Today I am welcoming Jamie Jackson into the Indie Spotlight.
Jamie likes to think she sprang into being fully grown, with books in both hands.
Alas, this is not how her life began.
It involved a very long, winding trail of school where she never paid attention to her teachers and probably should have. Somehow, she managed to graduate college with degrees in both English and Theater. She then fell into jobs that had absolutely nothing to do with either of those (other than the brief period of time where she got to work in wardrobe on traveling Broadway shows).
She got married, had kids and took a ten year hiatus from writing anything at all. But she never stopped reading.
And then, one day, she made a New Year’s resolution to sit down and actually finish a project.
It was fanfiction. But from there, she then went on to write a book, and that turned into an eight book series. Which she intends to publish in its entirety.
You can find her on Twitter under @VillainLeaning, or email her at email@example.com.
Hi Jamie, and welcome to my blog!
What made you decide to publish your book independently? What was your path to publication?
So while I was writing the first draft, I did research into querying and traditional publishing versus independent publishing, and a big part of it was control over the final product, as well as keeping the rights to my characters and stories. There were some serious horror stories out there about publishers keeping the rights to these things and it taking years for authors to wrest those back. And I did look into querying, but some of the questions the agents had, like, “why should you be the one to tell this story?” essentially made me go, because I wrote it? And then finding out that authors who are traditionally published may still end up doing most of if not all the marketing themselves, it seemed like I might as well do it on my own anyway.
What made you decide to write in your specific genre rather than other genres? What’s your inspiration?
So, I chose New Adult Urban Fantasy because that’s what I enjoy reading about. I wanted to write something that I would want to read.
Have you ever written in other genres?
I do currently have what is meant to be a horror/romance WIP, but it is quickly veering off the tracks and might end up more paranormal.
Do you only read the genre that you write?
No. I will read pretty much anything I can get my hands on. So all Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Crime, Thrillers, Romance, Historical Fiction. Everything.
What are you currently reading? Watching on TV? Video Game you are playing? Is there a type of music you listen to for inspiration?
Currently reading Demons, Ink by Clayton Snyder. I’m rewatching episodes of Arrested Development while I wait for new seasons of The Boys, The Witcher, The Mandalorian, etc. The only video game I’m playing right now is Animal Crossing. I listen to metal, rock, pop, okay, everything but jazz. I listen to pretty much everything but jazz while I’m writing.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Get that first draft down, it doesn’t need to be perfect, you just need to finish the story. Betas and a good editor are essential.
What are you working on right now and what can we look forward to seeing from you next?
Currently book 2 in this series is undergoing edits to get it ready to publish so hopefully it will be out this fall.
Well I wish you good luck with your series and thank you very much for joining me in the Indie Spotlight today, Jamie!
Fear and Fury
Meet Megaera, Meg for short. She’s like Deadpool, except for funner. For a girl with the power of fear the recruitment attempts from both sides are never-ending. A self-described not-a-hero, villain-leaning humanoid, Meg just wants to live her life, work her dead-end job and have everyone else (especially the heroes) leave her alone. But when a bigger fish who can turn superpowers back on their users enters the picture and threatens the person Meg loves the most (herself), she must turn to the last group of people she would admit she needs help from. Forced to team up with the heroes she despises (but won’t murder, because let’s face it, orange is not the new black), Meg will have to face the choices from her past that she won’t get therapy for. Self-centered, snarky, sarcastic and a little bit dramatic, she’s going to have to save the world, even if that wasn’t her intention. And try not to get shot in the process. Because that shit hurts.
Who is next in the Indie Spotlight?
Darren Arthurs lives in the South West of England and writing is something that crept up on him, he had no idea he would have the patience or the depth of story to be able to write actual novels. He’s generally not that patient.