Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!!
I hope you take the time to reflect on his legacy and how he helped shape our world. And never forget that change starts with you!
Today I’m hosting the awesome Jaime Jo Wright. She’s a professional coffee drinker and writer. If you haven’t read any of her books, please put them on your TBR pile. Her books are suspenseful in a historically creepy kind of way. 😉
About the Author
Professional coffee drinker & Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award Winning author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com.
Toni: Welcome, Jaime! I’m so excited to talk about your latest novel, The Curse of Misty Wayfair. But first, let’s get to know you a little bit better. If you could tell people one thing about yourself so they could understand you a little better, what would it be?
Jaime: Hmmmm…probably that I’m an intensely loyal person. Once you’re in my “inner-circle” odds are I’ll never let you get away. LOL! (So run away now! BAHAHA)
Toni: Lol. Hey, everyone needs a loyal person in that corner! For those who follow you on Facebook, it’s quite apparent that you love all things Wisconsin. What are your 3 favorite things about it?
Jaime: Oh man. My home state is just the best! I love how wild it still is. Lots of forests and fields, farmlands, rolling hills, and wilderness. I love the winter season and how long it lasts! I love how down-to-earth it is. People are pretty real and relaxed.
Toni: That sounds wonderful! Makes me think of all those small-town books we all love to read. Let’s switch gears a bit. The reason we’ve gathered is because your 3rd book releases tomorrow. Does it feel like an old hat now or do you still feel the same excitement at seeing your books published?
Jaime: I doubt it will ever feel “old hat”. I’ve never been super “excited” so to speak about seeing the book published. More like a quiet, peaceful satisfaction, if that makes sense. A sense of awe that God has brought this dream to life.
Toni: That makes perfect sense! Tell us a little bit about your book. Why should readers pick it up?
Jaime: I think a lot of readers will relate to the journey the characters take. Finding our identity these days is important for all of us. Culture gives us a gajillion avenues in which we’re supposed to search, but they typically still leave us wanting. I’m hoping Misty Wayfair’s story will help us all find our anchor.
Toni: I love that! If The Curse of Misty Wayfair was turned into a movie, who would play your characters?
Jaime: Oh gosh! I have no idea! LOL Like legit–I’m sitting here thinking about it and can’t come up with anyone. Guess that’s for readers to decide! LOL
Toni: Sweet! What’s the overall message you’re hoping readers take with them when they close the book?
Jaime: That we don’t need to define ourselves. Who we are is ever-changing. Recognizing our need to stick close to the Creator will become our identity.
Toni: Amen! Last but not least, what’s the one thing readers could do to help you?
Jaime: Oh wow. That’s an interesting question. It sounds cliche, but pray? I have Lyme disease which makes writing and holding a full-time job very difficult some days. And, honestly, it can be a bit scary too. So prayer is definitely something that is comforting.
Toni: We can certainly pray for you! Readers, if you have read Jaime’s books, who would you cast as the leads? If you haven’t read them, tell me are you a coffee or tea drinker?
About the Book
Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.
A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother—who is battling dementia—compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns—and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life.
As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?
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