I met Jami a couple years ago at RT15. I met her and Dana Volney on the flight from Salt Lake to Dallas and we ended up taking a cab together to the hotel. We all instantly became friends and they’ll never know how nice it felt to have someone to talk to. It was my first conference and I was so nervous, but Jami and Dana let me be their friend and I’m eternally grateful to them.
Jami is the kind of friend I wish I’d had in high school — that friend who is supportive to the point that she’ll will kick anyone’s butt who makes you feel less than amazing. Check out her fun author interview below and take a look at her Black Alcove series!
- What is your favorite author quote?
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ― Stephen King
I even use this quote in my first Black Alcove series novel, Just One Kiss. To me, it applies to much more in life than just writing.
- What is the most valuable piece of writing (or other) advice that you’ve ever been given?
As cliché as it sounds, the best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is that just because your book isn’t right for one person doesn’t mean it won’t be for the next. I remember the first time I heard that. I thought it was just a polite way to turn me down, but after a while I realized how true those words were. People will either enjoy or not enjoy your books. Every person is different and even though you wrote the book, each person who reads them, will interpret the story in their own way.
- What is the first idea you ever had for a book?
The first idea I ever had for a book was about two girls right out of high school who wanted to take a road trip to learn what the world had to offer them. I wrote quite a bit in their story, but sadly dropped my external hard drive (the one my dad gave me that would hold an obscene amount of files) with everything I’d ever written in my first year of writing. It shattered and I had to start all over, minus a few scenes I wrote and emailed to myself. Someday, I plan to come back to that original story, but till then, I will always always backup my files. Maybe even have a backup for my backup.
- Which character was the most fun to write?
Beth Moyer. She is the heroine in my next novel, Just One Spark. She has no filter which gives me more freedom than any of my other characters have at this point.
- Describe your dream writing/reading space:
I don’t really have a dream writing space. As long as no one is trying to have a conversation with me while I’m writing, I can write anywhere. If I had to pick, though, I’d choose a place outside (doesn’t matter where), in the sun with no wind, and no glare shining off my computer screen.
My dream reading space would be any spot where I can curl up and read distraction free. Where time isn’t an issue and going to bed because I have to get up and go to work the next day doesn’t exist.
- Why did you decide to become an author?
I haven’t always been a reader or writer. One Christmas my sister gave me a novel by Jamie McGuire. I read and finished that book in one day and something clicked. The way this author made me feel was incredible. She made me feel like I was in a different world, living a different life. That’s when I decided that I wanted to create that feeling for others. So I started to read more and then I started to write. I haven’t been able to stop since.