TC: What name do you use for posting/chatting at Toasted Cheese?
Jayne: To be honest, I do more reading/absorbing than posting/chatting. I’m kind of quiet. The quirky sense of humor combined with legitimately helpful information is what drew me to TC; I speak up when I feel I have something to say that might benefit my fellow writers.
TC: Describe yourself (or your site) in five single words.
Jayne: Passionate. Committed. Broad. Accessible. Professional.
TC: Tell us about your first website.
Jayne: The current one is my first, last, and only. I just keep tweaking it.
TC: What’s the last word or phrase you did a search on?
Jayne: “Anyone for Tennyson.” It was a fabulous program about poetry on PBS back in the 70s. It just came to mind out of the blue one night, and I decided to see if I could track down a video–or, better yet, the whole series.
TC: Do you hand-code your pages or use a program?
Jayne: Option Three: I pay my techno-savvy son to create what I tell him I want.
TC: What’s your favorite form of potato?
Jayne: My homemade baked french fries, with lots of salt, pepper, and ketchup. Yum.
TC: Describe the perfect pizza.
Jayne: Ground beef, onions, bell pepper, FRESH mushrooms, black olives, and not so much cheese, pleeze.
TC: Name your poison.
Jayne: Chai tea in the winter, cranberry spritzers in the summer. Amaretto on the rocks anytime.
TC: What’s the last creative writing you’ve done?
Jayne: That would be the press release I wrote today explaining why I wrote a book about daughters when I don’t have any.
TC: What are three essential things in your writing space?
Jayne: A black Precise V Extra Fine pen, an endless supply of Post-It notes (preferably colored), and a box of Kleenex (whimsical designs only).
TC: Tell us about one of the first things you remember writing.
Jayne: The very first thing I remember writing was a story called “Jet, the Race Horse” when I was in the first grade. I still have it.
TC: Who was the first person to encourage your writing?
Jayne: Indirectly, my mother. She used to call out letters for me to draw while I sat at her feet as she sewed, and she was forever bringing home books and word workbooks for me. The first person to directly encourage me was my sixth grade teacher. She had us write stories and read them aloud in class every Friday.
TC: Describe your current mood in one word.
TC: What one thing is guaranteed you laugh?
Jayne: Baby giggles.
TC: What was the greatest invention of the 20th century?
Jayne: Internet. Having so much information at my fingertips is incredible.
TC: What is your favorite word?
TC: What is your least favorite word?
TC: What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
TC: What turns you off?
TC: What is your favorite curse word?
TC: What sound or noise do you love?
Jayne: Rain falling as I’m drifting off to sleep.
TC: What sound or noise do you hate?
Jayne: Anything being sanded.
TC: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Jayne: I think event planning would be great fun.
TC: What profession would you not like to do?
TC: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Jayne: It definitely does, and I hope He says, “Come right in!”
TC: Where do you call home? Are you there now, and if not, where are you?
Jayne: The Blue Ridge mountains. Are you there now, and if not, where are you? I actually live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, before I die, I hope to move another half hour up the road!