Thank you so much for joining me today. I have Jamie Shultz who is sharing with us. She is working on a new book that will be out later this year and she just released one. You have to check it out below but for now, lets get started with this interview.
Gina: Why did you become an author?
Jamie: I’ve always loved making up stories. I used to have them in my head all the time as a kid. They’ve gotten more complicated as an adult, but I still love running them over in my head.
I started to write them down in high school and never really stopped. Now, I just share them with everyone else.
Gina: What genre of books do you like to write?
Jamie: Romance, but I’d like to branch out a bit too at some point.
Gina: What is your inspiration for the current book or series you are writing?
Jamie: The Angel Eyes Series started many, many years ago. It came about during a history lecture in high school. We were studying the American Civil War and I remember thinking, “What could be worse than being a slave?” Then I wondered, “What if instead of being about race, it was about gender? And what if a lot of the women weren’t very nice?”
So, I guess you could say history was the inspiration, and has been for many of my stories. Several are in the plotting process now and I can’t wait to write them.
Gina: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Jamie: I’m a little of both. I plot certain parts of the story first, like milestones, and let the rest build as I write. I love seeing where those will go before getting to each milestone.
Gina: Do you have any quirks or habits when your writing?
Jamie: Not really. Maybe not liking to always sit at a desk. I’ll work in an easy-chair or on a lounger in the yard during the summer.
Gina: Have you had any setbacks becoming an author yourself?
Jamie: There was a lot of doubt, but I’m finally at a place where that’s okay. Some people will like my books and others won’t. I’m not trying to please everyone.
The other thing is that it’s expensive to publish and market your own book. It’s been hard, but thankfully my day jobs covers most of it. Unfortunately, the day job also means I can’t write as much as I’d like.
Gina: What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a writer?
Jamie: Just write. Every single day. Don’t think about it too much. It’s too easy to get stuck if you do. Find a good editor and listen to their advice.
Gina: What is some of the best advice or inspiration you have received from another author?
Jamie: If you’re finding it hard to write because your characters just aren’t coming to you the way they normally do, take a step back and think on it for a while.
I’ll usually come back the next day, after getting some rest and a break, and the words start flowing again.
Gina: What goals have you set for yourself in the future?
Jamie: To finish my 6-book series within the next 5 years and write 2 to 3 other books during that time as well.
Gina: How do you want readers to see your work?
Jamie: As something worth reading. Something they would share with their friends and talk about online. Something they would read again and again.
Gina: What should a reader expect to see from your next novel?
Jamie: Masters’ Mistress is the next novel coming out. It returns to the world that was introduced in my last book, Jake’s Redemption, only with a new set of primary characters. The main part of the series, of which Masters’ Mistress is book one, centers around Bret Masters and Angel Aldridge. They are two very broken people with secrets they don’t want to share with anyone, especially each other. The only problem with that is, they can’t seem to stay away from each other. There are mysteries and dangers all throughout the book, some of which will carry over into the next. I’m really excited to get it out there for my readers to enjoy.
Gina: Is there anything you would like to share with your readers?
Jamie: I really appreciate all of your support! It means a lot to me that other people have found and really enjoyed my work. Thank you!
Gina: When will your next book be coming out?
Jamie: Feburary 1, 2020 was my latest release.