with each story focusing on a specific, kinky theme or activity. Leo will indeed be remaining in Baltimore. I call them my “Clairol Boys” (blond, brunette, redhead). 🙂

Which of your books would you say is the darkest? Why?

I guess it depends on your definition of dark. We have stories with some dark moments, some dark characters, and we tend not to turn away from controversial topics, but I can’t really say any of our books is darkity-dark all the way through. The one we’re working on now is the most likely candidate, though. It has a significant body count, but it takes place in a period in history where if it didn’t, the story wouldn’t be realistic. The setting is not going to suit everyone’s taste, but it’s a story I felt I had to write for personal reasons. This might be my personal favorite of our stories to date.

Reno, when you’re designing covers for Jaye’s books does he give you an idea of what he wants or do you come up with a design and then discuss it with him? Do you have carte blanche for cover designs or does Jaye have to approve the covers for his books?

Jaye always lets me know what he’s visualizing, and then we work together on making it happen. I’ll do several versions and ask for opinions and suggestions. For the latest story he’s written solo, D.N.A. Double Helix, Jaye did the cover completely on his own. I have to say when I saw it, my first words were, “Well, you don’t need me anymore!”

Ppffftt, nonsense. My “technique” for using PhotoShop to create that cover was the same method I use to play video games: frantically press the shit out of random buttons until maybe something cool accidentally happens. Reno is being too modest. I give a vague idea about a cover and poof! He makes art.

Most writers in this subgenre say they write romance, how would you categorize your books?

I should let Jaye answer this one. I don’t do well labeling things. To me, our books are fiction that happens to have gay characters that have healthy sex lives and experience unique situations.

When I think of the term “romance novel,” what immediately comes to my mind is that certain elements must be present. The novel should contain a love story that is the focal point of the book, wherein a couple falls in love, they face some sort of obstacle, they go on to overcome that obstacle, and the story ends in an emotionally satisfying, happily-ever-after or at least a happy-until-someone-hotter-comes-along.

Right off the bat, quite a few of our stories don’t fit this mold because the couple is already well established in their relationship at the start of the book. Our obstacles are usually external to the relationship, and not a conflict between the couple. Perhaps it’s partly due to our personal, prior experiences with unpleasant relationships, but we prefer not to write stories containing a huge amount of angst between our guys. We’d rather write about them standing together against the world, with the conflict coming at them, not between them.

That said, I don’t think we write what would typically be defined as “romance.” We write dramatic fiction with gay characters, which contains explicit sex and romantic elements, and (we hope) interesting situations. We write in various genres—paranormal, urban fantasy, fantasy, contemporary and, coming later this year, historical and science fiction—and the romantic elements are more in the forefront of some stories than others. But the romantic elements are always there. And now I’m rambling. And beginning sentences with conjunctions.

Jaye, recently I read and reviewed your short story D.N.A. Double Helix because I had heard that Amazon delisted it. I wanted to find out what was so bad about the book and discovered that while it was edgy, there didn’t appear to be any reason to ban the book other than it was about twincest. From recent sales of this book it looks like Amazon did you a favour and you must be laughing all the way to the bank.  🙂 When is the novel D.N.A. Genetic Sexual Attraction being released and where can fans buy it? Tell us a bit about the story.

To be accurate, Amazon didn’t delist D.N.A: Double Helix; they refused to publish it in the first place. It’s still sitting on our Kindle publishing dashboard in “BLOCKED” status with a hover message that reads, “This book has been blocked. You are not allowed to make further edits to it.” That’s the extent of the explanation I received from Amazon, but we all know why. Erotica titles with incest themes had started disappearing shortly before I released the story. What prompted that mini-purge, I’m not sure, and we’ll probably never know. I’m sure the nice folks at AllRomanceEbooks.com didn’t mind terribly. I removed similarly themed stories from our Amazon dashboard, so as not to jeopardize our other titles. I’m sure ARe hasn’t minded that additional business, either.

Onward. I’m finished with the first draft of D.N.A.: Genetic Sexual Attraction. It needs revisions and editing, and some other projects have taken priority lately. One of the benefits of being independent is that you can work as the muses move you. I do want to get the D.N.A. novel out as soon as possible, but I’m not pushing out a product until I can stand by it. All things on my plate considered, I’m optimistic about a late March release. The Double Helix short opens the story as the first two chapters, and that was just the start of Colton’s public-behavior issues. The New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden should provide readers with a serious “holy effin’ crap!” moment. That’s all I’m saying for now. The book will be available at all the usual places, with the exception of Amazon.

Why does twincest seem to be your particular kink, going by the number of books you have written on this topic? Of course you’ll probably answer, “why not”?

Why does a person prefer chocolate ice cream over Dutch apple pie or carrot cake? Hell if I know. Brothers who are closer than close, twins or otherwise, trip my trigger in a major way, and they have for a very long time (Google: “Gunnar and Matthew Nelson”). I honestly don’t have any sort of deep, psychological reason to explain why I find the theme erotic. I guess I’m just pervy that way.

FYI, there’s another twincest story in the works, with new characters. Like Firecracker, the story takes place in my hometown of Baltimore, which is always fun for me to write. No estimate on story length or publication date, as this is a not anywhere near the front burner at this point.

Jaye, your alter ego Acer Adamson has written quite a few books and I recently reviewed Only Words and Any Excuse, a much more romantic couple than your other protagonists. What is the future of Max and Skyler? Are you going to write additional stories about them – maybe a full length novel? I really love these characters and would like to see how their relationship copes with all the bumps in the road of a cop dating, and even living with, a  man who is a cross dresser.

Yes, there is a full-length novel coming (Every Minute, Max & Skyler 3). I commented recently on your review of Any Excuse and this is what I said:

A novel-length piece is in progress, revolving around an invitation for Skyler to participate in a “Project Runway”-ish reality television show. In the book, there are flashbacks to how Max and Skyler met (tacky bridesmaid’s dresses and the Hokey Pokey are involved). There will also be reminiscing about events from the first two stories, which will serve to fill in gaps and tie everything together. With everything on my overloaded plate right now, I’m looking at a late August/early September release date at the soonest.

Sometimes I ask the readers to come up with questions for my interviews so here are a few of them

Cole (US) would like to know:

I’m curious what is the strangest thing they’ve done for research? I can imagine that this could go many different ways, as they’re so inventive!

For me it was spending time in a pub in Salem, MA that has become the bar called Tailz in our StarCrossed series. After that, we wandered the same neighborhood looking for an appropriately huge house for Gennady Zaitsev, a vampire with a big heart and a soft spot for the abandoned and abused.

We go house-hunting for our characters. That’s healthy.

Other than the aforementioned, I haven’t done any strange, in-person research since we’ve been writing together, but sometimes I’m taken aback at the unusual stuff I need to look up online, like when matchbooks were invented, or how many bones are in a fox’s tail, flight times from one place to another on commercial airlines, what kind of trees grow in neighborhoods in specific locations. Ordinary things, but stuff I never thought I’d need to know. The Orbitz and Century 21 websites are on my writing resource list, and I would probably kill on Jeopardy at this point.

I’ve also had some interesting scholastic and job experiences in the past that I’ve been able to fall back on, that I never imagined would be so useful to me. I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up (until I met Reno), so I took a lot of college classes just for fun for many years. One of my more useful experiences was studying mortuary science. I came within a hair’s breadth of becoming a mortician when something else shiny caught my eye, although I don’t recall what that shiny thing was at the moment.

Anja (Germany) has a long laundry list which I will attempt to condense:

I love Jaye and Reno’s writing and I have been a fan of their books for years. I always wondered how they met and decided to write together.

We met online through a writing group and found our world-building ideas melded in ways we hadn’t experienced with anyone else before. We started writing things on our own and realized we had something special. But I’ll admit there are moments when I feel as if I’d already known Jaye before we ever met in this life.

Have both of you been published before you started your collaboration and if so, are those publications still available?

I wasn’t previously published. I didn’t get serious about writing until I met Jaye in person.

Not fiction, but I used to write website and DVD reviews for gay porn sites. I’m sure there are still a few of those reviews floating around out there, although they were always write-for-hire gigs (no byline for the writer, and the company owns the perpetual copyright to the work). I’ll see if I can scare them up. Some of them were pretty amusing.

Since Jaye and Reno are the only m/m romance authors I know of who are writing partners and in a relationship, I have often asked myself how their writing influences their relationship. I mean, it is a given that their relationship would somehow influence their writing and that they would have to discuss things you wouldn’t normally talk about with your life partner. Can you simply draw a line between real life and the fictional life of your characters?

Our characters are fictional?

Heh. 🙂 There’s no problem drawing a line between real life and our characters in my waking hours, but depending on what we’re writing, sleep can be a problem for me sometimes. I’ll occasionally have tough nights if we’ve been writing something highly emotional or especially dark. That’s been the case for the past few weeks, as a matter of fact. This historical novel we’re working on is kicking me square in the dream factory, and there have been a couple mornings where I’ve woken up completely exhausted from what went on in my head while I slept.

Karen K (Canada)

I read that when they write, Jaye and Reno sit in separate rooms and I’m wondering what the reasons are for that.

It used to be because my old desktop computer’s keyboard was extremely annoying. But we both have laptop computers now, and since moving to the new house we’ve been writing together in the same room. I have to admit, I like the new setup better.

Question for Jaye – when you write your solo books, do you pick Reno’s brain for feedback and does he have an influence on what you write on your own? 

Reno’s presence in my life influences everything I do, directly and indirectly, but as a rule I don’t let him see my work until it’s done. I’ll give him a sketchy overview or a premise, maybe ask a question I’m writing about a locale he’s visited that I haven’t, but we don’t brainstorm my stories. That would kind of defeat the point of writing solo for me.

I like surprising Reno with my work when it’s finished. I wrote my paranormal novella Damn Gorgeous in two days while he was away from home on a Caribbean cruise with his parents. Reno returned from the cruise and said, “Look! I have a tropical tan and bought a T-shirt!” I said, “Look! I have a terrible hangover and wrote a novella!”

Question for Reno – you design a lot (all?) of the covers for you and Jaye, how did you start doing that and how freaking great does it feel to have your words and images on your own books.

It feels amazing. I started creating cover art when we decided to became a self-publishing entity. I hope to purchase a drawing tablet in the near future, because I am first and foremost a freehand artist, and drawing with a mouse on the computer is frustrating.

Reggie (Canada)

(I did a post about the conspicuous lack of erotic toys in M/M books and Reggie’s question relates to that post) Reggie would like to know if you two could do some tax deductible research and fill that fiction void?

Oh, you might be surprised what we have sitting unpublished on our computers’ hard drives. I only wish that All Romance eBooks’ all-genre site, OmniLit, had an erotica category that was not accessible only under the “romance” heading. I’d love to publish some non-romantic erotica, but doing so on ARe—even under the “erotica” category—just strikes me as asking for trouble.

Research is ongoing, however, and I have already put in my birthday request to the boss. 😀


What’s the best part about writing together? Which has been the most difficult book to write to date?  Why?

The books we’ve already had published were all fun to write. For some of the shorter pieces, the first drafts were written in a week or two. We wrote the first draft of Purple Hearts in a single weekend. The stories that give us trouble go on a back burner until we feel up to going back to them.

The novel we are writing now, an historical, has been the most difficult for me. The research has been a mind-numbing exercise in its sheer enormity, and in the course of that research I’ve learned some things about my family history of which I was previously—and shamefully—unaware. It’s been a sobering but extremely gratifying experience, and I’m anticipating this book will become one of my personal favorites. It’s certainly been the most emotional and most labor intensive.

Outside of sex and riding, what do you like to do when you play?

We just moved into a place by a lake. Once the weather improves, I see fishing, kayaking, and canoeing in our future. Jaye wants to get back into target practice, and we have the room for a decent-sized shooting lane here.

I’m still snickering that the question used “sex” and “riding” in the same sentence, on account of I’m twelve. 🙂 [That’s because you’re evil and your mind is in the gutter]

I’m sure we’ll also do a lot of walking and hiking after this long, cold winter finally ends. I’m about ready to hop in the car and drive to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to kick some groundhog ass, that lying little sack of . . . .

In the meantime, Reno plays Farmville, I watch Will & Grace re-runs on the Lifetime Channel, and we get drunk on Friday nights. I’m afraid I haven’t had a bona fide hobby since I was still single and collecting phone numbers.

I know what colour hankie Jaye carries, so can I presume to ask what colour is yours and what that means in terms of kink?

My rainbow of colors shouldn’t shock anyone. Depending on the evening’s mood:

—hunter green, worn on the left

—grey, worn on the left

—olive drab, worn on the right (Yes, I like me a forceful man in a uniform.)

—lavender, worn on the left [Damn! You’re going to have to explain all of those colours Reno]

I knew you wouldn’t be able to pick just one! And that list just gave me one hell of a disturbing earworm, so thanks for that. One of these things is not like the others; One of these things just doesn’t belong . . . .

It’s probably too dangerous for you two to party with the boyz in the hot tub who sometimes ask to interview my guests. Instead I will have them visit you at home and play with you (since I understand that Reno doesn’t mind as long as you share, Jaye) and some of your toys. I want pictures!!!!

Jaye and Reno: What one question didn’t I ask you that you thought I might have, and what is the answer?

I thought you might ask why I put so many of my male characters in women’s clothing, but I guess twincest trumps cross-dressers. My reply would have been the same for both. [I don’t find anything strange about you having cross dressing characters] 🙂


Thank you Jaye and Reno for all the time you spent on this interview when I know you would have preferred to be writing. I do appreciate both the time and effort and I know that your fans will too.

Jaye’s and Reno’s latest release is The Visionary – Welcome to the Fold which should be out by the end of this week. Here’s a summary of the story:

Father Marcus Ignatius Leeds is a Jesuit priest whose job requires him to authenticate or disprove reported supernatural events—everything from bleeding statues to imagines of saints in breakfast biscuits to dire heavenly visions. Over and over again, he’s been disappointed to find only hopefuls with vivid imaginations or hoaxers with too much idle time on their hands. He’s begun to question the value of his profession and the worth of his solemn vows until the report of a Boston teenager exhibiting the stigmata—the holy wounds of Christ—becomes Marcus’s salvation. What he finds in the wealthy Beantown suburb shakes the very foundation of his faith, igniting a series of events that will forever change the world, and Marcus’s life.

And that’s a wrap.

The view from Jaye's & Reno's lakeside house, early autumn


Jaye’s & Reno’s Contact Information

Jaye’s email: jaye.valentine@macleodvalentine.com

Reno’s email: reno.macleod@macleodvalentine.com

website: http://www.macleodvalentine.com/


  • Thanks for an awesome interview Wave.

    Reno and Jaye: I have been addicted to your books for awhile and I always look forward to each new release, knowing I will not be disappointed. It was wonderful to get some insights into how you two work together and apart. It shows how well you know each other, as both life and writing partners, and I think we readers reap the rewards or your relationship(s)…. 🙂

  • Terrific interview! Great to get an insight into the way Jaye and Reno work together… create together… I can’t say this without sounding like a perve so… 😉

    “Something a writer needs to realize is the reader’s own imagination will fill in whatever details are missing, as long as the scene is set up properly.”

    This. It is such an awesome point, Jaye and Reno. One of the things about books that resonate the most with me are those were the writer has been able to craft something that allows me, as the reader, to create the pictures of the story world in my own head. I love that.

    • Thanks Kris!

      I took a cue from some of my favorite horror movie directors and the dark closet at the end of my bed. I’m much more afraid of what I can’t see because my imagination is far more horrible than what is really there.

      In our books it isn’t always a horror facet, but when I write I have the movie version inside my head. I want to give enough information the reader can have one in theirs without being told every detail. A brain can construct visuals and move on far quicker than I can describe everything in words and I risk boring the reader.

      • Reno, I’ve always been able to watch horror as opposed to reading it for exactly the same reason you say – my imagination is way worse than anything I could possibly see.

        “I want to give enough information the reader can have one in theirs without being told every detail.”

        Okay, I have to say it… and pray that Jaye doesn’t kick my arse… I just fell seriously in like with you over that. As I said before, I love it when a writer can create a picture in my head, but when they are able to make their world into a movie… wow. Just wow.

  • Love you guys,my favorites are,Little Japan,Fantabulous,and Firecracker and I love Max and Sklyer.
    You guys are very talented.


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