Now, Jamie, tell us about your last book, Forceful Engagement.
Forceful Engagement is a Regency romance, set in England at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. The story concerns a spirited young woman who wants more from life than attending balls and parties and a returning army officer who has a ruined estate to rebuild. Her money will save his estate and his habits of command will give her the direction she wants – if they can overcome the frequent clashes of their too stubborn wills and grab the life and happiness they both want? But can they do it before an unknown enemy puts an end to his life?
My next book, Aussie Heiress, was released by Blushing Books on July 20. It’s a romantic mystery story set in the present day – well 1999 anyhow. It’s a story of loss, exile and an inheritance. A young Australian finds herself alone when her mother dies and she wants to know if there’s any truth in her grandmother’s claim she’s the rightful heiress to an English estate. The catalyst for her starting out on this quest is meeting a vacationing history teacher from the very district where the estate is located. Both characters are very reserved people determined to avoid romantic entanglements so from the outset there can’t be any thoughts of love, or can there?
What books have most influenced your life most?
Everything by Jane Austen really. I love her mix of romance, irony and humor. And also Georgette Heyer, a writer who brought Jane Austen’s style of writing into the Twentieth Century — I want to keep it going in this century.
Do you use a pseudonym? If so how did you choose it?
Jamie Phillips is my pen name and I chose it because it has both masculine and feminine undertones, which I felt would allow me to write my stories from both points-of-view without having the reader feel I wasn’t qualified to do so.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
Names are important in any story so, yes, I choose them carefully. There are lots of reasons to spend time on your characters’ names. I don’t have a particular resource I use but I do check up (Google etc) on names for meanings and particularly historical context — some names didn’t exist in the past and some from the past don’t exist now or, worse, sound funny. As well, the character’s name should expand on the image you’re trying to convey by being appropriate for their class, occupation, nationality, and the role they play in the story.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
It’s not exactly a subject but I couldn’t write stories about the horrific things human beings do, and have always done, to each other. My characters may administer slaps or throw vases but it’s always an expression of their attraction to each other (even if they don’t know it yet) not an attempt to kill someone.
What item, that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?
A time machine. I’d like to visit so many different periods in the past (but not live in them) and maybe even see something of the future (though I doubt that I’d approve of it, whatever it may be).
So long as I can remember I’ve been interested in reading and spanking, particularly romantic spanking (I still think Mr. Knightley’s verbal spanking of Emma in Jane Austen’s book of the same name is the best there is anywhere). I’m showing my age when I say that in those long ago days it was easy to have both interests met in a large number of regular books (and even movies). Eventually, my interest in reading became an interest in writing and that naturally led to writing spanking romances.
I’m married with two grown kids and live in central Canada when I’m not traveling, which I very often am. If I’m not reading or writing, I can usually be found outdoors with a camera looking to capture perfect images of landscapes and wildlife.
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