Monday, May 5, 2014

Welcome Author Jamie Salisbury

Jamie Salisbury... tell us about yourself!
Deanna:  Tell us a bit about yourself that our readers might not know.

Jamie: I spent three years as a teenager living in South America, Chile to be exact. I probably would have graduated high school, perhaps stayed longer, if it hadn't been for the shift in the political climate there. Lucky for my siblings and me, our parents were quite good at keeping things like that to themselves. But later as an adult, some things that occurred then, make perfect sense today. . .one day we're going to school, just being kids, the next we're packing up to move back to the U.S. (packing and out of the country within two weeks) - with a month long "vacation" of places like Buenos Aires, Rio, Lima. And yes, I would love to go back and spend a month or so just touring the various countries...

Deanna:  What do you do to relax?

Jamie: I love to travel, but lately my travels are a mixture of business and pleasure. I've been to some pretty amazing places and am far from done.  Apart from that I love to sail and ride horses. Reading and knitting are great relaxers too since I'm not a big fan of the TV.

Deanna: What type of hero do you like best?

Jamie: Well, of course we all want a strong, handsome hero. Beyond that, I want one that is believable. A hero that seems like he could be the guy next door, someone you would really know. Yes, I dress them up a little better than real life, but they should remind us of someone we know.

Deanna:  Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.

Jamie: My days have gotten more full. I try to do all my publicity, social media stuff in the morning, checking on it if I have a chance periodically throughout the day. I used to spend afternoons or evenings writing, but my life has gotten a little more complicated with some outside projects, so I write whenever I get the chance.

Deanna:  How many plots do you include in one of your books?

Jamie: Typically I try not to have more than perhaps two plots going on. I think too many confuse a reader - heck confuse a author as well. It makes things too complicated and I think takes away from the main plot/purpose of the book.

Deanna:  Is there another genre you'd like to try writing?

Jamie: Mystery/thriller type book. I actually have one I've been working on for over a year. It's a little harder for me to write because I'm trying to not let it go off course with a bunch of romance. There will be some romance in it, just scaled way back.  It's based on a true story and I think that also makes it harder to write.

I'd also like to try writing something humorous. It's difficult as a lot of people don't get my style of humor, so I'd have to find a happy medium.

Deanna:  Do you have a muse?

Jamie: Yes and no. It all depends. Right now I'd say I don't - or at least my muse has run away.  I don't know if I buy into the whole concept of muses. I just know when I have a good idea, everything flows as it should. Then there are other times when no matter what I try, nothing is going to come to fruition.

Deanna:  What's in the pipeline?

Jamie: I have a brand new series I'm planning to launch this summer. It is a spinoff  from the Tudor Dynasty series, and yes characters from the Tudor series will pop into the new one. . .I'm really excited about this one! The first book is entitled Encore!

I'm also working on a prequel for the Tudor series.

Lastly, with Secret Cravings Publishing, I have the final book of the Heartfelt series due out this summer and this summer will see the launch of a new series with them as well, titled Southern Heat.

Deanna:  What is the hardest thing about being a indie author?

Jamie: Staying on top of everything! You have all the social media sites, your platform, your blog, your website to keep up with. Not to mention trying to interact with readers and trying to get reviews. Getting reviews seems to be my hardest issue. Why? I have no clue. And all of this has to be done before writing, or should be.  Getting an assistant is not an option - for me at least. In the future perhaps-

Deanna:  Heroines? What sort do you prefer to write?

Jamie: I hate whiny women who have self-esteem issues, had a horrible childhood, etc.. . .You know the type. . .they are that way until they meet a man, who has issues of his own and together they overcome them. Ugh! If they have those faults I much rather they be strong enough to keep that to themselves for the most part, and go about their life. Sure let their insecurities pop out once in a while, but not the constant whining. Hope that answered that one. A real peeve of mine.

Deanna:  How did you come up with the story line for Tartan Deadlines?

Jamie: Somehow, I got into writing about older women/younger men relationships - in fact my Heartfelt series with Secret Cravings Publishing is about those types of relationships. I also have firsthand knowledge - I never really intended for the story to go that way, but it did - and now I think it couldn't have been written any other way.  Being an older, more mature woman does not mean that you do not have choices, nor does it mean you have to settle for what society believes you are destined for.

Deanna:  What got you started into writing and publishing?

Jamie: I've always written, either professionally or personally. I was fortunate enough in high school to have a remarkable Creative Writing teacher who encouraged me to pursue my writing.   I was recovering from one of about a half dozen surgeries to my left foot. I was bored out of my mind having to sit in bed or on the sofa. So I started going over some old manuscripts. I had been reading online about ebooks and indie authors, self publishing and decided, why not? So I did, and I'm addicted to the entire process!
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