Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Interview with contemporary romance author Jamie Salisbury

Contemporary romance author Jamie Salisbury is visiting today. She's touring her new novel, Timeless Sojourn and is going to be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commentor during the tour.

All you have to do is leave your e-mail with a comment below, or at any of her other tour stops, to be entered.

Jamie Salisbury cannot imagine a time when she did not write. A skill that has served her well throughout her diversified professional career that encompassed public relations in and around the entertainment industry, photography, editing, and special event planning.

An avid reader of history, biographies, and romance it's only natural that she prefers to write historical romances with characters said to be "so authentic they spring forth from the page and shake the reader's hand." No stranger to life threatening situations Jamie pulls from life experience when she creates her stories. Such as when her family had to escape Chile when she was a teen because of the unstable political climate.

 Unable to walk great distances  as a result of  several foot surgeries, she started writing once again as a way to pass the time. With the completion of her first novel Perpetual Love she dove head first into the eBook and digital publishing paradigm. She couldn't be happier with her decision to grab the publishing industry by the shoulders and force it to pay attention to all she has to offer.

Welcome, Jamie. Please tell us a bit about Timeless Sojourn.
"It wasn't supposed to be like this!", has become the mantra in Anne Harrison's head since her recent divorce. She was too old to be here...to be single. Melancholy and unsure about anything Anne takes her long time friend Kat's advice and gets back to her roots...in Seattle. There she hopes to connect with that long ago girl from her childhood and find her confidence again.
Devilishly handsome, arrogant, and cocky Geoffrey Quinn is a man of success. He's also a man of layers and most people can't get past what he portrays. No one until Anne.
The last thing either of these people are looking for is a relationship. Anne finds Geoff highly irritating (and young!) at his best, while Geoffrey finds her magnetic and wise.
Seemingly unsuitable and unplanned attractions lights a fiery passion this duo never expected.
Will they take a chance on passion? If they do what happens when the blaze recedes? What will be left ashes or embers?

What inspired you to write this book?
It is sort of based on true facts, and I took it from there and started writing it out into a manuscript.

Kat and I are just finishing up the dinner dishes and getting ready to sit and solve the problems of the world when the phone rings. Kat answers. “Of course, she’s right here. We just finished cleaning the kitchen.”

Geoffrey she mouths to me, handing me the phone.

“Hey, how are you? I asked.

“Great, thanks. I was wondering if you’d like to come over for dinner Friday night. I grill a mean steak.”

“That sounds great, Geoffrey. Can I bring anything, oh, and what time?” I smile at the thought of that killer body slaving over a grill.

“How about if I pick you up at seven, and bring something for dessert, if you don’t mind.”

“That sounds great. I’ll see you Friday.”

I hang up the phone and Kat is standing there with a huge grin on her face.

“You’re going to have dinner at Geoffrey Quinn’s?” she cackles. “You do know he’s falling hook, line and sinker, don’t you? He never invites women to his place.”

“Enough already, Kat! Geoff is young enough to be my son. We simply enjoy each other’s company.” I replied, hoping to shut her up.

“Oh no, Anne, he’s taken with you and you are quite smitten with him, although you’d be the last to admit it. Don’t play the age game crap with me because I know better.” She’s still smiling like a match maker as I turn away, my face warm from blushing.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m working on something titled Last of the Wild Ones – the sequel to Tudor Rose. I’m also working on a historical fiction piece based in England and Scotland in the late 19th century.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
High school is probably the earliest. I had a Creative Writing teacher who really encouraged me to write.

Do you write full time?  Yes

What is your work day like? I try and spend my mornings returning emails, sending emails, checking blogs, doing PR, that sort of thing. Once that is finished I take a break and after that spend the afternoon writing.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? 
Hmmmm, that is something best kept to myself!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a young child I wanted to be a teacher. Then as I became a teenager it changed and I wanted to be a singer or an actress.

How about some ways readers can connect with you?
Website | Blog | Twitter | FaceBook

Here are buy links for Timeless Sojourn:

Great, thank you, Jamie. And Readers, don't forget about leaving an e-mail address with a comment if you want a chance at winning the Amazon gift card!


Mary Preston said...

I don't think anyone becomes what they dreamed of as a child. It's an exciting ride though.

I enjoyed the excerpt thank you.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Jamie today.

Natalie said...

Helloooo :D
When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said an angel xD Don't think I want to be one now. Bad is the new good :P
I never knew you wanted to be an singer or an actress. That's so cool.

J R Salisbury said...

Good Morning Lisa!
Thank you for having me today! I'll be checking in periodically during the day for comments.

J R Salisbury said...

Marybelle -
Agreed - I think it's rare we become what we dreamed of as a child. Partially because we change our minds so many times growing up!
Glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

J R Salisbury said...

Good Morning Natalie!
An angel, huh? Good childhood ambition.
Yes I wanted to be a singer and or actress - actually dabbled in one of the trades. You'll have to guess which one!

Karen H said...

Hi Jamie,

Well, I read chapter 1 just now...setting is aside because I have a burning question. Anne is in her mid-fifties, right? And she was married to this jerk for 15 years? Late start at the marriage game or was she married before?

Kareninnc at gmail dot com

Rita Wray said...

I enjoyed the excerpt. I like the cover of Timeless Sojourn, it is very nice.

J R Salisbury said...

Karen H -
Anne had been married at a young age - divorced, married her career before marrying the jerk of 15 years - who by the way didn't become that way until his - well you know what he was doing. . .
Great question -

Anonymous said...

I imagine being interested in singing and acting would help with writing, in a weird way...might help with the promotion aspect, at least!


J R Salisbury said...

Ingeborg -
Thanks for your comment about the cover! It is my favorite cover of all my books - and I intend on using a similar image in the sequel(s). . .
To me it permeates true love.

J R Salisbury said...

Anonymous - Yeah, I've always been creative in one way or another (except the art stuff like drawing, etc.). And having worked in Public Relations was just a natural for me.
Thanks for your comment!

Catherine Lee said...

Now that I'm "older" (I turned the big 5-0 this year), I like stories with mature women and younger fellas. Thanks for a "relatable" story.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

J R Salisbury said...

Catherine Lee -
It's readers like you that I wrote it for! I got tired of the "cougar" stories - I wanted something real.
Thanks for your kind words1

Rebecca Hipworth said...

I look forward to reading this. :)