I am extremely excited to introduce my guest today. Please welcome author Jami Gray!!!__________________________________________________
The Chaotic World of a Writer’s Mind…
One of the most asked question any writer tends to field is “Where did you get your story idea?” Bet you never knew how those seven little words can strike terror in the heart of the writer. When I’m cornered by this inquiry, I tend to panic.
Do I give the sane answer? You know, the one that ensures I won’t be darting around a white room, while doctors with black framed glasses herd me towards the behemoth holding my new fashion statement, you know which one I’m talking about—the white one with multiple buckles.
Since you have the option to continue on or not, I guess I can be honest and share the frightening chaotic world that lives inside me on a daily basis. You were warned.
Ideas spark anywhere, at anytime. The song lyric that hits you while you’re taking your kids home from school and almost blinds you with its spark, until you give the poor family in the van ahead of you a heart attack as your grill fills their rearview mirror. The news story on TV that has you wondering, “what if they had done this instead?” The overheard conversation that makes you go “hmmm…”
My characters tend to rant and rave until I give them the attention they demand. It’s not an easy world to live in, ask any creative soul—artist, writer, songwriter, poet, etc.) and they’ll agree. Last August, I found a very cool post about what it was like to be a writer (What It's Like Being A Writer: An Examination and Explanation) and I made my knight in slightly muddy armor sit down and read it.
Did he say that? Um, nope. Instead his response was, “It’s okay baby, I knew that when I married you and I still said ‘I do’.”
I read something once which really resounded with me. It said to make great art, you had to expose your soul and some things are better left safely in the dark. Those that fear exposing such darkness are constantly tormented by the fact they can almost touch the creative beast, while those who grit their teeth and reach out may burn, but the beauty of such exposure ensnares those around them. Much like music, playing or creating, writing demands a price from its creator. Every writer uses their own experiences in some way or fashion to help put life into their words, but it’s one of the scariest things they’ll ever do.
The next time you run across one of us, be gentle and understand, regardless of the genre (poetry, children’s books, songwriting, screen writing, mystery, romance, etc.) published or unpublished, we are writers and it’s not as simple as sitting down and typing out a string of words. We’re sharing with you something infinitely precious, so if you damage it, expect repercussions. We may not all be Stephen King, but we are all story tellers.
Everyone fears what hunts in the shadows—especially the monsters…
It takes a monster to hunt one, and for Raine McCord, forged in the maelstrom of magic and science, she’s the one for the job. In a world where the supernatural live in a shadowy existence with the mundane, a series of disappearances and deaths threatens the secrecy of her kind and indicates someone knows the monsters are alive and kicking. Partnering up with the sexy and tantalizing Gavin Durand proves to be a challenge as dangerous as the prey she hunts.
When the trail points back to the foundation which warped Raine’s magic as a child, her torturous past raises its ugly head. Gavin and Raine sift through a maze of lies, murder and betrayal to discover not only each other, but the emerging threat to them and the entire magical community.
Some nightmares are born of love…
Raine McCord has no problem taking down the monsters of the world, it’s one of the reasons she’s so good at her job. So playing bodyguard to Cheveyo, head Magi of the Northwest, as he consults with the Southwest Kyn should be an easy assignment. Unfortunately, simple task turns into a nightmare when Cheveyo is kidnapped and Raine is left for dead by one of the Kyn’s most feared beings, a Soul Stealer.
The Stealer’s attack leaves lasting wounds, undermining Raine’s confidence as a warrior and damaging her unruly magic. Her ability to heal her mind and spirit hinges on the one man who can touch her soul, Gavin Durand. Compelled to face the emotions raging between them, they must embrace not only their stormy relationship but their evolving magic to escape the twisted threads of murder and betrayal to find Cheveyo.
As Raine and Gavin come together and begin to unravel the complex web of secrets and hidden vendettas haunting the Southwest Kyn, they discover unsettling new truths that threaten their very existence.
Growing up on the Arizona-Mexico border, Jami Gray was adopted at the age of 14 and suddenly became the fifth eldest of 37 children. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and three minors-History, English, and Theater. Shortly after marrying her techie-geek hubby (who moonlighted as her best friend in high school) she completed a Masters in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix Oregon.
Now, years later, she’s back in the Southwest where she’s outnumbered in her own home by two Star Wars obsessed boys, one Star Wars obsessed husband, and an overly-friendly, 105-pound male lab. Writing is what saves her sanity.
Shadow’s Edge: Book 1 of the Kyn Kronicles is out now and Shadow’s Soul: Book 2 of the Kyn Kronicles hits shelves Summer 2012.
You can find me at:
Buy Link: Black Opal Books
Blogs: The World of the 7 Evil Dwarves or Jami Gray's Blog
Facebook: Jami Gray
Thank you so much for stopping by Jami, I am sure that my readers enjoyed you as much as I did!