Interview with Jami Alden

Published 2018-07-13.
What is your writing process?
My writing process has evolved over the years. I started out as a panster, which resulted in my writing myself into corners that I couldn't get out of. So then I started writing a loose synopsis, with a lot of flexibility built in to change things up as I wrote. More recently, I have started doing a more detailed, chapter by chapter outline, which makes it so much easier when I sit down to write. Then it's a matter of setting up a writing schedule and committing to it until the book is done.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of romance, obviously, but recently I have been reading a lot of psychological thrillers. Recent favorites include The Favorite Sister, by Jessica Knoll, and In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read almost exclusively on my Kindle Paperwhite. It's so light and portable, and is easy on my eyes.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My most valuable marketing tool by far is my mailing list. It's a great way to keep connected with fans and let them know what's happening. More recently I've been trying to be more active on Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms, but I feel like I don't always have a lot to say. Too busy writing!
Describe your desk
My desk is a big, gorgeous, century old teak desk from Indonesia. Right now it's fairly clean, with only a couple of piles of paper and files off to one side.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Connecticut, and I spent a lot of time in Wyoming where my mom's family is from. That experience, spending time on a ranch in Wyoming and the surrounding areas, has definitely influenced my Big Timber series, which takes place in a small town in Montana.
When did you first start writing?
I first dabbled in writing in junior high by writing fan fiction inspired by Judith McNaught's novels. I took my first stab at writing an original novel in college. It was a western historical romance that is now languishing, unfinished, on the hard drive of my old computer. I started writing in earnest in 2002, after I was laid off from my marketing job at a software company. I finished my first (still unpublished) book about six months later. I then went on to write 2 more novels and 4 novellas before I sold my first book, Delicious, in 2005.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Something Just like this, is about Colleen Murphy, who has returned to her hometown of Big Timber, Montana, after a painful divorce. With her dreams of raising a family with a devoted husband in tatters, the last thing she’s looking to do is to get involved with another man. But then she runs into her old friend JT Osborn, and discovers that the awkward, chubby teenager she remembers has transformed into a serious hunk! She's convinced that love is no longer in the cards for her, but that doesn't stop her from giving into the serious chemistry crackling between herself and JT. But JT isn't going to be satisfied with Colleen as just a friend with benefits. He's bound and determined to prove to Colleen that love is worth the risk when you choose the right guy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was inspired to go indie by several different things, including witnessing my author friends' have tremendous success self publishing, and a lot of frustration with my editor and the whole traditional publishing process. I dipped my toe in the water by self publishing a series of novellas in between my traditionally published books. I was so happy writing and publishing on my own terms that when my contract was up with my publisher I went indie and haven't looked back.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I liken writing a book to training for and running a marathon. Those long training runs are grueling and leave you exhausted, but there is nothing like crossing the finish line. The training and slogging through it though is a necessary part of the process. Writing for me is kind of like that. Sure there are days that the story and characters are so vivid in my head that the words faster than my fingers can keep up on the keyboard. But there are many days where I struggle to bring my characters to life on the page. But the satisfaction that comes from typing THE END is like nothing I've ever experienced. It's so gratifying, it inspires me to start from scratch with new characters, a new story, and repeat the process all over again.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans are amazing, and have inspired me to keep going when I've been ready to throw in the towel. In the last few years, I experienced some huge challenges in my personal life, and there was a period of about a year that I was almost convinced I would never write another book. But every so often, an email from a fan would show up in my inbox, telling me how much she enjoyed my books and how she was eagerly awaiting the next one. The fact that my work meant enough to someone to inspire them to reach out to me meant so much, and reminded my that my work had a purpose and a meaning outside of myself.
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Books by This Author

Big Timber Boxed Set
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 233,780. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Enjoy the first three books in the Big Timber Series in one!
Shadow Of Sin
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,860. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When Erin Flannery finds herself in the crosshairs of a deadly killer, she turns to Sheriff CJ Kovacs for protection.
The Billionaire Next Door
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,520. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Vince Mattera clawed his way up from poverty to the top of the financial heap in San Francisco, and now his hard work has made him a billionaire. But he still enjoys the simpler things in life, like dinner at his favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food tastes like home, and it doesn't hurt that the owner just hired a spicy little brunette with a sassy mouth.
Down & Dirty
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,280. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
When high powered business exec Taylor Flynn storms next door to complain about her noisy neighbor, she never imagines she’ll the kind of musclebound gorgeous that makes her mouth dry and legs weak with longing. Joe is stunned by Taylor’s classic, ice princess beauty. And now he’s determined to show this all-work-and-no-play woman how fun it can be to get down and dirty.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,160. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Though he smolders with sexuality, Lauren knows better than to give into her wild attraction to her best friend and co-worker, Tony Donovan. She's been down that route before and knows the hurt that comes when she tries to push past the boundaries of friendship with a player like Tony. Then and out of town party finds them sharing a hotel room together, and temptation wins out.
Kiss Me Twice
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,980. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A woman never forgets her first love… or her first broken heart. Karen Sullivan can't forget Mike Donovan. Hotter than hot, he made her fall hard and fast, and left her shattered in his wake. Still, when a chance meeting brings them together, she can’t resist just one more night in his arms.
A Taste Of Sin
Series: Donovan Brothers. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,960. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
When Dr. Kelly Sullivan comes back to her small home town to run her ailing father's bar, she couldn't be more thrilled to run into her high school crush, Nick Donovan. Back then she was too young and too bookish to catch his eye. But now she's all grown up... and Nick has noticed.
Stripping it Down
Series: Donovan Brothers. Price: Free! Words: 29,780. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 94,890. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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.