Author Jaimie Roberts Exclusive Interview with Book Pimpers.
Can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself.
My name is Jaimie Roberts, I am married with two young boys. One will be 13 shortly… lord help me!!
I’m originally from a place called Fulham, in London, but moved to Gibraltar back in 2001. We arrived in Gibraltar with me 8 months pregnant, two suitcases and a pushchair to our name! I know that sounds absolutely crazy, but thank goodness it paid off!
When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote poetry when I was 14, but always wanted to write stories. Life, as always made it a little difficult at times. It wasn’t until the economic downturn affected work that I started my writing career. For months I had a story in my head of Jake and Ana from Take a Breath. It was my first book and had a lot to learn – I’m still learning now! I’m hoping I have grown as a writer since my first two books. I took time out, read a lot and then decided to hire an editor for my third book, Until I Met You. Since the release on 1st June this year, I have been extremely busy trying to get my fourth and fifth books ready for publishing.
What inspired you to write your first book?
It was a dream, funnily enough! I dreamt about Jake and thought, what the hell!! It would be nice to have more dreams like that! Shh, don’t tell anyone I said that.
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
It took a long time to come up with Take a Breath. It was Rihanna that inspired me in the end. After Take a Breath, there was only one other title left for my second book.
Until I Met You simply came to me because it was about a story of a woman who had been through something quite traumatic as a young girl. Since that experience she grew tough, never letting anyone in. Until she met Seth Jacobs, of course.
DEVIANT was the worst one out of them all. I couldn’t for the life of me get a title for that book. It drove me crazy for weeks on end!
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
I love romance books, and I must admit, I love the kink!! I wanted to be able to write stories that hopefully gripped people the way that books I have read gripped me. I try to add as much suspense to my romance books as possible. I like to keep people on the edge of their seats.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I think Angelina from Until I Met You is my favourite. She is a strong, feisty character who doesn’t take crap from anybody!
How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Well, there is definitely Alan in Take a Breath. He was a creep!
What was the hardest part of writing your books?
Sitting in front of my laptop and not typing! So many times I’ve gone blank and tried to force a story. I hate it when that happens. I think other writers will agree that there is nothing more frustrating when you want to write and nothing comes to your head.
If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I would change Take it Deep I think. I’m not sure how, but I would change the story a little. I think it needed a little more suspense.
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
That’s a really difficult question to answer. Take a Breath has one hell of a caveman in it. I appreciate some woman are not particularly into that sort of thing, but some women are!! Very much!!
Until I Met You has two very strong characters in it who banter a lot. I’m hoping people will find their characters fun and quirky, but at the same time empathise with what they’ve been through.
Her Guardians is a trilogy involving angels trying to save the world. The first book is very much centred around the three main characters, and the love triangle that develops between them. Cassie is the heroine and she has a very unique gift that Angel Michael is sent to protect. He becomes her guardian, but at the same time, so does Stephen. He was outcast by the angels because of something he did. He is considered the “dark one” and is trying to make amends. There are also bad angels out there called The Renegades. They don’t want people like Cassie to be in possession of a gift like she has.
It is a very deep story, but I obviously don’t want to give too much away.
My other book, DEVIANT. That is something I have never done before. If you like the thought of strangers sneaking into your room at night and doing some wicked, naughty things to you, then this will be the book for you! It is a little difficult because it is dark and I have never written a dark book before. Hopefully all the hard work will pay off. Giving readers something to enjoy is ultimately my main aim.
Whilst writing your book did you have much support from family and friends?
I can’t deny it hasn’t been easy on that front. Writing can take up a lot of precious free time, and that time obviously affects your family life. My husband has been very supportive. He hasn’t actually read any of my books as it is not his thing. I appreciate that. There are certain genres that I wouldn’t read. However, he does want to read my up-and-coming Guardian series. He’s been very enthusiastic about those.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Writing is my only hobby. I hope it is also a talent, but I would leave that up to the readers to judge that. I also love to read, but find I’m not doing much of that these days. Writing also entails reading a lot of your work – several times over!
What can we expect from you in the future?
As mentioned before, I have Her Guardians trilogy in the making. The first two books are finished, with the third a working progress. The first book is due for release August/September time, with the second book, Her Guardians Lost due for release in November/December.
I am also currently writing a dark erotic novel at the moment. It is kind of a romance gone wrong type of book, filled with suspense, and an ending I hope no one will see coming!
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Review, review, review!! Lol. I’m sure other authors feel the same. It also helps the author heaps to shout out about the book. Tell your friends, family, Facebookers, anybody!! I must admit, there are a lot of readers out there that go out of their way to help authors promote their work. These fantastic people also take time out of their precious day to help as much as they can. Readers rock!!!
Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
If there is any way that a potential indie author wants to publish, then I would suggest saving a little bit for an editor. It will make a hell of a difference.
Did you learn anything from writing your book?
Heaps! In the last year I think I’ve learnt to become a better writer. I’m hope so anyway! Lol.
Going to make u blush now lol Do you find it easy to write the sex scenes?
I think a little too easy at times! Oops, did I say that out loud?!!
I do tend to find myself getting a little carried away with the scenes, I must admit. I find I have to take a breather after and go find myself a drink!
Is there anything else you would like to say?
I would love to say a MASSIVE BIG thank you to all the ladies out there that have read and loved my books. I have met some wonderful ladies since the release of Take a Breath last year, and would now consider them very dear friends.
Also another MASSIVE BIG thanks to all the book bloggers and reviewers who work night and day helping out as many indie authors as possible. I appreciate how hard it can be to accommodate all of us! It is truly appreciated.
Big thank you to Author Jaimie Roberts for doing the interview for Book Pimpers.