Jen: Today we continue our spotlights of Authors After Dark authors by welcoming Jaime Rush to Romancing the Book. Jaime, will you share a short bio with us?
Jaime: Things that go bump in the night have always fascinated Jaime Rush. Sometimes those things are human; other times, not so much. Her new Hidden series reveals humans with the essence of gods who walk the knife’s edge between the glamour of Miami and a place filled with hot passion and dangerous beauty. Part dragon, angel, or sorcerer, Crescents must fight their own kind, magical beings, and the lure of their darkest nature.
Jaime is the author of the award-winning Offspring series and is also Tina Wainscott, bestselling author of eighteen novels. Contests, sneak peeks and more at www.jaimerush.com.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Jaime: Having just wrapped up my Offspring series, I’m so excited to be debuting a brand new series June 4th: The Hidden, humans with the essence of gods who walk the knife’s edge between Miami and a magical world of passion and danger. Part dragon, angel, or sorcerer, they must fight their own kind, demons, and the lure of their darkest nature.
DRAGON MINE is an early peek into this world in the form of a novella: Kirin is summoned home to Miami when his father goes missing–the man who ruined his life, and his relationship with Elle, by being a suspect in her mother’s disappearance. When he runs into Elle, sparks fly, especially when he discovers her father is missing, too. Suspecting that their disappearances are linked, they must combine his Dragon power and her magick to find the truth in the darkest shadows. But as their desires flare again, can their burning passion overcome their past—or the danger that the future holds?
It’s available digitally for $1.99.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Jaime: I’m a little of both. I need to have a loose outline of what’s going to happen. Otherwise I find myself stalled or backtracking, and I’m all about forward momentum when it comes to the first draft. The details, the way the relationship plays out, that’s mostly the pantser part. That’s how the twists and turns that surprise me come about.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Jaime: Emotional, suspenseful, passionate!
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Jaime: I usually just do. Though recently I got a slogan while at a rock concert and used my hubby’s phone to text it to myself. When he gave me a questioning look, I said, “Don’t ask!” He’s used to general weirdness.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Jaime:This is a fun series to research, not true of some books LOL. I’ve looked into Dragons, angels, the Bermuda Triangle, Atlantis, physics, and Miami.
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Jaime: Many years ago I worked for a contractor who dealt with a large aerospace company. They sent us an employee roster, and I still have it! I pair first and last names from the list or use variations. I also collect names in my day-to-day life. I love the name of one of the guys at the post office. I told him I was going to steal his name for a romance hero. I’m not sure he believed me, but he said, “Sure.” And I’m using it in my other series. So of course I’ll have to bring him a book.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Jaime: The second connected novella in the Hidden comes out October 1st, called DRAGON RISING. Then I’m thrilled to have three back to back books, starting with DRAGON AWAKENED in December.
I’m also resurrecting my Tina Wainscott writing name. I’ve reissued nine of my romantic suspense novels and have an exciting new series in the works.