J.A. Jaken has been been writing fictional stories for more than ten years. I got my start in the profession writing slash fanfiction, where I've published numerous stories under the pen-name Rushlight. Over the years I have written short stories and novels in genres ranging from m/m romance to science fiction/fantasy to gothic horror to modern detective mysteries.
I realized at a young age that I am attracted to the darker side of life in the fictional stories I feel compelled to write. I feel there is something enormously satisfying about putting a character through intense physical and emotional hardship, and then carrying him or her through out the other side. I believe that is the main reason why I tend to write stories with a darker edge to them. Characters are the most interesting when they've had all of the baggage, all of their many masks, stripped away from them and they're left with nothing but the purest core of who and what they are.
Outside of writing, I tend to spend my time studying foreign languages, riding horses, practicing martial arts, and collecting medieval weaponry. I speak a little bit of French, a little bit of American Sign Language, a little bit of Japanese, but I'm not really fluent in any of them (although I'm trying!). I'm a single mother of three: one son, one black cat, and one Rottweiler, all of whom I love more than life itself. I'm ridiculously shy for an erotic fiction writer, but I love connecting with other writers and people who have an open and tolerant mindset. I'm endlessly fascinated by just about everything I see around me and am constantly looking for new ways to learn and improve my knowledge of the world.