Interview & Contest with Erin Jamison

Jen: Please help us welcome Erin Jamison as our guest this week. Erin, will you please share a short bio with us?

Erin: An avid reader by nature, I’ve dreamed of telling stories of my very own ever since I was little. Mustering my bravado, I forged ahead to create a series of stories that promote individuality, confidence, fearlessness, fortitude, and passion. I write sensual erotic stories of women who know what they want and aren’t afraid to go after it for women who want a bit of a thrill too.

Jen: Tell us about Better Than 8: Fantasy and where is can be purchased.

Erin: The book is called Better Than 8: Fantasy. This is the first of eight books. It can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

In the first book, the main character Amara, takes a chance on love and is rewarded with her wildest fantasy.
Each story in this collection are tales of strong, confident women that meet men online through a dating website. The women, all friends, give in to their darkest desires, admit their fears, or take a risk on love.

Better Than 8: Fantasy will be available as an ebook at Kindle, Nook, Smashwords and also be offered in print at Amazon.com

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Erin: Initially, I discovered writing when I was a teenager, about 13. I did a lot of journal writing and attempted fictionalizing stories but never shared them with anyone. I did a lot of poetry writing as well. It took years before I gave myself permission to explore my talent. And years more to have the courage to share my stories with others.

Officially, this will be my first published book. I am so excited!

As far as my calling… Have you ever felt like there was something you were supposed to be doing but you weren’t doing it? I have felt like that for the last few years. This writing feels right!

Jen: How does your family feel about your career?

Erin: Most of my family don’t know but those that do know are very supportive and behind me 100%.

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Erin: Sexy, Engaging, Thought-Provoking

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?

Erin: I keep an open document of each story, the idea/concept. I have learned that I sometimes need to think about the full concept before I can start writing. I try to outline the story so I know where the story is going. I refer to it during the writing process so it keeps me on track. If I deviate from the initial concept I usually have to justify it to myself. I have a lot of WIPs — Works In Progress.

Jen: Do you have a theme, object or person that appears in all of your stories?

Erin: For books that are planned as series, yes, they are all centered on a theme. The one thing that all my stories share, whether they are of a series or not, are all women that pick themselves up and put themselves back together again.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?

Erin: Believe it or not, the most challenging parts of the writing are the sex scenes. I shy away from them actually. Building the sensuality between the characters, tension, suspense seems to come easier. The most rewarding part of writing is when I have someone read the story and I haven’t told them a thing about it first and they get it. They get all the innuendo, intention of the story, angst of the women, etc.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?

Erin: I have to say Amara is my favorite character at this point. I like the fact that she’s so assertive in business. She, like all the women I write about, has pieces of me but she isn’t me, of course.

Jen: If Better Than 8: Fantasy was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Erin: I would cast Jolene Blalock. I think she is closest to the complexion of the main character and her ethnicity if often debated.

Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?

Erin: This is my first book and my self imposed deadlines are pretty tight since I’d like the next book to be out by the fall. Other than typing a “Whoo hoo!” I don’t imagine I’ll be living it up. Well, maybe some Cherry Garcia ice cream and do the cabbage patch!

Jen: What’s next for you?

Erin: I’ll be starting on the next book, Better Than 8: Morality.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Erin: http://www.erinjamison.com%20/

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Erin: I’d encourage them to go online to my Facebook page and open a discussion. Would they register for the fictional dating site featured in my series if they had an opportunity? Would they recommend the book to a friend?

Jen: Are we holding a contest during your visit?

Erin: Yes. The prize is an autographed copy of the book. Restrictions are the winner must be 18 years or older. There are no location restrictions.

Jen:  To enter Erin’s contest, you first need to leave a question or comment for her.  Then to finish your entry, you must either leave your email address in your comment or send an email to admin.bookblog AT gmail.com.  The winner will be chosen on Sunday, June 5.

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