I am happy to have interview Jamie Lee Scott author of Let Us Prey
1. Please tell us about yourself and your book.
Hi, I’m Jamie Lee Scott, and I write the Gotcha Detective Agency mystery series. The first book in the series was released in November 2011, Let Us Prey.
I write mysteries with a bit of sexual tension/romance woven in.
2. What was your biggest challenge in writing Let Us Prey?
The first chapter. I rewrote the first chapter at least 20 times, then finally decided to leave it be and actually finish writing the novel. When I was finished, I completely scrapped the first chapter and wrote it from scratch. Now I don’t do any editing until I type “the end” and the writing goes much smoother.
3. What, if any research, did you do while writing this book?
The novel is set in my hometown of Salinas, California, and so I made a point to fly home several times for my research. While there, I stopped by the police department and an officer gave me a complete tour of the station, including the homicide division, which was a blast. I also got a tour of the Sheriff’s department and the county jail. All very interesting, and the officers had great stories to tell. I had to research live role playing games, and how they work, and I can probably tell you more than you ever wanted to know about being a private investigator in California. I also learned a bit about the myth of the throwaway cell phone, but you’ll have to read the story for that one.
4. What is your favorite memory from your time writing and editing this book?
Because the book is set in Salinas, and my characters were a mash of people I grew up with, I felt like I was going home every time I sat down to write. This made writing this series so much fun, like I was rewriting history sometimes. In the editing process, I loved getting notes from my editor about different things that struck her, and her comments about Nick.
5. Describe your book in just 5 words.
Mysteriously sassy, sexy and fun.
Mimi Capurro has been hired to protect New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Silke, who was recently assaulted in the bathroom at a paranormal conference. Though Mimi is hired to act as bodyguard for Lauren’s upcoming book tour, plans change when Lauren’s assistant is murdered and the slaying is a replica of a scene from Lauren’s newest novel. A novel that hit bookstores the same day as the killing.
Now instead of playing bodyguard, Mimi is cracking computer code, and chasing down vampires. These vampires come alive on the streets of Santa Cruz, as part of a live-role-playing game. Mimi must find the connection between the vampires and the author to track down the killer. This would be much easier if Detective Nick Christianson wanted her investigating the case.
Nick, Mimi’s old college fling, is the lead homicide investigator.
Though he wants her off the case, he also wants to pump her for information. Nick may have used her in the past, but this time she’ll use him to try to catch the murderer first.
About Jamie Lee Scott
Jamie was born on the Central Coast of California, where she spent her entire childhood entertaining. She wrote plays and charged admission to her backyard stage so her friends and family could enjoy the performances. She wrote her first novel at the age of 10, for her 5th grade class project. The novel was called Cindy.
Busy with horses and school, Jamie rarely wrote through her teens and twenties, she was living a life most dreamed of (well, she dreamed of anyway), competing at barrel races, hanging out with cowboys, and traveling in rodeo circles with her friends. Money was tight, but life was good. Then Jamie met the man of her dreams. And low and behold he was not a cowboy, but a farm boy. They married and he swept her away to her little piece of heaven in Iowa.
Well, then Iowa didn’t turn out to be such heaven, Jamie again turned to fiction. This time she wrote to relieve the stress of living so far from her family, and from running a business with her husband. Funny how she now found it cathartic to kill people, only on paper of course.
Before she finished her first full length novel, Jamie was contracted to write the book, Hiking Iowa for Falcon publishing. In a year, she hiked 75 trails in the state of Iowa and mapped the trails, landmarks and distances. And this was before GPS. It was tough work for the measly advance, but it was a writing credit. So now, Jamie writes the mystery series featuring the Gotcha Detective Agency.
Jamie has written three novels, Let Us Prey, the soon to be released Death of a Sales Rep, and Give a Dog a Bone. She is currently writing screenplays. She is co-founder of Scriptchat on Twitter www.scriptchat.com & TWWriterChat www.tvwriterchat.com, and is the former president of RWA’s screenwriting chapter, Script Scene.
Jamie still lives in Iowa (though she visits California as often as possible) with her husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses. She writes with a few from her 6 acre farm.