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Monday, September 26, 2011

Fiction Sampler: Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie

This week it's our pleasure at Colonial Quills to have as guest author Jamie Carrie....

....discussing her latest release Pirate of My Heart

She gave up everything for a chance at true love . . .

When her doting father dies, Lady Kendra Townsend is given a choice: marry the horrid man of her uncle’s choosing or leave England to risk a new life in America with unknown relatives. Armed with the faith that God has a plan for her, Kendra boards a cargo ship and soon finds herself swept away by the rugged American sea captain Dorian Colburn. But this adventurous man has been wounded by love before and now guards his independent life.

He wasn’t prepared to give up anything for anyone…

No swashbuckling man needs an English heiress with violet-hued eyes to make him feel again or challenge his faith with probing questions—or so he thinks. It is not until Dorian must save Kendra from the dark forces surrounding her that he decides she may be worth the risk.

Publisher: B&H Publishing

We welcome Jamie and are pleased to share her answers to questions concerning her journey as a writer.

~How did you get interested in Colonial Fiction?

Oh, what a great question! My love for colonial history goes way back. Do you remember that movie from school, Johnny Tremain? I was swept away! It was so sad when he hurt his hand making that silver cup and I loved all the drama surrounding the time leading up to the American Revolution. That’s the first moment when I fell in love with that time period. Later, I homeschooled for years and teaching that time period – from Plymouth Rock and the Thanksgiving story to post American Revolution - was my favorite. Three of my books are set during that time period: Wind Dancer - George Rogers Clark and his role in winning the mid-west territories during the American Revolution, The Duchess and the Dragon – the Pennsylvania Quakers and indentured servants, and my new book, Pirate of my Heart, set in the “historic triangle” of Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg just after the American Revolution among the James River plantations. I visited those towns a few years ago and they just so happened (God moment!) to be having a reenactment that weekend. I held my first long rifle in Yorktown. Those guns are heavy! And the Colonial Williamsburg Historical Site was amazing. I’m a true history geek!

~ Why did you enjoy writing about the period?

This book was so much fun! The sparks really flew between these characters. Here’s an example:

Here’s what Kendra (my heroine) thinks of Dorian the first time she sees him:

“Kendra’s glimpse of the man had only lasted a few seconds but his image burned in her mind. She’d never met an American before and he looked as wild as she’d heard them to be, handsome in a rugged way that she was unaccustomed to. His face was tan, so different from the milky white complexions she was used to seeing. He had rather long, dark hair that had been brushed back from chiseled features and waved in the breeze. His eyes were a cerulean blue with silver flicks in them and filled with piercing intensity and . . . disdain. Thick black brows arched almost wickedly over his eyes. His chin was square with a small cleft and she sensed he may have a dimple in his left check when he smiled. Small lines stood on either side of his well-molded mouth. His lips were slightly wide with even white teeth peering behind them. Kendra peeked up through her lashes and saw broad shoulders and a wide chest. He looked like a pirate she’d once read about. Goodness Lord, I didn’t know you made such men for real!”

I really enjoyed watching these two fall in love and learn to trust God through their adventures!

~Is there anything special you'd like to point out about your new book--especially related to the colonial era?

The hats! Lady Kendra Townsend has a bit of a thing for hats. She’s not the tallest girl around and she feels more statuesque in her towering, feather swaying, beribboned and bejeweled, with the occasional fake bird attached to the brim, outlandish hats. I had a lot of fun researching the hats of that period.

~ Are you a Plotter or SOTP writer?-- How does it affect your deadlines?

I’m a bit of both. I do a loose outline and then let the characters lead and change the outline if necessary. Deadlines keep me at the keyboard when I’d rather be shopping! I try to get at least five pages in a day.

~ What are some of your favorite books on the writing craft?

I honestly don’t read a whole lot of those. I learned to write by reading and studying my favorite books. Laura Kinsale has had a huge impact on learning the craft. She is the best – in my opinion.

~ What part of writing is the most difficult for you? Developing the characters? Dialogue? Pacing etc.?

Just getting started each day. Sometimes I have to circle around the computer a few times, look at it sideways and then take a deep breath and make myself plunge in. Oh, turning off the internet would help too. I pray a lot for help! J

~ When you made out your first proposal, who did you compare your writing style to?

That’s a hard one. I hoped and prayed to be like Laura Kinsale but I never dared to compare myself with her. J I would have to ask my readers who they think I sound like. It would be interesting to hear what they think.

~ Do you write your stories in long hand first? How long, start to finish, does it take you to write a book?

I shudder at the idea of having to write long hand! My handwriting is terrible. When I first started writing it took about two years to finish a book (before I had contracts and deadlines), then I managed to get one out every eight months. Next year I will have four books coming out, one a novella, but whew! I’ve been working hard getting these ready and writing a book in about four months. I don’t think I can go any faster! J

~ Maybe a quick sentence or two (tag line) about your next book to whet our appetites? :)

Book One in the Forgotten Castles series. The Guardian Duke is a sweeping love story where hero and heroine get to know each other through letters while the Duke of St. Easton tracks his ward, Lady Alexandria Featherstone, across windswept Ireland as she looks for her missing parents.

Great fun! Thanks so much!

Your welcome. We thank you for stopping by to share something of your writing adventures and where you get your inspiration--and about your latest release. Blessings on your future writing endeavors, Jamie!

~Pat Iacuzzi

Visit Jamie online.
View the book trailer of Pirate of My Heart


  1. When Jamie wrote her first published book, the cover attracted me and I bought it. That started my love affair with Jamie Carie's books. I have bought and read EVERY single one of her books, so you can imagine my delight at winning, Pirate of my Heart, on another blog this past weekend! I can't wait until I get it! Thanks for the interesting interview, ladies, and keep up the good work, Jamie!!

  2. Nice post, Pat! We are so glad Jamie loves colonial. Sound like a great book!

  3. Great interview, I'm hoping to get my hands on Ms. Carie's book soon :)

  4. What a fantastic interview, thanks Pat and Jamie. Jamie, this sounds like my kind of story! I enjoyed learning about your interest in the colonial period, and I too think my passion for this period reignited while I homeschooled my kids and revisited many of the places I was so fond of as a child (Plymouth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village, etc.) and reading about the providential history of America. Recently I also had a chance to visit the historic triangle with Carrie Pagels as my tour guide and will never forget the amazing time revisiting colonial history.

    I enjoyed hearing about the way you write as well. I never read many books about writing, but have learned mostly from online sources. It's good to see you gaining momentum and writing so many books that I look forward to reading.

    Thanks for coming by Colonial Quills.

  5. Thanks Carla! Teaching history was my favorite part of homeschooling too! There is a book about Thanksgiving called Pilgrim's Way, I think. Wonderful book that I got so caught up in. Also, The Light and the Glory!! Did you all read that one? I reread them for fun.
    I hope you enjoy my books! I work hard and pray hard on each one! :-) God bless you!
    Waving to Faye!!!

  6. Diana, you are such a blessing and encouragement to me. Hugs!

    Thanks Carrie! Great blog site!

  7. My evenings are more open (as usual)...and I want to give Jamie a huge thank you for stopping in!

    As I was setting up this post, I read through the interview and I have to agree with Carla that I found it very interesting on how Jamie became interested in history early on.

    I'm teaching students two pt. perspective right now and they have to create a city scene (with buildings) Well, most want to do a contemporary scene(what they're familiar with, of course) but three girls asked if they could do something from the Victorian era (with the horses, carriages and costumes) and one wanted to do a cabin from the colonial era!

    Go figure.... for some reason the romance from those time periods must really appeal to them.

    And thanks Carrie for those first few in-depth questions!

  8. Thanks for mentioning Pilgrim's Way, Jamie. I haven't read The Light and Glory, but have heard great things about it. I have read America's Providential History which is fantastic. We used it as one of the homeschool history texts and my copy is a keeper.

  9. I'm looking forward to this new book from Jamie. My time period of choice is right after the Rev War--for reading and writing. And I agree about Laura Kinsale. She has that power to sweep a reader away.

    Whoo, a book in four months. That's incredible. I'm currently patting myself on the back for finishing a first draft in under a year for the first time in my writing life. And I'm exhausted. I can only imagine how hard you've worked Jamie.

    Thanks for the interview!

  10. I know I'm so late in writing this, but Jamie, I do want you to know I'm anxious to read this book!


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