Please give a warm welcome to the talented Jami Alden!!!
Please tell us about your latest release.
My latest book, which was released in November, is PRIVATE PARTY. It’s about a woman who’s lived her entire life trying to live up to everyone else’s standards, even going so far as to marry the man hand picked by her parents. Then she discovers her new husband cheating on her at their wedding reception. She decides to stop being such a good girl and goes after something she’s always wanted, namely the groom’s younger black sheep brother. Then she follows him to his luxury resort in the Caribbean, only to discover that her wedding night fling might be true love.
Of all your characters, which one is most like you?
That’s a tough one – I definitely find my characters mimicking me in one way or another. But if I had to choose, I would probably say Kit, from my novella STRIPPING IT DOWN (from the TASTE OF HONEY ANTHOLOGY). She definitely shares my smart ass attitude and tendency to take jabs at people, thinking I’m hilarious, but might be hurting someone’s feelings in the process.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
My favorite part is the fact that I’m living my dream. I always wanted to write romance, and dreamed of the day when other people would actually pay to read what I write! Plus, I am fortunate to have incredible writer friends. Through writing, I reconnected with one of my best friends from college (Bella Andre) and met my other critique partner, Monica McCarty. And then of course there are the Fog City Divas, who took a newbie under their collective wing and gave me invaluable advice and insight into the industry.
Least favorite? It’s all on me. The buck stops here, and if the book isn’t good, the fault rests with yours truly. It’s a lot of pressure.
Is there anything you would like to write, but haven’t? For example, any other genre you’d like to try?
One of my first loves in romance was the Western Historical, especially those written by Elizabeth Lowell and Penelope Williamson. My first attempt at writing was a western, and I’d like to try my hand at it again someday.
Who has inspired you as a writer?
Of course there are many authors who have inspired me with their talent (and frankly, some lacking in talent who made me want to prove I could do better 🙂 ). But I think the person who most inspired me was my husband, who started his own company shortly before we were married. He wasn’t afraid of taking risks and following his dream, and always encouraged me to do the same.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Cultivate patience and grow a thick hide. Surround yourself with people who want the best for you and support what you do. Be clear with yourself and others what your goals are, and be committed to them, because if you aren’t, it’s way too easy for the writing to get pushed aside. I think a lot of writers (myself included, when I first started) waste a lot of time treating it like a hobby, but if you want to make it your career and be taken seriously, you need to take it seriously yourself.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Loyal, sarcastic, and… I want to say tired, but that’s just because I have 2 small kids and a looming deadline… I don’t know, cynically romantic?
What is next for you?
Next up I’m in the ITALIAN STALLIONS (yes, I am totally serious) anthology with Karin Tabke. IS will be available from Kensington Aphrodisia in July. After that, I have CAUGHT coming out October 2008, the first of three romantic suspense novels I’m writing for Kensington’s Brava imprint.
Thank you, Jami! I am looking forward to the upcoming releases and wish you nothing but the best!
You can learn more about Jami and her books by visiting her website: http://www.jamialden.com