Award-winning author, Wendi Darlin, took time from her busy schedule to interview new Siren author, Jami Davenport. Take it away, Wendi.
WENDI: When did you first start writing?
JAMI: I wrote my first "book" as soon as I knew the alphabet. It was titled Wildfire, about a horse, and illustrated by me, also. I still have it in a trunk in the attic.
W: Tell us about your first published novel.
J: Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? is actually the second manuscript I've completed. The first manuscript, The Dance, will be out later this summer. Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? is set in the San Juan Islands. If you read my book page on Siren's website, I explain how I came up with the initial idea for the book.
W: What other books do you have coming out?
J: As I mentioned, The Dance, which stars two characters that appear in Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? named Rico and Mariah.
W: Tell us about a book that you'd love to write in the future?
J: I want to write a very dark romantic suspense about child trafficking. On a lighter note, I've been batting around this idea of a tree-hugger logger.
W: Where would you like to be in ten years with your writing?
J: New York Times Bestselling author!
W: Who do you consider your mentors? What authors have helped you the most?
J: Lucy Monroe, Suzanne Macpherson, and Theresa Scott. I've been blessed that all three of these authors take an active role in my local RWA chapters. They are always there to answer questions and give encouragement.
W: Where do you find your inspiration for writing?
J: My life. It's the old adage: "Truth is stranger than fiction." And also my environment. I live in the one of the most beautiful places in the world. My house is on three acres in the woods, and I can't see my neighbors.
W: What's your personal background?
J: I taught high school business for eight years. For the last several years, I've worked in IT, originally on the training/technical writing side, now more in support and project management.
W: What do you like to do in your spare time?
J: That's probably obvious. My other passion besides writing is horseback riding, specifically dressage. You can read all about my trials and tribulations with my current horse at www.equestrianink.blogspot.com, which is a blog I've formed with five other equestrian writers.
W: You set Who's Been Sleeping in my Bed? and The Dance in the San Juan Islands. Do you have any other locales picked out for future books, or do you plan more in the San Juan Islands?
J: Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed is the first in a series of books about the Reynolds family. I have every intention of doing at least one or two more books in the San Juansmaybe more.
W: Tell us about the beautiful horse in your blog photo. How long have you been riding and competing?
J: I grew up in eastern Washingtonthe land of sagebrush, open range, and cowboys. I loved riding the open range, but I wanted more. In college, I started taking dressage lessons, and I've been taking them ever since. To tell you how long would give away my age. Ugh. Let's just say more than a few decades. My current horse, Gailey, is my 'dream' horse. She is also the equine star of my newly completed manuscript, The Gift Horse. Again, you can read about her on both of my blogs.
W: What's the first book you remember falling in love with?
J: Another surprise here. The Black Stallion Series by Walter Farley.
W: What's the hardest thing about being a published author?
J: Promotion takes up more time than the writing does.
W: Writing is a craft. For you, which is the most difficult element of novel writing?
J: Keeping up the intensity in the second half of the story, but I'm getting better with each book.
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