About Jaime McDougall
Jaime McDougall is a citizen of the world, currently loving life in beautiful country Victoria in Australia. She loves eating sushi, kidnapping her husband and naming her pets in honour of science fiction authors.
She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: High School: The Real Deal and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. So You Want to Write a Guest Post: An Author’s Guide to Promoting with Guest Blogging is her most recent non-fiction ebook. She has also enjoyed writing a column called ‘The New Australian’ in local newspapers as well as various articles online.
Echo Falls is her first paranormal romance novel. You can buy it now at:
You can visit her website at InkyBlots.com
About Echo Falls
Running from a nightmare stalking her every move, Phoebe Martin arrives in Echo Falls hoping she has finally found a safe place to stop. But trouble has a way of catching up and soon the signs are there.
After a vicious attack in an alley, policeman Aidan O’Bryan is left with Phoebe as his only path to understanding why the Echo Falls werewolf pack – his pack – is being attacked. When another pack member is killed, Phoebe is forced to confront her past before she loses Aidan and everything she has come to love.
Love and duty become one as Aidan strives to prevent Phoebe from becoming the next victim. But with Phoebe just as determined to protect Aidan and her new home, secrets from her past threaten to tear them apart.
Will love give Phoebe the strength to trust Aidan and face her fears, or will her past destroy her future.
Q: Biggest Pet Peeve about the writing life.
I didn’t have to think about the answer to this – it popped right into my head!
My biggest pet peeve is how easy it is to procrastinate. I always have good intention, but I also have laundry, dishes, dusting and a very fast internet connection.
Keeping to it, of course, comes down to me. But it’s not always easy…
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, it will be 2021… On the personal side, I hope to be a mother and live in a house my husband and I own. On the writer’s side of thing, I hope to have at least ten more novels out. After all, one novel a year isn’t too much to ask, I think.
I try not to speculate with money and sales matters because you never know. I am, however, looking forward to seeing where technology takes authors. These are exciting times.
Q: What’s next for you?
At the moment I am participating in NaNoWriMo and trying to get to my 50,000 words by the end of November. I’m behind at the moment, though, because I am working on the sequel to Echo Falls – the working title is Fading Echoes – and am doing more planning than I usually would with NaNoWriMo.
Beyond that, I’m not sure. But I’m very excited.
Q: In writing your book/novel if you could do it again what would you do differently?
When it comes to writing Echo Falls, I would have written the first draft faster. It is so easy to get caught up in making everything perfect in the first draft, and it is so far from that no matter how hard you try. I wish I would have just relaxed, wrote and worried about making it a polished product later on.
Q: Have you ever abandoned any books/novels in progress?
Yes, and rightly so. I think writers all need to give up novels in progress now and again or run the risk of putting out something that shouldn’t be put out there for whatever reason. For me, some ideas just didn’t pan out. (I save those for another time because they might make better short fiction.)
Other times, the idea is there and it has a lot going for it, but the timing just isn’t right. It’s hard to explain, but I have novels put away simply because it’s not the right time for me to write them. I still fully plan on writing them in the future.
Q: How did you feel holding your book in your hands for the first time?
Now that is a beautiful feeling. One of the reasons I self-published Echo Falls is because I wanted to have both print and ebooks. I am so glad I did because there is something about holding your book in your hands that goes above and beyond publishing strictly online.