Me: I must always ask this of any author I come in contact with. When did you know you
wanted to be a writer?
Jami: It started back when I was a child and saw my mother toil away daily writing her heart out. As I grew up I relied on writing in a therapeutic sense, specifically journaling. As a hypnotherapist and life coach I often recommend my clients journal as a way to work through problems and help them see things clearer. My love of the creative arts (dancing, singing, acting)
combined with my love for writing is what inspired me to become a writer.
Initially, I had planned to write non-fiction but my passion for the fictional
paranormal romance genre won out.
Me: What was the first novel or short story you ever wrote or was ever published?
Jami: The first story I ever wrote was in grade school. What it was about I couldn’t
tell you, but most likely it was a fairy tale or romance since those were my
major influences back then. I dabbled in poetry too but always went back to
storytelling. It was an escape and allowed me to use my creative talents. The
first story ever published was book one in the Winters Saga, Lone Wolf Rising.
Me: What inspired your paranormal romance, Lone Wolf Rising?
Jami: I love paranormal romances and shifters are one of my favorite characters. I wanted to write a series that covers a variety of supernatural creatures which the Winters Saga does. I decided to tackle a large plot twist in the first book, I wanted to show
the internal struggle between the human host and the animal. I even gave the
wolf a voice, a snarky voice, but a voice in Rebecca’s mind nonetheless which
made for some really fun and interesting scenes.
Me: Do you feel like the characters you create, especially your protagonists, ever
resemble you in any way?
Jami: Yes, there is a piece of me in most of my characters, Rebecca’s strength, Savannah’s positive outlook on life, Gabriel’s heart, Lucky’s loyalty etc. There are also pieces of people I have known in my life in the characters I think that adds an extra layer of realism to the fictional story.
Me: Tell me about your writing process. Are you a planner or a pantser?
Jami: Both, kind of. I plan by writing out highlights and an outline of what I would like to see happen in the book and as I write it I allow myself to go with the flow and make
changes, add or take away. It is why my books have so many twists and turns.
Sometimes I surprise myself, and a new character is built into a story or a twist
I never thought possible arises and really throws the characters for a loop. In
book one of the Winters Saga the ending came as a total shock to me and it seems
like the general consensus to readers that review the book, the ending was
shocking. In book two I hadn’t planned on introducing a fiancé for Savannah but
as the story progressed he came out of nowhere and has really made things
difficult for her. In book three I hadn’t planned to have a child dragon shifter
attach herself to Hunter but it happened and it really enhanced the story.
Me: What was the most challenging aspect of Rebecca Winters character development?
Jami: The wolf voice in her mind who always had unsolicited advice to give Rebecca was
probably the most challenging aspect of Rebecca’s character development. The way
she responded to the love triangle with Lucky and Gabriel was a close second. It
was important to me that Rebecca’s responses to both guys were believable and
readers would be torn between her indecision of who to choose.
Me: What books and authors have influenced your writing the most?
Jami: Wow that is a long list from self published, small publishing house authors, and large publishing house authors. When I was younger I couldn’t get enough of Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts and anything that involved mythological stories (Greek, Roman, Norse etc.). When I got older I made the jump from contemporary romances to paranormal thanks to Katie MacAllister and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I have many great friends who are self published authors that have made great impacts in my life this past
year. Michele Gwynn is one of the most inspirational and influential authors I
have had this last year.
Me: What do your fans mean to you?
Jami: My fans are so important to me. Every email or review I get is important to me. I wrote in my acknowledgements that this book was written for you the reader, without you this would simply be words in a book. With every page you read you breathe life into the story. Fans also tell others about the book which helps get the story into other hands.
Me: Where did you grow up and how did this influence your writing?
Jami: I grew up in North Dakota/Minnesota. My mother who loves to write had a large influence in my writing.
Me: Tell me about the second book in The Winters Series. Are we learning more about
Rebecca or her sister? Does her sister get a storyline all her own?
Jami: In book two, Rebecca’s story continues but Savannah and Hunter also get their own strong storylines. Savannah is struggling with her new life and she is not having much success. Her relationship with her siblings is in terrible shape and she will
have to learn to adapt. Rebecca has her own problems with rebuilding her pack
and she finally chooses her man. Hunter becomes obsessed with unlocking their
witch powers and saving his sisters. We also see romance for Hunter with Natalia
and a close friendship that has potential to develop into more with another
interesting character. And romance for Savannah who finds herself engaged to one
man while attracted to another. There is a new plot twist that will develop that
is tied into an alternate dimension, dragon shifters and an evil wolf pack. We
learn more about Black Death, the Authority, and the Convent of Souls. There are
more surprises as well but you’ll have to get the book which is being released
in April 2014 to find out.
I'd like to take the time to thank Jami for doing this interview with me., and from the details she just gave us about the books to come I simply can't wait for her April 2014 release. Grab a copy of Lone Wolf Rising today so you'll be ready for her next book in The Winters Series. You all have homework now. Get on it!
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