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Jamie was gracious enough to answer all my prying questions. Thanks, Jamie!
Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?
I write romance probably because you can add so much around it. There can be a thriller, who done it sub plot, but it always comes back to the romance aspect of the story. It’s all about the romance. I suppose I’m drawn to it because I’m a hopeless romantic. I always believe in the happily ever after.
What research is required?
There is always some amount of research that has to be done. I research the locales where the books take place, especially if it is somewhere I’ve never been. In Timeless Sojourn, I had to draw upon a couple of friends who actually had hands on knowledge of part of what I was writing. I am fortunate that my editor is also a librarian. She is an invaluable wealth of information. If I couldn’t find it (or for info on upcoming books) I go to her.
Name one thing you learned from you’re hero/heroine.
That it is never too late to start over or reinvent yourself. You can either sit around feeling sorry for yourself or you can make the changes to make things better.
Any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?
Nothing bizarre if that’s what you mean. I like to write without the TV, stereo or any other sort of outside noise. I like it quiet so I can concentrate and get into what I’m writing. I’m not superstitious so that doesn’t apply. I simply sit down and write and if I feel as though I’m having an off day and things aren’t coming out as I would like them to I either quit for the day or move on to something else.
Plotter or panster?
Both! If an idea comes to mind while I’m writing I’ll simply go with it and see where it takes me. On the other hand I’m in the beginning stages of a book and on this one I feel I have to sit down and plot everything out before I write.
Look to your right – what’s sitting there?
The window looking outside over the backyard. From this vantage point I can’t see the yard, only the foliage of the trees on the perimeter of the yard.
Anything new coming up from you? What?
Currently I have several projects that are in various stages of production. I’m researching one story, another is a Scottish/British historical set in the 1890s. I’ve also begun work on the sequel to Tudor Rose and I’m writing down ideas for the sequel to Timeless Sojourn. So you see, my mind never shuts off.
Do you have a question for our readers?
What would you like to see happen in the sequel to Timeless Sojourn?
Confident, creative, and a successful businessman, Geoffrey Quinn has depths not immediately apparent to those who come into contact with that cocky, devilishly handsome exterior.
The last thing either is looking for is a relationship. Anne finds Geoff highly irritating (and young!) at best, while Geoffrey finds her magnetic and wise. To his amusement, she futilely attempts to dismiss him each time they cross paths, and sparks fly.
Watch as this seemingly unsuitable, disparate duo lights a fiery, compelling attraction neither sees coming. But who will get burned?
Kat and I are just finishing up the dinner dishes and getting ready to sit and solve the problems of the world when the phone rings. Kat answers. “Of course, she’s right here. We just finished cleaning the kitchen.”
Geoffrey she mouths to me, handing me the phone.
“Hey, how are you? I asked.
“Great, thanks. I was wondering if you’d like to come over for dinner Friday night. I grill a mean steak.”
“That sounds great, Geoffrey. Can I bring anything, oh, and what time?” I smile at the thought of that killer body slaving over a grill.
“How about if I pick you up at seven, and bring something for dessert, if you don’t mind.”
“That sounds great. I’ll see you Friday.”
I hang up the phone and Kat is standing there with a huge grin on her face.
“You’re going to have dinner at Geoffrey Quinn’s?” she cackles. “You do know he’s falling hook, line and sinker, don’t you? He never invites women to his place.”
“Enough already, Kat! Geoff is young enough to be my son. We simply enjoy each other’s company.” I replied, hoping to shut her up.
“Oh no, Anne, he’s taken with you and you are quite smitten with him, although you’d be the last to admit it. Don’t play the age game crap with me because I know better.” She’s still smiling like a match maker as I turn away, my face warm from blushing.
An avid reader of histories, biographies, and romance, it's only natural that part of the products of her pen are historical romances featuring characters so authentic they spring forth from the page and shake the reader's hand. Many of her teen years were spent in Chile, but she and her family were forced out of the country when the political climate demanded it.
Taking the plunge to take her writing professional came as a result of a series of foot surgeries that left her with a lot of time on her hands. Unable to walk great distances at the time, she started writing as a way to pass the time. Her experiences of how dramatically her life had changed at first. Then the new world of e-publishing inspired her to digitally publish her first novel, Perpetual Love, rather than relegate it to the dreaded drawer. She couldn't be happier with her decision to grab the publishing industry by the shoulders and force it to pay attention to all she has to offer.
Two more novels have followed: Blood Lust and Tudor Rose, with more to follow soon. Jamie now lives outside of Atlanta, but the love for travel has never abandoned her. Adventure, exploration, and intrigue permeate her prose to the core.
In those few moments of the day when she's not writing or thinking about writing, she finds knitting a way to relax and unwind. Other interests include photography, equestrianism, reading, and of course traveling.
Jamie hopes her writing will entertain, enlighten, and inspire others to pick up the pen and pursue their own dreams. She loves to be contacted by readers, writers, and history buffs.