Happy Friday! I’m excited to introduce you to my author friend and Heart”wings” sister, Jaime Jo Wright. She has a new release coming November 21st! So I’m interviewing her today to talk about The House on Foster Hill.
Let’s get started!
About the Book
The Blurb: “Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.
A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?”
Toni: Welcome to Heart“wings” blog, Jaime! I’m excited to bring you back to our readers for your second visit here. Tell us, when did you first discover your love for writing?
Jaime: I have loved writing since I was little. I wrote my first novel when I was thirteen. No, it’s not available and I won’t be self-publishing it. LOL!
Toni: Lol. I completely understand that feeling. 🙂 What made you fall in love with historical fiction and do you think you’ll ever write in another genre?
Jaime: History is something I love. To me, every antique, old building, photograph, or what-have-you is saturated with stories. So, I don’t know that I’d ever have a desire to drift 100% into the contemporary side (although my stories do have contemporary elements). If I did change genres, it’d probably venture more into the thriller side of things, and that just gets messy. LOL So I like where I’m at.
Toni: Makes perfect sense! The House on Foster Hill is shrouded in mystery. What inspired the idea for this novel and why a time-slip (dual timeline novel for the novices)?
Jaime: My love for abandoned houses inspired the story, along with an actual cold-case from the 1940’s around the body of a young woman found in a hollowed out tree. It ignited my imagination. As for the time-slip elements, I’ve always wondered what stories would be told if walls could talk, so I thought it’d be fun to have a contemporary heroine seeking out a mystery and allowing the readers to sort-of, hear what stories the walls hid.
Toni: It worked! (I read an ARC copy.) Kaine and Ivy have both had rough lives. What is the one thing you want readers to understand about these ladies?
Jaime: I think there’s a little bit of all of Kaine and Ivy in all of us. Either the fear of moving on in life, the fear of letting go, or the fear of hoping and having it all shatter around us. I hope we can go on similar journeys to uncover promises regardless of the circumstances around us.
Toni: So true! What is the overall theme for this novel? What Scripture inspired the theme?
Jaime: Hope. That hope is not being saved from our circumstances, but finding hope in spite of our circumstances. Knowing that hope is rooted in the eternal and not limited to our short lives here. There wasn’t one specific Scripture that inspired the theme, so much as the overall redemption story that stretches from Genesis to Revelation and the hope found within its chapters.
Toni: I can completely see that! What are three elements that are always included in your writing?
Jaime: Strong plot, strong characters, and strong theme. Every book I write has to have a plot that drives the book forward, yet, my stories aren’t just strictly suspense either. There’s a literary element to them which makes the characters so critical and a thematic element that I need to flesh out fully.
Toni: How about a list of favorites?
Jaime: Sure! 😊
Toni: Favorite beverage?
Toni: Really? I rarely see that as an answer. Neat! Restaurant?
Jaime: Jose’s (It’s a local authentic Mexican restaurant in my hometown)
Toni: I love Mexican food. Season?
Toni: Vacation spot?
Jaime: Ontanagon, Upper Peninsula, Michigan on Lake Superior
Toni: Before you go, can you tell us what’s next in your writing journey?
Jaime: Yes! July, 2018 The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond releases. I’m super excited about this novel, also time-slip (or split-story). It delves into the theme of “Grace” and what happens when a pious town has their darkest secrets revealed.
Toni: Sounds like another great novel! Thank you so much for joining us and talking about your novels. Readers, do you have any questions for Jaime?
About the Author
Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling 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.