THE JAMES GANG
Each month I interview an author or publishing insider who has “James” in his/her name. My August James Gang interview is with Bookstrand Publishing/Siren Publishing author, Jami Davenport.
1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James?
You could say that James is a family name. My dad’s name was James. He and Mom wanted to name me Jami, but my sister got her way and my real name is something else. My dad died in a tragic accident when I was three. So when it came time for me to pick a pen name, there was no question that it’d be Jami.
2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?
I write contemporary romance with a bit of suspense and comedy. While it’s been classified as erotic, I don’t believe it’s any more erotic than any other contemporary romance currently published.
3. Tell us about your latest release.
The Gift Horse is my latest release. It’s the third book in my “Evergreen Dynasty” series. The first two being The Dance and Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?
I’ve always wanted to write an equestrian-themed story because I’m a life-long horsewoman and animal lover. This book has romance, mystery, and comedy. Non-horse people will enjoy it, too. Carson, the hero in The Gift Horse, was first introduced as the tight-ass brother in Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed? When I decided to write his story next, I needed to put the city boy in an unfamiliar situation. So I started brainstorming. What would happen if a city boy was given a show horse for his birthday and manipulated into running a horse farm? What would he do? I love his transformation from a ruthless businessman into a more relaxed country boy. The heroine, Sam, is his opposite, so it was a hoot to pit them against each other.
I also did something which I find lacking in equestrian fiction. I gave the horse a personality. She is as much as secondary character as any of the humans in the story. I wrote some short scenes in her point-of-view, and she has a sense of humor. She’s always ruining the hero’s white shirts and behaving as if she has a crush on him. If you love animals, you’ll love Gabbie.
The Gift Horse and the other two books are available in ebook form from Siren Publishing, All Romance Ebooks, MobiPocket, and Fictionwise. They’re also in print and can be ordered from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
City boy Carson receives a temperamental gift horse complete with strings attached: transform a run-down horse farm into a showplace and a disorganized horse trainer bent on self-sabotage into a winner. His horse trainer has her own agenda, one that puts her life and his heart on the line.
4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?
I think I have two underlying themes: finding family and figuring out what’s really important in life.
5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?
Derek, in my current manuscript, is my all-time favorite hero. Derek is a down-and-out pro football player. He’s an atypical jock because he’s genuinely a nice guy. His college girlfriend and the only woman he’s never been able to forget are thrown together after six years apart by well-meaning friends.
6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?
Writing, meeting readers, and more writing. I really love writing. I get into the characters. They become my best friends, and I’m truly sorry to see them go when I finish a book.
7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?
I’ve gotten tons of good reviews for all three books. You can read about them on my website. Here are a few highlights:
“Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed? Smoldering sex, honest affection, and true humor make this a story worth reading and rereading!” 5 Cherries--Whipped Cream Reviews
“If you’re looking for a read which will bring tears to your eyes and joy to your heart then pick up The Dance; you won’t be disappointed. Outstanding Read”--Grade A--Simply Romance Reviews
“If her riding skills are as good as her writing talent, (Jami Davenport) wins blue ribbons. A fun romance with intrigue and danger, and for a former rider, The Gift Horse gave the unparalleled treat of being back in the saddle.” Romance Reviews Today
“I am giving The Dance five stars for the excitement and perfection that it turned out to be.” 5 Stars--Just Erotic Romance Reviews
8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?
I have a website, blog, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. I’m also on GoodReads and Shelfari. I also am part of an equestrian fiction blog with four other writers: Equestrian Ink (http://equestrianink.blogspot.com/)
9. What is your next project?
Fourth and Goal, the book I mentioned above. I’m very excited about this book as it’s gotten some agent and editor interest.
10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you'd like to impart or a favorite quote?
If you’re a writer, listen to your heart. Be careful about well-meaning people who tell you about rules, what you can and can’t write about. Write the best book you can and don’t write to trends. Most of all, have fun!
Thanks, Jami! Next month I’ll interview Avon author, Jaime Rush!
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