Armchair Interview With – Jamie Beck
Jamie Beck is a former attorney with a passion for writing stories about love and redemption, including her romance debut, In the Cards. In addition to authoring novels, she also pens articles on behalf of a local nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youths and strengthening families. A wife and mother, she enjoys spending time with her very patient and supportive family when she isn’t tapping away at the keyboard.
On your nightstand now: The Next Best Thing (Kristan Higgins), in preparation for an upcoming plotting workshop that will be dissecting that book.
Favorite book when you were a child: Charlotte’s Web. I love books that make me cry.
Your top five authors: Only five? Lisa Kleypas, Sherry Thomas, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jojo Moynes, and Julia Quinn.
Book you’ve faked reading: None. I’ll freely admit I’m not a big fan of “classic” literature, and often my tastes don’t align with the best selling books, either.
Book you’re an evangelist for: Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.
Book that changed your life: The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. This amazing memoir forever changed my perspective about our country and families affected by mental illness.
Favorite line from a book: “I am your master…and you’re mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own.” – Jamie Fraser/Outlander
Which character you most relate to: Millie from Ravishing the Heiress, by Sherry Thomas. She valued duty and honor, she withstood rejection and loneliness with grace and dignity, and she put the needs of the one she loved above her own, and yet she’s often misunderstood or seen as aloof or detached. I identified very strongly with her behavior and her feelings.
Book you most want to read again for the first time: Me Before You (a beautiful tearjerker by Jojo Moynes).
Tell me about YOUR book: Worth the Wait is near and dear to my heart. I’m a sucker for a love story in which unrequited love finally wins out. David and Vivi’s thirteen-year-long friendship takes quite a beating when he returns from working abroad, but they come through it stronger than ever (especially Vivi). This is a story of forgiveness, loyalty, and abiding love. It’s about facing disappointments and betrayals, and learning to use them to become a stronger, more compassionate person.
On the lighter side, I had a lot of fun writing Vivi’s quirky character. I hope readers fall for her earnest desire to always find the silver lining, and root for her happy ending. I’m looking forward to spending more time with David and Vivi when I write companion books to finish the open-ended subplots affecting the St. James siblings.
Worth The Wait