Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hi! I’m Jamie Schlosser and I’m 34 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Illinois.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
’m actually a college dropout! Lol. I went for art, but I quickly realized it was better as a hobby than a job. I went on to become a dog groomer until I had my first child. At that point I decided to be a stay at home mom. Three years later, I had a second child and I was starting to feel like I’d lost myself. I was still ME, but I was just doing the mom thing all the time. That’s when I got the idea for a story I really wanted to read (TRUCKER) and I couldn’t find it on Amazon. I decided to write it down just to get it out of my head. Three years and nine books later… Now I’m an author.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My book Unattainable, a standalone rom-com in the Night Time Television series, is releasing on May 9th!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I was 31 when I decided to write. When I started, I had no intention of publishing. I just wanted to write the kind of stories I wanted to read. I felt my books were good enough to share with others, so that’s why I decided to publish.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I finally felt like a “real” writer after I published my first book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I get my best ideas in the shower! There I was, washing my hair, and I wondered why there weren’t more “good guys” in romance. Don’t get me wrong, I love bad boys just as much as the next romance reader, but I was craving a hero who was a really good person and it was hard to find. So I created him (and an entire series dedicated to good guys).
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
TRUCKER is a fairly straightforward title. It’s about a long-haul truck driver who picks up a young woman hitchhiking.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write sweet, yet steamy romance. There are times when readers are under the impression that low-angst and nice-guy heroes means there won’t be sex. Oh, there’s sex.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I loosely base a lot of my characters traits and experiences on my own. For example, Angel in TRUCKER is naïve, too trusting, and a terrible judge of character. So am I.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I travel for author events, such as writer conferences and book signings, but I’ve never travelled specifically for a book I’m writing.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’ve hired and loved different cover artists. Oh So Novel designed TRUCKER, DANCER, and OUTCAST. Hang Le did DROPOUT. My rom-coms (Untamable, Untrainable, and Unattainable) were done by More Than Words Graphic Design.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I mostly write easy/light books because I want people to feel happy when they finish. For me, reading is an escape. I love the idea of providing that for others.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I discovered Ruby Dixon about a year and a half ago, and sci-fi romance has become my favorite! Her world building is amazing and I love how devoted the heroes are to their ladies. Although I don’t write sci-fi romance right now, I’ve certainly thought about it.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I didn’t tell many people when I first started writing. I thought I wouldn’t be taken seriously. In the beginning, my husband was the only person who knew that I wanted to publish. Now my family knows and they’re supportive. About six months after I published my first book, I slowly found my “tribe” of author friends and readers in the book community. I don’t know what I’d do without them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I revise, rewrite, and edit until I’m happy with the way the book is.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned to let some of the stress go. I used to spend so much time and energy worrying about if the book would sell or if people would even want to read it. Anxiety isn’t helpful or productive, so I’m trying to take it easy this time.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Hmm, I’ll choose to talk about TRUCKER with this question. Chace Crawford would be a great Travis and Chloe Grace Moretz would be awesome for Angel.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Progress is progress. Whether you write one hundred words a day or ten thousand words a day, you’re doing awesome. Take it one day at a time and try to remind yourself that a first draft isn’t supposed to feel perfect. There’s always at least one point during my work in progress when I want to burn the entire document haha!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I appreciate every single one of you. You keep me going and you make this career fun for me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Mr. Fantasy by Cambria Hebert
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first “adult” romance book I read was His Wicked Kiss by Gaelen Foley.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Funny memes make me laugh. A lot of things make me cry. I’m just a crier. Seeing someone else cry? Hallmark commercials? Whenever someone gets the golden buzzer on America’s Got Talent? Cue the tears.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Lady Gaga. I just think she’s amazingly talented and she radiates positivity.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Writing is my main hobby. I also like spending time with my family and reading.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch a lot of reality shows. The Bachelor/Bachelorette, various talent shows, and cooking competitions like Chopped are some of my favorites.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Bacon and anything made from a potato. My favorite color is teal/blue. I listen to all kinds of music but I love country the most right now.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d just be the best mom to my kids that I could possibly be.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my kids, husband, and other family members.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Oh, this is a tough question because I’ve never actually thought about it. Probably an inspirational quote or something.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I do! My website is www.jamieschlosser.com
Reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1738944743038479/