I’m delighted to be welcoming Jaimie Admans today with a Q&A as part of her blog tour for The Chateau of Happily-Ever-Afters organised by Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours.
Jaimie Admans is chatting to us about her characters, which character she would like to be, the best part of her writing journey so far and much more! There’s also a fabulous tourwide giveaway of a French-themed stationery goody bag which I know you’ll love 🙂 so don’t forget to enter!
Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.
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Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters in 20 words or less.
Two people who hate each other co-inherit a crumbling chateau that is believed to help its owners find love.
Please tell us about the characters in your book.
Well, Wendy is the main character. She’s had her heart broken and been ripped off by a scam in the past so now she’s really protective of herself, she’s stopped believing in love, and she sticks to a familiar routine and never ventures outside of her very small comfort zone, until she finds out that her elderly neighbour has left her a chateau in her will.
Julian is Wendy’s enemy at first. He’s the nephew of the elderly neighbour and he’s got a right to half the chateau. He’s also really guarded too for different reasons, and he’s a gorgeous model with a sexy Scottish accent and a thing for taking his shirt (and sometimes more!) off, and he’s definitely nice to look at, but his polished exterior is hiding a shy and gentle guy that Wendy can’t help but like even if she tries not to!
If you could choose to be one of your characters in your books which would you be Jaimie?
Definitely Wendy from The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters! I would be quite happy to inherit a beautiful chateau in France, and even though Wendy doesn’t like him at first, I definitely wouldn’t complain about Julian being there too, especially given his fondness for walking around with his top off! Plus she gets her new friend Kat turning up with freshly baked croissants and crusty white baguettes every morning! Wendy doesn’t know how lucky she is at first, but I’d be quite happy to take her place!
What scene did you enjoy writing the most?
Okay, without being spoilery – there’s a scene around the middle of the book where Wendy and Julian are outside in the rain in the middle of a storm… I can’t really say more than that without spoiling things, but I loved writing it! My other favourite scene was cut in the revisions process, but I’m still hoping it’ll fit in another book somewhere!
… and the hardest?
I struggled with the beginning at first – I actually wrote the first few chapters, scrapped them, and rewrote them three times! It was because I didn’t have Wendy nailed down, I had her in the wrong job and living in a different place, it was only after her job clicked that everything else started to fall into place. I also struggle with endings, not because they’re hard to write but because they mean saying goodbye to the characters and by that time they’ve become like friends and I don’t want to let them go!
Can you share with us Jaimie what has been the best/worst part of your writing journey so far?
It was towards the end of 2015, I’d been self-publishing my books for a couple of years, and I’d got totally disillusioned by it and I didn’t want to self-publish again. I’d spent the summer collecting rejections from agents and was working on a book that was in a genre no publisher would touch with a ten-foot pole. I was really down about it all and every time I sat down to write or opened my email to another rejection, I’d just think “what’s the point?” And then out of the blue, I got an email from an editor at HQ Digital (back when they were still Carina) saying they loved a novella I’d entered into a competition months ago and they wanted to publish it as part of a Christmas anthology. I honestly thought the email was a joke at first, the competition was long over and someone else had won, but it was for real! It was such a boost – it was exactly what I needed to hear at the exact moment I needed to hear it! After many months of thinking it was all for nothing, just to have one person believe in my work and get behind it was enough to spur me on! That novella led to this book with HQ Digital and hopefully there will be more to follow! Also, at the exact moment I signed the contract for that novella, my email pinged with a rejection from my dream agent who’d requested the full manuscript, so there you go – best and worst moment in one!
Do you have a favourite book?
My favourite book is Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. I was twelve years old when I first read it, and going through something similar to what Davey is going through in the book, and it was the first time that I’d ever really, truly seen myself in a book. I just connected to it so much. I’d always loved Judy’s books and had been borrowing them from the library for years before I found that one. I’d connected to a lot of her characters, but Tiger Eyes spoke to me in a way no book ever had before. I’ve still got the same tattered old dog-eared copy on my bookshelves!
Do you think movie adaptations do books justice? Do you have a favourite?
Sometimes. Rarely, really, but it must be incredibly difficult to cut down so many pages and backstories and characters and emotions into one ninety-minute film. I love the Bridget Jones films. No, they’re not as good as the books, but they were cast absolutely perfectly. Another good one is Legally Blonde, which was originally a book. I didn’t like the book at all, but absolutely love the film! And when it comes to bad ones, leading on from the question above, last year I learnt there had been a film adaptation of Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes, and I tracked it down and watched it as quickly as I could, and it just left me cold. There was none of the warmth and heart of the book. I like to pretend it doesn’t exist now!
Do you have a favourite place you go to for inspiration or a favourite activity?
This is going to sound weird – I go to the bathroom! I think the bathroom in my house has some kind of magical inspiration powers, because I think up almost all my plots while I’m lying in the bath or brushing my teeth! It’s not a particularly special bathroom, in fact it’s small and leaky, but there’s something about that room that no other room in the house has! I rarely come out of there without some new sentence or plot or subplot or twist that I’m rushing to my computer to jot down before I forget it!
Finally Jaimie, are there any tips you could share with new writers?
NaNoWriMo is always one of my tips. For those who don’t know, it’s an event ran every November in which you commit to writing 1667 words a day, every day in November, so you’ll have written an entire novel by the end of the month. I did it every November for eight years, and also a couple of the other ones they run in the spring and summer, and I loved every minute of it. It’s hard work, but I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to write a book but doesn’t feel like they have time. The idea of it is that you just write – you don’t worry about how pretty the words are or how much grammatical sense your sentences make, you just write without looking back, without editing, and at the end of the month, only then do you go back over what you’ve written and edit it. It’s all about getting a messy first draft down. That’s how I approach every book now even though I rarely do NaNo anymore – I do lots of research first, I make plenty of notes, but when I start writing, I just write. If I need to look something up, I mark it to look up during editing and write around it. That’s the point – just write until the end, and then worry about fixing it up. My favourite quote about writing is “you can’t edit a blank page”!
Thank you for being my guest Jaimie.
Wishing you success with all your writing projects.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1284 KB
Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: HQ Digital (7 Jun. 2017)
Where dreams come true…?
Wendy Clayton stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago. Instead, she has a ‘nice’ life. Nice job. Nice flat. Absolutely no men. Until her life is turned upside-down when her elderly neighbour, Eulalie, passes away and leaves her the Château of Happily Ever Afters!
But there’s a catch: she must share the sprawling French castle with Eulalie’s long-lost nephew, Julian. And no matter how gorgeous he is, or how easily she finds herself falling head over heels, Wendy needs to find a way to get rid of him…
Because surely happily ever afters don’t happen in real life?
Perfect for fans of Kat French, Caroline Roberts and Holly Martin.
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06Y69QZGP
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y69QZGP
The Chateau of Happily-Ever-Afters sounds like a fun summer read you don’t want to miss doesn’t it!
Here it is! the tourwide giveaway for a French-themed stationery goody bag.
In the goody bag will be:
1 x Paperchase Paris notebook and pen
1 x The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters notebook
1 x little Eiffel Tower model
1 x Eiffel Tower bookmark
1 x The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters magnet
1 x Signed postcard
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