Jamie B. Musings is a music addict, book lover, pet servant & NaNoWriMo survivor. When she’s not writing posts for CultureShock, she’s taking pictures for That Photo Blog and spending time with her husband/pets.
Please give a brief synopsis of your book; what you might say to someone if you only had 30 seconds to say it:
The book is a biography-style story that follows a muse through the ages as she tries to get through to people while competing with a fellow muse.
Jamie, what is the most overrated virtue?
What is the one thing other people always seem to get wrong about you?
The spelling of my name.
If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?
I’d change the divisiveness I see going on in recent years.
What pet peeve do you have about other people?
Breaking promises. I can’t stand when someone promises they’ll do something and then back out at the last minute.
Is there any occasion when it’s OK to lie?
I think there are definitely times when a “polite” yet not true answer is best.
What is your philosophy of writing?
Have fun with it.
Is your writing an art or craft or some combination of both?
I’d say a little of both. You do have to work at it to get better, but I think you can’t try too hard to make it good or you lose something. You have to be able to just “let go” and be open.
If you could go back ten years and give yourself one piece of advice what would that advice be?
Write more and write sooner!
What’s the name and genre of you book and who’s the audience?
It’s called The Life and Times of No One in Particular. It’s a Paranormal/Satire/YA. I’d say anyone who enjoys humor and paranormal stories will enjoy it regardless of age/gender/etc.
Is this book part of a series?
That’s a debate I’m having with my muse at the moment. She sees the possibility of a couple novellas.
Describe your protagonist and describe the challenges the protagonist needs to overcome and the motivation for overcoming them.
She’s a muse named Clarissa. She’s a spunky, take charge type who has to overcome free will and common human faults to help her charges reach greatness. She keeps trying because she hates to lose.
Describe your antagonist and talk about motivation.
I’d say the antagonist would be free will. People have it and sometimes that leads to people making the wrong choices.
Quote a passage from your book that you love.
“If I hear the words ‘my muse needs a kick in the ass’ one more time, I can’t be held responsible for my actions.”
Elaborate on the meaning of the passage.
This was basically the whole idea that started the book. I used to joke about evil muses abandoning me and then I thought “what would they have to say?”
What surprising things did you learn while writing this book?
I learned I can get a whole book out there. Didn’t think I’d be doing more than some short stories when I started writing fiction.
How has your upbringing influenced you writing?
Growing up I was always kind of the quiet kid and there was a lot of moving around what not, so I used to just escape into music and playing pretend.
Where do you live and how does that influence your writing?
I live in South Florida, although I’m not really sure if it’s influenced my writing exactly. I have met some great writers here, though, that have helped me in many ways.
If you have a career outside of writing how does it fit into your life as a writer?
I’ve done freelance writing before and I currently have my own blog I’m working on. I think the act of writing regularly period helped me to get into a groove with writing.
Do you have a special routine you go through before you begin writing?
I usually like to go to a local Starbucks or the Library to write because it’s easier to focus. I also have to have music playing to help me focus.
That’s the interview. Thanks for listening.