Why you must read Jaye Em Edgecliff’s Ready Or Not
Lauren and Sally are 15, they’re sophomores, they’re in love, and they’re growing up. Are they ready for the simple challenges of life? For learning to drive, sex, planning their futures both in general and together, to think about careers or college, for losing someone they care about deeply – forever? Are they ready to face new experiences? To deal with foreign cultures and celebrations, travel, attending a royal ball, and more? Is Lauren ready to meet Sally’s grandparents? Is Sally ready to lose her virginity?
The girls are growing into young women. They’re on the cusp of adulthood. Life is coming at them, whether they’re ready for it, or not.
What genre is it?
What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Haha, us neither.
It’s light-hearted, it’s anecdotal, though there is a certain amount of underlying theme to hold the anecdotes together. It’s for people who know from the moment they see the cover how the story is going to end, but feel that the fun is in how they get there.
We remember interviewing you about it.
There’s Sally. She’s whimsical, she’s quirky, and she’s discovering her faith and spirituality. She’s the worldly one of the two, though sometimes she doesn’t always act like it.
Anyone else we need to meet?
How much of you – or the person you wish you were – is in your main character?
None of the characters are me, though I’ve a little something in common with many of them. I let the characters be themselves. The only character that’ll ever be me will be a shy woman with pen and paper in hand scratching out a novel, and she hasn’t shown up yet.
Fair enough. Tell us about her then.
I spend time with my family which includes a hyperactive black-mouth cur and two highly eccentric cats (as in eccentric for cats, and hyperactive for a BMC … yikes).
I dream of one day getting a call from Steven Spielberg saying he’d like to make a movie, then names a sum that would buy a quiet little island in Nova Scotia.
How suspicious of computers are you? Do you, for instance, have a website where we can keep up with your work?
What’s next for you?