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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Jaimie Admans & Giveaway

About Jaimie Admans

Jaimie is a 30-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she sounds like a dying hyena. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.

She has been writing for years but has only just plucked up the courage to tell people. Kismetology is her debut novel and she wants you to know that the mum in this book is nothing like her own mum!
She is also the author of young adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hello! I’m Jaimie, I’m 31, and I live in not-so-sunny Wales. In fact, ‘Reading in the Drizzle’ would be a more appropriate event title in this part of the world! I write both chick-lit and young-adult books and love both genres equally, and I spend far too much time talking to fictional characters like they’re real people!

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

Usually whatever’s at the top of my to-read list! Like most book lovers, I’ve got a list of books I want to read approximately thirty-miles long, so whatever’s closest to the top is what usually comes with me, although I do gravitate towards chick-lit “beach read” type books in the summer, and might treat myself to a new release if it sounds good!

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

A private beach, just me and my dog, and maybe a handsome man with his shirt off! I love the beach, the issue is that they’re always too crowded in summer and too cold in winter, so a private beach with no one else on it, a picnic, not a cloud in the sky, and a few palm trees to provide a bit of shade. If someone could also arrange for the sea to be free of jellyfish and anything else that wants to sting me, that would be great!

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

To be honest, writing is one of my hobbies as well as a career. I spend a huge amount of time thinking about characters and book plots, no matter what else I’m doing! Other than that, I watch too many TV reality shows or talent shows, stuff like Big Brother and The X Factor are my guilty pleasures, and I love movies and musicals, and I love gardening, although the only thing I’m really successful at growing is weeds!

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

Anywhere and everywhere. People around me, overheard snippets of conversations, dreams, newspapers and headlines often spark ideas off. I keep a file where I scribble down anything that sparks my interest, it’s absolutely huge now, but I often find that small ideas mesh together to form much bigger, viable ideas. One of my favourite things I’ve written came from a mash-up of a dream I had about ten years ago and a nickname given to one of my friends. It’s actually amazing how one tiny thing can start an idea snowballing into a full blown book.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

Katniss from The Hunger Games. All right, I’m not sure how I’d get on with the whole killing people to stay alive aspect, but I adored Katniss and that whole series, she’s equal parts feisty and vulnerable, and she’s unafraid to stand up for what’s right, and I wish I was a bit more like that! Answering this has made me want to read the books again, maybe it’s time for a summer re-read...

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

In bed at night, when the lights are off and the house is silent. I find it difficult to switch off during the day, there’s always background noise and someone wanting something, but nights are my time, and I love nothing more than curling up with a book and a mug of tea! And it’s not nearly as relaxing, but recently I’ve been recovering from a leg injury and my exercise is limited to a slow walk (hobble) on the treadmill, so I’ve been taking my Kindle with me for that – may as well make the most of the time until I can run again!

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I love a ‘staycation’! I’m not a fan of the heat, so summers in Britain are about as hot as I can handle! We’ve got gorgeous beaches here in Wales, the Gower area is just beautiful. It might not be far from home, but it’s a lovely place to go and escape for a while! We’ve also got mountains and lakes and rivers so you find something for everyone, whether they fancy lazing on a beach or hiking through herds of sheep!

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

Write it in the summer! Sounds daft, but one of the hardest things I find is writing things out of season! Take a laptop or a notebook and pen outside in the sun, look at sights and sounds and smells around you, and start writing that sunny story. Things look different in winter. It works both ways too – one of my pet hates is working on a Christmas story in July when it’s impossible to conjure up any wintery feelings! Make the most of the season we’re in, because everything’s a bit brighter in summer!

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m hoping to have a new book out in the not-too-distant future, but nothing is confirmed yet. Hopefully before the end of this year or early next year!


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  1. Wales this year on Euro 2016 was fantastic! :)
    The cover is cute and fingers crossed for your book :)

  2. I never thought about how the seasons can influence your writing - that's an interesting approach though it makes sense, after all, reading a Christmassy story in August would be weird too.

  3. I love reading at night too. It's so relaxing. x

  4. Great interview and giveaway, thank you

  5. Sending you sunny and jellyfish-free thoughts from the Gulf Coast!

  6. Wales sounds very pretty! I hope to visit in the future.

  7. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  8. So to write in the summer at least half the year you need to spend your winter in some place like Australia. A good reason to travel!