Today we're taking part in the DREADLANDS WOLF MOON blog tour by chatting with author Jaimie Engle.
Hi, Jaimie! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.I’ve been writing since I was 7, and began professionally in 2003. Since then, I’ve published a few books, audiobooks, a coloring book, and spend a lot of time in author visits, teaching writing and marketing, and speaking at conferences. I run the marketing department of an independent press and own my own editing firm for authors at A Writer For Life. I love storytelling and I love helping other authors make their dreams come true. I even took on my first few clients as their agent and that has been a whole new adventure!
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Tell our readers a bit about DREADLANDS: WOLF MOON. What's the story about?
It’s about a Viking boy who must lead his sister to safety before the full moon rises and releases the ferine--shifting arctic wolves--from their binds to the DREADLANDS. It’s really my take on werewolves mixed with Norse mythology and Viking history.
How did the idea of the story come to you?
I originally wrote a scene in high school about this creepy grandmother, missing father, and fearful mother. The boy knew their was more than met the eye, but that’s as far as I got. Then, when I sat down to write my second book, I found that story and started writing Dreadlands. That creepy grandmother haunted me, and I wanted to know what family secrets they were hiding from the kids, Arud and Lykke.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
My best friend jokes that I’m an “un-outlined outliner” meaning, I say I don’t outline, but I pretty much have the story in my head before I get started. But most of it is organic and out of my control. I let the story unfold and just watch and write.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Sitting down to do it. I can find a million other things to occupy myself with besides writing, so it’s a deliberate dedication.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Coffee. Music. Pencil sharpener. Fresh notebook.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I think it would be cool to not need sleep and not get sick. I could get so much more accomplished if I didn’t have to sleep 8 hours a day! :-)
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
All the different way to slice a person up or kill them, and what weapons to use. I’m sure if the government ever looked into my searches, I’d be arrested.
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Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
A huge thank you to my amazing publicist Christina Benjamin, my PA Emily Piland, my graphic designer Philip Benjamin, and my best friend and master of Canva Christine Edwards. My husband gets the dedication in the book, so we’ll leave it at that!
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!
Thank you so much for having me. I love doing what I do, so your help spreading the word about my book is an incredible honor for me. Inspire, empower, and educate through books...it’s what I do! #jmebooks