INTERVIEW WITH JAMI GRAY BY AOIFE MARIE SHERIDAN


 Interview questions for Jami Gray

 

Question: What have you published recently?

SHADOW’S SOUL: Book 2 of the Kyn Kronicles was my second Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance and came out in July 2012.

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

I hit on writing after being adopted at the age of fourteen, my state mandated therapist suggested I keep a journal.   Funny thing, it got boring so instead I started creating stories and characters that were much more interesting than reality at the time.  I started writing fiction in earnest as a freshman in high school. Back in the dark ages, typing on an actual typewriter was a required class.  My parents had invested in an electric typewriter so the six of us in high school could practice our typing skills.  Needless to say, I would hover over siblings until they finished then I would commandeer the typewriter for my own nefarious purposes.  By the time I began to pack for college at eighteen, I had almost 200 pages of YA fantasy novel done.  And no, it will never, ever, see the light of day again.  After that, writing was something I had to do.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

All over the place.

I’m at my publisher’s: www.BlackOpalBooks.com , ARe, Amazon, Nook format at B&N, Smashwords, and Apple.  All the links can be found on my web site at www.JamiGray.com/books .

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

Very, very different than the “writer’s life” my younger self had created. When I was younger, I was convinced that as a writer I could set my own schedule, spend time at quaint little cafes and write while indulging in my love of people watching and good teas.  Reality is being the proud mom of two boys, the owner of a huge walking fur rug, and the more organized half of a happily married couple which translates into very little “me” time.  Those pesky things like food, shelter, family medical insurance all come with a price tag labeled “the-job-that-pays-the bills”.  However, I can’t complain too much, because for the last sixteen years I’ve been blessed with a telecommuting position with the same company.  It’s been a huge boon. 

 

With all of this, my day starts with a woof when my walking fur rug’s stomach demands food, dragging two boys out of bed and into clothes, pushing them down the stairs to get ready for school, herding them out the door so I can dash back upstairs for my endless rounds of meetings that, I swear, comprises the fourth level of hell.  Before I know it, the boys are back home with questions that could not be asked of the teachers. Oh no, they must be directed to the parental units. Then the boys want food, the hubby wants attention and maybe by 9 pm, I may be able to take a breath. 

 

I learned years ago that if I want to write, I have to make the time.  So I do.  I’m a horrible mom who bails every week for one day and at least an hour and a half every night, leaving everyone to fend on their own so I can get time away from all those things that will pull me away from my characters and their world.  It has taken years to get over the guilt of putting my writing first even for that short of time, but it’s an essential part of nurturing my creative side.

 

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them

My favorite characters tend to be the ones I’m currently working with when asked.  For example, I’m working with a new character in a new series.  She’s an ex-Marine combat photographer who’s a retro-cog psychic.  Her first language is sarcasm and she never fails to stun me with her willingness to step in where angels fear to tread. She’s going to take me a great ride!

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

Not until lately.  It seem the more I write and work on my craft, the more I start notice those little quirks in other writers’ works.  Sometimes it will bring what I’m struggling with into a clearer light, but it has also left me frustrated. I read tons, because next to writing, it’s my addiction. It may take me a little longer now, but eventually I’m able to shut my inner editor into the soundproof room and enjoy what I’m reading.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

Do you have space for this? I can go on for pages and pages.  I have set playlists for each story I work on. The artists can range from Nine Inch Nails to Toby Keith to Depeche Mode and over to soundtracks for video games.

Question: What do you eat while writing?

Cheese and chocolate. Not chocolate covered cheese, but think Mozzarella string chees and Hershey Kisses.

Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? 

Carmel Macchiato

What is your favourite cartoon character?

The Brain from Pinky and The Brain.

 

What is your favourite movie of all time?

Oh wow…so many to choose from…there’s no one great one, however I loved the film adaptation of Les Miserables and I can’t wait for Wolverine and Ironman III.

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?

Bike or hang with my boys.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?

 

You can find me at:
Website:     www.JamiGray.com

Assc. Blog:  www.7EvilDwarves.wordpress.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/jamigray.author

Twitter:       http://twitter.com/#!/JamiGrayAuthor 

Amazon Author Page:  http://amazon.com/author/jamigray

Goodreads Page:   http://www.goodreads.com/JamiGray

 

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