Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Jaima Fixsen a Mormon, a mommy and the author of Fairchild - http://www.amazon.com/Fairchild-ebook/dp/B00B76PGOQ
Hi Jaima, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
When and why did you start writing?
Like many of the readers and writers of this blog, I started writing after I had a couple of kids, just looking for a creative outlet. I'm not really good at sewing or jewelry making or decorating my house . . . I'd finish a project and compare my work to the picture and feel only frustration. Writing was different. No matter how awful my first drafts start, I read them and feel excited about what they might become, probably because I'm not comparing them to anything else.
I also like writing because it is something that feels more of my own, instead of following another person's pattern or instructions.
Which writers have influenced your writing the most?
Probably Jane Eyre, because it is a book that I've grown up with. In fifth grade I read it for the first time for a novel study, but stopped when Jane fled from Thornfield. It was too sad to go on. I made a diorama of Jane in the Red Room, but because my teacher could tell from my presentation that I hadn't finished the book, I got an F. I came back to Jane Eyre two years later and finished it that time. I remember wiping my eyes, sprawled out on the floor beside my old chest of drawers. When I read it in University, I remember being intrigued by the proto-Freudian imagery (I was taking some psychology courses at the time, obviously) and reading it again as a bravely feminist novel. I've never read that story without taking away something new, and the story is a romance that I never tire of.What is your favorite book and why?
Can you tell us about your main character in Fairchild?
How did you come up with the idea for Fairchild?
I put this story in the English Regency because it's a real time and place, but one where fairy tales belong. Balls, gowns, Mr. Darcy--all the good fairy tale elements are right at home here. I wanted this story to sparkle like Eva Ibbotson's romances, but for the characters to be as nuanced and ambiguous as they are in the original tale--there's a lot making this batch of misfits tick.
How do you balance your writing with motherhood?
What advice would you give to an aspiring Mormon Mommy Writer?
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Jaima-Fixsen/e/B00BI2AUVS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Book Links: www.amazon.com/Fairchild-ebook/dp/B00B76PGOQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379583561&sr=1-1