Name: JamieLynn Boothe
Where are you from: Moneta, Virginia but currently live in Torrington, CT
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect. Well my family isn’t very close. I am single, divorced and looking lol…I am a high school graduate. I am basically a pretty laid back type of person who likes it quiet but at times likes to get out and have some fun. I’m not hard to please. I believe in true love and honesty, true friendship and helping others. I believe in morals and ethics and not hurting others.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am excited to say that I am getting ready to publish my newest book, a Novella called The Journey
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve wanted to write most of my life but for personal reasons I didn’t actually begin writing my first novel until August of 2012. To be able to create something that others can enjoy and relate too, to be able to share some of the things about myself and my imagination, to escape into another world is why I write. It’s a magical and helpful world for me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Even though I have written poetry over the years growing up I didn’t actually consider myself a writer until I sat down and started my first novel Nightmares and Dreams.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I finally got into the mind frame that I will never get it written if I don’t sit down and start writing it, plus my life had improved on personal levels so I could focus on it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Honestly I write from my heart. I write something that others can relate too. I write what I hope will touch others hearts and souls and if I’m lucky will make them cry. What I enjoy writing are things that could happen in the actual world and on some levels actually do. I do however have a paranormal in the works too. More will be revealed on that later.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Nightmares and Dreams title came through how society is, as far as the Nightmares part goes. What Christy goes through in this story is possible and realistic but also nightmarish. The dreams part is her and her partner Heather spending the rest of their lives together, married and happy without the nightmares that has followed Christy through the years.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I want people to know that no matter what you are going through that the power of true love is stronger than anything. I want people to know to not allow anyone steal that away from you and to be true to yourself. Don’t let others judgements and close-mindedness kill your dreams.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
All of it in my opinion. Everything about Nightmares and Dreams could happen to someone. It’s unfortunate and powerful but it’s very realistic.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some of it is yes. To be honest and I know this is putting myself out there A LOT but the character Allen, Christy’s brother, is me in every way. Also Moneta, Virginia is my hometown.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Well even though I don’t write like him Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors, but in some ways Nicholas Sparks style has influenced me greatly. To be able to write a powerful love story with the characters going through immense odds and still make it out of the other end. Also Tiffany Carmouch and Marni Mann are great influences for me. I love their style and books.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I would have to say Nicholas Sparks.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now I am in between Tiffany Carmouches Obsession and Sacrifice and The Exorcist lol.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Tiffany Carmouche and Marni Mann
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am currently finishing up my second book which is actually a novella called, The Journey. It’s about addiction and recovery.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My Higher Power and friends in recovery.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I hope to one day be successful enough to be able to write for a living. Maybe have an actual publishing contract.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No I think it’s exactly how it is supposed to be.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Well I read a lot growing up and always dreamed about being a great writer like the ones I was reading.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Actually I will do better than that I will give you the synopsis.
Samantha Jenson is trapped in a world like so many others; a world full of death and shame. A world where the disease of addiction has an iron grasp on her life and controls her soul so powerfully even the strongest of men would cower down on his knees and beg for mercy. A world where she struggles to escape and tries to live at least somewhat of a normal life.
Here is the story of a young woman, deeply addicted to the drug called “Intimacy”. Her life has been a disaster because of her addictions through the years but this particular drug is her master. Samantha has lost everything but most importantly her desire to live.
Can Samantha escape the talons her demons have on her? Can Samantha regain control of her life and tear down the walls of despair? Will she regain hope, her desire to live and her family? Travel with her on her journey and see what happens in her world. You just might be able to relate.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sometimes when I am writing something painful that is happening to someone in my book it’s difficult yes. I am not a hurtful person so I find it hard to write things like that.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Nicholas Sparks. I love the way he captures your heart and soul. I love the way he makes everything realistic and so powerful with the characters and circumstances.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet but one day I hope to be able too.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The first one Nightmares and Dreams was made by Jessica O’Bryant. The Journey hasn’t been made yet.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Certain parts of the story because like I said I am not a hurtful person and to make one of my characters go throuogh that type of stuff was hard for me. Also some that has happened to me was also a little difficult. Things I can relate too.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That dreams do come true with hard work, faith and patience.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up, if you really want it you have to keep working at it. It will happen. Maybe not as fast as you want but it will.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Stay open-minded. Open your hearts and enjoy what is in front of you.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I love to read, I love art and being with my true friends. I also enjoy watching football and golf and I love music and cats and cooking.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
M*A*S*H, Ink Master (I love tattoos) chick flicks, dramas, comedies and some of the older shows that are hard to find on television today.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music?
I love southern cooking since I am from the south, Purple is my favorite color and I love country music, classic rock, the 80’s, easy listening soft rock and Yanni.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
Being a cosmetologist. I think I would be a great fit for that field.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it? http://jamielynnboothe.wordpress.com/