I am at the IRC (Indie Romance Convention) in Lebanon, TN. Sitting here with me is Author Jamie Marchant.
What genre do you write?
Fantasy Romance , epic fantasy, and urban fantasy
Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and do you read the same genre as you write?
I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything other than a writer. When I was about six, I began writing stories about the Man from Mars for my older sister. I got sidetracked from my first love by pursing a PhD in English and teaching at the university level. But it is only when I’m writing that I’m truly happy. Reading is a pretty close second, and yes, my reading consists mostly of fantasy although I do branch out.
What inspired you to write in this particular genre?
My older sister is also responsible for hooking me on fantasy by telling me fairy tales as a child. In fact, my first novel, The Goddess’s Choice, is a retelling of one of those fairy tales, “The Princess and the Glass Hill,” which had been my favorite. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it. I’ve never found anyone outside my family who has, and my sister can’t remember where she originally heard the tale. It’s a truly stirring tale about a peasant and a princess who are brought together by a series of unusual circumstances, including three magical horses.
Where are you from?
I now live in Auburn, Alabama, where I teach at Auburn University.
Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
Since writing characters is my passion and probably my greatest strength as a writer, it’s hard to choose one. I definitely enjoyed writing Samantha and Robbie, the heroine and hero of my series, but sometimes I enjoy writing the minor characters even more. Probably my favorite character to write was Wild Thing, Robbie’s horse. She’s a Horsetad, a breed of magical horses that are faster, stronger, and more intelligent than regular horses, and Robbie has the magical ability to communicate with animals, so she is a major presence in the series. I had originally planned to kill her off early in the first novel, but I fell in love with Wild Thing and couldn’t bring myself to do it. If you read my novels, I think you’ll agree keeping her alive was a wise choice.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters’ names?
Yes, my novels have a lot of Celtic influence, so I use Celtic names for my characters. I use an internet baby name site that gives the meaning for hundreds of Celtic names. The meaning of the name often corresponds to the character’s personality.
Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?
For some reason, the heroine Samantha, the crown princess of Korthlundia gave me the most difficulties. In the fairy tale that inspired the series, she has no name and virtually no role, except being handed off to the hero as a prize. In writing my novel, I very much wanted to her to be a strong, independent woman who is ever bit the hero’s equal. Strong heroines are important to me in both what I write and what I read. I had several false starts, and Samantha in the final version of the novel bares little resemblance to Samantha in the first draft. However, I think I finally pulled it off.
What is your motto?
Don’t meddle in the affairs of dragons because you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Diana Gabaldon novels. Whenever one comes out, I can’t focus on anything else until I finish it, and she doesn’t write short books.
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Probably Jane Austen. She is one of the first writers to introduce me to the strong heroine that I admire in writing.
Tell us your latest news?
I have just completed the third volume in the series, The Ghost in Exile. It is presently in the hands of an editor and will be coming out later this Fall.
Thank you Jamie Marchant for taking the time to answers these questions.
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About the Author:
From early childhood, Jamie has been immersed in books. Her mother, an avid reader, read to her, and her older sister filled her head with fairy tales. Taking into consideration her love for literature and the challenges of supporting herself as a writer, she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. But in doing so, she put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. Then one day, in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized that what she wanted to be doing was writing fantasy novels. Her muse thus revived, she began the book that was to become The Goddess’s Choice. The second volume in the series, The Soul Stone, will be released on June 25, 2015.
She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband, son, and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. Her short fiction has been published on Short-Story.Me, and my story was chosen for inclusion in their annual anthology. It has also appeared in the anthologies—Urban Fantasy (KY Story, 2013) and Of Dragon and Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds (Witty Bard Publishing, 2014)—The World of Myth, A Writer’s Haven, and Bards & Sages.