I just finished reading Nightmares and Dreams by JamieLynn Boothe , and I have had the opportunity to interview the author about it!
Who or what inspired you to start writing?
I started writing poetry many years ago, as a early teenager and fell in love with writing. I have always been a lover of reading and as long as I can remember I wanted to be an author. It came natural to me, but have to say that my sensitive heart and compassion is what truly inspired me.
What made you want to write Nightmares and Dreams?
In 2012, when I originally wrote it, there was a lot of news concerning the LGBT community. Mostly, degrading Transgender people and Gay Marriage. There was violence against them and it sickened me. I wanted to write a story about someone who was not only part of the LGBT community, but strong and could overcome a horrendous event in her life.
Who is your favorite character from your story and why?
That’s a tough one. Obviously, I love Christy since she is the main character and with everything she went through and survived, but I also love Tracy. Another strong woman who had to rise up in the middle of a real nightmare. I am very proud of these two ladies.
Where is your favorite place to write?
At the moment, I don’t have a favorite place. When I lived in Colorado there was an incredible bookstore/coffee shop that I loved. I would love to find something similar. Or, at least a comfortable coffee shop.
What is your writing process?
This is going to seem unordinary, but I don’t actually have a particular process. I have tried outlines, but struggle with them for some reason. So, I simply write. When I have an idea I start from there and allow the characters to take over. I allow my muse to work. So far, I feel I have been very blessed with my work. I am most comfortable working this way.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I have learned a lot since that time and met a lot of great authors who have taught and helped me along the way. My style and writing itself has greatly improved since then.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
So far, hiring a Personal Assistant. I hope to have a publicist at some point as well.
What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?
That they love my work, naturally. Also, that Nightmares and Dreams should be made into a movie. The best thing I have heard though is how one of my novels has touched their lives in a positive way and how it helped them.
What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
The Angels Walking Series by Karen Kingsbury
The most important question how do you take your coffee?
If it’s hot, I like it light and sweet, but if it’s iced coffee I like a caramel swirl, light and sweet 😊