Jami Alden


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.

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 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.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Jami Alden online


Donovan Brothers
4 sexy brothers find love in the mountains of California
Stripping it Down
Price: Free!
A Taste Of Sin
Price: $1.99 USD.


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.