Jamie White

Hello, Dear Readers! Please enjoy this interview with Jamie White, author of the recently released novel The Life & Times of No One in Particular.

What inspired you to write The Life and Times of No One in Particular?

The original idea goes back to my Buffy The Vampire Slayer RPG days. A bunch of us would run into problems coming up with characters/stories and would curse our muses out. One member and I came up with a couple muse characters that would inspire less-than-good ideas in people as a joke about the whole thing. This led to a short story loosely tied to that I realized could be expanded into a book.

You wrote The Life and Times of No One in Particular during NaNoWriMo. What was that experience like? Did you follow any sort of writing routine?

It was a great experience! The site has people from all over the country participating in the challenge and people in the same area would meet up to have “write-ins” where we’d sit and write, chat, help each other with plot issues, etc. I highly encourage anyone participating in the challenge to at least try and meet up or two. I found I wrote easier in the evenings, so I would usually get going on the day’s word count around 5 or 6 PM and always had music playing while I wrote.

How much research did you do in order to accurately bring the character of Clarissa, a muse in the mythological sense, to life?

I didn’t do too much research as far as the traditional descriptions of muses—I kind of winged it while adding in a couple small details (i.e., the temple that was built for the muses) although I’m sure there’s some unconscious details from old history/mythology classes back in school. Since it follows her through different time periods, I did read a bit about how people lived in different times and looked up period slang to use in some of the chapters as well.

What was the hardest part of writing Life and Times …?

I’d have to say pushing through my natural procrastinator tendencies to get the word count some days.

I love the title. How did you come up with it?

NaNo has a topic in their forums where you can adopt a title. I was browsing through it trying to come up with an idea when I saw that. I immediately claimed it as I couldn’t have thought of anything that would represent the story better.

Were there any other challenges in completing your book?

I ran into a few tech issues trying to load the book onto CreateSpace (technology is not always kind to me….) that drove me crazy.

Most novels have a theme or message, even if the author didn’t consciously insert it into their work. Is there a message you wanted to convey to your readers?

I didn’t set out initially to teach anything or send any messages, but the muse kind of guided me that way. I think the main theme/message has to do with taking chances creatively and being good to your muse :)

How much of your own life’s experiences inform or influence the story?

I think quite a few of my own thoughts on certain issues (remakes and reality tv for example) ended up in the story. I definitely think that Elander Gliss was very similar to me in that he was very much in a box and afraid to break out of it.

Since we’re mentioning influences, which writers or books have most influenced you?

I’ve been very influenced over the years by supernatural/paranormal based fiction. I’m also am really influenced by YA books.

Who is your favorite author? What is it about their work that appeals to you?

I’ve been reading a lot of indie writers this year so I’ve discovered a few people I really enjoy and can’t wait to read more from. Mark Stone, for example, has a great sense of humor in his work while Marni Mann has a great dark vibe to her work that is so realistic. I also love Emlyn Chand because she has such believable characters.

Are there any new authors that have piqued your interest? What are you reading now?

See above :) As I’m writing this, I’m reading Blue Eyes by Jerome Charyn.

In addition to Life and Times …, what are you, or have you been, working on?

Right now, my husband and I are getting ready to release a co-written book of short stories. I’m also working on a couple of short stories for writing groups, considering some novellas related to Life and Times…, while also planning a couple non-fiction projects. I also had a story idea that came in a dream I’m planning to work on as well that is magic-based.

Do you have any advice for your fellow writers?

Always be open to something new, you never know what will happen.

Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?

Thanks for taking the time to read this :) I really hope you’ll enjoy the book and may your muse be with you!

When and where will Life and Times … be available?

It is available on Amazon.com as of May 22, 2012.

The Life & Times of No One in Particular by Jamie White

About the book: The Life and Times of No One in Particular tells the story of Clarissa, a muse who has spent centuries trying to inspire artists who are sometimes too stubborn to listen to her. Now, she’s decided to tell her side of the story. Get it on Amazon.

About the author: Native Floridian and Hollywood resident Jamie White is the author of the upcoming novel The Life and Times of No One in Particular. An avid blogger and amateur photographer, Jamie’s work has been featured in publications like The Miami Herald, The Observer and Silver Sands. Along with her husband, fellow author CP Bialois, Jamie co-wrote the upcoming book Duets, a collection of short stories, which will be available in South Florida and through Amazon.com. Visit Jamie on her websiteTwitterFacebook, or GoodReads.

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