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1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I'm Jamie Salisbury, I write mainly contemporary romance. I was raised primarily in the Pacific Northwest, along with some years in South America. Now days I split my time among a couple of places.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time? When I do have free time I like to browse antique shops. I'm a history buff, so if I'm on a business trip you'll find me off in an old castle or ruin in my spare time.
3. Where do you get your ideas from?
A lot of my ideas come from real life. I was in public relations in and around the entertainment industry for years, so I have a lot of things I can draw from. Some are completely made up, but there is always some smattering of me in there.
4. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, which would be your favorite and why?
That's a hard one. I have about three - but I'd have to say Encore! is my all time favorite. It hits close to home. It's a pure love story - that all things are possible. That there is such a thing as true love based on mutual respect, understanding and love. And it shows that you can go home again and survive the bumpy ride.
5. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Most of mine are drawn from real life experiences. I'm working on one right now that is completely fabricated, and it's been an interesting ride so far. I've found I have to work harder to write than writing from experience.
6. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I would love to get back into writing historical, not necessarily historical romance. Paranormal/urban fantasy is another area I'd like to try when the time is right.
7. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Top selling authors I would list as Isabelle Allende, Ann Rice, Sylvia Day, Stephen King. Up and coming authors: Liz Crowe and Raine Miller are two that immediately come to mind.
8. Who are your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Male characters I have three favorites: Daniel Kennedy, Apolo Choice and Amadeus Tudor. Why? Daniel is a very sensitive man who has lived life in a hothouse. It's fun to watch him develop, grow and become his own person.
Apolo Choice - well he's all man. Alpha, self made, no nonsense. Without all the issues other men of his type are portrayed as. He has no real hidden quirks or secrets.
Amadeus Tudor - because he's as real as they get. He's a rock star, but he's at the point in his life where he knows he has to reach beyond the brass ring in order to survive. He's well beyond the parties and excess. He's reinventing himself. At the same time he's moody, dark and intriguing....
Female Characters: Mary Tudor and Zara Tudor - both strong women. In Mary's case it took her disappearing and getting away from her family in order to grow. Zara denied her feelings for years, all in the name of keeping things professional. She's a force to be reckoned with. And she's not afraid to defend her family. At any cost.
9. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Being able to write. With the market the way it is right now, an author has to spend a huge amount of time marketing and promoting their own books. A lot more than say a year ago. It makes the actual writing time - at least for me - frustrating and hard to lose myself into the creative process. The other thing is developing and writing (what you hope) fresh new ideas.
10. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Write, always write. It's how you grow. Block out all the outside buzz or it'll scare you off. Trust your instincts.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Archangel. A musical angel hiding in the dusty, smoke-filled London clubs, she performs with reckless abandon. Few know the woman behind the mask she adorns.
Mary Tudor, twin sister to Amadeus Tudor - a well known rock star- has all but given up her up and coming photography business to become the personal photographer, and fiancé to Daniel Kennedy. Daniel, a world renown violinist, is one of the few who knows Mary's secret. Together they scheme to devise a way for her to fulfill a secret dream.
Postponing their wedding until after Daniel's much anticipated European tour, Mary juggles many jobs. One however alludes her every month. Motherhood.
Making unannounced, surprise appearances during Daniel's tour, the mysterious Archangel rules the concert stage. Suddenly everyone wants to know who this masked woman is. Fans clamor for more, the press want to know every detail about her, and a few others are sure Daniel Kennedy is quite aware at who this phenomenon is. And if that weren't enough drama, a sinister enigma from her brother's past threatens both her future and her life.
Will Archangel's identity be revealed as planned, or will the chaos of Amadeus' past catch up to them
Proudly I stood at the back of the hall, and watched as the show continued. By the look on his face I could tell he was in absolute heaven. Daniel was a perfectionist, and tonight it was evident by the audience's reactions.
But tonight...tonight there was going to be a huge surprise for the crowd that had come to see this phenomenon known as Daniel Kennedy. Tonight Archangel's going to make a special appearance...though her entrance would be nothing like Danny and I planned.
In retrospect I probably should have made my entrance according to plan. Tucked up on stage and appearing through a cloud of smoke. To be honest? That made it look pre-arranged and not spur of the moment like my walking through the audience did. This was Archangel's debut, and it was going to be in typical Archangel fashion. Unscripted.
At just the exact moment, I began heading towards the stage. Down the aisle between the people. It was an old trick the late Italian composer, Niccolo Paganini, one of Danny's classical idols had used in his day. Daniel himself used it, and now I was. It worked. It got the audience's attention.
By now Danny and his stage people had picked up on my change of plans and had a spot directed on me as I strutted towards him. He was now watching me as he played. I detected a smirk on his face. He knew me well enough to know when it came to Archangel that I was in charge.
As I reached the front of the stage, I turned towards one of the two sets of stairs located at either side. Staying focused on the stairs, I pranced past him. I knew not to look at him, fearing I'd trip and ruin everything. The man affected me in just that way. Made me crazy, but then I was crazy in love with him.
We'd picked a lively pop tune which had been one of the favorites on Danny's previous tour and CD. Keeping everything upbeat, a Paganini favorite was the second choice for the evening.
Walking across the stage toward him, I sucked in a breath as I seductively smiled at him. As we ended the first piece, Danny took my free hand to introduce me to the audience. He squeezed my hand and leaned toward me.
"Having fun? You're doing awesome, sweet. And by the way, you look ravishing."
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