Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Jaime Jo Wright & The House on Foster Hill

December 4, 2017 Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, historical, Jaime Jo Wright, mystery/suspense 90

I am SO EXCITED to welcome Jaime Jo Wright to the blog today!! She is one of my favorite people, and I can’t wait for you to meet her too 🙂

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com

You can connect with Jaime on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

Her debut novel, The House on Foster Hill, released November 21, 2017 from Bethany House.

Outstanding Debut Novel from an Author to Watch

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

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Hi Jaime! Welcome back to the blog!

apples or oranges

Jaime: Oranges. Because they’re sassy. (I don’t know why I think that, but I do)

Carrie: hahaha!

winter or summer

Jaime: Winter. I love snow.

Carrie: Me too! Me too! I knew I loved you 😀

dogs or cats

Jaime: Cats. Because they love you but they don’t need you

Carrie: But… but… dogs are so cuddly!

coffee or tea

Jaime: Coffee. (insert Jaime’s quirked eyebrow and a “really? You’re asking me this?” look)

Carrie: I know… silly me. 😉

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Jaime: Time travel!

Carrie: Time travel is fun … but … not gonna lie, I really expected this answer to point to coffee too lol!

Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?

Jaime: If it has a coffee shop attached, then the coffee shop 😉. But for sure, the Inspirational Christian Fiction section – all genres within that realm.

Carrie: ah, there’s the coffee  reference 😉

Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?

Jaime: You’d find a planner designed to keep me on schedule for book marketing. My wallet. An umbrella. Burts Bees lip gloss. Shopkins (don’t ask). Business cards. Gum. A book on asylums in the 1800’s. My daughter’s dirty socks. 

Carrie: hahaha laughing at the combination of those last three…

Q: The House on Foster Hill is centered around an old abandoned house with a dark history. Did anything specific inspire the plot or did it just come to be in your imagination?

Jaime: A jaunt through my dad’s abandoned childhood farmhouse inspired the original idea. Ever since that day, I’ve wanted to write about a creepy old house that had hidden secrets. My husband and I also have had escapades through old abandoned buildings, my favorite being an old asylum. I don’t believe in ghosts, but if anything could convince me they were real, some of these old buildings could! LOL

Carrie: Eep!!! You are braver than I am lol

Q: Ivy and Kaine are two women, connected by the house, a century apart. If you could live in another century, when would you choose to live and why? 

Jaime: Ohhhhhh that’s almost an unfair question to ask someone who loves history. LOL! Probably, though, I would love to go back to the roaring 20’s. The Great Gatsby era, prohibition, mobsters, etc. I’m sure it’s been overly glamorized, lol, but I still want to go there.

Carrie: Plus the clothes were pretty cool back then! 😀

Q:  Describe Ivy & Kaine for us and tell me who you would cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to produce The House on Foster Hill as a movie!

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Jaime: Ivy – empathetic to a fault and slightly prone to be overly critical as she assesses situations, but all with fiercely loyal intentions.

(I’m not sure who’d I’d cast. Ivy is just … her own person)

Kaine – passionate about protecting others and often neglecting her own needs as well as common sense.

(I’d want to cast Italia Ricci from Designated Survivor)

Carrie: Oooo good choice with Italia Ricci…

Q: What surprised you about The House on Foster Hill or your characters as you wrote their story?

Jaime: Grant Jesse surprised me. Kaine’s main interest was just a steadying force. I’m accustomed to writing heroes with a chink in their armor, or a flaw, or something they’re attempting to overcome. Grant was just steady. He never developed any major issues, but yet, that is precisely what Kaine needed. I kept waiting for him to have a problem, and while he wasn’t too good to be true, he was just that character the book needed. Sometimes we need characters that aren’t a mess. LOL!

Carrie: Amen to that! lol!

 

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The House on Foster Hill?

Jaime: HOPE!!! SO much hope! Hope in Jesus. Hope in promises so greater than this world, than what our eyes can see. Bringing to life the concept of “fixing our eyes on Jesus”. Such beautiful, precious hope is found in His bold and steady gaze.

Carrie: Yes! Yes! (and beautifully said ♥ )

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Jaime: Coming up in July 2018, The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond hits shelves. The question of what if all your secrets were exposed against your will, would a reckoning be in order, or would grace prevail?

I’m super excited for readers to meet Libby and Annalise, to hide their dark secrets with them, to experience grace in a whole new way, and to uncover that sometimes, hypocrisy is merely a front for deeply painful experiences that only vulnerability and honesty can heal.

Carrie: Ohhhh that’s a scary question, isn’t it? Can’t WAIT to read it!


Jaime Jo Wright is offering a paperback copy of The House on Foster Hill to one of my readers (US only). This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? Do you like exploring old abandoned buildings or are you a scaredy-cat like me? 😉

Carrie

90 Responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Jaime Jo Wright & The House on Foster Hill”

  1. Paula S.

    I love to explore abandoned places. Haven’t done it in years. My friend and I would go out in the country when we lived in North Dakota. They were just old farmhouses but we found a few books and odd stuff! I grew up in a house built in 1836. We used to find things in the backyard. Bits of glass pottery or old old hardware.

    • Jaime Jo Wright

      And that’s OK!! We need smart people with a healthy element of fear to keep daredevils like me in line! 🙂

  2. Rebecca Maney

    I love to look at pictures of old, abandoned places, but explore???? Probably never!

    I loved this book and July 2018 can’t come soon enough!

  3. Kav

    Eeeeeepppppp! I am sooooooo looking forward to reading this book. It’s supposed to be in the mail but it is taking way too long to reach me! Gah! I think Cyber Monday has messed up the postal service in a big way.

    When I was a kid I was all into exploring abandoned houses. There was one at the end of my street with a wild, overgrown garden. It was an old estate and looked like you’d expect a haunted house to look like. Parents told their kids to stay off the property (which was bordered by a wrought iron fence and an imposing gate. Of course my friends and I ignored that order. We spent so many wonderful hours exploring the house and the out buildings and scaring ourselves half to death. Including picking flowers for our mothers from the garden which (surprise) outted us. We were in big trouble then. I remember quaking in my bed, sure a ghost from the Acheson family was going to come and get me in the night for stealing flowers. Of course that didn’t keep me from sneaking back on the property. Best summer of my childhood. And then they went and demolished the house, dug up the garden (including the trees!!!) and turned the property into tennis courts. Ugh!

    So, that was pretty wordy — sorry about that. But now I get my abandoned house thrills through books like this one….if it ever gets here!!!!

    • Jaime Jo Wright

      Tennis courts?!?!? That’s a complete tragedy. Sigh. So glad you were brave enough to face Acheson’s ghost and pick those flowers! 🙂

  4. Dianne Casey

    I like reading about old, abandoned places but not exploring them on my own. I will take a tour of an old home if there is a tour offered.

  5. Shamekka S

    Guess I’m a scary cat because there’s nothing I find fascinating about abandoned building lol. I love to read stories that feature old abandoned buildings( houses in particular) but I’d never actually go in one for the sole purpose of curiosity.

  6. Merry

    I am basically a scaredy cat but if someone was with me I might consider exploring.

  7. Kay Garrett

    We exploring old abandoned buildings. My husbands job use to deal with the city taking down old abandoned homes and he loved going through them first to see what they were like and if anything was left. Every time I pass an abandoned home, I wonder about it’s history and why they just left it. If only walls could talk right?

  8. DeAnna Dodson

    I KNEW I would love this author. I have loved this book ever since I saw the cover. So perfectly intriguing with just a touch of creepy about it. How could I not want to know that story? (Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to read yet, but as soon as I read one for endorsement, this one is up next!)

    I so agree with the answers (including coffee, though I’ve had to give it up :::weeps:::). Just want to know if her Captain Hook wears guyliner. 😉

    Loved this interview!

    • Jaime Jo Wright

      LOL! WEEPING with you in regards to giving up coffee. Tragic, I say, tragic. And Cap’n Hook does not wear guy-liner. His frigid blue eyes are captivating enough. (insert swoon — and I’m not a swooner).

      • DeAnna Dodson

        Swooning with you over frigid blue eyes. Where’s my fainting couch?

        Nice to find a fellow cat lover. The poor dears are SO misunderstood.

        And nice to say hi to a fellow Bethany author. Aren’t they great? 😀

  9. Karen Sargent

    I’m a scaredy-cat! 🙂 I remember as a child pedaling hard and fast past a couple of empty houses on an old road we rode our bikes down. However, I’m not afraid of The House on Foster Hill! Sounds like a good one!

  10. Marti Wilson

    If it’s daylight I looove to explore. If it’s dark, you are on your own 😳😳

  11. Elma Brooks

    I’m also fascinated by old buildings but never had the time to explore inside any. Would love to win a copy of this book thank you for the giveaway.

  12. Rachael

    I’m middle of the road–so long as there is no worry of doing something illegal and I’m not alone, then no problem. Of course, sometimes, it’s more scary WITH friends, because we are more than capable of working ourselves into way worse a tizzy together than all alone.

    • Jaime Jo Wright

      I totally think being WITH friends can make the anxiety worse! LOLOL Feeding off each other’s fears.

  13. Sonnetta Jones

    I love exploring new buildings. I am too curious by far.

    Great interview! I hate snow because I use public transportation. I have lived in this country for 30 years and cannot tolerate the cold.

  14. Kim G.

    I’m with Carrie – scaredy cat!! Growing up I lived in the country and we used to ride our bikes down this tree lined pretty desolate road. There were two houses right across from each other that were inhabited by witches that were sisters. We used to ride by as fast as we could, while just knowing that they would catch us from behind. Of course, they were not witches and I don’t think they were sisters but man was it scary.

    Loved this interview and of course, the purse question!!

  15. Hannah Corner

    In the daytime, and with some company, I would LOVE to explore old abandoned buildings! 😀

  16. Pam K.

    I’m more with Carrie on this one. I haven’t explored any old, abandoned buildings. I’d be thinking that I shouldn’t be there, the floor would collapse, or some other catastrophe would happen. Jaime’s book sounds great.

  17. Heather B

    I’m with Jamie!! When I was a kid there was an apartment building that had caught fire, that they hadn’t torn down yet. My friends and I used to go in there all the time to see what we could find!

  18. Rachael Merritt

    I love exploring old homes and buildings…the attics are the most fun! My hubby thinks I’m weird, but I love old cemeteries as well. This book is on my wish list can’t wait to read.

  19. Trixi

    I’d love to explore old abandoned houses. I think they have a story to tell 🙂 It would be interesting to see if I found anything unusual…old photos would be fascinating! 🙂

    Thank you for the giveaway chance, Jaime’s book sound like it belongs on my must-read list!

  20. Vivian Furbay

    Would love to win a print copy! Speaking of old and creepy houses, my husband and I have seen several in old gold mining towns here in Colorado, MT and Wyoming. We’ve seen the outside of the Stanley Hotel is Estes Park. That’s where Stephen King stayed when he wrote The Shining. I wouldn’t want to spend a night there.

  21. Jocelyn

    When I was about 12 years old, my cousin and I ventured into an old abandoned house on Long Island. We were there for summer vacation. It was SO spooky. The table in the kitchen looked like someone had left in a hurry 🙁 Anyway, that kind of cured me of exploring abandoned houses.

  22. Brittaney B

    I think it depends on the abandoned building. But I’m curious by nature, so chances are I’m going to explore whether I should or not.

  23. Amanda T.

    I might be interested in exploring an abandon building in the daylight, but I would still rather a picturesque walk or curling up with a book for entertainment.

  24. Chanel Monroe

    I’m a scaredy-cat. But I prefer to think of it as having a healthy sense of self-preservation. Although I do like the idea of exploring abandoned buildings, I can’t help but think that a girl walking into abandoned building is how most scary movies start…

  25. Janice Moore

    I would love to explore unless it looked unsafe to do so! I recall exploring an old villa at a park with a friend!

  26. Julie Jobe

    Old, abandoned buildings definitely intrigue me and I often want to know the history of them, what they were like or what they were used for in their day; however, I don’t know if I’d actually take the chance to go inside one.

  27. lisa Phillips

    I am such a baby. I would have to hand held all the way. Other people may never be the same. Lol

  28. Terrill R.

    SCAREDY-CAT!! My husband and kids can’t even walk in a room quietly without me screaming and jumping 3 feet in the air. They think it’s funny, until I end up having a nervous breakdown.

  29. Faith Creech

    Yes, I love exploring old abandoned buildings. My husband and I live in Colorado and we love to go exploring old ghost towns up in the mountains.

  30. Alison Boss

    Yes, I think it would be fun to explore old abandoned buildings….imagining what it was like in it’s prime, why was it abandoned….

    I’m really intrigued with The House on Foster Hill. I’ve heard great things about it and I look forward to reading it! Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!!!

  31. Connie Scruggs

    I’m a mix of scaredy-cat and adventurer, so I would explore, but not alone.

  32. Stacy

    I like exploring the decrepit buildings as I get the best photos of bizarre things left behind.

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