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Jamie Adams fell in love with books at an early age. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott opened her imagination and sparked a dream to be a writer. She wrote her first book as a school project in 6th grade. A graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature as well as member of American Christian Fiction Writers, The Writing Desk and several critique groups she spends most of her time writing, reading or learning more about the craft near to her heart. She and her family live in the Ozarks surrounded by forest and wildlife.
Lilly Fletcher’s last duty to her recently deceased employer is to deliver his orphaned grandchildren from Omaha, Nebraska to their uncle on Cold Creek Mountain. The final step of the journey requires securing a guide, which is not an easy task for a governess who prides herself on being independent.
Ex-scout Hayden Dawson has been grieving the tragic loss of his family for several years. When he’s asked to take a fancy governess from the city along with her wards up the mountain, he refuses at first since he has a ranch to run. However, outnumbered, by his foreman and his meddling childhood teacher, he’s coerced out of retirement for one last trip.
When the ride up Cold Creek Mountain doesn’t go as planned, can these two wounded hearts work together to protect the children? Can Lilly find the strength to leave her wards behind or does God have a better path for her future?
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Who are you and what do you write?
Hi, I’m Jamie Adams and I write Western Romances.
Where and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
I love books. As a child, I made up stories before I could read on my own. As an adult, I rarely get a good night’s sleep because I lay awake acting out stories in my mind. I have a strong desire to write. I grew up watching westerns with my father who was a real-life cowboy. After I was married and had children of my own, I discovered a fanfiction site devoted to one of the westerns I’d watched with as a child. It was there I got up the courage to share my stories. The readers were so encouraging and have a big part in my taking the first step toward becoming an author.
How has the journey to this point been? Can you give us a basic rundown?
There have been some twist and turns along the way, but every step has been a part of the learning process. After sharing stories online, I joined a writer’s group and met some amazing writers who helped me sharpen my skills. From there I self-published several books. This past summer I sent a manuscript to Anaiah Press and thankfully caught the attention of one of their amazing editors. Each phase of the editing process was like checking off a new item from my bucket list.
What's been the hardest part of your writing/publishing experience so far? And the most enjoyable?
The process of getting to that “first book sold” stage is so slow. I encouraged myself by keeping in mind that each no was one step closer to hearing YES. The writing, rewriting, sending the synopsis, and then waiting for months to hear back is a bit nerve wracking. The most enjoyable part of writing is hearing a reader say how much they love the story. It’s a relief to know the craziness going on inside my head isn’t total nonsense.
Would you go back and change anything?
No, not a thing. Each step of the way has brought me friendships that I hope will last a lifetime.
Where would you like to be in 5 years time? And 10? Or, what are your plans for the future?
I have a sequel to Cold Creek Mountain in the works and am working on a time travel western that has been fun to write.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
Read what you like and then write what you know. Writers are people who love to read. I write westerns because that’s what I know and enjoy. There’s a ton of information on writing but one of the best things you can do is find a critique group that will help you grow as a writer.
And most importantly...
Ketchup or Mayo? - Usually Mayo but both on a hotdog bun.
Night or Day? - Whichever one allows me to sleep. I work weird hours and sleep when I get the chance.
Inside or Outside? - Inside
Dogs or Cats? - Don’t hate me – Neither. I’m not an animal person.
Twitter or Facebook? - Facebook
Ebook or Paperback? - Both
Sun or Rain? - Rain for writing, sun for most ever other time.
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook? - Keyboard
Comedy or Drama? - Depends on the mood.
Chips or Chocolate? - Chocolate
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