Like so many romance readers, my first romance novel was by Kathleen Woodiwiss - The Flame and the Flower, to be exact. I was thirteen. I spent the next month ignoring my friends while I worked my way through her back list. Shortly thereafter I discovered Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsey, Karen Robards, Catherine Coulter, Shirlee Busbee among others, and devoured their lavish historical epics full of overbearing alpha males and the women who brought them to their knees. I was hooked. My high school teachers marveled at my ability to read romance novels under the desk and still score straight A's. I started to imagine myself, living in a cabin in the mountains somewhere, writing romance novels.
It took me quite awhile to pursue my dream. After graduating from Stanford with a degree in English Literature, I worked in a variety of not so interesting admin jobs before I began my career in marketing. It wasn't exactly my dream job, but at least my writing appeared on several web sites and in many software marketing brochures. Unfortunately I wasn't able to fit the phrase "and her loins melted like hot wax" into any of them.
During my stint as the world's surliest receptionist, I took my first stab at writing. The result was a very melodramatic western historical which reads like a bad Elizabeth Lowell rip off. It's currently languishing on my hard drive, forever stuck on page 330.
Then in fall 2001 I had an incredible stroke of luck and got laid off from my marketing job. I decided it was time to stop saying I wanted to be a writer and to actually give it a serious go. Fortunately my husband, a socially well adjusted alpha male, is a very generous patron of the arts.
Four years later, I sold my first book and now I'm pretty much living the dream of getting paid to write romance. I don't live in a cabin in the mountains, but I do live in a rural-ish town near San Francisco (hey, we have deer and bunnies, along with the occasional coyote) with my husband, 2 sons, and a dog who patiently listens to my dialogue and helps me work out plot points. When I'm not writing, I enjoy running, reading, cooking, and watching a brain numbing quantity of food network programming.
Where to find Jami Alden online
Stripping it Down
Kit Loughlin has no qualms about discussing sex in her online column, Stripping it Down. Using the pseudonym C. Teaser, she keeps her private life private, including the intimate details of her first time, an awkward, humiliating experience with her high school crush, Jake Donovan. Now Jake has reappeared in her life with something to prove and a lot of new moves.
Walk On The Wild Side
He's a bad boy looking to change his ways... She's a good girl who wants take a walk on the wild side...
Molly Tanner knows Brady McManus isn't the kind of man who can give her the white picket fence she's always wanted. But Brady is about to show her that appearances can be deceiving. And he's ready to give Molly everything she's ever wanted, and more.
Gorgeous celebrity chef Reggie Caldwell’s star is on the rise, but her fame comes with a price: her very own stalker. Enter Gabe Bankovic, bodyguard to the stars, who will do whatever it takes to keep Reggie safe. Determined to keep things professional, Gabe soon succumbs to his overwhelming desire. Because Reggie Caldwell is just too delicious to resist.
Fall To Pieces
An ugly duckling turned swan gets a second chance with her high school crush.
Blame It On Your Heart
Fans of Bella Andre, Rachel Gibson, and Victoria Dahl will love this sexy, emotional story of a second chance at love! Blame it on Your Heart is the first book in a new sexy contemporary romance series by Jami Alden.
Fans of Bella Andre, Sylvia Day, Victoria Dahl, and Maya Banks will adore the latest addition to Alden's steamy PRIVATE series!
Wendy Carmichael's career as a high-powered attorney leaves her little time for a love - or sex - life. She has a broken engagement to prove it. With everything she's worked for on the line, she can't afford to be distracted - especially not by Drew Walker. But when she and the cocky millionaire are thrown together at a party in paradise, she can no longer resist his lure.
Fans of Bella Andre, Shannon McKenna, Victoria Dahl, and Maya Banks will enjoy this sequel to Alden's Private Party, a steamy story of a second chance at love.
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