Monday, December 17, 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Maggie Jaimeson

 

Welcome. Today is Monday, December 17 and my guest is Maggie Jaimeson, author of the Sweetwater Canyon Series.  Her newest book is Healing Notes.

 



Maggie will award one autographed cover flat to a randomly drawn commenter at each blog stop.  In addition, she will award  a $25 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner's choice) as a grand prize to one randomly selected commenter on this tour, and a $25 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner's choice) to a randomly drawn host.  You must leave a comment and an email address to be entered into any of the drawings. Maggie's tour stops are listed at the bottom of this post.






Maggie Jaimeson writes romantic women’s fiction and romantic suspense with a near future twist. She describes herself as a wife, a step-mother, a sister, a daughter, a teacher and an IT administrator. By day she is “geek girl” –helping colleges to keep up with 21st century technology and provide distance learning options for students in rural areas. By night Maggie turns her thoughts to worlds she can control – worlds where bad guys get their comeuppance, women triumph over tragedy, and love can conquer all.

HEALING NOTES is the second book in the Sweetwater Canyon Series of four books.The final two books will be available in 2013.









If you have a few minutes, get comfortable and enjoy my revealing interview with the interesting and very talented Maggie Jaimeson.
 



1. Author name or pen name? If writing under a pen name, why did you choose this particular name?


            Maggie Jaimeson is a penname. I was in Academia for three decades and, though it is more accepted now, when I began being a romance writer on the side would not have helped my career. My real first name is Maggie (I had to keep something familiar). The last name is in honor of my husband James. There was already a Maggie James as a romance writer, so I went for a variation. The traditional spelling of Jameson (Scottish) or Jamieson (Irish) means son of James. However, there is a modern tradition of naming daughters Jaime or Jayme as the feminine version of James. So I combined the two for the unique spelling of Jaimeson. Both my husband and I are of Irish and Scottish descent. We were married in Dunoon, Scotland and honeymooned in both Scotland and Ireland.




2. When did you tell your family and friends that you were a writer? How did telling them make you feel?

       My family members have known me as a writer for more than thirty years. They’ve cheered me on with poetry and short story publications throughout the years. However, I did not tell my friends and co-workers until my first novel was published in May 2011. It is hard answering the question “Where I can I buy your book” if it isn’t published yet. Telling the rest of the world I was a novelist was immensely freeing. I felt like it gave me permission to dream again and to share those dreams widely.

3. What would your grandmother think if she met the hero in your book?

       I’m sure she would love him and immediately invite him to be part of the family. He is the combination of thoughtful, steady, and romantic that she would love. She was a songwriter herself, so knowing the book has to do with music and that the hero is a poet would certainly seal the deal for her.

4. What is the most romantic thing a man/partner has ever done for you?

      My husband is not a man of large romantic gestures like flowers or jewelry or surprise trips. However, for me it is all the daily small romantic gestures that have so much meaning for me and reinforce my love for him on a regular basis. For example, whenever we are out walking—whether at the mall or on a trial—he always takes my hand in his. When we are in church he always puts his hand around my waist as we sing the hymns together. He is also a guitarist in a rock and roll cover band, and occasionally plays pick-up gigs with a traditional music group (Celtic music mostly). Nothing gives me the romantic shivers more than when he winks at me while playing is guitar at a gig, or sings a love song and looks at me the entire time as if I’m the only one in the room. I truly melt.
 
5.  If you were planning a seductive dinner in front of a crackling fire, what would you serve? How would you serve it? What would you wear?

      First, I have to admit that there are only a few things I can make that look pretty and taste good. I am very fortunate in that my husband loves to cook and I makes all of our dinners. That being said, when it comes to seduction I definitely believe less is more. So why not start with dessert?

      I would meet my husband in front of the fire wearing his favorite silk teddy with a long silk wrap robe. Arranged on a short table nearby would be several pretty bowls draped in towels so he could not see what was in the bowls. I would pour champagne followed by kisses and eventually blindfold him for tasting. Between further sips of champagne, I would slowly present him with alternating flavors of sweet and tart, warm and cold-- raspberries, strawberries, bananas, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, Irish coffee. With each correct identification, I would offer more touches, more skin, more nibbles until …

6. Clothing is an important part of each scene. A low cut tank top sparks more male appreciation than a conservative button down, rolled up sleeve shirt. From a male perspective, compare the two opposites I mentioned above or choose your own for comparison.

      Actually, I don’t agree with the premise. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I know a number of men who love the “Marian the Librarian” look because they can imagine a lot more of what might be beneath the conservative woman than the one who shows all her assets. Also, once in a relationship, many men have told me the favorite outfit to see their lover in is his own button down shirt, with no pants of course.

7. Besides being unfaithful, what quality in a manno criminal actswould be a deal breaker? Why?

      On a physical level, a smoker has always stopped me in my tracks. I’ve never wanted to date one and the habit turns me off completely. On an internal quality level, someone without a sense of humor would never work. Life often serves up lemons and to last in a relationship, you need someone who detect the absurdity of it all and laugh.
 
 
8. Do either your heroine or hero have a vice (drugs, chocolate, expensive jewelry, cigarettes, etc.)? How important is it to the story?

      No, but they are both overcoming the impact of vices from their past. In her past, my heroine was promiscuous, trying to prove to herself that she was “woman-enough”for any man and still confuses sex with love. My hero was previously married to a drug addict and the impact of her behavior on him and his daughter has made him very conservative in what he looks for in a woman. As you can imagine when they meet, those two pasts are going to clash big time.
 
9. You’ve been dating Mr. Practically Alright for a month. He’s been to your house several times. Finally, he asks you over to his place to meet someone who is important to him. You are thinking it’s a child or perhaps his visiting mother. Wrong. It’s a big Labrador retriever who puts his paws on your shoulders and washes your carefully air brushed face from ear to ear. The biggest dog you’ve ever been around was the size of a meatloaf. What are the first words out of your mouth? If your date doesn’t offer antibacterial face wipes and saysby the way—Fido sleeps with him every night, what’s your next move?

      I love animals and kisses from large dogs don’t bother me. I used to have two Akitas who would put paws on my shoulders and slather me with kisses. Later pets were cats. However, I do not allow dogs in the bed. If our relationship got to the point of intimacy I would make it clear that it was fine for Fido to sleep on the floor near the bed but not IN the bed. The choice is me or the dog in the bed. Completely his choice. The right answer could move him from Practically Alright to Almost Perfect. The wrong answer would move me on to a cat person. J
10. In your work, regardless of genre, do you consider the environment and do you exhibit an awareness of practices that can make a difference? It could be something as simple as motion activated lights or lights on timers.

      I am aware of the environment, and my characters tend to drive compact cars with good gas mileage. For example, in my first book for this series, UNDERTONES, Michele drives a Prius and the band practices in a passive solar cabin on Mt. Hood. This reflects my own choices in how to live as well. I haven’t yet thought to include things like recycling vs trash in a story. Hmmm. You have me thinking.
11. Do you think readers would embrace a heronot a struggling artist, sculptor or writerwho earns only a fraction of what the heroine earns? Please explain.

      I believe readers embrace a hero based on his personal character more than his income. I’ve read many books where I have no idea what the hero makes and I don’t see those books having a problem finding readers. For me the question would be if there is a disparity in income between the hero and heroine does it cause a problem in THEIR relationship? If it is a problem, then it is the way that the characters resolve that difference that guides the reader to accept it.
12. Congratulations, your book has just been optioned by a movie producer. Of course you’ll be a consultant to the casting director. Who would you chose to play your heroine? Hero? What song would you pick for your soundtrack? And since you’ve convinced the powers to be that you must write the screenplay, what will you be wearing to the Academy Awards to accept your Oscar for best screenplay? Include jewelry!

      Be still my heart! As these two people are in their mid 30’s, we are not talking about teen heartthrobs. I would love to see Halle Berry play Rachel as a platinum blonde. She can have that hard/soft edge to her that I think would work well. Noel would be played Colin Farrell. I think he’s one of the best young actors today and I can never turn away from an Irish accent. J Soundtrack would have to be done my Misty River, of course, as my all girl Americana band plays that kind of music.

       Being as we are dreaming big, I would have to have a dress made to wear to the Oscars. I certainly have nothing in my closet that would work. I’d love a one shoulder, empire waist, beaded chiffon dress in fushia. Something that glides over my curves instead of hugging them. With a dress like this, I won’t need to wear any jewelry, which is good because I’m allergic to most metal. The only jewelry I wear is my wedding ring, which is 24 carat gold because the 14 carat irritated my skin.
 

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Healing Notes

 
BLURB:

Forgiving yourself is the first step, but helping others forgive may be just too hard.

Rachel Cullen grew up in Scotland with a fiddle in her hand from the age of four. She couldn't imagine life as anything but a musician. When her husband brought her to America she was immediately embraced by the Celtic and Bluegrass communities. But after her divorce, Rachel's life is a mess.
A year of trying to prove to herself that she's woman enough for any man, and then a vicious rape while on tour with the band, leaves Rachel reeling. When she meets Noel Kershaw, an English teacher who is poetry in motion, she is definitely attracted. But he has a young child and he's suffering from his own divorce. The last thing Rachel needs in life is more baggage.

First, Rachel must reconcile who she is, what she wants, and how to get there. Maybe then she'll know how to be a part of the family she's always wanted.

Here's an excerpt


As she reached for the handle, the door opened and a little girl rushed out, maybe six or seven years old, with beautiful long blond hair caught up in a blue denim bow. She ran to a light blue sedan next to Rachel’s and giggled as she skipped through puddles circling the car. Rachel couldn’t help but smile at the child’s carefree innocence.

After three circles, the girl stopped at the back end of the car, cocked her head and waved two fingers at her. “Hi.”

“Um, hi.” Rachel raised her hand and waved back. “Did you forget somebody? Your mommy maybe?”

“Claire, I told you to stay close.”

At the sound of the tenor voice beside her, Rachel started. A man three to four inches taller than her had stepped out. In one hand he held several colorful ribbons attached to a bright pink, heart-shaped helium balloon that read Happy Birthday. He looked toward the car where the child was still giggling.

The little girl raced back. Skidding to a stop in front of Rachel, they bumped and Rachel teetered slightly toward the wall.

“Careful there.” A weathered hand reached toward her and wrapped around her elbow. His touch was softer than she expected, but her knees still locked, ready to spring if she needed to move fast. He held her up with one hand. Deep brown eyes, emphasized by his full head of short, wavy blonde hair, looked at her then turned toward the girl.”

“Apologize, Claire. You almost knocked her over.”

“I’m sorry.” A small hand lifted to touch her other arm.

“That’s okay. Really. I should have been paying more attention.” Rachel smiled and pointed to the balloon. “Latha breith.”

“Excuse me?”

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Where can you find  Maggie?
Website: http://maggiejaimeson.com
Blog: http://maggiemeandering.blogspot.com
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maggie-Jaimeson/118916694787820
Twitter: @maggiejaimeson
 
 
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9 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

MomJane said...

Beautiful and touching cover. I really loved the excerpt

Maggie Jaimeson said...

Thank you for hosting me, Christy! The interview was really fun and now I have that "Oscar" dress in my mind.

Hello MomJane. Nice to see you again on the tour. I hope everyone is looking forward to the holidays. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Very informative post!

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Christy McKee said...

Maggie,

Healing Notes is at the top of my TBR stack during the holidays. The cover is "tender and loving" and showcases a father's love for his child.

Christy

Maggie Jaimeson said...

Vita, Thanks for stopping by.

Christy, you've made my day by saying you planned to read HEALING NOTES during the holidays. You are right that the father loves his child very much.

There may be more people by your blog tomorrow. I'm afraid I posted late to my networks. I've had this horrible cold and fever the last couple days and my brain is not quite working as efficiently as usual. So, I will check back again tomorrow.

Thanks again!

Christy McKee said...

Maggie,

No problem. I will leave your post up another day. I don't have another guest until Wednesday. You can post your winner tomorrow afternoon if you like.

Christy

donnasquaw said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I'm probably late for this drawing but I had to say I'm new here. Your book sounds really good I'll have to add you to my list. Love the cover of the book!
donna harris
donna_squaw_1952@yahoo.com

Mary Preston said...

A fabulous interview thank you. A sense of humor is essential I think.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com