Tell us a bit about your chosen genre. Do you feel your strength as a writer is within one specific genre or do you dabble in a number of different genres?
My first book, The Forgotten Edge, is a soft science fiction book. I've had a love for science fiction since I was probably 6 years old, so it was kind of natural for me to go in that direction. The book I had thought would be my first book is a psychological thriller, which one day I will finish, I swear. I have found that I have almost been pigeon holing myself into survival stories. As much as I love them, I need to stop that.
Physical books or ebook? Everyone has a preference...what's yours?
I actually like both. It's much easier to carry an e-reader around with you when you are at the doctors or on vacation, I've heard it's easier when on vacation, I wouldn't actually know that. There is nothing, however, like the feel of a physical book in your hand.
Can you tell us about any memorable interactions you've had with readers of your work?
Evan. Great guy that I met through a friend. He probably has the biggest collection of science fiction books on earth. The man has such a passion for reading and for helping authors that he likes, it can't help but get you excited about what you do. I started a Facebook page for an upcoming book I am co-authoring with a friend, I invited Evan first, because I knew I would get an honest opinion from him. He told me he loved my cover photo, but that the other one kind of sucked. Ten minutes later he sends me a picture that he put together and it was outstanding. You can buy people like that.
What can you tell us about your preferred writing environment? Music, no music? At home, locked in your office, or out in the world in a coffee shop?
I write sitting at the desk in my bedroom. It's quiet, for the most part, and there are few distractions. Music? It depends on the character. In the psy thriller I am writing, for one of the characters I listen in a loop to one of my favorite jazz tunes, When Sunny Gets Blue, but it has to be the version sung by Anita O'Day; the other versions don't work.
A simple question: why do you write?
I love it. I love the process of creating new people and new worlds. There is nothing better than that.
Do you use beta readers, and if so, how does the feedback from those beta readers help to shape your work?
Absolutely! I use different betas for different things and their feedback is almost as important as the writing I do.
How often do you read new authors? Any you'd like to recommend here?
As much as possible. Drew Avera, Brian Dorsey and Steve Leuchtman. I have gotten to know these three guys and not only are they solid writers, they are solid guys.
Where did your love for reading and writing come from?
Reading comes from my mother. I'm the youngest of six, so after the last of my siblings started school, my mother had more time with just me, she spent part of that time teaching me to read, I was three. Writing comes from my father. From the time I was young, I remember my father writing out his Sunday school lessons, he taught it for 50 years. My parents are my heroes for many, many reasons, but the biggest one is the love they gave me for the written word.
Hi, My name is Jamie Dodge. I am a full time writer and a full time caregiver. I generally write science fiction, but will dabble in almost anything, I can't write romance to save my life. I was born and raised in Central Florida into a large Italian family. The youngest by four years, I had the advantage of being taught to read by the time I was 3. I don't think a day has gone by since then, where I haven't had a book in my hands at some point. One day I figured I would try my hand at it, so I wrote my first novel, The Forgotten Edge.