Jaye Ford is the bestselling author of five thrillers and two women’s fiction novels.
Born in 1963, Jaye grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney, attending Mackellar Girls High School. At 18, she moved to Bathurst, in the NSW Central West, to study for her Communications Degree at Charles Sturt University (back when it was Mitchell College of Advanced Education).
She started a career in the media as a cadet journalist in radio, going on to work in print and television, in both news and sport. In 1988, she became the first woman to host a live national sport show on Australian TV, fronting Sport Report on SBS. Later, she fronted Prime TV news in Newcastle. After 12 years as a journalist, Jaye left the media and ran her own public relations consultancy.
During that time, Jaye married, had two children and dreamed about writing a book. When finally she was between jobs, she decided if she didn’t actually sit down and write, she’d be on her death bed still wishing she had. She gave up self-employment to become a fulltime mother and unpublished fiction writer. Ten years later, her first book, Beyond Fear, was published by Random House Australia. It was the highest selling debut crime novel in Australia in 2011, won two Davitt Awards for Australian women crime writers (Best Debut, Readers’ Choice) and was shortlisted for Best Adult Crime.
Since then, Jaye has been living her dream of writing fiction full time, producing four more thrillers that have been published in nine languages.
When Jaye isn’t writing crime, she’s penning women’s fiction as Janette Paul. Her first novel under that name, Just Breathe, was released in 2013 after her second thriller (Scared Yet?) and became a bestselling digital title.
The long-awaited second novel by Janette Paul is Amber and Alice, a romantic comedy to be released in June this year.
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Jaye is a regular guest at libraries and author events to discuss her books and career. Jaye also hosts library events, interviewing other authors and chairing panel discussions. Other appearances have included participation in author panels and teaching workshops at writers' festivals and writers' conferences, including the Sydney Writers Festival, Byron Bay Writers Festival, Newcastle Writers Festival, the Romance Writers of Australian annual conference and Sisters in Crime events.
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