If you’re looking for a story about Rockstars then there are a few names that stand out without even having to think about it. Jet Mykles is probably near the top – if not the top – of everyone’s list. Here she is to talk about how her love of fantasy turned into a rockin’ good time.
ROCKSTARS, WHO’D HAVE THOUGHT IT
I wouldn’t have guessed I’d be known for writing about rock stars.
When I was younger and dreamed of being a famous author — among other dreams of being famous at other professions — I thought if I wrote anything professionally, it’d be fantasy. That’s the stuff I really love. Magic and swords and epic adventures. That’s what I read when I was growing up. Naturally, I thought those stories were in my future. My first series — The Dark Elves — is certainly an example of that.
I certainly never intended to write contemporary. There are too many rules. Too many places and things that people actually know. If the details happened to be off, people were likely to catch me on it. No, contemporary wasn’t the place for me. I wanted a world where I made all the rules.
Then came Heaven Sent. Yes, I’d written contemporary and urban paranormal before I wrote the boys, but not to the same extent. Indigo Knights 2:Champion (due to be released Sept 4 from Loose Id) will make the twelfth story I’ve written in that world and there’s at least two more to go. And, although I consider their world to be a bit fantastic and over the top — I mean, come on, two bands of gorgeous men and they’re all gay? Not likely — it’s a straight contemporary world. I’ve had to write about places where I haven’t been and hope that I did it justice. In fact, since I’m not a musician, I’ve had to write about a passion that I can understand but I don’t directly share. Luckily, I live with a man who does have that dream so I have a ready reference.
I guess, I shouldn’t be too surprised that Heaven Sent and, now, the Indigo Knights have become such a big part of my life. Back when I was reading those epic fantasies, I was also obsessed with a certain band (who I’m purposely not naming but many of my readers already know). I was just a little too young to see them during their last big tour with the original lineup so it wasn’t until I was grown did I get a chance to see my original obsessions live onstage. I devoted so much time and energy learning all about them and knowing all I could about them. I cried like an idiot the first time I went to a signing and was this close to the person I still consider to be one of — if not the — the most beautiful men in the world. So, maybe it’s not such a reach that I ended up writing about a band with all that accumulated energy.
Because, you see, I’m as much a fan of the boys as any of my readers. I write the stories because I really do like to follow their lives and know what they’re doing. For those who might ask why I don’t write more about Johnnie, Tyler, Luc, Reese, Brent, Hell, Darien and Chris, I can only say that they’re happy now. I don’t want to mess with that. I want to think that my boys have reached a place of perfect joy in the unlikely world I’ve created around them and I wish them well with it. It is fun, though, I peek in on them through the stories of the Knights. And then came Reverb, my foray into the grittier side of rock n’ roll. Nick and Marlowe were harder for me to write, but they’re no less special, and taking them through their trials to their happily ever after was certainly a roller coaster.
So I guess that’s it. I love my rock boys and have been enamored with them enough to keep writing and I can only hope that readers share that love. Hope they feel the warmth when one of them gives in to love and gets a thrill when two of them hook up. I hope readers have laughed and cried with me as we’ve watched them grow.
To those readers who share my adoration, thank you. Both from me, and from all my boys.
P.S. I don’t name the band I idolized only because I don’t want to unduly influence what readers “hear” when they’re enjoying stories about the boys. I want the reader to hear their own favorite band to make it a more personal experience for them.
Jet has added a print copy of Heaven Sent to our GRL Reading Challenge Grand Prize. Remember to post your list for your chance to enter.