Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Interview with short story writer Jemi Fraser

Today is the third interview in a series with the authors of:

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

About the anthology:
The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

“Each story is fast paced, grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
- Readers' Favorite, 5 stars

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter.

First up was C.D. Gallant-King (on April 19), then Gwen Gardner (on April 26). Now I have Jemi Fraser and we’re talking about her suspense crime short story called “Until Release.”

Jemi Fraser lives in beautiful Northern Ontario where she works hard and plays harder with both her family and her students. Holding an ever-present mug of Chai tea, she spends her free time baking cookies and writing Happy Ever Afters. The world can always use more of both.

What do you enjoy most about writing short stories?
I’ve always enjoyed reading short stories, but Until Release is the first one I’ve written. I’ve always written stories that take much longer to tell, but putting an entire story arc into 3500 words was fun! I’m definitely going to be trying my hand at shorts again.

Can you give us a little insight into a few of your short stories – perhaps some of your favorites?
As I’ve said, Until Release is my first short story so it’s my favourite … so far! I enjoyed the way the story rushed into my head and wouldn’t let me go. The characters flowed from one to the next easily and each seemed to want to tell the next bit of the story.

What genre are you inspired to write in the most? Why?
I’ve always been an eclectic reader so I enjoy reading and writing a lot of genres. Currently my favourite is contemporary romance with a splash of suspense. In romance, the characters have to work on both an internal problem (improving themselves) and an external problem (making them stronger) and I like the ways the characters grow and challenge themselves. This genre also calls to me because it is all about hope and our world can always use more of that!

What exciting story are you working on next?
My current WIP is a contemporary romance involving a woman who is trying to figure out her brother’s death. She is a freelance writer specializing in car and motorbike articles. Her research puts her in danger and she turns to a scientist friend for help. This friend’s brother is an FBI agent and he thinks she’s more than a little bit crazy, but the attraction zipping between them means he’s going to help her anyway. Chaos and fun ensue from there.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always written stories in my head, but I didn’t start putting them to paper until my kids were in school and busy with their activities. I’m a full-time teacher as well, but one day a particular piece of fan fiction wouldn’t stay in my head and insisted on being written down. Although that piece was written for me and me alone, I think that’s the moment when I thought I might be a writer.

How do you research markets for your work, perhaps as some advice for writers?
I’m still learning this as Until Release is my first published story. As my life is pretty full, I haven’t turned to querying yet. Decisions on publishing more of my works are still in the (hopefully not too distant) future.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
When I’m writing, I absolutely have to have noise in the background, preferably some kind of sports programming on TV. My favourites are tennis, curling, hockey, Olympics, basketball, baseball, and pretty much everything else.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
That would very much depend on the year and the month. My future career wishes changed often! Some of my choices: professional volleyball or tennis player, wildlife researcher (think Dian Fossey or Farley Mowat’s short-lived wolf researching career), acrobat, horse ranch owner, artificial intelligence researcher, Broadway musical director, wildlife photographer, architect, screenwriter for Star Trek, animator for Disney, author, and many, many more!

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
As humans, we tend to be very hard on ourselves, setting unrealistic goals, and then shrinking when we don’t meet them. Life is for living first. Be kind to yourself when those dreams have to take a back seat for a while.

Author links:

Tick Tock links:

Purchase links:


Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks so much for hosting me here today, Lisa!
I'm so excited that the anthology is out and about today!

Yolanda Renée said...

It's wonderful learning more about you Jemi.

Thank you, Lisa, I love the way you've arranged to highlight each of the authors from Tick Tock.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You wanted to be so many things!

Until Release was brilliant and I hope you keep writing.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Great interview, Jemi. You certainly have an eclectic list of interests both in books and careers. Your next main character sounds fascinating!
Mary at Play off the Page

Gwen Gardner said...

I like your answers about what you wanted to be when you grew up! LOL, I guess I was a clueless kid. Excellent interview, Jemi!I loved your answers.

Thanks so much for hosting the anthology, Lisa!

cleemckenzie said...

Jemi's story was very tense and interesting. A great contribution to the collection. Loved reading about her and her writing projects. Thank you for hosting us, Lisa. You've been so generous and we all appreciate it.

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Jemi, I'd never have believed that was your first short story! Fantastic job with it, and I hope you 'll do more!

Christine Clemetson said...

What a great interview Jemi! Loved all the things you wanted to be when you grew up! :) Thanks Lisa for hosting us!

Michelle Wallace said...

Until Release is my favorite story from the anthology.
You did an amazing job with the story, Jemi!

Jemi Fraser said...

Thank you all so much for your comments - you've got me typing with a great big smile on my face!!! :)