Thursday, March 05, 2009

Guest Today - Author Jamieson Wolf!



Today I would like to introduce you to author Jamieson Wolf!

I ‘met’ Jamieson a few years back. He is proud to be his own person! An author and a book reviewer, I’ve still not figured out how he fits it all into his busy schedule. He loves a good book and crafts great stories himself – I’ve recommended his books to many who have loved them.

So please welcome Jamieson Wolf, author extraordinaire!

You are one of the most prolific writers I know – when do you find the time?

Well, I really don’t know.

Just kidding. I actually write every day. And I usually work on many different projects at once. I tend to get bored easily so I’m always working on at least two things. At the moment, I’m working on a memoir and a romance novel. Variety is the spice of life after all.

I just make sure that I write every day, even if I really don’t feel like it. That way, it establishes some sort of routine in my crazy life.

Explain your deep love for Stephen King!

Well, I first realized that I wanted to be a writer after reading Stephen King’s Skeleton Crew. That book scared the bejeesus out of me and, after reading it, I thought: This is what I’d love to do.

Of course it took several more years for that dream to become a reality. But it happened. Plus, he just writes so incredibly well. He writes what he wants to write and has developed his craft over time.

He is what I aspire to be. And he’s just a darn great writer. He continues to find the darker places in life that we try to ignore but that we know are there.

Talk a little about The Book Pedler – how did you get started reviewing books?

I’ve been reviewing books for years. I started reviewing books for several online review magazines before it occurred to me to start my own.

I’ve always loved reviewing books and telling others about all the great books there are to read. When I was thinking of starting my own book review site, I took a while to think about the name.

I often think of myself as a Pedler, someone that would go around selling wears or showing others new sites to see. It seemed like a great title for a book review site as that’s what I do through my reviews: tell others about great books!

You can find The Book Pelder by clicking here: http://www.thebookpedler.com/

You’re on several social networking sites – which one do you like best?

I love social networking sites. You never know who you’re going to meet or find a new way to promote yourself or your work.

Here’s a few places where you can find me out and about:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jamiesonwolf

Yahoo: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Jamieson_Wolf/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamieson-Wolf/737780701

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/jamiesonwolf

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jamiesonwolf

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/798401.Jamieson_Wolf

LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/author/wolfjamieson

Ning: http://romanceauthor.ning.com/

I know that looks like a lot, but in reality, I only use a few of them. This should tell you which one I like best.

I also love Yahoo. It enables me to have my very own newsletter/mailing list AND stay in touch with my readers for free! You can’t beat that!

I use Twitter every day, several times a day. I love the ease of it, the simplicity and the joy it brings to read about others, to connect with others, all in 140 character posts.

Facebook, well, Facebook is the devil. I go on to update my status and my virtual bookshelf and that’s it; otherwise, I’m on there for an hour.

I don’t really like Myspace; I don’t know why. I just never got into it like some other people did. Speaking of which, I should update my MySpace page….

I signed up to Linkedin to connect with others and hopefully branch out into writing other things. So far, I’m not impressed and haven’t linked up with anyone; though never say never.

I love GoodReads and LibraryThing. Both of them are book cataloguing sites where you can keep track of all the books in your library. I like LibraryThing more than GoodReads (it’s easier to use and laid out better) but both are fantastic for the book lover.

I don’t think I’ve used the Ning social network since I created it. You can have members join and what not, but I’ve never gotten the hand of it. I know some authors that swear by it so maybe I just have to give it a chance.



So in the end, Twitter, Facebook and LibraryThing are my favourites but to each their own.

You are Canadian! Born & raised?

Yes m’am! I was born in Ottawa Ontario Canada and that’s where I live now. I’ve left a few times to see the world, but always come back. For some reason, it always feels like home.

“Hunted” is out in paperback – tell us about this book!

Well, Hunted is the first book in my Hunted Series. It’s also one of my favourite books that I’ve written and I couldn’t be happier that it’s out in print! In it, we meet Susan Halliway. Here’s a bit about the novel:
Susan Halliway is desperate to change her life. But something is desperate to hunt her....
A serial killer begins to leave increasingly frightening notes for Susan after he kills each of his victims. Little girls with blond hair and bright eyes. She receives details of the killings days before the bodies are found. The trouble is, the killings match a storyline on the soap opera "Hope Falls". The storyline where Susan's old character was the final victim.
Turning to Erin Edwards, the script writer who wrote the "Hope Falls" storyline, they both try to solve the puzzle of who is killing little girls and why they've targeted Susan. Meanwhile, Derrick Madison, Susan's old flame comes back into her life.Will Derrick's flame for Susan get in the way of his police investigation? Or will Susan's lust for Derrick blind her to powerful secrets that Derrick may be withholding from her. They will need all their cunning, all their daring, if they are to reach the end of this hunt alive....

It’s got everything you could want in a thriller: Soap operas, zombies, magic, lust, love, murder, redemption and more!

You can actually learn more about The Hunted Series by visiting the web site which can be found here: http://www.thehuntedseries.synthasite.com/ And make sure to check out the free downloads!

“Valentine’s Labyrinth” – tell us a little about these romance books!

Well, I had always wanted to write romance. But I didn’t fulfil this dream until early last year when my first romance novel, Valentine, was published.

Valentine and Valentine’s Labyrinth revolve around the old myth of St. Valentine’s Day. The legend says that Valentine was an actual person who was held captive by his jailer Asterius while waiting execution.

I wanted to play around with the historical legend and wondered what would happen if Asterius and Valentine got to know each other before the events that took place. It was never meant to be a series, but Valentine’s Labyrinth followed. There is one more book planned in the series called Valentine’s Promise.

You can learn about Valentine here: http://www.valentineanovel.blogspot.com/

And Valentine’s Labyrinth here: http://www.valentineslabyrinth.blogspot.com/

Each blog has tons of freebies for you so make sure to check them out!

I’ve also got a few more romance novels out: Witches: The Written Word Book One and Finding Beauty. Silent Communication: The Written Word Book Two is being published later this year. Check out my web site at http://www.jamiesonwolf.com/ for my complete booklist.

Are you a mushy-romance kind of person?

I’d like to think so.

Though my romances tend to be hot and heavy, there is love there. Each of my characters strive for true love, ever lasting love. It mirrors what I have in my own life, to a certain degree.

So yes, I’m very much a mushy romantic at heart.

Okay, tell us about Mave and why she thinks she’s people!

Well, Mave is my thirteen-year-old Tortoiseshell Calico.

She was a stray that I took in. Someone had put a litter of kittens outside and my friend at the time found her under the porch when she went to outside to have a cigarette. She called me and I took her in and I’ve had her ever since.

I think she’s part dog, part cat and part people. She plays fetch like a dog does and has very human mood swings. She also has a very odd taste in the snacks she eats.

She doesn’t like fish, tuna, milk, cream or anything like that. Instead, she prefers lettuce, Miss Vickies Chips, shortbread, Gingersnaps, shrimp and anything we seem to be eating. Oh, her new favourite treat is yogurt, if you can believe it.

Mave is a very odd cat, but she’s my baby.

And the last word, Jamieson…?

Supercalafragalisticexpialidocious!

Just kidding. The last word would be this: If you want to write, don’t give up on your dream and don’t give up on yourself. Write every day, even if it’s just a few lines, and your dream will be achieved.

Thanks for having me Diane! You’re a pleasure as always!




* Thank YOU, Jamieson!*

11 comments:

Marvin D. Wilson said...

Excellent interview. I like a lot that Jameison has to say. I also have several projects going at once - that way if I get "stuck" on one story temporarily I have something else to write about on any given day.

Also relate to the Stephen King admiration. The guy can flat out write. I don't write in his genre but I read his books and his "On Writing" is a BIBLE in my literary library.

Good stuff today - thanks for sharing!

Morgan Mandel said...

He's all over the place like me, but at least he has more books out!

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

Stephen said...

I have great admiration for Jamieson's prolific output! I try to write every day, but I don't always manage it! Great interview. Thanks.

Mike Douglas said...

Great interview. Jamieson's a prolific and talented writer.

Prill Boyle said...

Thanks, Jameison. Love your encouragement to write every day. Also appreciated your mini-reviews of social networking sites.

Prill
defyinggravitynow.blogspot.com

Jamieson Wolf said...

Hey Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Marvin: I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who works on several things at once!

And I LOVE Stephen King. On Writing is SUCH a great book and has helped many a time!

Morgan--Remember, it's not the quantity but the quality. I put out one book at a time, but keep in mind I've been writing since I was 18 (oh so many years ago!)

Stephen--You have admiration for me? I only WISH I could write short stories as well as you can. You made me blush, thanks!

Mike - Awww, I'm blushing again! Thanks Mike! You're wonderful. :)

Prill - I'm glad I encouraged you! And also glad that you appriciated the mini reviews. There's so many sites out there it's always good to know which ones are helpful. :)

Jamieson Wolf said...

Oh! As an added extra surprise, all of you are being entered into a draw to win a copy of Hunted! I have five to give away!

Woohoo!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I enjoyed this interview and so admire anyone that can work on more than one project at a time!

Jane Kennedy Sutton
http://janekennedysutton.blogspot.com/

Allyn Evans said...

The social networking review was interesting. I gave a talk today in Toastmasters about this very topic. You and I are on a similar page!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

What a lot of information. I love King, too. His book "On Writing" includes lots of little writing tidbits that we can all use.

And a review and tweeter! Interesting 'cause I have a regular tweet column in which I list reviewers who tweet for the benefit of my writer/followers. (-: Jamieson, I just went over to folow you.

Best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Blogging at Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites pick, www.sharingwithwriters

Mayra Calvani said...

Hi Jameison!

I had the chance to read one of Jameison's book and he IS good writer!

I'm intrigued about your cat! Do you think she would like to be interviewed at http://petsandauthors.blogspot.com?

My best to you,
Mayra