The Soul Stone jamie marchant

Meeting Jamie Marchant, author of The Soul Stone

This week I’d like to welcome Jamie Marchant to the Thursday Throng. Jamie is a Fantasy author with a string of five books to her name. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and four cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She teaches writing and literature at Auburn University.

The Jamie Marchant Interview

Jamie marchantWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

That I’ve trained in martial arts. I’m a blue belt in Yoshukai Karate.

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

“As she herself mentions the bards and the songs they sing, I feel it only fitting to compare her book to these same tales that will be sung until the end of time.”

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Yes, I’ve always liked fantasy novels to have fantastic names for the characters, but some authors, in my opinion, go too far and have names that are unpronounceable. While at least one review said I failed, I tried to find a balance between the two. The names of the Korthlundian characters are Celtic in origin.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

Daydreaming. Sometimes I get so caught up in the worlds of my own creation, I forget about my real life.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

No, I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a small child and wrote my first stories when I was six.

Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?

Definitely. I teach English at the university level as well as write, and many of my colleagues don’t consider fantasy “real” literature.  If it doesn’t involve a lot of pain and end badly, it can’t be great literature. I disagree. I think the most important thing books can teach us is what it means to be human. Fantasy does an excellent job of this, in my opinion.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Fight scenes. I’ve never particularly enjoyed reading fight scenes and often skim through them. That’s made them hard to write. My writers’ group makes fun of me because in the rough draft of my work, I’ll often have “Insert fight scene here” instead of the actual fight scene. Although I’ve gotten better at fighting, I don’t think I’ll ever be an action master. Character development is more my forte.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Read a lot. Then read some more. Find yourself a critique group or partner. It’s nearly impossible to see all the weaknesses in your own work.

How do you remain sane while working?

That part is easy. It’s staying sane while I’m not working that’s difficult. Writing keeps me sane.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Reading and storytelling were a big part of my childhood. My mother read to us and took us to the library regularly to make sure we always had books. In addition, my older sister told me fairy tales and other stories. It is this heritage of stories that I draw most heavily upon when I write my own work. Other aspects of my experience come in from time to time. I drew on my grandmother to create Samantha’s father, King Solar. My fascination with the archaic nature of rodeo comes in with my current work in progress. However, it is the stories I was told as a child that provide a richer source of inspiration than my actual experiences.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Oh, dear! It’s not on the list. Does this make me a freak? The answer is Diet Coke.

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The Soul Stone front coverWHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Jamie AND her BOOK?

You can find The Soul Stone in Kindle and Paperback format here:

You can also catch up with Jamie on her website and Facebook.

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WHY ‘THE THURSDAY THRONG’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

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