Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters Blog Tour - Author Q&A With Jamie Admans!

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Meet The Author!

I have decided to start a new series here on SunshineSarahxo after meeting so many lovely authors on Twitter I would like to get to know them. So I am going to try to recruit as many as I can as I think everyone deserves a chance to be in the spotlight.

 Q1: Hello there, nice to have you here on SunshineSarahxo! Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your book: 

Hello! Thank you for having me! I’m Jaimie, and my latest book is called The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters. It’s set in France, and it’s about two people who co-inherit a gorgeous, crumbling, fairytale castle in Normandy and turn up to stay in it at the same time. Wendy’s the main character, and she’s convinced she’s got more of a right to be there than Julian, so she’s determined to drive him away, but he isn’t going to make it easy. And there’s an old story about the chateau that says it helps anyone who lives there find love, but is it really just a story? 

Q2: At what point did you decide to write books and share them with the world?? 

I’ve been writing for years, but it was probably ten years ago that I wrote my first (terrible!) novel, and it was about four years ago I decided to self-publish my first book. I had a few unpublished manuscripts gathering virtual dust on my computer, and I suddenly realised I wasn’t getting any younger, and I wanted some of those books out in the world. I didn’t want to go hunting for an agent or publisher, I wanted to do it myself on my own terms. After five self-published books, I’ve got a publisher now, but I still don’t think anything has ever been as scary as pressing the ‘publish’ button on Amazon for the first time all those years ago! 

Q3: How would you describe your writing style? Has it changed over time at all? 

It’s definitely changed. It’s matured because I’ve matured – you can tell by the four grey hairs lurking in my hair! I think you learn something by writing each book, even if it never gets published, each one is a learning curve and each one teaches you something different. I’m a lot more confident in what I write than I was at first. 

Two years ago, I wrote an (unpublished) book that I was 100% certain I wouldn’t be able to write because it was so far outside of my usual comfort zone, but I wrote it anyway, and I loved it, and even if it never sees publication, I’m proud of being able to do it, and that book in particular changed me a lot because it made me believe nothing is impossible! 

Q4: Was there anyone in particular who inspired you? Which authors do you emulate? 

I don’t try to emulate any authors, but it’s always an honour when someone compares me to any author I like! As for inspiration, I grew up on a diet of Bridget Jones and Sophie Kinsella, but it wasn’t until I read a book called See Jane Date by Melissa Senate that I realised I wanted to write romantic comedies. I connected to Jane in that book in a way I’d never connected to a rom com character before, and I finished the book and just thought, ‘that’s it. I want to do that’. 

Q5: Do you have anything in the pipeline which you are particularly excited about?! 

I’m writing my next book for HQ Digital, it’s as yet untitled but it will be out in March 2018. I’m really enjoying writing it and the hero is getting more gorgeous by the day! 

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Q6: Does anyone else know about your books? What do they think about them?? 

Yep, pretty much everyone, and I get loads of support from female friends and family members, and loads of excuses from the guys about how they’re too macho to read romantic comedies! Generally people are interested when I say I’m an author, instantly followed by two inevitable questions: “Are you that Fifty Shades of Grey woman?” and “Do you earn as much as J.K. Rowling?” The answer to both is no, unfortunately! 

Q7: Are you obessed with Lush!?!? If YES what is your favourite product?! 

YES! Of course! Who is not obsessed with Lush?! I don’t know how anyone chooses a favourite product – the answer is, obviously, all of them! I love their bath bombs and bubble bars, particularly the festive ones that come out at Christmas. They had a little gingerbread house bubble bar one year, that was gorgeous! Other than that, I love anything that smells of Rock Star or Snow Fairy, but my absolute favourite was the Tuca Tuca perfume that’s now sadly discontinued! 

Q8: Has your writing helped you in other areas of life?! 

Definitely! I’m terrible at talking to strangers, but it gives me confidence to have something that I’m proud of to talk about. Most people are interested in the writing or publishing process, and as I’m painfully shy, it makes me less scared of running out of things to say in a conversation. There’s the research side too – I’ve learnt so much from researching books, it’s opened up whole new areas of interest for me, and it gives me confidence in my abilities too. Very little feels as good as finishing a book, and each one makes me believe in myself a little bit more! 

Another aspect is the amount of friends I’ve made through it. Lovely bloggers and authors who I’ve chatted to on Twitter have become real friends over the years. Writing can be lonely but it’s never lonely with Twitter around! 

Q9: What is it that makes you so fabulous?! 

Ha ha! I don’t think I’m fabulous at all! 

I need more fabulousity in my life! The most fabulous thing about me is my dog, Bruiser, who would agree with that wholeheartedly! 

Q10: Finally, can you recommend anything to us today!? (Skincare/Beauty/Tv Show/DVD/Music/Food Item...anything!) 

Here goes! TV: If you’re not already watching Once Upon A Time and American Horror Story, go watch them! 

Film: The Japanese film version of Death Note! 

Hair: a Tangle Teezer brush and Invisibobbles – great for stopping breakages! 

Product: Garnier Ultimate Blends Maple Healer. There’s a shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion, and they’re all the most gorgeous smelling things on the planet! 

Random video: I love this song, so go watch Jake Gyllenhaal singing Finishing The Hat from Sunday In The Park With George. I don’t know why, but it’s good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuITxZnzRrw 

So that concludes our 'Meet the author' for today! Thank You so much for taking the time to answer these questions today, much appreciated! Please take the time to check out the Book.Twitter/Facebook/Instagram etc, be sure to leave a comment saying you found them via SunshineSarahxo! Thank You!!


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