Welcome, Jamie! What 5 things should readers know about you?
- I write contemporary romance in addition to paranormal romance. My “Club Inferno” series made the USA Today Bestseller list with the first book, Heat.
- I have a miniature pinscher named Romeo who thinks he’s a cat and a Himalayan mix cat who couldn’t give a fig one way or the other.
- I love to travel and like to set stories in places that I’ve been.
- I’m addicted to the candy bar called “Nut Goodie.”
- My books have steamy, sexy love scenes.
(Frantically Googling “Nut Goodie”. Hmmm…doesn’t look too bad. Heck it’s got chocolate and peanuts…that’s a plus right there…
Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
I had a deadline to turn in the third book. ::grin:: Seriously, I liked the idea of a dragon who couldn’t fly (Remy) falling in love with a sky dragon (Margery) and seeing how the two of them could fall in love in the midst of a dangerous investigation. And that’s how The Queen’s Dance came about.
LOL! I like both answers 🙂
How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?
I’ve been writing since I’ve been able to hold a pen. My grandfather inspired me to want to tell stories when he would sit me on his lap and tell me “burglar stories” will illustrating them with a note pad. My elementary school librarian Mrs. Zigmont, however, inspired me to publish by assigning my first non-fiction “novel” on Switzerland a Dewey decimal number and putting me in the card catalog. I drew the pictures of the skiers for the book. And she also put my “magazine” on the shelves to be checked out every month that I did a new one.
That is so totally cool. Your own DDC number? (And now the library school student in me is dying to know if the number was a “correct” one or not…but that would show my weird and slightly obsessive side, so I’m not even going to ask.)
What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?
I’m working on a high heat novella for Entangled’s new line about two handy men who are looking for a handy woman for a threesome. For this year, I’ve got a few more books coming out after The Queen’s Dance. In July and August, book three and four of my New Adult romance series will be released. Truth Thrills is about a new pastry chef who gets involved with the dominating head chef and Truth Decides is about a photographer who has to choose between her new lover or bailing her old lover out of a jam. Then in November, the first book in vigilante romance series will be out. Necessary Evil introduces a former cop turned vigilante going head-to-head and skin-to-skin with a public defender.
Oh my goodness, you’re busy! (And would that new line be the Scorched one? I just read three of their new novellas, and I’ve got to say I’m liking the line so far… ;))
If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?
Opposites attract in The Queen’s Dance the 3rd book in USA Today bestseller @jamiekswriter Emerging Queens series. Sexy, Steamy & Fun!
Fantastic! Thanks so much, Jamie!
Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the PRO liaison for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).
Despite his handicaps outside his natural habitat, water dragon Remy “Champ” Champlain fights to protect Queen Margery from those who plot to quash her damaging news reports by silencing her…forever.
FBI dragon Reed’s disdain for humans can’t mask the magnetic attraction he has for Carolyn, but when she tells him she’s going to shift into a dragon he thinks she’s crazy. A female hasn’t been hatched, or shape shifted, in over a thousand years. He’s proven wrong after Carolyn shifts and is named the new Queen on the block. When the Cult of Humanity kidnaps Carolyn to sacrifice her, Reed must face his fears—and feelings, racing to save the woman he realizes he can’t live without.
Viola Pierce has never had particularly great luck with guys. That is, until the day she shifts into a glorious, deadly, three-headed dragon. As it turns out, Viola is a dragon Queen. As a rule, Sergei hates Queens, but the Viola’s beauty and humanity reach something deep within him. When she names him her protector and consort—quite by accident—a heated and unexpected attraction grows. But the dragon court is ruthless…and what doesn’t kill Viola will only make her more dangerous.