Hi all, friends and participants in the IWSG monthly blog hop!
This month, I'm excited to feature Jemi Fraser, long time blogger and friend of WEP, onto my blog today. I've watched Jemi burst onto the scene with not one, but four books. Her wonderful Dancing with Dementia, is doing well on Amazon. Now she's rapidly releasing 3 romantic suspense stories, an inspiration to me and I hope many others whose finger is hovering over the PUBLISH button.
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Alex's awesome co-hosts for the August 5 posting of the IWSG are Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey!
I've asked Jemi to answer the IWSG question which she was happy to do. Now I'll go back to reading my copy of Reaching for Normal...
Thanks for inviting me to your blog today, Denise!!
August 5 question - Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?
For me, this is a fascinating question!
My current Bloo Moose releases are Romance/Romantic Suspense stories. I certainly didn’t start out writing that way!
My mom had/has a HUGE disdain for anything romance. From a very young age, she encouraged me to read anything and everything from the library - except romance. Or Trash as she liked to call it.
I found so many other books and genres to adore, I didn’t feel the lack. I devoured mysteries and when a high school teacher introduced up to Fahrenheit 451, I found speculative fiction. Then fantasy, spy thrillers, and so much more. I actually didn’t read my first romance until well after my kids were born.
When I started writing, I experimented for a few years with a variety of genres and age levels, looking for my voice and my style. Looking for what truly fit me.
And I found it in romance mixed with some danger and mystery along the way.
Happy endings are important. I’ve taught enough years and met enough struggling families to know that. Everyone needs to believe that happy endings are possible. All my longer stories need those happy endings.
In the case of my shorter fiction, that dark side of life does often take over. Which does make for a fun balance in my writing.
So, yes, I think the form often finds me. How about you?
Welcome to Bloo Moose, Vermont where love is worth the risk! Small-town contemporary romance with an element of suspense. Each book is a stand-alone.
Reaching For Normal
She’s no damsel in distress. He’s no Prince Charming. But if they don’t team up it won’t be only wolves that’ll be dying.
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Reaching For Risks
One Reno List for the B&B. One Risk List for herself. One sexy retailer who should be the last one she wants.
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Reaching For Everything
Love means nothing in tennis. Can he prove to her that love means everything in life?
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Jemi Fraser writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her nonfiction work focuses on the ways that dementia has impacted her family. Her fiction work varies from contemporary romance to suspense and flash fiction. Years as a teacher have taught Jemi that life is short and that happy endings are a must.
Jemi lives in Northern Ontario, Canada where snow is always a topic of conversation and the autumn leaves make everything better.