Today, I’m hosting Jamie Schmidt to the blog. Jamie is a USA Today Bestselling author of sexy romances. Checkout her books below.
Welcome Jamie. I have a bunch of questions for you. Let’s get started.
- When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I started writing seriously in high school. I wrote a children’s book for English class and worked on a Star Trek novel in a five-subject college bound notebook.
- What inspired you to write your first book?
I had a lot of stories in my head that I wanted to share. I liked giving people “the feels” where they would have an emotional reaction to something I wrote.
- What books have most influenced your life most?
Stephen King’s Danse Macabre, Mercedes Lackey’s Heralds of Valdemar series, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, and a ton more.
- What book are you reading now?
Wildfire by Ilona Andews, which releases the same day as STUD.
- Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I definitely do. It takes some of the fun out of writing when you have to consider the business side with marketing, and budgeting and all of that. But in the end, it isn’t enough to write a good book. You have to write a marketable book and then find a way to reach readers. That’s the part that I struggle with the most.
- How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I have published Twenty-six books so far. I’ve got three more books releasing this year and twelve more releasing next year. So that’s 42, which I think Douglas Adams said was the answer to the meaning of life. My least favourite is always the one I’m currently working on and then for some strange reason that one also become my favourite one. And then the process repeats itself.
Here is an excerpt from STUD:
Because I was only a temp, none of the other marketing assistants really wanted to establish a relationship. I was just looking for someone to go to happy hour with, but I wound up feeling like Rudolph when they didn’t invite me to their reindeer games tonight.
It was probably for the best. I had to make up some time this week anyway. So what if I spent my Friday night looking for the best place to advertise the release in-game? I probably would have been home playing with Billy anyway. Of course, if I was home I could have a pint of ice cream next to me and be in my pajamas. And I would feel like less of an outcast when the last of the laughing staff of the Wentworth Agency shut off the lights on me on their way out the door.
“Why are you sitting here in the dark?”
I jumped a foot. I hadn’t heard Mick come into the room.
“I couldn’t be bothered getting up and turning them back on. I can see what I need to by the computer screen. Is there something you wanted, sir?” I hadn’t given him an inch on that bullshit.
He leaned against the doorjamb. I could see that his jacket was slung over his arm and he had loosened his tie. Rubbing his hand over his face, he said, “I saw the lights from the computer monitor. I thought someone had forgotten to shut it down.”
I didn’t say anything, just continued gathering materials. I might as well get some of my questing in while I monitored what people were saying in the trade channels and city chats. Still, I was aware that he continued to watch me. As most of me was slumped in a chair, I was pretty sure he wasn’t checking me out. Which was good, right? He didn’t want an office affair and I’d had my fill of him. Or so I told myself, because my nose twitched at that sexy cologne he wore.
“I wanted to ask a favor.”
I raised an eyebrow and looked up from the computer screen. He had a five o’clock shadow, which my treacherous brain reminded me felt awesome between my legs. He tossed a small box at me.
“What’s this?” Inside was an external hard drive and a USB cord.
“That’s the pre-beta version of the Egyptian release.”
I grasped it to my chest, fatigue falling away. I would pretty much do whatever he wanted for the chance to download the contents of this drive onto my computer. As far as I knew, Lemmingware wasn’t ready to put the expansion out to their beta testers yet. “Wouldn’t it be more secure to give you a key code to download it from?”
“This isn’t the actual final release. This is the expansion plus some extras they put in that they’re not sure they’re going to keep. They want us to wander around the existing world and see what kind of attention the new characters and gear draw and to keep track of the data of where and when and what was said.”
I nearly swooned. “I can haz epix?” Visions of elite armor and matching outfits danced in my head.
“Never mind,” I said, shaking myself out of it. “I’m tired and being silly. I’ll be glad to install this and play around on it.” My Friday night was looking up.
“I’d like to do some in-game work myself.”
That surprised me. “Why? You’ve already got a team on it.”
“I like to know how things work. All of this is very new to me. Like, I didn’t know you had to have a copy of the original game installed to play the expansion.”
I nodded. That was how it worked.
“I almost made a fool out of myself in front of Lemmingware because I didn’t know that.”
Now I got it. This was all about his ego. “So, what do you want?”
Mick coughed self-consciously. “I don’t have a version on my laptop.”
Waving my hand toward his laptop, I said, “I can do the new installation for you before I go.”
“It’s not that simple.” He cleared his throat. “I’ve never played the game.”
“Really? It’s so much fun.” Of course, he wasn’t the videogame type. He had Very Important Places to go with Very Important People.
“Anyway, I was wondering if you could teach me,” he said, in such a rush that I almost didn’t hear him.
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