Jaime Jo Wright is the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas, and a human resources director by trade. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children. The House on Foster Hill is her debut novel. To learn more, visit jaimewrightbooks.com.
Welcome to the blog, Jaime. I’m so excited to have you here today. Congratulations on your upcoming release, The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. I am soooo intrigued by that cover. Can’t wait to read it!
What first inspired this story?
Hmmm, great question! The first thing that inspired it was the random thought of how creepy it’d be if a killer submitted their victim’s obituary before they committed the crime. And then when I drifted from those dark thoughts, I started wondering about the impact of a town that hid their sins instead of seeking grace, and how that may affect generations to come.
Okay, now I’m even more hooked!! 😉
What will you remember most about writing this book?
I’ll remember most how I stumbled on one of the main thrusts of the story in a Sunday School class led by my Associate Pastor. He’d done research on our local history and two twin evangelists that came to town around the turn-of-the-century and really raised havoc here. Needless to say, as I was inspired to include elements of that into this novel, my Associate Pastor was already thinking “Jaime’s gotta write this into a book”. Coincidence? Doubtful. I think it was a God-thing to revive an old story that needed to be retold in a fictional way.
Wow, that’s amazing! I love hearing how God brings stories together in such unique ways.
I just gotta say… I LOVE your titles. Did you come up with them? If not, what were your original titles?
Ohhhhh! Fun question. Well, for The House on Foster Hill, I’d actually called it She Holds the Grave. My publisher was afraid it was a little too dark. I can’t blame them as I’m also known for titles like When Walls Run Red and make my novels sound more like a horror novel than a mystery. The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond was originally called The Obituary Keeper. I can’t recall exactly why we changed it—I think there was again concern that “obituary” was a bit too morbid. LOL! My sad little mind. My next novel coming out in January, The Curse of Misty Wayfair was actually my working title, though, I’m proud to say!!
They’re all fascinating and leave me wanting to learn more! 🙂 Great job!
What would you say is the easiest part about being a writer and what is the hardest part?
The easiest part is probably coming up with the story idea. The hardest is probably that darn first draft. Oy, they can be difficult to maneuver.
I’m with you there! Call me crazy, there are times when editing seems easier than that first draft! 😉
What upcoming book(s) are you excited to read this year?
Too many to count! LOL I’m looking forward to Joanna Davidson Politano’s A Rumored Fortune, and Rachel McMillan’s Murder at the Flamingo.
I LOVE Joanna’s writing and I’ve heard great things about Rachel’s too.
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
There are always stories brewing in my head. 😊 I’m most excited about the January 2019 release of The Curse of Misty Wayfair. It has become a story near and dear to my heart, so I’m anxious for you all to read it!
That’s awesome, Jaime. It’s been a joy to have you stop by and chat with us today. I’ll be watching for your upcoming books. Have a blessed week!
Jaime has graciously offered to give away one copy of The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond to one lucky winner. Enter below and it could be YOU!
Thanks for entering! Contest is open to US residents only. Contest ends June 26, 2018. The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!
Lol I’d say changing the title was a good call. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have picked up books with the other titles. But The House on Foster Hill was a tempting mystery that I couldn’t pass up. And I’m very grateful to have picked up your first book. I’m looking forward to the next two.
LOL! Titling books is not necessarily my biggest talent! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed THOFH!! 🙂
Haha! So glad you stopped by, Anita. Hope you get to read Jaime’s latest book soon! 😉 Good luck in the giveaway!
Here are a few of the books that are coming out this summer that I am looking forward to reading!!!
-The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossings Book #1) by Susan Anne Mason (July 3, 2018)
-Miss Serena’s Secret (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope Book #2) by Carolyn Miller (July 24, 2018)
-Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson (July 1, 2018)
-Thirst of Steel (The Tox Files Book #3) by Ronie Kendig (July 31, 2018)
-A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano (July 31, 2018)
-Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Ho Wright (July 3, 2018)
That’s a great list, Alison! Next up for me is Tara Johnson’s book. Can’t wait! I’m going to have to add the others you mentioned. 🙂
I can’t wait to read the next books, the first one was so good! Are they all related to each other or are they stand alone stories?
Josie, yay! They are all stand alone stories. So you can read them in any order too 🙂
Thanks for joining us, Josie! Good luck in the drawing. 🙂
I will be reading Love and Ruin by Paula McClain. And Catherine What’s new book.
I haven’t heard of those before. Thanks for sharing, Melanie. Happy Reading!
I’m excited about the sequel to A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter and the next book Kate Breslin will be releasing. I’m not good with remembering titles 😉
I love both of those authors. I agree, their upcoming stories look soooo good. Thanks for stopping by, Connie!
I am really excited to read Dani Pettrey’s upcoming release, Dead Drift plus anything by Susan May Warren. Thank you for this opportunity.
I need to add those to my TBR pile too, Katrina. 🙂
The books I’m excited about this year are Fawkes by Nadine Brandes and The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson
Yes, both of those sound so intriguing. Hope you get to enjoy them soon, DeVorah! 🙂
This book looks so interesting! And such a gorgeous cover! Would love to read this one.
Thank you so much!
Good luck in the giveaway!! 🙂
Having just finished Ted Dekker’s The 49th Mystic, I can’t wait for the sequel Rise of the Mystics. Also I’m looking forward to Jaime;s new one too. I enjoyed The House on Foster Hill. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the new one.
So glad you enjoyed THOFH!!! 🙂 Thank you!
I’ll have to check out his books. I’ve only ever read “A.D. 30” and it was amazing. Hope you get to read Jaime’s new book soon, Anne. 🙂
I’ve forgotten. Will yours come out this year? It’s the one I’m most anxious to read!!
You’re so sweet, Joan!! Your comment just made my day. No, my book isn’t published yet. Still searching for the right agent and publisher, but hopefully someday… 🙂 I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Hugs!!
Other than this one, I will go with the next three I am reading for review. Those are No Place to Hide by Lisa Harris, Cowboy Bodyguard by Dana Mentink, and Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey. Lots of great summer reading! Thanks for the interview and opportunity to win!
Aww, you’ve got a great summer of reading ahead of you, Melissa. Have fun!! And thanks for visiting. 🙂
I’m seriously looking forward to Jaime’s upcoming release. The House on Foster Hill got me hooked. Dual timelines was a new concept to me and generally I do not like historical things but this just grabbed me in. I’m hoping to actually get some reading in and catch up on downloads on my Kindle and have a moment to search out new books to purchase.
Carrie, that means so much that you enjoyed it!!! Thank you for reading THOFH and hopefully you enjoy The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond just as much!!
That’s awesome, Carrie. I hope you get to read her new book as well!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Would love to read your book. Also The Hidden Side and some others I can’t think of now!!!
Hi Faith! I just finished The Hidden Side and it was incredible!! Happy Reading!
A multi author book that includes Dee Henderson’s latest book!
Sounds like a good one! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Barb.
I can’t wait to read your new book, The Reckoning…
Thanks for your giveaway!
Good luck in the drawing, Jackie! 🙂
We have her book, “The House on Foster Hill” in the church library. Our readers love it.
Hope to win this book too.
Ohhhh, that’s wonderful! Thanks for visiting, Janet. 🙂 Good luck!
I am SUCH a big fan of church libraries!!!
I’m looking forward to any new book that is a mystery.
So I really have no preference.
Sounds like this one would be a great fit! 😉
Well, this book is on the top of my list since i loved The House on Foster Hill, but I am also looking forward to Dani Petrey’s Dead Drift and Jen Turano’s Caught by Surprise.
I can relate to the title thing. I have a lot of trouble coming up with good ones for my WIP.
Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.
I need to check out both of those authors too. I’ve heard lots of good things about their stories. 🙂 So glad you could join us, Loraine.
Titles are trouble 😉 Ohhhh I love Dani! She’s such a peach!
I am looking forward to the Mayflower Brides series and any new Amish stories plus all the Christmas books.
That Mayflower Brides series looks sooooooo good! Thanks for sharing, Marilyn. 🙂
I’m looking forward to Jaime’s new books, and the Mayflower Bride Series also.
Fun! Hope you get to read BOTH real soon, Stephanie. 🙂
I have several review books coming up that I’m looking forward to:
1. A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden
2. Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey
3.The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham
(debut author and/or book?)
4.My Heart Belongs In Galveston, Texas by Kathleen
5. The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser
And one of my most anticipated one is Wait for Me by Susan May Warren coming out in November! It’s the sixth and final book in the Montana Rescue series and I can’t wait!! to
Thanks for the fun author interview and giveaway chance! I only know Jaime via Facebook and she’s a terrific person 🙂 I’m very happy that she has this new series out, which I really want to read each one.
Great blog! I’m looking forward to this book as well as Dani Pettrey’s. Thanks!
Hi Trixi! You mentioned some GREAT books. Stay tuned because in the next few weeks Elizabeth Camden and Rachel Fordham will both be stopping by for a chat and giveaway as well. 😉
OH WOW! Let’s see….. the ones that haven’t come out yet, Minding the Light Suzanne Woods Fisher, Caught By Surprise Jen Turano, A Tale of Two Hearts Michelle Griep, Legacy of Mercy Lynn Austin, Lost CHRISTmas Memoris Dana Mentink, The Orphan’s Wish Melanie Dickerson just to name a few! 😉
Ohhhh, love the ones you mentioned. So many good books to read, so little time! 😉 Thanks for visiting, Amada!
I’m excited for the new smokejumping series by Susan May Warren, Summer of the Burning Sun!
I’ll have to check that out too, Heidi. Love her books. 🙂
I’m SO excited for Wait for Me, Pete’s story in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren! I also have The Patriot Bride coming up on my TBR! The Mayflower Brides series has been pretty interesting!
That’s great, Karen. I need to read those too. 😉
I am excited about The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts, No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert and The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli
I’m loving all the variety of books mentioned here from you all. Merry, these authors you mentioned are wonderful! Happy Reading!
I’m excited about reading The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.
Hmmm, I’m intrigued by that title alone. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Becky.
I am excited about Susan May Warren, Becky Wade and others. I love it when my favorite authors have new books coming out.
Isn’t that fun?! The wait between books sometimes is sooooo long! 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Sonnetta. Good luck in the giveaway!
Always looking for new authors & new books! This one sounds very intriguing! Can’t wait to check it out!
You’ll definitely want to check out her books, Jan. Good luck in the drawing! 🙂
I am also super excited for A Rumored Fortune, as well as An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M White.
Yes and Yes! Love those authors. Thanks for joining us, Rachael!
After reading The House on Foster Hill, I have been anticipating Wright’s next book. I can’t wait to read The Reckoning…. it sounds so good.
So glad you could stop by, Jennifer. Here’s hoping for a giveaway win, right? 😉
I pre-ordered A Rumored Forture mentioned in the interview several weeks back. I recently read Lady Jayne Disappears and loved it!
Yay, Patty!! You won’t regret it! Love her stories!!
I have been a big fan of Jen Turano from the beginning!
I met her at a writer’s conference last year and she’s the sweetest! 🙂
I am most excited to read The Reckoning! Also, Chautona Havig’s Highlands,…the list goes on and on.
Sounds like a great list to me, Hannah! 😉
Circle of shadows by Evelyn Skye. Thank you
That’s a new one to me, Linda. Thanks for sharing. Good luck in the drawing!