Let’s all welcome Jamie Salisbury to Reading Reality. Today’s guest is best known for her historical romances (the Perpetual series sounds yummy!) but she’s here to talk about her new contemporary romance featuring a fascinating older woman/younger man theme, Timeless Sojourn. (Just because Demi and Ashton didn’t make it doesn’t mean the pairing doesn’t have a lot of possibilities in romance, see my review for details)
For a look inside Jamie’s process, and a bit about this story, let’s hear from the author herself.
Marlene: Tell us a little bit about Jamie Salisbury. What do you do when you’re not writing?
Jamie: When I’m NOT writing, I’m out photographing something, getting inspiration for new, future books. I love to travel , see new places, new cultures.
Marlene: You’ve had some real-life adventures that have served as background for some of your historical romances. Please tell us more!
Jamie: I’ve been fortunate to have lived abroad – great educational experiences and I was in public relations for years, did some photography as well as being a photojournalist. Everything in and around the entertainment industry. I have a lot of stories to come out of my vast experiences.
Marlene: What made you turn to contemporary romance for Timeless Sojourn, after writing several historical romances?
Jamie: I had some stories that wanted to be told – needed to be told and they just flowed once I started writing them. Timeless Sojourn has a lot of me in it, a lot of me poured out.
Marlene: Who first introduced you to the love of reading?
Jamie: My mother for sure, along with the fact that it was fun when I learned to read. There wasn’t all of this electronic stuff, which don’t get me wrong I think it is great, but kids don’t get the real feel of an actual book – unless they go to a library.
Marlene: Who influenced your decision to become a writer?
Jamie: It was something I always wanted to do – but in high school I had one teacher in particular who taught creative writing. She was awesome, was way ahead of her time and made writing fun. To her no student was a “bad writer” – she just showed you how to develop what you had.
Marlene: Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
Jamie: A little of both. Timeless Sojourn I was more of a punster – I just let the story flow and tell itself. I’ve started a new one and it is quite planned out – nice and neat. But it’s one I’ve been mulling over for months, if not longer.
Marlene: Do your characters ever want to just take over the story?
Jamie: Oh yes and I let them – to a point. I let them as long as they don’t get away from the story line. If so I go ahead and write it out and save it for a future story.
Marlene: What book do you recommend everyone should read, and why?
Jamie: That’s a really hard question. I think everyone should read Shakespeare and some of the other classics as adults. A lot of that stuff is pushed on us when we’re in high school or even college and we don’t appreciate it until we’re older.
Marlene: What projects do you have planned for the future?
Jamie:I have just finished the sequel for Tudor Rose. I am working on final touches for the third installment of my Perpetual western series. There will be a sequel to Timeless Sojourn – I’m already plotting it out in a notebook. And finally I have a new one I’ve just started – one I’ve been also plotting on paper.
Marlene: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read your books?
Jamie: They can relate to the characters and storyline, they’re real, they’re fun.
Marlene: Morning person or night owl?
Jamie: Both!! I get up at around six in the morning, sometimes earlier and usually don’t go to bed until midnight. And then I’m usually up and down all night. I’ll go work on things instead of tossing and turning.
Oh my goodness! I usually tell people I can be bright, or I can be early, but not both at the same time. You manage to do both at once. Wow!
And I absolutely loved your answers to Scarf Princess’ questions about the attractions of the older woman/younger man romance over at Words of Wisdom. Fantastic!
Jamie is giving away a $25 Amazon Giftcard to one random selected commenter during this tour.
This Giveaway is open to everyone! Yay!
To be entered, leave a comment telling me what you like (or dislike) about older woman/younger man relationships in romance
One lucky commenter will be selected from all the stops on this tour, so the more tour stops you make comments at, the better your chances! (A list of participating blogs is right here)
Giveaway ends at 11:45 PM on 8/3/12