About Jae

I’m Jae Varela. I’m an aspiring novelist.

I wrote my first novel when I was 14, and the writing never stopped.  I’ve probably written a dozen or so novels between then and now.  And while it partly kills me to think of some of those novels as “practice,” it’s brought me to where I am today.  I’m a better writer because of it and I’ve learned a lot along the way.

alien zone

Just another day in the life of Jae.

That’s all fine and well, Jae, but is there anything else to you?

Anything else? Soooo glad you asked. When I’m not pounding away on the keyboard, you can find me busting a few jams on my guitar, getting down with my karaoke self, or consuming my favorite movies and TV shows in large amounts. You know, shows like Doctor Who, Chuck, Psych, Adventure Time, Firefly, Smallville, Farscape, and lots of j-dramas and anime. If I could only take one movie to watch on a desert island for the rest of my life, it would be a tough call between the Goonies and Back to the Future. I’m a mixed martial artist of mayhem, hoping if the writing gig doesn’t work out maybe I can work for Ra’s al Ghul in the League of Shadows. I mean, that League’s got some serious exclusivity! Yeah, definitely writing first…

As I continue on my journey to what I hope ends at writer extraordinaire, I want to share those things I’ve learned so perhaps other aspiring novelists can find their paths to success as well.  You can email me at jaedvarela (at) gmail (dot) com

66 thoughts on “About Jae

  1. Great photo. I love snorkeling. 🙂 And I completely share your love of this. Started writing my first book in the 6th grade (what a catastrophie!). Happy writing!

  2. I’ve written 10 manuscripts and it’s only the 10th that has finally been picked up by an agent. It’s a long apprenticeship, isn’t it? Keep going. You’ll get there 🙂

    • Thanks! I’ve got a self-editing your novel series in the works. I intend to do it while I’m editing my novel (again) so I can write about a fresh experience. And thx for the nomination.

    • Thanks darling! I’m not sure when I’ll get to these, but I appreciate the nomination all the same. And congrats to you for receiving the nominations yourself!

    • I need to get me some more musical friends. I had a bunch in college and we’d jam sometimes like that, but lately not so much. Hmmm… thank for the inspiration!

  3. Jae,

    I have nominated you for The Liebster Award. Can’t wait to see who you nominate. I want to thank you for eveything that you write. Especially the posts on editing. You have helped me so much. Thank You.

    • I’m fairly certain I can say with authority that the ’80s produced some of the best movies EVER! Hands down. I’m glad to know there’s another fellow Goonies lover out there. Well, and Ghostbusters goes without saying for awesomeness. 😀

  4. Charles Yallowitz mentioned your blog to me, and now I know why!
    Your “how-to-series” is something which I will be using for a long, long time! Thank you for posting those amazing tips. I’m an aspiring writer and on a learning curve…um yeah, that sums me up…I think! (Did I use the ellipsis properly? 😀 )

    Thanks again.

    • Oh, why thank you! I’m glad you’re finding helpful information on here. Looks like you used ellipsis right to me. 😉

      Keep working hard and I’m sure you’ll have a finely polished story to share in no time. (I’m in the midst of doing this myself). 🙂

      • Yes, I will work hard! And I’ll keep on reading your blog for some editing help (that stuff nearly kills me!).
        You can imagine the horror I got after I wrote the first draft and realized that it was not good enough. So, I kept the first draft aside and I’m writing the story with a completely different perspective (and now I am rambling, so I will stop!).

        Happy blogging to you! 🙂 And yeah, nice scribbles too!

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