An adventurer at heart and a technologist by training, Jane Boon is fascinated by how things work and why things happen. Jane studied manufacturing systems engineering at Kettering University before earning a master’s degree in technology and policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She spent years in the corporate trenches before returning to school for a Ph.D. in industrial engineering. More recently, Jane got interested in the phenomenon of “big data,” completing a master’s degree in statistics at Fordham University where she graduated with honors, at the top of her class.
Jane has written for publications like The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Time.com, McSweeneys.net, and TravelandLeisure.com. She has been interviewed on ABC News World News Tonight and in WIRED about microlending. And in one New York Times article, she was described as a “pervy sherpa.” Jane is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, Kettering University, and in her spare time, she enjoys improv, story-telling, and playing dress-up. She secured her membership in SAG-AFTRA (and her lone IMDB credit) wearing a corset, garters and thigh-high stockings when she portrayed a dominatrix in the Fox TV series, Gotham.
EDGE PLAY is her first novel. Jane lives in Los Angeles and New York with her husband, Norman Pearlstine.
What We Talked About
Welcome, to the wonderful author of Edge Play, Jane Boon! She studied at MIT and has a PhD in industrial engineering. I am loving a smart-as-fuck woman writing “social satire disguised as smut”.
The character Amy’s introduction, and the themes of being in the background to a powerful man, I felt so hard. Also, being the (unwilling) secret keeper for a powerful man was an interesting dynamic to bring to the forefront. Let's talk about the character development of Amy, and some of the others.
Some questions from the interview:
How did developing these character’s impact you? Was there anything restorative for you in their creation?
How did finding your own power impact the turning point scene and this main character?
Fiction loves the gray areas, it creates drama. In the book, the questions of consent come into play throughout the story, and in various circumstances, prompting the character, Amy, to make her own judgement calls.
Y’all gotta read the book to understand what a turn on it is!