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
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?
Hi Jaime! Welcome back to the blog!
Jaime: Oranges. Because they’re sassy. (I don’t know why I think that, but I do)
Jaime: Winter. I love snow.
Carrie: Me too! Me too! I knew I loved you 😀
Jaime: Cats. Because they love you but they don’t need you
Carrie: But… but… dogs are so cuddly!
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!
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.
What about you? Do you like exploring old abandoned buildings or are you a scaredy-cat like me? 😉