Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday finds: Featured Artist - P j Haynie

This week I am happy to introduce P j Haynie. She and I only became acquainted a short time ago when I joined a community of writer's marketing writers on Facebook. I'm always expressing how much I believe in the power of community, and I thought what better way to do so than to give exposure to someone who shares that belief. With passions in both music and writing, Haynie uses both together as she creates short stories with an accompanying soundtrack. How cool! I would like to welcome P j to the Whiskey Summer family. 

Artist Bio

P j Haynie has been writing poetry, short stories, and music compositions for 20 years. Combining her passions of writing compelling, gritty novels, and writing and performing music is a lifelong dream that has begun with the publication of “Losing You," her first breakout short story in the Romance genre. P j lives with her husband, two children, and two dogs in Denver, CO.


Tell me a little about how/when you were drawn to your art.

I began writing songs at age 10 during a road trip with my family. My brother got bored so I made up a song to sing to him! Around 15 or 16 I really dove into songwriting and poetry. I brainstormed a lot of really great stories and novels at the time too, but didn't feel I'd be good enough to write any of them down. After a few years studying Music Composition in college, I changed my major to Advertising (for practical reasons), then started a family and set aside my creative endeavors for many years. A couple of years ago, I started writing music again which brought me to writing some of the novels I've been dreaming about for years. It's been a lot of fun!

What are some of the things that inspire your art?

I think I'm mostly inspired by pain, oddly. I'm a big believer in the idea that intense joy can only be experienced after intense pain. I love digging really deep into the darkness where things feel hopeless and evil and then watching my characters either dig their way out, or embrace it. I'm a big fan of writers who can make "bad" characters lovable and bring their audience to embrace them even though their qualities are not endearing. I endeavor to do that in my writing.

As a writer, I make it a priority to reflect on my craft to ensure that I am growing.Tell me one way in which you have seen yourself grow in your craft. 
I've just matured. As a teenager I was incredibly insecure and immature (like everyone) and didn't have the life experience to build believable stories. I've been through a lot since then and I feel equipped to tackle some really difficult problems.

Do you create other kinds of art as well as the craft you are featuring today?
I am also a songwriter, as I mentioned before. My goal is to write novels that have an accompanying sound track. My first short story, Losing You, has an Indie Pop track I wrote and recorded for it. I love the idea of expressing the primary emotion of my stories through music. I also paint abstract art on occasion. 

What are your goals for your art?
I'd love to become a best-selling novelist and usher in a new genre of novels with music. I also hope to start a band and do more recording. If the two passions don't work together, I hope one of them will take off.

A Glimpse at Jane's Craft
From her story Muddy Heels

Website Links:
Twiter: @freakinjane
Wattpad: User/pjhaynie


  1. P.J. - How absolutely unique you are! I love the idea of combing music with literature. As a poet, I listen to music frequently when I write and I have found it has a profound effect on my psyche. I will definitely add your blog to my list and hope you soon see your hopes and dreams closer than the horizon.