Guest Author Interview: Jamie Brazil by Susan Lute
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I took this from Jamie’s bio. Jamie dreams of three-quarter minus. Gravel. She lives in a forest with her husband and Bloodhound. They all write together. The dog’s paws make it hard to type anything so she’s mostly a muse. Occasionally she demands attention and cuts loose on the keyboard. The results are never good. Their driveway is 1800 feet long. It needs gravel, crosses a creek and winds up a hill, through the trees. She thinks there could be more potholes than road. Luckily they have a functioning bridge.
In her former life Jamie was an Emergency dispatcher followed by a couple years spent authoring mid-list nonfiction. Two scripts were optioned to a production subsidiary of Millennium Films. She is inspired by foreign travel, musicals, shoot-’em-up action films, sex, character-driven fiction, morning dew on the dog’s snout and whiskers.
Jamie, tell us about your publishing journey.
I love romance, but I published first in nonfiction. After working in screenwriting and documentary filmmaking for a few years, I returned to my true love, romance. Hey, that’s full circle!
What’s the funniest thing to happen to you along your road to publication and what was the most exciting?
Funniest? Most of my career looks like a blooper reel. Okay, before I was published, I was at a huge conference hopelessly clutching a printed copy of my first manuscript to my chest. Yes, I was the poster girl of desperation! A very kind pitch master listened to my story and offered to introduce me to a studio executive. During that introduction, just after I said “Hello”, my manuscript exploded out of my hands in a blizzard of white paper sheets. Needless to say, the meeting did not go well. There was also the time I spoke at the Romantic Times Conference and was derailed by a food allergy… right before my session. Nothing says “Professional” like hives and croaking out my speech as my throat was swelling.
The most exciting would be a toss-up between attending Book Expo America in New York City and marrying the pitch master from the previous stories.
What has been the most challenging thing related to publishing you’ve had to deal with on your journey?
Agents! It’s like being in the worst romantic relationship ever. They don’t call back. Emails are sent to a black hole never to be answered. One of my agents disappeared for weeks on end. She made me feel needy and insecure. But with the e-book boom, there’s more control. Look Ma, no agent! I’m still mastering the finer points of Twitter, the blogosphere, and Amazon. Sometimes it feels like my first day learning to walk a tightrope (sans agent net), but it’s totally empowering.
Joining the RWA was like finding home. I’m talking crackling fire in the hearth and smell of fresh-baked bread home! I absolutely loved “Letters from Home” (Kristina McMorris), though you can never go wrong with a contemporary from Lori Wilde or Susan Lyons. I just read MWF Seeking BFF. Wonderful book of insights, though it’s actually nonfiction. I’m trying to make more friends to off-set all the time I spend alone at the keys.
What’s coming up next for you?
First I’m going to work on writing without so many exclamation points! Darn, I did it again. Seriously, after I really feel I’ve made inroads with e-books and social networking, I’d like to look at traditional publishing again. There is nothing better than snuggling into the bedcovers with a great book in my hands. Don’t tell my husband! Darn these exclamation points!
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Posted on January 17, 2012, in Auth: Special Guest and tagged Auth: Jamie Brazil, author, bloodhound, filmmaking, guest author, non-fiction, Prince Charming Inc, romance, screenwriting, Susan Lute, The Mayan Sisterhood, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.