Interview with Jamie Wasserman

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in primarily in Maryland. The settings for almost all of my books are local cities and streets I haunted (and still haunt) frequently. Places that I've always wanted to read more about, but seemed too far off the map to get any widespread recognition.
When did you first start writing?
I've always been a good liar which is great practice to creative writing, but I guess it was junior year in high school where I really got the bug. I carried a journal of soppy poems around with me all the time. I had the foresight to burn them soon after and I (and the rest of the world) shall forever remain grateful.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write something I could share with my kids. Whenever they asked about my other books, I had to tap dance around the subject matter. But the latest, Bud the Crud, is a book I can read to them at night (without fear of scarring them irretrievably).
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A long, frustrating experience with attempting to even get seen by one of the big five.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been wonderful as far as exposure and reviews
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The writing itself. Nowhere do I ever feel so connected or wholly in the moment then when I'm writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. It's frightening to put your work out there, and it can be crushing to get negative feedback (but nonetheless, it's always educational). But when someone gets your writing, when they understand it exactly as you had intended it (and sometimes even better than you), it makes you feel like you're doing something right.
What are you working on next?
Mostly just my blog:

I do have a couple of Bud the Crud sequels already written, but they both require heavy revision.
Who are your favorite authors?
Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite, JD Salinger, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, Caitlin Kiernan, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and a ton of others I'm sure I'll remember after I hit save.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. Without them, I'd probably be a reclusive shut-in wallowing in my own filth.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my kids. They get 99% of my free time. The rest is spent on housework and building things out of Lego that vaguely resemble other things.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouh, mostly. But also just perusing Smashwords and other sites for genres and subjects I love.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a ton of stories that went up in the same fire that claimed my first book of poems. The first published story I had appeared in Exquisite Corpse which was also my first major publication.
What is your writing process?
I wouldn't call what I do a process. It's closer to a drunken stumble through a darkened room.
Published 2013-09-03.
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Books by This Author

Blood and Sunlight: A Maryland Vampire Story
You set the price! Words: 81,870. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
23 year old college dropout Melanie craves excitement in her life...stuck in a dead-end job in the small town of Ellicott City, Maryland, she's always been fascinated by fairy tales- but little does she know, she'll soon be caught up in the midst of a living, breathing one...when she crosses paths with a real life vampire.