Hannah Jayne lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes urban fantasy, young adult fiction, chick lit, and grocery lists that she never seems to remember to bring to the grocery store. Jayne shares a house with two neurotic, feet-attacking cats and has a Kryptonite-like weakness for donuts.
She is the author of the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles series and the young adult thriller Truly, Madly, Deadly.
Why did you want to write See Jane Run?
I am totally fascinated with the idea of the Witness Protection Program! Who do you become? When the threat goes away, who are you? I thought it would be so cool to write a character who is not only searching for herself as a teen, but literally, searching for herself.
First time you saw one of your books in a bookshop, what did you do?
A writer friend told me that I wouldn’t be excited when I saw my books in the bookstore for the first time. She said, “you’ll be so tired of that thing by then!” But I never get over being excited about it. I jump up and down and kind of squeal like an idiot, and then pretend I know all the amazing authors that I’m shelved around–you know, because we’re “shelf neighbors.”
Hey, I never claimed to be not lame.
If you could only pick one; which of your books would you recommend someone to read and why?
Probably Truly, Madly, Deadly. That book has a special place in my heart. I certainly love all my books and hope people want to read them, but I wrote TMD by hand, in a spiral notebook, after having shoulder surgery and after having the idea for it in high school. When you hang onto an idea for that long, seeing the actual finished book is a thing of glory!
If you could, what would you want to ask your readers?
Wanna hang out?! The readers who have contacted me are all awesome. Each one absolutely touches me and their enthusiasm just makes me want to sit down and write some more. I’d like to bake all my readers cupcakes.
Well, today I just went through the final round of edits for my third thriller, THE DARE. I am so excited to roll it out and scare the shorts off readers this July!
I know who you are.
When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it’s a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O’Leary hidden inside her baby book.
Riley’s parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn’t for her safety…but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.
The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O’Leary.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee that is mostly milk and sugar free S’Mores Toranni syrup.
The last book you read?
They Never Came Back by Lois Duncan
You can have one superpower, what would you like?
To fly! Or to deem doughnuts a health food.
What word describes you best?
And finally, what is the question you wish people would ask and never do?
“Did you ever want to be anything other than a writer?”
I wanted to be a spy when I wasn’t sure the writer thing would pan out. I still might. I might be a spy now!
I’d be a terrible spy. I can’t shut my mouth to save my life.
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