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Interview with Jamie McGuire




Thank you so much for agreeing to the interview. I am honored to have you on Self Publish today.

When did you first decide you wanted to write? The moment I decided to write a novel happened January of 2009. I had written comic book-type stories in grade school, and plays in high school, but writing a novel honestly never occurred to me until I was discussing blog topics with my best friend, Beth. I mentioned some topics to her and how she could write them, and she blurted out, “You should write a book.” I’d written countless blogs for a couple of years by that time. My readers always asked that I write something (articles, short stories, or novels). Still, I never took the thought seriously. I had finished the Twilight series a few weeks before, and with Beth’s encouragement, the light bulb finally blinked.
Did you get nervous the first time you put your work out there? I worried about the women at my mom’s church reading the sexy parts of Providence. I actually tamed it down a bit before I printed the books because of that. Other than that, no. I had no idea at that time how harsh reviews could be.
Do you prefer fame or fortune? Fame is not something that interests me. Unfortunately, achieving that to some degree is necessary to garner the attention of both fans and other avenues of success (foreign translation rights, press, or being optioned for a film). I don’t know many people that would not prefer to make more money.
What is your favorite genre to write? I don’t have a favorite. I loved writing Providence, my YA paranormal romance, and I loved writing my contemporary romance, Beautiful Disaster and it’s companion book from Travis’s POV (title to be announced soon). Upcoming novels include apocalyptic, and science fiction —adult, mature young adult or YA. Of course, they all have romance peppered in. I think life is just more interesting and tolerable with a little love in it.

What is your favorite genre to read? I have read a little bit of everything. I would say I have a favorite. I don’t have a favorite color, either. I suppose the idea of pigeonholing myself has never been appealing.

Do you have a favorite author? Piers Anthony, Stephenie Meyer, Dean Koontz and Dr. Seuess.  I should probably say Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and Tolstoy, but that would be a lie.

Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet? Yes! Zombies! I have a book  titled Red Hill outlined that I can’t wait to finish! I’ve written about 7k words on it thus far, but shelved it to write EDEN, and now Travis’s POV. It will be my next project after I come back from maternity leave. It’s going to be intense.

What is one silly fact about you? I am obsessed with all things zombie.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? Travis is so fun to write, but my favorite character was Claire Ryel. She was just a badass.

Does that reflect anyone you know? Probably who I wish I was.

Are you more scared of spiders or snakes? I hate both, but I would step on a spider before I would a snake.
Favorite Candy? Anything with caramel in it. The Cadbury caramel eggs they sell during Easter? Ohemgee. Actually, any Easter candy rocks my socks. Oh, I can’t forget chocolate covered cherries. Chocolate covered anything, really. Jolly Rancher suckers. I also like the Trolley Sour Worms, or War Heads. York Peppermint patties! Or, we could just say sugar in general. Yeah…sugar in general.

Spaghetti or Lasagna and why? Meh. Not a huge fan of either. Wait. Is it covered in chocolate?

Anything you want to say the aspiring writers reading the blog? I just posted this on my Facebook, but it’s worth repeating: Writers: There is room for everyone. We should UPLIFT each other. We should ENCOURAGE each other. We should APPLAUD each other’s success. The publishing world is full of nay sayers. Especially for self-published authors. We should be one another’s BIGGEST FANS. Go getcha some =)

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