Interview with Jamie Scheid

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading as a child was Charlotte's Web. It is still a favorite of mine today and I have read it to my children. I think it touches on many areas that as a child I could not appreciate. It depicts the importance of compassion, empathy, love and friendship which are all crucial elements in everyone's life.
How do you approach cover design?
I think cover design is a very important element of a book. Even though we are all taught not to judge a book by its cover; we do. I have an amazing cover artist that I worked with for Hope Is Within Reach: Overcoming the Challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder and The Irish Princess and the Pearls of Eetanam. She took my story elements and created an amazing representation of my books.

I designed the covers for the LOOK & LEARN Book Series for Visual Learners because I have a background in graphic art and I wanted a simple cover which represents the books simplicity for children.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read science fiction, romance and thrillers.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The marketing technique that I use mainly is social networks. Because technology is always changing, I am learning new techniques every day.
Describe your desk
It depends on what I am doing. If I am writing then I have pen and paper and most likely will be in the library far away from the distractions in my house. I prefer to write with pen first then put into a document on the computer. My thoughts flow pretty quickly and I am a perfectionist when it comes to typing so I would waste many thoughts during the process of correcting my typos.

If I am working on my computer then I am at my desk with my TV to the right usually blaring the evenings chick flick and to my left is a 75 gallon freshwater aquarium.
When did you first start writing?
I have always enjoyed writing. I was the nerd in school secretly thrilled to be assigned a 20-page essay. Putting together sentences always came easy for me. I enjoyed the rules of writing and the power of imagination and the written word.

I am fortunate to have very vivid dreams and my first real decision to write was when I woke up from a dream with the idea of a princess, a queen and an evil lord. I wrote the idea down and didn't revisit it until 13 years later. The Irish Princess and the Pearls of Eetanam was created and I was hooked.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was motivated to be an indie author when I tried to get an agent for Hope Is Within Reach: Overcoming the Challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I received a few interested agents but all said the same thing, "Sorry, you're just a mom you don't have any credentials, you're not a doctor or therapist so no one will want your book." I felt so frustrated because I had so much to share about my family's experience and I felt the need to inform other parents so they did not have to feel alone.

I did not want to wait years as I have heard many writers do to get noticed. I knew my message was important and parents needed to be prepared for the challenges of autism with the school district, therapists, physicians and just daily life.
What are you working on next?
I am currently adding to the LOOK & LEARN Book Series for Visual Learners. My son cast me into this world of autism and I have become so passionate about everything related to the disorder especially making life a little easier for those coping with all of its challenges and triumphs. I also have a blog, www.hoperesources-asd.com that is dedicated to parents of all special need children. I try to keep it updated with helpful tips and resources.

When I am not working with autism I enjoy writing fiction. I am currently working on a science-fiction romance and a middle -grade paranormal.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I really enjoy writing fiction to escape. It is such a great sense of accomplishment to start jotting a few characters on a piece of paper and turning them into people that become a part of my life. People that I have created with emotions, tragedies, success and so much of real life events. It is mind-boggling to think that people are reading and imagining the same thing that I created and enjoying it.
What is your writing process?
I definitely have to use an outline and I try to do a lot of thought on the characters' back stories. Even though it may never come up in the book I like to create characters that are realistic and I need to know what they have experienced so I can alter the story based on that.

I also try to give myself deadlines such as 1000-2000 words a day. But I also allow for some time away from the manuscript if I need it. Sometimes you need a break to get a better perspective on the plot and characters.

I have mentioned it previously but I can only write with pen and paper because my thoughts just flow better as I scribble them down. I don't like to have to worry about typos and corrections. I do that later in the process.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The LOOK & LEARN Book Series for Visual Learners was created as a tool for parents to teach their child in a fun and simple way.

My son is on the autism spectrum and benefited greatly from pictures; his communication improved along with his self-confidence. I decided with so many children using tablets that an E book of pictures depicting general information such as the alphabet, colors, numbers, fruits and vegetables could benefit those that need something less distracting.
Published 2014-10-22.
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Books by This Author

The Irish Princess and the Pearls of Eetanam
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 76,340. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
All seems quaint and serene in the beautiful Emerald Isle, but alas, the Kingdom of Shaughnessy is confronted by a battle with the Vikings, an uprising of evil and an endless journey for one young woman to find her purpose. Powerful pearls were secretly given away ten years ago and now the queen needs Princess Cassidy to locate them and make certain they are secure.
Hope Is Within Reach: Overcoming the Challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,710. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
You’re sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for your child’s diagnosis. The doctor utters the words you have feared: autism spectrum disorder. The only words you can say are, “What can I do now?” Hope Is Within Reach: Overcoming the Challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder is a story of instinct, determination, perseverance and ultimately never giving up.