Interview: Jamie Jo Wright
About the Book:
Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.
A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives--
including her own--are lost?
1. Describe this book in three words. Haunting, Relevant, Hopeful
2. What is Kaine Prescott's state of mind at the beginning of The House on Foster Hill.
What a great question! Kaine is troubled and frightened and also frustrated with her somewhat irrational self. She has the innate ability to see things from a very common sense, logic standpoint, but her emotions are so overwhelming and so consuming it wars with that clinical element of her mind. A the beginning of the book, she’s exhausted and wants to escape.
3. I love that the house has a dark history. Is that aspect of the novel inspired by anything in real life?
It is. Two things, actually. The first being my love for old abandoned houses, sheds, even asylums (which I’ve explored). I’ve always wondered if walls could talk, and sometimes, I almost think they can. 😉 The second, I have to be cautious of so I don’t give any spoilers, but there is a very old but current issue the characters of THOFH must face and I believe emphatically it is one we cannot ignore.
4. What was the most difficult part of writing this book?
There is a scene toward the end of the book where a lot of the backstory of one of the characters comes out. It was difficult because I wanted to do this character justice, but also the circumstances she’d experience needed to be explained carefully and delicately. It was difficult to write because sometimes life doesn’t provide the resolutions we’d like. Not everyone can have a fairy tale ending…. That’s all I’ll say. 😊
5. What is one thing you hope readers will take away from reading this book?
I want them to take away hope. Every day we’re bombarded with news that can really shake us, stir us up, or even frighten us. But we need hope. We need that element in our life that help will come, that there is something beyond what we can see, and that the world isn’t spiraling out of control.
6. Who are some of your literary inspirations?
You’re really gonna get me started on this? Lol! I’ll try to keep it short. I am inspired by the classics! Contrary to my character Kaine, who is not a Dicken’s fan, I love Charles Dickens. I love that his words string into page-long sentences and his descriptions defy our current to-the-point English structure. I’m also a massive Edgar Allan Poe fan. His words have so many twists and elements and I really wish I could see inside his thoughts as he wrote them to see what inspired them and what he really meant. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of Seven Gables was my favorite classic as a young teenager and still is. I bet, subtly, that influenced THOFH.
7. How do you take your coffee?
Any way I can!! LOL I’m a coffee snob—a nice snob—but a snob. I love a good strong roast, that’s been freshly roasted and ideally, on an open fire pit. (don’t ask lol) If I add cream, it’s a bit of heavy whipping cream for that texture that is delectable. I rarely add syrups unless I’m doing the Starbucks coffee drive thru, in which case, syrups and doctoring is necessary to help their blends. Ok. I’ll stop now. LOL
8. What is your favorite Christmas carol?
This is a difficult one. I had a massive crush on Bing Crosby when I was a kid (yes, old soul here). So “White Christmas” was always the go-to carol for me. However, my faith is central to who I am, so I also gravitate to the traditional carols referencing the nativity. In which case, “Oh Holy Night” slays me and gives me shivers (especially when Josh Groban sings it)
9. What was the last book you've read?
The last book I read? I finished two at the same time! (One audio and one actually read). The audio book was The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James. It’s eery and delicious and the paranormal elements done in a more literary fashion are totally killer. The other I finished, is 12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep. It’s a delightful mysterious Christmas regency novel that is soooooo good.
10. What are you looking forward to in 2018?
Well, on the book side of things, I have another novel coming out, The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. I’m excited about its release in July. On the personal side, I’m looking forward to just another year with my family. We’re “country folk” and live in the woods, so I love just being home when I’m not at my day job, writing while the kids play spies in the woods. It’s always so relaxing.
About The Author
Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher's Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com