You know what? I love Wednesday Wonder Writer! I get to have some of the best people visit. I'm happy to have Jambrea Jo Jones with us today so I can share her awesomeness. Here's her interview:
Author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.
Hmmm…I’m pretty boring when it comes to my daily life. I don’t have much of a schedule. I wake up (and usually, I’m not happy about it. I am NOT a morning person.) get my shower, get ready for my day job. Wake up my son and husband, get them moving. Take my son to school then take myself to work where I’m a secretary for a steel fabricator. Do my day to day stuff while getting in a little fun reading, writing, or beta reading. Then I call it a day, pick up my son, get dinner ready, help my son with his homework, watch a little tv before sending the little man to bed. Then I try to get some writing done. Of course, that doesn’t always happen because I’m tired or distracted by the Internet.
Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?
Not really. If I have an idea, I’ll just start writing. Or I’ll open up a story I’ve started, read back through it and hope to get into it enough to get going. I have a group, International Heat, and sometimes we’ll do some timed writing. That really helps me get into it.
What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?
I would have to say all over the place, but I’m more quick than prolific. I’m trying to become prolific. I wrote one short story in less than eight hours. Granted it was only 5,000 words, but that usually doesn’t happen for me. For the most part, I think I’m kind of slow, but never steady. Lol I’m hoping to try for steady next, then prolific.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned since starting work in this industry?
Keep your true friends close, because it can be a hard road. They help you when you’re down and brainstorm with you when you’re up. And, have fun.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m trying to add words to a short that I thought was finished. It’s called Love by Design. It takes place in the future and the government has made super soldiers to fight off an alien attack. It will still be a short. I’m hoping for 20,000 words on this one. Valerie Tibbs of Tibbs Design even created a cover for me to use as inspiration. I just love it!
What’s your favorite genre to write?
Goodness, I like to write it all. Well, except historical. But that is because I wouldn’t want to mess something up and it is much easier to make it up. Lol I like paranormal, but contemporary is good. I love to write about military men and I want to try a romantic comedy. Those are hard though.
I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?
I love to read m/m. I find myself reading them more and more. I did start writing them as well. There is just something addictive about two men and romance.
Do you have a favorite author or someone you look up to in the industry?
OMG! Yes. Lol Those reading this who know me already know the name I’m going to type. Heehee TA Chase. I love they way he writes. I think a close second would be Carol Lynne. I look up to both of them. I respect their work and the way the treat their fans. Both are wonderful people as well as writers.
Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.
I wanted to write when I was in high school. My dream, at the time, was to be the youngest author published in romance. I actually had a story all ready to go. I think I sent in a synopsis to a couple agents, but I really had no clue what I was doing. Lol I had a couple rejections. I put the story aside. Went to college for a year. I didn’t like it. I’m a pretty shy person socially. Being around all those strangers was hard for me.
I ended up leaving and moving in with a friend back home. Her family was going to move to Barstow, CA. I decided to go with them. Did that for about a year before I came back home. Then I joined the Air Force. So it took me a while to come back to writing. I still wrote poems and read but didn’t really write.
I found out about yahoo groups a couple years ago and started participating, which led me to reviews. I found Joyfully Reviewed and became a reviewer. I loved doing that. Writing the reviews made me remember my desire to write. I had a few ideas, but it took a bit to find the right one. Dreams. Yep. That is the name of the first story I wrote. The one where I found out what it meant to have characters ‘talk’ to you. I finished it up and pitched it at the Lori Foster event. That was in 2008. It was rejected, but I held onto it and Total e-Bound had a call for shifters. Dreams just happened to be…a shifter story. It was accepted and became a part of the Over the Moon Anthology. It ended up being a lot of firsts for me. My first story, my first contract with Total e-Bound and my first print. How cool is that?
How many books have you had published and for whom?
I have eight stories out right now.
From Freya's Bower: OTOG Anthology & Runaway Man
From eXtasy: Heart Song ;Unseen Path:Unwinding Path
From Total-e-Bound: Over the Moon; Stealing my Heart
From Liquid Silver: Semper Fi: Magnus
Tell me about a recent release and how you got the idea.
One of my recent releases is Semper Fi: Magnus from Liquid Silver. It’s a contemporary military suspense story. I loved writing about big tough marines. There is just something about a man in uniform. I’ve always loved watching military movies on tv and being in the armed services, I wanted to write about them. Plus, it helped that my dad was in the marines (once a marine, always a marine) and I had a marine boyfriend. I also love the show NCIS and used that in Magnus. Mag’s woman, Emily, is an NCIS agent.
I plan on doing a few other books with my Marines. I’m working on my next one after I finish Love by Design.
What’s your writing space like?
I write on a tv tray in my living room. Lol Someday I would love to have an actual office. But for now it’s perfect because I can write when my son is awake. Doesn’t happen often, but at least I’m there for him if he needs me.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Mostly? Reading for fun or beta reading for others, with the tv on in the background.
I’m all about ‘giving people something to talk about’. We all experience crazy things from time to time. Can you tell us something unusual that you’ve done or had happen to you?
I was racking my brain for something and couldn’t think of anything. I asked my friend JR Patrick if she could remember me telling her anything. And she did!
Last year, I bought a magnet for my car. It has my website on it as well as Go Green, Read an ebook. I keep it on there all the time and don’t think anything of it. One day a salesman came in and asked about it. Now, I don’t use a pen name, well, not really. I use my maiden name, but my website is www.jambrea.com so there isn’t any hiding from it. Lol.
I shouldn’t assume, but the man was an older gentleman and I told him that it was my website and I write ‘all kinds’ of romance. And I do, because to me, love is love, no matter the gender. Anyway, he said, oh, my wife reads romance. I’m thinking, oh no. I know my face was red. The guys at work know I write, but we don’t really talk about it because no matter how many naughty words I write (and I can write a lot of them) I can’t say them out loud and now this man might direct his wife to my site, and I might have to see him again. Color me embarrassed. Um…did I mention that I embarrass easy? No? Well, I do. My mom likes to say stuff so my face goes red. I kid you not! But that’s a whole other story; damn that Facebook and my husband’s love for it. Lol.
So far, the gentleman hasn’t been back. I hope I didn’t scare him or his wife off. Lol.
Tell us… What’s your favorite movie and why?
I LOVE movies so this is a little hard for me. The first movie that really stuck with me, that I will always love is Gone with the Wind. I think I’ve read the book as much as I’ve watched the movie.
I actually got to watch it on a big screen in a theatre once. It was during our festival season. Our old theatre was showing it. I dragged my two friends and made them watch it with me. It began my love affair with Clark Gable. Lol.
I love history (crazy, I know since I’m not interested in writing a historical romance. Lol) and Gone with the Wind depicts our country in one of its biggest struggles, against itself. Having that in the backdrop is just the start. Scarlett is such a strong woman in a time when women were seen, but not heard, yet she persevered and ended up running things. She was so strong that she pushed away a man who could have been her world because she didn’t really think she needed anyone. And boy was she stubborn. While watching and reading, you know she didn’t really love Ashley. She loved the idea of Ashley and after her world was turned upside down, she clung to the ideal. I think the only thing I really didn’t like was the ending, but man, what a story.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?
Just that I love talking to readers. Or should I just say I love to talk. I’m always around some yahoo group. Lol, I do have my own. It’s called Heat Wave and it’s the home to the wonderful authors that are International Heat. Or you can always email me Jambrea@jambrea.com
Coke or Pepsi? Diet Coke, Regular Pepsi
Summer or Winter? Summer. I hate the cold.
Cat person or Dog person? Both
Bronte or Austen? I’m not as familiar with them as I should be, but I’ll go with Bronte. There are three of them. Lol.
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek, but I really like Star Wars too. And not the original Star Trek. I got hooked with Next Generation. I LOVED the new movie.
Team Edward or Team Jacob? Neither really, but if forced to choose I would go with Team Jacob.
McDonalds or Burger King? McDonalds.
Thanks for being here Jambrea! Readers, you can find Jambrea at:
www.jambrea.com (her blog is there too!)
Be sure to be on the lookout for Jambrea's new book, Retribution, releasing from Total-e-bound on May 3, 2010!!