I wish I could say something profound, but the truth is I wanted to do something for me. At the time my children were very young and I needed a break from reality. One day, for no particular reason, I started writing. I found the process a great stress relief that soon become an obsession. I enjoyed creating characters and watching them come to life on the page.
2. What first attracted you to the paranormal realm when it comes to writing?
I’ve always been attracted to the paranormal. It started when I was a kid and watched Fright Night for the first time. Vampires are dangerous and sensual, which appeals to me on many levels. So I suppose it was only natural vampires played a pivotal role in my first story.
3. In regards to your own characters, who is your favorite and why?
Rhiannon Murphy. She’s the only character who doesn’t speak to me—she screams. I never have a problem settling in and writing when I’m seeing things through her eyes. The downside is it’s hard to return to other projects after I write anything with Rhiannon. Although she’s a fictitious character, in many ways she’s real to me. That sounds odd but it’s true.
4. What other genres (besides your own) do you enjoy reading?
I love reading horror, always have. Jack Ketchum is my current addiction. I can’t get enough of his work.
5. If you could not be a writer, what would you be?
In college I studied to be a teacher, but after raising four children I’m not so sure I’d want to pursue a degree in the field. As silly as this sounds I loved working in a video store in college. I also enjoyed waiting tables. I’m a people person, so I’d probably work somewhere that allowed me to interact with others on a daily basis.
6. As a reader I know how difficult it can be to name a ‘favorite’ book, would you mind listing your top three? (Past or present authors)
Oh, this is tough. The first is easy: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. That book consumed me. It’s not a book for everyone but it’s one that impacted me in ways I can’t explain. Second would have to be East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I absolutely love that book. As for a third…hmm…it’s so hard to choose! I’d probably have to go with the first romance I ever read: The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. That book introduced me to romance and made me a fan of the genre for life.
7. What are some must haves when you sit down to write?
Red Bull and background noise. The Red Bull keeps me going and the background noise blocks out the sounds of my children. It’s funny because I’ve become so accustomed to background noise that even when the kids aren’t home I have to have music or a television on or I can’t write.
8. If you became trapped as a character in a book or series, which would you choose and why? (Any book, any series, new or old)
Oh, that’s a good question. Let me see…
How about Choose Your Own Adventure? That seems like a safe bet. That way you can always have a way to get yourself out of tight spots. I’d hate to find myself trapped somewhere with no way out. *grin*
Thanks so much for having me by, Amy! It was a blast to visit and answer your questions.
Jaime's Newest Release:
Available June 2012
Beware the calm before the storm…
After eradicating the obstacles between them, Emma Johnson and Caleb Blackney are ready to embrace their future together. They have a lot of decisions to make. There is the issue of Emma's fae heritage, her choice to become a werewolf or remain human, and Caleb's refusal to partake in anything that could cause harm to his mate.
When Caleb's sister goes missing, personal issues are forced aside, and he and Emma are faced with a past threat that has come knocking at their door. As the search for Sammie reveals plans far more sinister than they ever could have imagined, Emma and Caleb will face their fears, confront their enemies, and unite their families to stand against an evil that won't stop until vengeance is served.
About the Author:
J.A. Saare is a multi-published author in varying genres and has written stories featured in horror magazines, zombie romance anthologies, and flash fiction contests. Her work has a notable dark undertone, which she credits to her love of old eighties horror films, tastes in music, and choices in reading, and have been described as “full of sensual promise,” “gritty and sexy,” and “a breath of fresh air.”
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