Author Interview – Jamie White

What is your pen name?

Jamie White

Where are you from?

South Florida

Tell me about yourself? (family life, education, growing up)

I was born and raised here in South Florida, and I had a lot of chaos for quite a bit of my childhood. Because of that, I usually was sitting on the playground reading and am still kind of shy. I studied journalism, starting in the 10th grade, and ended up doing some blogging and freelance writing for a little bit. After, I turned to blogging on my own and writing books. Today, I live with my husband and fellow author, CP Bialois, and our furry kid (a cat named Cleo).

What is your genre you write in?

New Adult Suspense/Paranormal

What is your latest release or when is your book going to be released?

My latest is a romance novella that was released in June that deals with a girl whose psychic gift is getting in the way of a potential relationship. The next one is planned for November and is the fifth book in my #LightworkerSeries. It’s basically about a girl whose life is turned upside down when she discovers that everything she knew about herself was a lie.

When and why did you start writing? What inspired you to write your first book?

I started writing fiction because CP wanted to go to a writing group (he was already writing a book at the time), and it sounded like a fun challenge. I wrote my first short story in that group, and haven’t stopped since.

Is there anything in your writing that is based on your life, people you know or events based on real life?

Let’s put it this way: My husband is still demanding royalties for a certain character. LOL.

Have you ever traveled for your writing process for research?

Not yet, but I would love to maybe do that one day.

Would you like to tell us who edits and designs your books and covers?

Elaine Roughton is an awesome editor who has been working with me on the second book in my #StainsTrilogy, Trembling Souls. RJ Keith is the amazing artist behind pretty much every cover I have right now (except for Lyrical Muse).

Is there a message in your book or key things that stand out?

I think pretty much all my work has been people going through self-discovery and overcoming the past.

Is there an author that helped influence your writing?

Christopher Pike is my writing idol. I loved how he was working in all this spiritual, historical, mythological stuff into his work.

Do you have a favorite independent author that you love?

Dawn Sullivan and Marni Mann are two authors I love. I’ve read everything they put out.

In the beginning of your work did you have a good support system in your writing?

It definitely helped to have another writer in the house. We can help each other with story issues and talk through some of the frustrations that come with the #writerlife together. I’ve also been lucky enough to come across some amazing people online who are part of the indie community that is supportive and inspiring.

People that stood behind you and encouraged you.

Cp, Dawn, Michelle Cornwell-Jordan, Elaine, RJ, Vicki Rose of Platinum Book Reviews and Promotions, Astra Empowerer, Jesse Gilbert of Twisted Geekdom, and the awesome ladies of Deadly Reads. These are just some off the top of my head, but there are so many! And I have to give love to my #WhitesWyrdWorld group.

Would you consider writing to be a career or a hobby?

Writing is my love and my career.

Is there anything you would change with your writing?

I don’t think so. I think the stories are coming to me exactly as they are supposed to, and I’m just along for the ride.

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

The actual writing part, definitely.

Do you have a favorite character in your book?

I don’t think I can really pick a fave, although Abigail is a lot of fun to write in the #LightworkerSeries.

Do you have a character you could see yourself dating?

I date them all because they all have a piece of CP in them. 🙂 I just am glad the reality is far more drama-free. lol

Some say they learn things when they write. Is there anything you learned from your last book writing it?

I learned that I can carry on a long-term series and go deeper. That was something I wasn’t sure I can do because I’d only written a trilogy before and all of my books were around 20-30K words. It’s so much fun learning to push my limits and do something a little different.

Do you have advice for any new writers who are considering self-publishing?

I’d say the most important thing is to really love what you’re doing. This isn’t always an easy road, and it’s not exactly a gold mine, so that love is going to save you a lot of pain and ease your frustrations when you’re riding out one of the rough patches.

Is there anything you would like to tell your readers?

Thank you so much for choosing to read my work, and I especially want to say thank you to the people who have shared their thoughts via private message and Amazon. It makes my day to know you’re enjoying the books.

Are you reading anything now?

Right now, I’m reading “Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul.”

Do you remember the first book you ever read?

Hmm… maybe the Pokey Little Puppy? Possibly a mother goose book? That’s hard! I do remember that my first book series was “The Babysitters Club”.

Do you have any hobbies you enjoy?

Singing, reading, practicing meditation and Reiki.

Do you have any films or TV shows you enjoy?

Right now, I am really into The Americans, Doctor Who, and a novella called Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso.

Do you have a blog or website readers can visit, possibly a newsletter? A book link?

All my social links, my newsletter, and blogs are all on my website: http://www.JamieLWhite.com
You can find the entire #LightworkerSeries as well as my others on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jamie-White/e/B00850MY88/
FYI, the first book in both series (LEARNING ME and STAINS ON THE SOUL) is free here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JamieBMusings

Do you have any social media links you would like to share?

I am everywhere pretty much (check my site link), but my two faves are Instagram and Twitter.
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/jamiewauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamieWAuthor

Book Research

In this live broadcast I talk about researching a for a book. I talk about resources like wikipedia, books, amazon kindle and more. The subject of the research I talk about is mainly vampires but I touch lightly on werewolves also. I do have a small few minutes where I talk about losing my $119 bluetooth and its safe return and at the end I sing a small bit as a few viewers requested it in message from me in earlier broadcasts. Please enjoy