Get to Know JAMI DENISE + Giveaway!
Recently I had the wonderful privilege of reading See Jayne Play – which was another one of those just fabulous, ground-breaking titles that made a huge impression on me! I am definitely a fan of this series, and I will continue to read more by this author – whether it’s in connection with the Jayne series or something new. But she is also one of the nicest author’s I have come across, and I jumped at the opportunity to ask her a few questions…so, please read on and get to know this wonderful author – I’m sure we’ll be hearing her name more and more often in the near future!
The Naughty Vixen: Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?
Jami Denise: I have so many influences. It’s really hard to pin it down to one person, but I have always been inspired by Judy Blume as an author. I think she will always be the reason I wanted to write books.
The Naughty Vixen: Jayne is a high priced call girl who comes from the underground crime world in Las Vegas -Where you nervous about readers connecting with See Jayne Play because of that?
Jami Denise: I was. There is a certain stigma that goes along with anyone working in the sex industry. She’s independent and can come off a bit hard, but as strong as she is, I hope the reader can appreciate that she is also a human being with feelings, even when she’s hiding them. A lot of women that find themselves involved with prostitution lose, or have lost, a part of themselves, and they put up defenses to protect themselves from those that use them, and or hurt or will hurt them. Jayne is an escort by choice, she’s made hard decisions, and that was the road she took. It’s just run it’s course and taken it’s toll and she’s trying to figure out who she is. I hope readers understand that confusion and accept the way she works through who she is.
The Naughty Vixen: If we could only take away one thing to inspire us about Jayne’s character, what would it be?
Jami Denise: I think the very fact that she let down walls she’d built up her entire life to allow a bit of actual happiness is inspiring. In the midst of madness, and in the ugly world she comes from, she’s still got a beating heart and a tender soul. I think that’s inspiring.
The Naughty Vixen: What was your reaction to the first “official” review of your book?
Jami Denise: Surprise. Lol. I told myself I wasn’t going to read any reviews, but that was just stupid. The blogs that were a part of the release tour were amazing. I was surprised, and then I was sort of proud. It’s always nice when someone doesn’t think you suck 😉
The Naughty Vixen: Why do you think Flynn became so fascinated by Jayne?
Jami Denise: I think when he saw her as a child, she stood out. She was unique, and something about her captured his attention. Flynn’s odd, as anyone that reads will find out, so with him, I think he fixated on her and then when she continued to disappear, he was intrigued. And of course, he’s a man and men are visual animals. She was pretty and he liked pretty.
The Naughty Vixen: Does any of the characters have traits that you yourself wish you had and if so, what traits would those be?
Jami Denise: I guess if I had to choose one trait from one character, it would be Vince’s patience.
The Naughty Vixen: What is the one thing your readers would be the most surprised to know about you?
Jami Denise: Hmmm. I guess that I am incredibly shy. Pretty much socially backward.
The Naughty Vixen: What has been the hardest part of the writing process for you?
Jami Denise: The hardest part of writing is focus for me. It’s a challenge to just sit and make myself write.
The Naughty Vixen: Has promoting your book been harder than you thought, and what would you recommend to other authors that are trying to get their names out there?
Jami Denise: It has been harder than I thought. Selling books is mostly word of mouth, and getting it out there for others to see is a challenge. I find it really hard to put myself out there (see above) so that’s been the hardest part, asking strangers to read my book. But, I have met some incredibly supportive and awesome new friends, and hopefully new supporters for future books/projects.
My advice to other authors would be to be a planner. I so am not a planner. I am forever doing things last minute.
The Naughty Vixen – I understand that you are working on the next installment of the Jayne series, See Jayne Run. What is one fact that you can reveal to us now that would get us even more hyped up for the next book?
Jami Denise: The one thing I can reveal about See Jayne Run is that readers are in for more surprises. See Jayne Play ended with a cliffhanger, and everything they thought they knew will be twisted again. Nothing is as it seems.
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