I'm so happy to be hosting Jamie Magee, with her debut novel, Insight at the blog today. Jamie has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination, through her writing, would take her to places she’d never been and introduce her to people she’s never known.
So let's get started with this interview.
Welcome to ¡Miraculous!, Jamie! Tell us a little bit about Insight.
I want to say first of all that it is absolutely amazing for me to be here today and share not only a little bit about myself, but introduce you to my debut novel!
Willow Haywood by all outward appearances was a normal teenage girl; the only talent she openly displayed was her love of art. Her entire life she had struggled with a six sense, one that allows her to feel others emotions as her own. At times this sense caused images of people to appear in front of her, with a touch she was taken to wherever they may be in this world. She had the power to change their emotions, to make them happy, or at the very least she brought them to peace. Beyond this strange characteristic she had vivid dreams. Each night she dreamt of a breathtaking blue eyed boy, the dreams were silent but her gift of emotion told her that he loved her as intently as she loved him. On the night of each new moon she struggled with a painful nightmare – her gift of sensing emotion was taken from her and she battled a suffocating weight on her chest. All of these odd characteristics came into play when a nightmare marked her wrist with a star and Willow learned who she really was and had no choice but to outrun a fate that was chasing her.
What inspired you to write this book and then how did you get published? Tell us your call story.
The inspiration to write came from more sources than I could ever clearly explain. I love to tell the story of how Insight was a New Year’s resolution. At that point in my life I was looking at what I had accomplished, and what I felt was left undone. Like most people, I’d followed the flow of life: school, marriage, children, and a career, but I was missing something. I was missing the part of me that was unique to myself – my voice – something that would remain once my time was over. I strongly believe that each person on earth has a gift/ trait that’s unique to them, something that gives them passion – that can invoke emotions in others. I’d yet to find my trait – beyond the life I’d created I was simply a daydreamer …and what could a daydreamer possibly create? I told my husband on New Years Eve of 2008 that I had three resolutions: to run every day, learn to play the guitar, and to write a book. So far – two years later I’ve only managed to keep one of those resolutions – and I could not be happier with my choice. I cannot explain how elating it is to see a daydream come to life in a word document – then to have others read and understand what you saw…first.
I would love to tell you about this amazing query letter that I sent to an agent/publisher – to tell you that they fell instantly in love with every word I wrote and then I signed this huge deal and I lived happily ever after – well I did/am living happily ever after but the rest of the story remains unwritten. After Insight was complete I researched every way there was to bring my work into the light of the day, and in the end I decided to outsource what I could not do on my own. Then I prepared Insight for release across the globe!
Describe your writing in three words.
I want to say: compelling addicting love-story….but I’m too shy, so I will leave this to the readers.
We'll talk readers, then! What do you think is the most interesting comment you have ever received about your book?
Every comment that I read about my Insight is absolutely fascinating to me. I love to connect with my readers and hear how my characters reached them – to see Insight through their eyes. If I had to pick just one comment it would be that Insight was a breath of fresh air – for a debuting author those words are priceless.
What's next for you?
I’m excited to announce that I plan to release Embody the second novel in the Insight series on June 7th 2011. I am diligently working on the remainder of the series at this point. The first four are complete, and ideas for countless more stories are stirring in my over active imagination!
Where can you be found on the web?
Oh how I love the web ~ these are the sites I make sure I stop by each day (I admit that most of my announcements are posted on my Facebook page first!)
You are very welcome, Jamie! I loved getting to know you and your book better -- congrats on the big release!
Thanks to Jamie's tour publicist, NURTURE Virtual BOOK Tourz™, one lucky reader will win a print copy of Insight. To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is comment on Jamie's interview or ask Jamie a question that hasn't already been asked. No need to follow my blog -- though it is appreciated :)
This giveaway is open internationally and will end on May 31st, 2011 at 11.59 EST. Good luck!