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Jamie Wesley

by Molly Cannon

Hi Jamie - I am so excited to talk to you. Tell everyone what you write and a little bit about your writing journey.

Plotter or Pantser?

Pantser with a dash of plotter. I need to know that I have some semblance of a story before I begin, but I can’t plot the entire book. I get blocked that way and get frustrated. For my next book, my publisher required a synopsis before they gave me a contract (so mean! - lol), so I came up with one. The black moment was basically “the secret is revealed” but no details about how it was revealed because I had no clue.

I did stick pretty close to the synopsis, but there were things I learned about my characters that didn’t occur to me until I started writing.

Favorite Authors? Is anyone an auto-buy for you?

I love contemporary romance. Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julie James, Rachel Gibson, and Maureen Smith are auto-buys. There are a lot more than that, but I’ll stop.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t writing? How do you relax?

I spend way too much time on Twitter. I love watching TV and sports. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge sports junkie. And I read romance!

You were a finalist for the Golden Heart. Congratulations! What was that like?

So much fun! The biggest benefit was gaining a group of likeminded pals from all over the world who got exactly what I was going through and who were all at a similar stage in our journeys to publication. I don’t enter many contests, so it was a huge validation that my writing had improved and I was getting closer to where I wanted to be. Oh, and I had a great reason to buy a fancy dress!

Do you use critique partners?

My writing isn’t as consistent as I’d like it to be (that’s changing this year), so I don’t critique regularly, but Dawn Alexander and Kim Miller have both critiqued my things. Dawn was instrumental in getting my first book published.

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise us!

Um, I don’t know. I love Walt Disney World. I went twice last year and I bought an annual pass. It’s currently burning a hole in my pocket, but I’m not supposed to go back until 2016. We’ll see if I can hold out. I mean it’s “free,” right?!

Tell us about your first sale and what’s next.

I sold Tell Me Something Good, my Golden Heart book, to Entangled Publishing in 2013, a year after the GH final, after I’d done some revisions. It happened pretty quickly. I submitted and had an acceptance email from my editor four or five days later.

My next book is a sequel to that one, and it’s a sports romance! Cue the squeeing!

And I’m dipping my toe into the self-publishing waters this year. I love pop culture/entertainment industry, and I wrote a book that features a movie star who falls in love with the last guy she expects to. OMG, that book was so much fun to write!

Thanks so much for letting us get to know you better!
Molly Cannon

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