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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Interview with Jamie Salisbury and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to RFTC author Jamie Salisbury. Jamie is on tour celebrating the recent release of her book Timeless Sojurn and has stopped by to answer some questions. Before we get to the interview, lets get to know Jamie some.

Jamie Salisbury cannot imagine a time when she did not write. A skill that has served her well throughout her professional career. Public relations in and around the entertainment industry, photography, editing, and special event planning all elevated her passion for writing.

An avid reader of histories, biographies, and romance, it's only natural that part of the products of her pen are historical romances featuring characters so authentic they spring forth from the page and shake the reader's hand. Many of her teen years were spent in Chile, but she and her family were forced out of the country when the political climate demanded it.

Taking the plunge to take her writing professional came as a result of a series of foot surgeries that left her with a lot of time on her hands. Unable to walk great distances at the time, she started writing as a way to pass the time. Her experiences of how dramatically her life had changed at first. Then the new world of e-publishing inspired her to digitally publish her first novel, Perpetual Love, rather than relegate it to the dreaded drawer. She couldn't be happier with her decision to grab the publishing industry by the shoulders and force it to pay attention to all she has to offer. Two more novels have followed: Blood Lust and Tudor Rose, with more to follow soon.

Jamie now lives outside of Atlanta, but the love for travel has never abandoned her. Adventure, exploration, and intrigue permeate her prose to the core.

In those few moments of the day when she's not writing or thinking about writing, she finds knitting a way to relax and unwind. Other interests include photography, equestrianism, reading, and of course traveling.

Jamie hopes her writing will entertain, enlighten, and inspire others to pick up the pen and pursue their own dreams. She loves to be contacted by readers, writers, and history buffs.

Places to find Jamie:

First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I was raised in the Pacific Northwest, have lived abroad and now live in the American South. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a versatile career in public relations and event planning, which have trickled on to photography and writing. From both where I’ve lived and worked, I’ve managed to draw on a slew of ideas for my books. When I’m not writing, I love to hike, camp, sail and travel.

Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, although the idea was always one of those things I wanted to do in life – down the road, so to speak.

What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
I tend to be a little of both. There is no method to my madness. Some books are written after being well plotted with outlines and characters written down. Others come to me and I simply write away.

Where do your ideas come from?
Nine times out of ten my ideas are drawn from real life – either personally or something strikes me as a good idea for a book.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
HARD ONE! Timeless Sojourn page turning romance, must read

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I like to read romance of course, either historical or contemporary, biographies, period of history that interest me.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
Favorite book? Quite hard to narrow it down to just one.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
The hardest thing for me to write are things that make the book, the scene descriptive – so much so that the reader feels they are there. I tend to go back and forth writing and rewriting until it’s perfect.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
  • William Shakespeare – just because he’s William Shakespeare. I’d love to see what type of man he really was.
  • Jane Austen – She wrote some awesome romances, what we’d call historical romance. She was ahead of her time – especially because she was a woman.
  • J.R. Ward – The woman is phenomenal! Being able to write this entire series, book after book, and manage to keep the reader’s attention. And keep the reader wanting more. . .I’d love to sit and pick her brain for an hour or so.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
Am I working on anything right now? I’m ALWAYS working on something! Now that Timeless Sojourn is finished, I have about four other things in some form or another. One is still a concept and in research, another just started, I’ve started on the sequel to Tudor Rose and I have one which I wrote years ago I’m trying to decide what to do with. Two are contemporary and two are historical. And I’m even writing ideas down in a notebook for the sequel to Timeless Sojourn!

Recently divorced at a time when most women are enjoying their children being grown, Anne Harrison finds her life in chaos. At the urging of her forever-friend Kat, Anne moves back to Seattle, her childhood home, to get back her former confidence and make a fresh start.

Confident, creative, and a successful businessman, Geoffrey Quinn has depths not immediately apparent to those who come into contact with that cocky, devilishly handsome exterior.

The last thing either is looking for is a relationship. Anne finds Geoff highly irritating (and young!) at best, while Geoffrey finds her magnetic and wise. To his amusement, she futilely attempts to dismiss him each time they cross paths, and sparks fly.

Watch as this seemingly unsuitable, disparate duo lights a fiery, compelling attraction neither sees coming. But who will get burned?

Places to Purchase:

Kat and I are just finishing up the dinner dishes and getting ready to sit and solve the problems of the world when the phone rings. Kat answers. “Of course, she’s right here. We just finished cleaning the kitchen.”

Geoffrey she mouths to me, handing me the phone.

“Hey, how are you? I asked.

“Great, thanks. I was wondering if you’d like to come over for dinner Friday night. I grill a mean steak.”

“That sounds great, Geoffrey. Can I bring anything, oh, and what time?” I smile at the thought of that killer body slaving over a grill.

“How about if I pick you up at seven, and bring something for dessert, if you don’t mind.”

“That sounds great. I’ll see you Friday.”

I hang up the phone and Kat is standing there with a huge grin on her face.

“You’re going to have dinner at Geoffrey Quinn’s?” she cackles. “You do know he’s falling hook, line and sinker, don’t you? He never invites women to his place.”

“Enough already, Kat! Geoff is young enough to be my son. We simply enjoy each other’s company.” I replied, hoping to shut her up.

“Oh no, Anne, he’s taken with you and you are quite smitten with him, although you’d be the last to admit it. Don’t play the age game crap with me because I know better.” She’s still smiling like a match maker as I turn away, my face warm from blushing.

Want to win some goodies from Jamie? Check out what's up for grabs.

Up for grabs:
  • 1 lucky commenter from the ENTIRE tour will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

To Enter:
  • Please leave a meaningful comment or question for Jamie. 
  • Please leave your email address along with your comment to be entered. No email address no entry.
  • Giveaway ends August 3rd.

Good Luck =)


  1. I appreciate a writer who wants to make the writing perfect to the point of re-writing until they are satisfied.

    I knit to relax.


    1. Good Morning Marybelle,
      Thanks for your comment. I too knit to relax when I'm not writing. It is so soothing - a perfect way to unwind.
      Thanks for your comment - it is greatly appreciated. You, the reader deserve my best.

  2. Good Thursday Morning Everyone!
    Thank you to Ramblings From This Chick for hosting my latest release Timeless Sojourn. I look forward to checking in during the day for remarks and comments.

  3. I'm here again! After a fashion :P Internet is really slow at the minute.
    And I've read this awesome book. It was awesome! Amazing! A I-couldn't-put-it-down-had-to-read-it-all-straight-away kinda book ;)
    You and I have the same taste, Jamie. I would just LOVE to pick out J.R.Ward's brain. I'd love to know how she does it. Love her entire series :P
    You know me, but my email is (it says I have to put it and I'm no rule breaker ;) )

    1. Thanks for following the tour Natalie!
      Looking forward to you next one - hugs!

  4. Congrats on the new release. How much of an age difference is there between Geoffrey and Anne? This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.


    1. Hi Joanne!
      Age difference between Anne and Geoffrey is approximately 20+ years - give or take. . .
      Love to hear what you think once you've read it.

  5. Thanks for a fun post! Congrats on the new release!

  6. Jamie, I had a hard time naming my 3 kids how do you come up with names for all your characters?
    Carin mawmom(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. It isn't easy! I usually have an idea ahead of time, but I've gone as far as to have written well into a manuscript and decided that a name(s) does not fit the character and changed them! A lot of times the names might be from family, some I research. I try to stay away, which isn't always possible, from names that are overused in books.
      Thanks for your question Carin!

  7. Sounds like a great read - I enjoy the older woman/younger man storyline !! Great interview!!

  8. I haven't read a older woman/younger Guy book yet but this one sounds good so I'm putting it on my to buy list.

    1. Thanks Regina! I think you'll enjoy it as it's a little off the usual older woman/younger guy story line.

  9. Sounds really good! Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  10. I wonder how all the traveling and different locales in your life have influenced your writing. The book sounds great!


  11. What a lovely age difference...

    Jamie...I also lived not far from Atlanta (in Macon) and one of my favorite authors is Chilean (Isabel Allende).

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Catherine!
      I love Isabel Allende! She is such a prolific writer. Reading some of her books where she's in Chile brings back memories (places, cities, etc.).
      It's been a while since I've been in Macon!
      Yes, I thought the age difference was just enough - plus Geoffrey's a bit more mature (in more ways than one) and appreciates Anne more than a lot of men his own age would.
      Thanks for your comment and I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy it!

  12. Congrats on the new release. Love The Interview Cant Wait To Read The Book.

    1. Thanks April! Hope you enjoy Timeless Sojourn!

  13. The book sounds intriguing. That would be a fun party with JR Ward and Jane Austen.


  14. I couldn't choose just three authors to have dinner with, I have way too many favorites.

  15. Congrats on the release. :)


  16. Congrats on the release...I was wondering if there is anything you like to do to get in the mood for writing or to find inspiration?

  17. Great interview!

  18. Congrats on the release!
    I would love to sit down and talk with Jane Austen, can we invite Darcy, pleaseee!:D Thank you much for the giveaway!