Friday 15 December 2017

Interview with Jamie Summer & Review of Dalysian Hope

I'm delighted to have Jamie Summer on the blog today for an interview and my review of her book - Dalysian Hope. Here's a little about Jamie.

Jamie Summer is a native of Germany, where she lives with her husband and son. "Dalysian Hope" is her debut novel and the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy. It’s a story that came to her in a very vivid and unforgettable dream. She's currently working on her next book and wishes there were 48 hours to the day so she could do everything she sets her sights on. Besides writing Jamie enjoys watching her son grow up, reading and watching way too many TV shows.

And onto the interview!

How long have you been writing?
I've been writing ever since high school. My best friend Sam Destiny was the one who got me started and eventually pushed me to do more and actually publish something I'd written.

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
Yes, absolutely. Which is probably also the reason why I don't only write one genre but a few. YA fantasy is among my favs, though, so it'll always have a special place in my heart.

Do you have any favourite authors to read?
Any Sam Destiny books are always on top of my reading list. Another one would be Colleen Hoover and Jennifer L. Armentrout. Truth be told, though, I haven't had much time to read lately as I focused on writing, but I hope to get back to it eventually.

Are you an organised writer or not?
Definitely not. I start writing with the most basic idea and then go from there. I'm a pantser all the way.

What's your idea of a perfect writing day?
Getting up, making coffee and just sitting down to write. Turn some music on, and I'm happy. I do my best work in the morning (most efficient, too).

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
I actually like it. I like being able to see--already within those few weeks of writing the book and leaving it on the table for a bit--how much I can already change and hopefully make better.

What's your favourite social media? And why?
Facebook. It's just the best place to communicate, have fun and meet people. I love Instagram as well for the mere aspect of all the pretty pictures.

Do you do character profiles? If so, why/why not?
No, I don't. Never really thought about it (pantser shines through here) but maybe it'll be something I'll do eventually.

How would you describe your writing process?
Fast and all over the place. Like I mentioned, I usually write with a basic idea and let the characters tell me what to do. It works out in most cases. ;)

Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks? Why?
Both. I'm a fast reader so for a two week vacation I need an ereader. Plus, a paperback can get heavy depending on the size. But I also love the feel of an actual book in my hand and still get my favs in paperback. The majority of my books are ebooks, however.

How do you plan a book launch?
I try to get as much interaction on the book before it releases and just hope it goes well. That's about all the plan I usually have. Definitely something I need to get better at, but I found a few very helpful groups where I'm getting lots of advice.

Do you have a favourite writing food? Drink?
Coffee. Coffee all the way.

What's your favourite idea of a cozy afternoon?
Sitting in my bed with a good book and coffee at hand. Alternatively I'd watch TV.

How often do you write? Do you have a schedule?
I usually use my commute time for writing, so almost daily I get some words down. I need to find some kind of routine and my best friend has been helping me actually getting there. Haven't managed completely, but small process is still process in my mind.

One night can change everything.

For seventeen-year-old Sophie Evans life is completely average. And she likes it that way.

Until one night, her apartment is attacked. Out of nowhere, creatures climb through her windows with only one goal in mind: to kill her. Only with the help of two handsome strangers and her next-door-neighbor does she make it out alive.

While the immediate danger is gone, Sophie finds herself thrown into a world she didn’t even knew existed — dealing with powers she knows nothing about and a race counting on her to save them.

How can she be the only hope of a race she never even knew existed? When pressure threatens to suffocate her, can Sophie fight the odds stacked against her, or will she lose herself in the process?
My review: 5 stars
I picked up this book because the cover is amazing. I read the blurb and decided that it would be a good read, and I wasn't disappointed. Summer tells a story that unfolds before your eyes, keeping you on the edge of your seat and wishing there were more. Sophie almost dies, and then suddenly she's thrown into a world where everything she knows about herself, about the world around her proves to be wrong. She's got loads of questions, but no one seems to want to answer her. I loved the story and the writing, it was beautifully written! Highly recommended and I plan to pick up book two asap!

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