Romantic Novelists' Association

#IndieApril Author Spotlight: Jayne Castel

30 April 2024

Books by author Jayne Castel

We are delighted that you could join us to talk about your indie author journey. Could you tell us a little more about it? Why did you decide to go the self-published route?  I’m a naturally impatient person, so the self-publishing route allowed me to see my books published without having to wait months … or years. I also enjoy overseeing the process and being the one in control of it. Not sure what that says about my character … 😉

What is the best part of being an indie author? Running your own author business is great fun! I love the close contact I have with my readers too.

What is the hardest part of being an indie author? Not having my novels in bookstores everywhere. Bookshops and libraries do order my books from IngramSpark, but it’s not the same as the big chains stocking my novels. I’d love to see them in an airport book shop!

What does a typical day look like for you? I write between 8.30am-12pm every day (and once the first draft is done that’s my editing time), and then spend my afternoons on admin stuff, marketing, and all the other things that go with being an indie-author. I usually spend 4 weeks writing a novel and then around 6 weeks getting it ready to release.

Please tell us about your books. I write Historical and Fantasy Romance set in ancient and medieval Scotland. My books are emotional, epic, and swoony! I’ve got a backlist over 40 books now, and write in three genres: Historical Romance, Historical Fantasy Romance, and Romantasy.

What advice would you give to somebody who wanted to go the indie route? Knowledge is power, and there’s so much more information available on indie-publishing than when I started out in 2012. Many of it is free too – so join communities, go to talks and conferences, and reach out to other indie authors who write in your genre. Remember too that everyone’s route is different. Once you pick your path, don’t worry if other people are doing things a little differently. Experiment and learn what works for you.

Can you tell us what you are working on now? I’m completing the final edits on THE BRIDE HE STOLE, Book 2, of my current trilogy, THE ROGUES OF MULL.

Let’s share the love! Can you recommend one other Indie book that you’ve read and tell us what you enjoyed about it?  THE SINCLAIR HOUND by Caroline Lee. I love Caroline’s writing, and enjoyed the vulnerability and strength of the scarred hero!

Author Jayne Castel with dark hair pulled back and black top, holding kindle

About the Author
Award-winning author Jayne Castel writes epic Historical and Fantasy Romance. Her vibrant characters, richly researched historical settings and action-packed adventure romance transport readers to forgotten times and imaginary worlds.

Jayne is the author of a number of best-selling series. In love with all things Scottish, she writes romances set in both Dark Ages and Medieval Scotland.

When she’s not writing, Jayne is reading (and re-reading) her favourite authors, cooking Italian feasts, and going on long walks with her husband. She’s from New Zealand, but now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. (series page for ROGUES OF MULL)