Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Please welcome Jamieson Wolf!


Hi, Jamieson. Welcome to the blog. Thanks for stepping off the virtual coach on your 14 stop tour to talk with us. You have an exciting new book for release? Tell us a bit about yourself whilst I put the kettle on. Did you always want to write? How long have you been writing?

Thanks for having me Ron. Do you have any Earl Grey? I’ve always written. Even when I was a young child, I was always writing stories and making storybooks. Something about the written words and story telling really called to me.

I didn’t start writing seriously until I was eighteen, though. I’m not sure why it took me that long to clue in to the fact I was born to tell stories; but I guess I had a lot to learn along the way.

I’m thirty one now, so I’ve been writing for quite some time; and plan to keep writing for as long as I can.


Q: Can you please tell us about your new book and why you wrote it?

Well, my new book is called HARD and it’s about a man named Owen. Here’s a bit about the book:

"Owen’s best friend makes him hard.

He’s been in love with Daniel for years, but could never tell him. If Daniel knew how Owen felt about him, Owen knew that he would lose him. And that his heart would break.

Owen dreamed of kissing Daniel, of touching him. But the most they had done was look at porn together. Owen knew that his dreams would never become a reality…

…until Daniel rents some gay porn by accident and he becomes just as hard as Owen…"

HARD came about in an odd way. Like most people, I am haunted by the past. Sometimes, when I’m not thinking of anything, memories will pop into my head; things I hadn’t thought about in years. One of these thoughts was about the first guy I ever fooled around with, a guy I’ll call Jason.

We had a falling out when Jason realized I was gay, even at that young age. But I never stopped thinking about him.

Years later, I realized that I was more than likely in love with Jason at the time. But I didn’t really know what love was. Heck, I didn’t even know what being gay was, not really. I just knew I was different; I just didn’t know how different.

When I sat down to write HARD, I had only one thought in my mind: what would have happened if my own story had gotten a happy ending? What would have happened if things had gone differently?

And the story of HARD was born.


Q: How did Hard come to be published and by whom?

Well, HARD was published in an odd way too.

I originally wrote it to be a free story that would be available at Breathless Press, a fantastic publisher of quality romance books. But they loved the story so much that they wanted to publish it instead of giving it away for free.

Even better, they wanted HARD to be their first m/m romance novel and have it launch their new m/m romance line!

So of course, I said yes.


Q: When and where is Hard available?

Hard will be published by the lovely people at Breathless Press on December 11th, 2009, just in time for Christmas! You can find Breathless Press here: www.breathlesspress.com


Q: What else have you had published? Do you have an agent or do you think you need one?

Oh gosh, quite a few books, actually. I write gay paranormal romance and erotica for Cobblestone Press, straight paranormal romance for Breathless Press, speculative fiction for Cambridge Books and Write Words Inc and a variety of other books. At last count, I have over twenty books. If you want to take a look, why not click over to www.jamiesonwolf.com

I don’t think you need an agent to get published. There are lots and lots of independent publishers that would be willing to take you on if they like your writing. In fact, its easier to get published than it is to find an agent.

The only time an agent might come in handy is getting the attention of the bigger publishing houses. But the independent publishers have a real love for what they’re doing and will treat you right. Not to say the big houses won’t, but it depends on which direction you want to go with your writing.


Q: You write on many subjects. Is gay romance your preferred genre?

I kind of stumbled into gay romance, actually. It’s what I’ve written the most of, but I actually started with speculative fiction and fantasy horror. It’s my favourite genre to write in.

But after writing so many books with speculative elements, I was getting kind of bored. At the time I started writing gay romance, I was reading a lot of Harlequin romances (still do in fact). I thought to myself: Man, I could do this, but I’d do gay romance.

So I decided to do something completely different and write a gay historical paranormal romance. Nothing like throwing it all in the fire to see if it’ll cook, right? I had no idea what I was doing, but it felt good. It was fun, enjoyable and frightening all at the same time.

That first romance novel was Valentine which was published by Cobblestone Press in 2008. I’ve had seven other gay romances published since then, not including HARD. I find that in all my other work, I restrict myself, I box myself in. In the world of gay (and straight) romance, I let myself have fun.


Q: Describe your most favourite place to write. Do you have a routine?

Well I do all of my writing at my desk in my office. I share the office with my husband, but thankfully we don’t share computers.

I don’t have a routine except to write every day. Because I work full time, this means writing for at least an hour every evening. Sometimes I get a page, sometimes I get several. It just depends on the story and where it is at the time.


Q: Do you have a ‘trick’ to make the ideas flow? Is it a ‘Eureka’ moment? How does it work for you?

Well, after I finish a novel and its been sent off to the publisher, I usually give myself a week off. I think of it like a little holiday. I usually know which book I’m going to work on next so I spend that week thinking about that book.

During the week off, I won’t write at all. Instead, I’ll let the story and the characters build up inside of me until they’re ready to come out. By the time the week is done, I’ve been with the characters for a week and have worked out most of the plot. I never work out all of it as there are usually problems with the best laid plans.

Meaning, a novel never goes the way I think it will, even with all that brainstorming. I don’t plot or keep notes, usually, except if I have to research the story behind a book. Otherwise, I just simply sit at the computer and hope that something good comes out.


Q: Have your favourite authors influenced your style?

I don’t think so. In fact, because I love them so much, I try not to write like them. I love Stephen King, Anne Rice, Armistead Maupin, Caridad Pineiro, Nora Roberts, Jasper Fforde, L. Diane Wolfe, Sandy Lender, Caroline Smailes, JK Rowling.

Because I love these authors so much, I am always conscious of making sure I’m not copying them and making sure I’m always staying true to my voice. I do learn from them though; I watch the way they handle stories, observe the way the tackle conversation and dialogue, watch how they develop characters.

Reading makes you a better writer. You just have to find your own voice along the way.


Q: All writers get rejections. Do you handle it well, or throw teacups?

It depends, actually.

On a day where I get one rejection letter, I’m okay with it. My usual attitude is “Meh, you don’t know good writing when you read it.” And I’ll move on and keep writing.

On the days where I get more than one rejection letter (the highest amount of rejection letters I got in one day was eight) then I get down on myself. I’ll brood for an evening (or for a day or two) and beat myself up and wonder why I do this, why I put myself through all of this crap…

And the next day, I’ll sit down at the computer and tell stories again. I think if I couldn’t write, I’d go crazy.


Q: What kind of responses do you get from your readers?

I’m still surprised that I have readers at all! It’s always thrilling, fabulous and baffling that people read and love my books. I love getting random emails from readers who’ve read my books; they are a highlight of a day whenever I receive one.

I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten a bad email from a reader; of course, now that I’ve said this, I’ll receive twelve emails telling me I’m crap.


Q: If you won the lottery would you still write?

Yep. If I didn’t write, I’d go crazy. If I won the lottery, I’d be rich, but I’d still be a writer.


Q: What delights you – and drives you nuts - about publishing?

What delights me:

  • Knowing a publisher loves my work enough to publish it
  • Having readers react to a novel or story I’ve written
  • Discovering what kind of story I had inside of me
  • Seeing the cover art for the first time
  • The release date

What drives me nuts:

  • The editing
  • The editing
  • The editing
  • Waiting for reviews
  • The release date

Really, it’s all about finding a balance. If there was no bad things involved in publishing, I wouldn’t enjoy the good things when they came along right?


Q: What do you plan to do next?

Well I’m between books at the moment. I actually completed the National Novel Writing Month from the 1st to the 30th where the goal is to write 50, 000 words. That’s A LOT to write in a month but I’m happy as a clam to say I did it. I am taking a well deserved break while I brainstorm the next novel I’m working on titled The Written Word Book Five: Ghosts. I haven’t been in the world of The Written Word for a while and I miss it terribly.

Then it’ll be on to Invoking Darkness: The Other Book Two. After that, I’ll be writing A Subtle Magic: The Written Word Book Six and then on to Harder, the second book in the HARD Trilogy, then I Wish I May, the second book in the Wishing Star Series.

And after that? Well I still have to write Times Malaise, the second book in the Gods of Love Series, then Keeping Beauty, the third book in the Owen Diaries Trilogy. And then, after all of that, I hope to write the seventh and final book in The Written Word Series. And then, after all of that, I hope to write Valentine’s Promise, the final book in the Valentine series…

But, then again, I could change my mind completely. But that’s the order everything is in for now. However, the one thing I have learnt is that in order, there is chaos…


Q: You also make great video book trailers for other authors. Do you see them as an expanding market for you?

I do indeed. They’re a great way for authors to promote their novels in a visual format. The advantage of book trailers and book movies is that they reach those who might night read, or who prefer a more visual media.

I started Night Wolf Design (www.nightwolfdesigns.com) because there is a growing need for authors who want book trailers. For me though, it is just like telling stories, only with pictures instead of words.

I think of it as a visual form of storytelling.


Q: Do you have other work besides writing? How can we find out more about you?

I’m also a graphic artist, a photographer (amateur) and an artist. I’m working on a web site that puts all of my visual media art together in one place, but for now if you want info on me, check me out at www.jamiesonwolf.com


Q: Our usual final question. Will the e-reader take over reading as we know it?

You know, I don’t think anything will ever take away from the incredible pleasure of holding a book in your hands and reading it. Nothing will ever take that over.

I think, though, that ebooks and e readers are on the rise and their popularity is growing in leaps and bounds. Instead of taking over real books, I think the e readers and e books compliment paperbacks and hard covers.

And think about it; e books give people the convenience of reading where ever they are, when ever they want. That’s pretty cool, wouldn’t you say?


Q: It's great chatting with you, Jamieson. We wish you great success with Hard.

Thanks so much for having me Ron, it’s been a pleasure! That tea was delicious!

2 comments:

  1. Great interview! Jamieson rocks and I'm so glad he's going to be launching this new line. That's such an honor.

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  2. Jamieson, my villain! I didn't realize your novel was launching the m/m line for Breathless Press. You amaze me more and more all the time. Criminy.
    You have more stories in the works than I do and I feel a bit overwhelmed. How on earth do you keep all those characters from driving you mad?
    From Sandy Lender
    "Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

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