Jamie Gann


Jamie Gann lives in Seattle with her three cats, where she works as a veterinary technician. She has written many novels, but "Becoming Mermaids" is her first to be published. Depending on its reception, she may publish more. (Hint: please leave a review!)

She also enjoys swimming, hairdressing, and singing, and comes up for air only occasionally.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
As a teenager, I was fed up with the glossy un-realism of romances, so decided to write my own. It was written in pen on paper, and I was terrified that someone might find it and read it, so I wrote it all in French. That, alone, was probably enough to completely obscure its meaning, as I later found that the French I'd learned in high school was incomprehensible to French-speaking people.

I remember what happened to it, too: in a fit of paranoia, I read it one last time, tore the paper into bite-size squares, and flushed them all down the toilet. On the scale of things, it wasn't even that racy.
What is your writing process?
Over the years, I've settled into a pattern: I pull together some imagery that I want to visualize into a coherent plot and write a bullshit outline. Then I write the story from beginning to end, usually betraying my outline. After that, I don't touch it for at least a week, to let it settle, to think about whether it has rising momentum or is just a bag of images. Do the characters' actions and development make sense? That sort of thing.

If all is well, I re-type the whole thing, even if I end up keeping every word of every paragraph. Re-typing forces me to think about the story at a slow pace: copy-pasting paragraphs from the original into the revised version would let me gloss over things that should be changed. Usually this introduces major changes, and I have to keep a file of notes about names and facts, to make sure that the new version is consistent with itself.

After that, I go back and comb through it *again*, reading it for typos and word cadence (often reading aloud). I make a lot of individual-word changes at this stage, but the events are pretty much fixed. Sometimes, I disagree with Word's red squiggly underlines, but I make sure I can back up my choices. Web searches are a good way to check the spellings of colloquial words and slang.
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Becoming Mermaids
Price: Free! Words: 34,100. Language: American English. Published: March 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
What would it be like to turn into a mermaid? To feel the same blood flow in your fingers as in the tips of your tail? Samantha wasn't expecting to find out when she rescued what she thought was a drowning woman, only to have the tides turned. And she certainly wasn't prepared for the depth of the changes as she sank deeper— and more irreversibly— into the mermaid's world.

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