Today I welcome time travel romance author Red L. Jameson to the Friday Fast 5!
Who do you credit with being your biggest influence as a writer?
I’ve written as early as I could find paper and a crayon. I didn’t even know how to put together the letters to form words, but strung a few curlicues to make my five-year-old version of cursive writing. And I’d strap my younger brother in his highchair to “read” him the stories I’d created. The funny thing is, even with all that passion from such an early age, I never thought I could be a real writer.
When I graduated college, getting ready for graduate school—still not thinking I could write, the university I’d selected let me read the reference letter one of my favorite professors, Dr. David Karnos, had written for me. He’d listed the classes I’d taken, how he thought I had a great mind for academia, and highly recommended me. But in the last paragraph he included, “She is a writer. She should be doing more writing professionally I believe.”
I didn’t jump into writing even after that. I continued with graduate school, but I never forgot those words. I clung to them until I finally grew courageous enough to write professionally. And here I am now!
What was the most embarrassing thing your husband/boyfriend/partner/friend ever did to you in public?
Oh, I don’t need anyone to embarrass me. I’ll do that myself. I once was on top of bleachers during some game—I can’t even remember what it was; you’ll know why I can’t remember in a second. I had to get something to drink. So getting up, I tried to walk down those awkward stairs that bleachers have, but my shoe was caught on something. I fell and fell hard. I somehow had enough momentum to roll all the way to the bottom, sans the shoe. I did that in front of about 500 people, all laughing, but trying really hard not to. I turned into a female Jerry Lewis, but, oh, man, slapstick comedy can hurt. I had bruises for more than a month with that one. Yeah, I’m not the most graceful of women.
What is on the top of your to be read pile?
I am finally reading First Grave on the Right of the Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones. I’ve been looking forward to reading this for years.
What time of day is your best writing time? Up early with the birds or wake up in the middle of the night with an inspiration and have to go write it down?
You know, I’m not sure, and I really need to figure this out. For me, writing has always had to compete with my day job or my family, so I wrote when I had the time, which I’d squeeze in anywhere I could—morning, afternoon, late at night. And now that I’m writing full-time, I’m having a really hard time figuring out a schedule because I’m so used to having to juggle so much. So as of right now, I write all the time.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
Oh, gosh, I hadn’t experienced writer’s block until this last year. Before I began writing full-time, I hadn’t taken any time off for years. I mean, I even worked when my mom died. I worked weekends and holidays. Through it all I kept writing, too. And when I finally realized I could stop working so hard and start writing full-time, I was massively burnt out. That’s when the writer’s block happened. AND I had a deadline to meet too.
It seemed counterintuitive to do, because I’m an obsessive, self-disciplined person, but taking at least one day a week completely off helped with my writer’s block. It also, I think, helped with my writing too, refilling my creative well. I don’t even go online during my one day off. I just hang out with my family, doing something that can make us laugh, or having a little me time. Since I’ve started taking one day off, I feel like a new person! And no more blocks! Yay!
Don’t Miss Duchess of Mine
~where mythical muses play naughty matchmakers~
Seventeenth century Highlander Michael Cameron should have been prepared for his journey to Philadelphia in 1895. After all, it wasn’t the first time he’d been kidnapped by two mischievous muses, who delighted in taking him by surprise and shuffling him off to far-flung lands and eras. But nothing could have readied him for angelic Gabriella Murray, the Duchess of Northampton. She’s a beautiful, lovely, gorgeous—did he mention just how bonny Gabby is?—duchess, and he’s a lowly Scot. How is he going to solve the missing children case the muses have given him with such a distracting woman?
Becoming friends with a muse, Gabby feels her life has taken a turn for the fantastic, which suits her fine, since being a duchess is gray and depressing. So, when that muse asks her to go on an adventure imitating her idol, Sherlock Holmes, of course she says yes. However, Michael, who is to play her Dr. Watson, is quite possibly the most handsome and intriguing Highlander she’s ever encountered. Lord, Sherlock never had to contend with an overwhelming desire for Watson. How can she concentrate on the case when he’s more fun than she’s ever had before?
As Michael and Gabby hunt through the mean streets of cities such as Chicago and Detroit, they dive deeper into a world of danger and violence. Fighting against their growing attraction to each other, they race against time to find the children, knowing that with every corner they turn, they might be too late.
Where to Find Duchess of Mine
A Bit More About Red L. Jameson
As a military historian by day, sometimes Red does feel a bit clandestine when she writes romance at night. No one knows that while she researches heroes of the past and present, she uses everything for her characters in her books. Her secret’s been safe . . . until now.
She lives in Montana with her family and far too many animals but never enough books.
She loves her readers, so please feel free to contact her at http://www.redljameson.com.