Monday, 30 March 2015

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

... Jamie Hill

1. Tell me about your book Time to Kill and where you got your inspiration for it?

Time to Kill is book two in my Witness Security series. I love cops and have already done a series with them (A Cop in the Family) so I decided to go with US Marshals this time. My marshals protect witnesses in the federal protection program. I created a fictional Witsec office with a chief and four marshals. Each of them will get their own book. I’m working on the third story now.

2. What is one misconception people have about you?

Probably that I get my storylines from real life. Of course some things are true to life, but they didn’t all happen to me!

3. Are the titles of your books important?

I love choosing titles and I really love choosing character names. I prefer to have these set before beginning a book and don’t really like to change mid-stream, or after the fact. I think titles are so important, but I don’t freak out if there’s another book by the same name. It happens. My one pet peeve about character names is that they’re pronounceable. It drags me out of a story if I struggle with a name.

4. Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

I work a full-time job plus a part-time job. I have a family and house that never seems clean enough, and laundry that’s endless. And I write.

5. What do you like to read in your free time?

Romantic suspense is my favorite genre. I enjoy mysteries but like them better when romance is involved! The opposite is also true, I enjoy romance books but think they’re even better when there’s a mystery to be solved within.

6. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?

I aim for one thousand words a day and usually meet that but on the days I don’t, I try not to beat myself up. I can write more on the weekend and average 30,000 words per month.

7. What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

I love series books and have written several. When I get caught up in a story I always want to know what happened when it ended, and a series allows the reader to keep going in that world. I’m a big fan of series books.

8. If a two year old hands you a toy phone, do you answer it?

I ran a child daycare for twenty-one years. You bet I answered that phone, many times, every day.

9. Do you collect anything? If so what?

I live in Kansas so of course I’m keen on The Wizard of Oz memorabilia. My home office is decorated in it. Two of my favorites are the wooden sign which says “I’d turn back if I were you” and the sign I keep on my door when writing, “Nobody gets in to see the Wizard. Not nobody, not no how”.

10. What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever warn?

This last year I dressed up as a Peanut M & M. The year I went as a Jurassic Park Tour Guide with a missing arm was fun, too.

11. What would be the most gratifying thing a fan could do in your opinion?

At the RT Convention in 2011 someone looked at my nametag and asked, “Are you ‘the’ Jamie Hill?” I rattled off a few of my titles to make sure but I was indeed ‘the’ Jamie Hill. That was pretty cool.

12. What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?

The Waltons. Yeah, I’m a crier. Little House on the Prairie always gets me, too.

13. To what would you like to devote more time?

Absolutely, hands down, writing. I love my family and I enjoy my day job tremendously. But writing fills a space inside me that’s hard to explain.

Witness Security, Book 2

US Marshal Jordan Burke is happy for her partner when he takes a month off for paternity leave, but she's not happy about her substitute partner.  Nick Pierce worked for the Topeka Witsec office years ago and left under less than the best of circumstances. When he’s asked to fill in he hesitates, but curiosity about Jordan makes him accept the job. The minute he sees her again he doesn’t regret his decision. From Atlanta to Los Angeles, Jordan and Nick discover that danger, and help, can come from the strangest sources. While they struggle to protect their witnesses, the bigger challenge seems to be keeping each other alive. And there’s always the possibility that they might kill each other first.

 About Jamie

Jamie Hill was born and raised in a beautiful, mid-sized town in Midwest, USA. At various times she wanted to be a veterinarian, teacher, cheerleader, TV star or a famous singer. The one thing she always wanted to be was a writer. Starting at about age ten, she penned romance as she envisioned it in one spiral notebook after another.
When she's not working at the day job she loves, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching movies (the scarier the better!) In her ‘spare time’ she can often be found writing, editing, or doing something more mundane like housework. After that, she's probably taking a nap. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to drop her a line.