AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Jaimie Admans
Jaimie Admans is the author of brilliantly funny new novel Kismetology, in which Mackenzie makes it her mission to find her intrusive mother a new man. We loved the novel, and just had to put our questions to Jaimie...
Please describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer.
Fed up with her mum's constant meddling, Mackenzie meddles in her mum's love life instead.
Crikey, that was difficult!
What inspired you to write Kismetology?
I've always thought my own mum could do with a man, but she would consider herself too old for dating. The idea of trying to find the perfect man for her crossed my mind, and although I don't think I could ever do what Mackenzie does in the book, it did give me a great idea for a novel!
Where do you do most of your writing?
I'm not good at writing with too much noise going on around me, so almost all of my writing is done at my desk in the bedroom. I know lots of authors love having music or something on while they're writing, but I just find it a distraction. Although I occasionally move to the living room with my laptop, generally I just sit at my computer desk to write.
What is your favourite book?
I absolutely love See Jane Date by Melissa Senate. I loved chick-lit anyway, but it's the first chick-lit book where I really connected with a character. Jane is just like me, and I had never seen 'me' in a book before. It made me think that I could write a book like that. If I hadn't have read that book, I would probably never have started writing chick-lit!
Another book I love is Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. I must've read it about two hundred times when I was a teenager, and I still have my old, tattered copy of it now!
Which part of Kismetology was the most enjoyable to write?
I enjoyed writing most of it. All the bad dates were fun to write, but I did particularly enjoy writing the scene where Mackenzie goes speed dating! Of all the other dates she goes on, I think the date with Phil - the guy who thinks talking about surgical procedures makes good conversation over dinner - was my favourite one to write!
What are you currently reading?
I'm into The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene at the moment, and really enjoying it! I'm such a slow reader though! Next on the list are Meet Me Under The Mistletoe by Abby Clements, and Mistletoe In Manhattan by Talli Roland. After that it will be any other Christmassy novels that I can get my hands on!
Who is your favourite heroine?
I love Becky Bloomwood. I know she can be quite frustrating sometimes with the situations that she gets herself into, and sometimes you're screaming "don't do it!" at the book, but I love her anyway. Sophie Kinsella is an amazing writer!
Do you have any tips for readers who are looking to become published authors?
Don't give up. The most important thing is to keep writing. Rejections are horrible, but every writer will get them. Don't take them to heart, and keep writing. Even if your first book gets rejected, your second, third, or fourth might not. And the more you write, the better you get at writing.
Are you working on anything else at the moment and if so, can you tell us?
I'm always working on something else! I've got a children's Christmas story coming out - it's about a girl who meets Santa's daughter and has to help her save Christmas from an evil Santa - that's called Creepy Christmas and will be out on November 15th.
I'm also editing a young adult paranormal novel, which should be out March/April 2013.