Jade C Jamison
Tell us your latest news?
I wish I could write full-time because I currently have about ten stories residing in my head, dying to get out. My news is, basically, that I’m writing like crazy. As you know, I recently got to meet several Colorado authors in person, and that was fun. I love connecting face to face, something that’s not as common now that we’re in the internet age. Right now, I’m getting geared up for the publication of Finger Bang; finishing writing Substitute Boyfriend, the novella I’m writing for the Hot Summer Nights anthology (which I’m involved in thanks to you); and preparing to write my next book (Punctured, Bruised, and Barely Tattooed) which will appear in another anthology entitled Inked. And there’s so much more on the horizon.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Nancy Drew. I was about twelve years old, and I wanted to write mystery novels, only my heroine was younger. I wrote about eight small books with plans for more, but when I got into high school, I got sidetracked by other things. The urge to write was always there, though. I never stopped.
You have some interesting titles for your books like Finger Bang. How do you pick them?
Finger Bang just “came” to me, and I knew it would be shocking, but there would be no mistaking what it was about (well, to a degree anyway). Titles aren’t always easy for me to choose. Sometimes a line in the book will become the title (as in Fabric of Night); other times, I think of the title before I actually start writing (as in Finger Bang and Feverish). The Nicki Sosebee titles are a bit tricky…but they’re also secret. There is a method to them, and I know one or two readers have figured it out, but I like that mystery, so I’m not telling! Once in a while, I’ve had a crappy title for a book (and I’ve known it) and my husband has said, “Why don’t you try ________ instead?” That’s how Worst Mother got its title. Every title I came up with for that book beforehand sucked. When I told him the theme of the book, he suggested the title. I loved it and it stuck.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure. This snippet comes from Punctured, Bruised, and Barely Tattooed and will be found in the anthology Inked, out August 25.
She took another breath and made sure her voice was steady and calm. “Know what? Never mind. I thought you were better than that.” She turned on her heel and started walking down the street.
Three…four…five. “Kory.” Yes. It had worked…well, at least she hoped so. She’d have to wait to hear what he had to say. Carefully, she turned around. She was several steps away from him. She made sure her face didn’t show sadness, fear, or anger. She hoped she had a look of annoyance, like he was an irritant at this point.
She let out a breath as though she didn’t have time to wait. Finally, she said, “Yeah?”
He walked toward her and she became aware of the sound his boots made on the sidewalk. Sure, she heard a couple of cars driving down the street, and she could hear noise from the bar she was almost standing in front of. She was becoming more and more aware of the heat bearing down on her shoulders like a weight, and it got worse the closer he got, because her breathing grew shallow.
He stood in front of her. Oh, fucking hell. His eyes were dark and her mouth started watering as his hands cupped her cheeks and he guided her chin upward until his lips touched hers.
Gone…the heat, the noise, even her goddamn heartbeat…until it started throbbing in her chest and her blood began swarming through her body, warming her back up from lifelessness. Stone’s tongue touched her lips and parted them before entering her mouth and, holy God, for the first time in a long time throughout her miserable existence, she felt alive. Overflowing with too much emotion, too much adrenaline and…
her fucking panties were wet
…hopes and dreams, unspoken and unknown, flowed through her like water.
Until the kiss was over. She opened her eyes, the breath gone from her lungs, and she searched his eyes. He’d done it. Why had he done it after fucking with her, blowing her off? Did he like messing with her mind?
But his eyes—they told her more than his words ever could. Jesus. What she felt then was heavy. Had he been screwing around with her head, when really he was just trying to deny something?
As she sucked in a breath, forcing it to the bottom of her lungs, she realized her hands had formed fists around the back of his t-shirt, as though she were clinging to him for dear life. No smile, no smirk. He said, “That what you wanted?”
Where do the your ideas come from?
I have no idea most of the time. I just think “What if?” and WHAM! There’s an idea. Sometimes something from real life will inspire me, but that’s rare. Usually, it’s just a part of my brain wanting to explore something.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding time and getting rid of all distractions.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It depends upon the length of the book. I can usually write about 50,000 words a month—usually, but not always. When I can write that quickly, I usually have a book in a month or two. But there are exceptions, of course. Bullet (which is over 160,000 words) only took two months, while Rock Bottom (a little over 80,000) took over three. It also depends upon how easily the ideas flow and if I can handle them or if I need time to process…if that makes any sense at all.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
I don’t know that I have a favorite, but I often say, “Write that book. It’s not going to write itself.”
What is your favorite movie and why?
I have several favorites, but Fight Club is likely my most favorite. It has so many layers. (I love the book as well, but the acting in the movie is extraordinary.) There is nothing I don’t love about the movie—the acting, the cinematography, the subject matter and how it really makes you think. Of course, the book was the same way. I never get tired of watching it. I have no idea how many times I’ve watched it, but I think I would be surprised to find out.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t be afraid. Just do shit. There’s plenty of time to regret missteps later.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Blog: same! J www.jadecjamison.com
Amazon Author: Page: http://amazon.com/author/jadecjamison
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