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Friday, August 14, 2015

BOOK CLUB FRIDAY--GUEST AUTHOR RED L. JAMESON

Romance author Red L. Jameson makes a return visit to Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers today and sits down for an interview. Learn more about Red and her books at her website and blog.

When did you realize you wanted to write novels?
When I was about four or five. I'd fold paper until it looked thick enough, wrap construction paper around it and tie the edge with yarn to make my first books. Gosh, I loved making books!

How long did it take you to realize your dream of publication?
Two thousand years. Yep, I'm that old. ;) Actually it took a little more than ten years to become published with my fiction writing. However, academically I never had to wait that long.

Are you traditionally published, indie published, or a hybrid author?
Now, I'm all indie.

Where do you write?
In my office, which is a converted guest bedroom. Sometimes I'll write in my bedroom. Actually, now that I think about it more, I kind of write anywhere I can. But I prefer my office.

Is silence golden, or do you need music to write by? What kind?
Silence is platinum. :) Sometimes I'll write with music, especially if my son has a million of his friends over, but I'm not a happy camper when I do. Or perhaps I'm not happy because I know I'll be cleaning mud from the floor after my son and his friends.

How much of your plots and characters are drawn from real life? From your life in particular?
Hmm, I'd say my characters are definitely drawn from my family and friends. As for plot, I'm the kind of person who hates conflict and drama in my real life, so that's all imagination.

Describe your process for naming your character?
Sometimes they just come to me. Sometimes I look at baby name books or online. Sometimes I'll have a name change while writing, which is never fun, but essential to get it right.

Real settings or fictional towns?
Both

What’s the quirkiest quirk one of your characters has?
In my current WIP my heroine works with children a lot and comes up with some fun euphemisms. That's been flinging flanging fun.

What’s your quirkiest quirk?
I'm an odd dichotomy for a woman, I think. I love clothes and makeup, hate shopping, can change my tires myself and chop wood, but hate cleaning--although I'll do it, of course. I also like getting dirty and playing with my son, but love being very girly with pretty makeup on while I'm doing that. What can I say? I'm weird.

If you could have written any book (one that someone else has already written,) which one would it be? Why?
To Kill a Mockingbird. I wish I was that genius to have written such a beautiful book.

Everyone at some point wishes for a do-over. What’s yours?
I had some fast-food with my son yesterday and feel a little sick now. I wish I would have eaten something else.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Gossips and bullies.

You’re stranded on a deserted island. What are your three must-haves?
The most important thing is my family, then my Mac laptop, and then…I’m not sure. Maybe my makeup. Ha!

What was the worst job you’ve ever held?
A janitor for a girls' dorm. Girls can be very messy and gross.

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
To Kill a Mockingbird.

Ocean or mountains?
Both!

City girl/guy or country girl/guy?
Both! I live in the country but love visiting cities.

What’s on the horizon for you?
My newest series is a paranormal romance featuring beings who even mythology doesn’t remember: the dísir, an all-female society of winged avengers turned into fairy godmothers.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself and/or your books?
I love writing and my goal with each book is to move someone the way I’ve been moved by some of my favorite books. I’d love to know some of your favorite books that moved you or even changed your life.

Duchess of Mine
Book 4 of The Glimpse Time Travel Series, where mythical muses play naughty matchmakers

Seventeenth century Highlander Michael Cameron should have been prepared for his journey to Philadelphia in 1895. After all, it wasn't the first time he'd been kidnapped by two mischievous muses, who delighted in taking him by surprise and shuffling him off to far-flung lands and eras. But nothing could have readied him for angelic Gabriella Murray, the Duchess of Northampton. Shes a beautiful, lovely, gorgeous—did he mention just how bonny Gabby is?—duchess, and hes a lowly Scot. How is he going to solve the missing children case the muses have given him with such a distracting woman?

Becoming friends with a muse, Gabby feels her life has taken a turn for the fantastic, which suits her fine, since being a duchess is gray and depressing. So, when that muse asks her to go on an adventure imitating her idol, Sherlock Holmes, of course she says yes. However, Michael, who is to play her Dr. Watson, is quite possibly the most handsome and intriguing Highlander shes ever encountered. Lord, Sherlock never had to contend with an overwhelming desire for Watson. How can she concentrate on the case when hes more fun than shes ever had before?

As Michael and Gabby hunt through the mean streets of cities such as Chicago and Detroit, they dive deeper into a world of danger and violence. Fighting against their growing attraction to each other, they race against time to find the children, knowing that with every corner they turn, they might be too late. 

9 comments:

Angela Adams said...

I would enjoy knowing who was the inspiration for those mythical, magical muses. Great post!

Red L. Jameson said...

Aw, thanks so much, Angela! Honestly, the inspiration for the muses came from reading a little from the Greek epics and my own crazy imagination. Those muses keep inspiring me more than anything else. Ha! Hugs!

Red L. Jameson said...

Thank you so much, Lois and Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers, for having me on your lovely blog! Love it here! Hugs!

Barbara Bettis said...

Love the story of your making "books" ! You were an indie publisher at heart all along. Best of luck with this latest book. Such a great peek at it here.

stanalei said...

The story sounds amazing, Red. And I'm on board with your quirk...except mine is playing ball with the grandsons. Good luck with the release!

Lane McFarland said...

Wonderful post, Red! I can relate to your book making. I did the same, but my books weren't as classy as yours. I used bread ties to bind the three-hole notebook paper. LOL! Thank you for sharing!

Red L. Jameson said...

Ha! I guess I was an indie publisher all along! Thanks, Barb! Hugs!

Red L. Jameson said...

Yay, stanalei! I love playing ball too! And thank you so much! Hugs!

Red L. Jameson said...

Ha! Lane, that's ingenious to use bread ties! I love it! We should get together to make books! :) Hugs!