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Monday, August 15, 2011

Romancing Your Dark Side Tour Week: A. Jacob Sweeny Interviews Jamie Magee

This interview is conducted by A, Jacob Sweeny author of Pulse Of Heroes and she is interviewing Jamie Magee, author of two fantastical paranormal novels Insight and Embody 

About the Author, Jamie Magee:
Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her. 

About the Book,  Embody:
Not many Scorpio’s are known for their patience, and Willow Haywood is no different. Her only desire is to love Landen Chambers and redeem the lost souls of Esterious, but the path to that desire is long, dark and dangerous...

Before Willow’s life had a chance to balance the sudden revelations and grief she had to endure to get to Chara a disturbing discovery is made. A photo, one that shows Willow blissfully embracing the flawless image of Drake Blakeshire; giving her not only proof that she had lived before, but that she had loved him. 

Running away from the memory of Drake’s hypnotizing touch, and the prophecy set before her seemed like the logical thing to do. That is, until a dark dream reignites her passion to save the hopeless dimension of Esterious. Willow struggles to find patience – to learn everything she needs to know before she faces Drake again, but her eagerness is dangerous and one step in the wrong direction takes everything and everyone away from her – the only way to survive this trial is for Willow to remember who she is and what she really wants out of this life.

The Interview:

1)      What was your creative spark that got you to write your first novel?
I tend to daydream constantly – about movies, books, conversations – anything and everything. One day I realized I was daydreaming about something that hadn’t been written – something that was original and unseen by anyone else. I  can’t explain where the spark came from or why for the first time in my life I truly took a leap of faith…all I can I say is I wish I could have found this passion sooner because the only regret I have after taking a leap into the literary world is that I hadn’t  taken it sooner.

2)      How different was the process of writing the second novel?
Embody was a lot easier to write. When Insight came to life I had to introduced and understand the characters, not only to myself, but to the readers as well. Once I knew who they were it was so much easier to anticipate their reaction to the conflict that I could see blooming all around them. The story literally seemed to take its own direction.
I think another reason it was so simple was because the first flash – the image that inspired Insight never surfaced in Insight – it did not show itself until almost the end of Embody – I was determined to reach that scene - to get the images out of mind and safely into a word document. With this forethought, I began writing Embody from the center of the book – I wrote the middle – the beginning, then the end. With Insight I wrote from the beginning to the end. I found that each novel I’ve written comes to life within its own terms.

3)Which character in your books has the most of 'you' in them.?
To be honest I can see a reaction or thought I would have in each of the characters of the Insight Series, although, Willow, my lead character, tends to remind me of myself more than others. I didn’t even grasp this as I wrote the story. In fact it wasn’t until I allowed my mother to read the story ( my mother saw her daughter in Willow) that I realized that a part of me was imbedded in this character. Willow has an Insight that allows her to feel others emotions. In my life, in every moment of conflict, I always find myself trying to understand how the other person feels – it helps me to find a peaceful resolution in most cases. Willow also has a focus that allows her to see past the dark moment she is in and drive forward to the resolution she wants – I to tend to do this in my life as well .
4) How do you deal with reviews?
Well…if we all had the same opinions life would be quite boring – so I embrace them! However, I’ve learned not to read them as I am writing a new novel. In the past when I’ve done this the words of the reviewer echo in my mind and when this happens the story I am creating is catered to their desire – which means it is no longer a natural flow of words.
One of the best things about being a writer is sharing a part of  your soul with the world – when you give something so deeply you have to appreciate what is returned to you weather it is what you wanted to hear or not.
I am abundantly grateful for each and every person that has not only read my books – but taken the extra step to share their opinion with not only me, but the world.
5)Name three of your favorite authors and why?
E.B White the author of Charlotte’s web. This was the first ‘big girl’ book I read. It was a story that taught me so much about life and led me to believe that authors were magical people – simply because they could invoke emotion at a distance.
Nicholas Sparks – this author has a way of showing his readers that love does not always have a fairy tale beginning or ending, and that in the span of a lifetime a person can change several times.
Francine Rivers – Her story ‘Redeeming Love’ left me in deep thought for days. This author has a way of invoking every emotion possible within her work.

Thank you so much Jamie for sharing with us your knowledge, perspective, and  inspirations; the inner workings of the author. 
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  1. Thanks so much for the wonderful interview. Its great to get to know an author.


  2. Thank you for a great interview. Interesting how when Jamie writes, it isn't always from beginning to end!

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  3. I always love to read about an author's perspective and feelings about writing. Thank you for the interview!

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  4. Thank you for the interview. I think it is really great when an author takes time out to reach out to readers. Thanks again...


  5. Forgot my email addy natasha.strong@gmail.com

  6. Wonderful interviews! Im so glad I'm stalking this tour :)

  7. Thank you for sharing today, I am fairly new to your writing and definitely have a greater appreciation of the author that is you:) I loved that when the light bulb turned on with the realization that this was something new and your own was born - I often walk around with my mind buzzing with the friends I meet in books and carrying on the story in their world. What a joy to have found you own unique world to explore:)



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