Author Interview: Jamie Lee Scott

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.

Let Us Prey
Book 1, Gotcha Detective Agency Mysteries
By Jamie Lee Scott

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 & TWWriterChat, 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.


Interview: TK Rayford



Please tell us a bit about yourself and your book.

Well, I’m definitely a reader before I am a writer.  There’s nothing I enjoy more than losing myself in a good story.  I have been into books since my older sister started teaching me how to read when I little.  The writing came hand-in-hand with the reading for me, but I started out with short stories.  Abstrus is my first full-length novel.  It follows 17 year old Lexi Lee as she uncovers the truth about what she is… and that’s not necessarily human.  She has to deal with a missing mother who hasn’t been honest with her, a father who is barely functioning, and an entire group of otherworldly teens that may or may not be out to kill her.  And to further complicate things, she is not only dealing with a love interest that she does her best to ignore, but also a group of hunters who have the sole purpose of destroying her for being something she didn’t even know she was.

Where you a big reader when you were growing up? What was your favorite book?  Oh definitely.  From the moment I learned to read words on a page, books were my best friends.  There haven’t been many times in my life when I wasn’t in the middle of a read.  My favorite book when I was younger was Where the Red Fern Grows.  It’s an amazing book that gets me all emotional even still.

What type of research did you do while you were writing this book?  I found myself reading tons of NASA articles while I was preparing to write Abstrus.  Yahoo! News was my friend too.  I was glued to anything I could come up with about space travel or theories about life on other planets.

Who is your biggest supporter and what do they do to support you? It’s hard to pick just one person because there are so many amazing people in my corner cheering me on.  But since I have to pick just one, I’d have to say my seven year-old son is my biggest supporter.  He is truly excited about Abstrus and keeps me on my toes by constantly asking me questions about it.  He talks to everyone we meet about the book, which makes me feel like maybe I’m doing something right.  There’s no validation that feels better than that.

What are you reading right now?  I just started reading Marked by Kim Richardson.  I’m still in the very early stages of the books so I can’t say much about it at this point.  But I really am enjoying it.

Describe you book in 5 words.  An intense, otherworldly thrill ride that’s full of surprises.  That was more than 5 words, but I never claimed to be able to count.


Thanks so much for having me!

By TK Rayford

When 17 year old Lexi Lee’s mother disappeared six months ago, her world was turned upside down. Just when she is coming to terms with her new, motherless life, she meets Farah, Ferdinand, and Liza, a strange group of teenagers. She quickly finds out that they are not at all what they seem.

Lexi finds that although she is human, that is only one part of what she is and people are after her for it. She has to figure out who she can trust… and fast. She learns that her mother has known the truth all along, but disappeared before she could explain things to her. She believes that she has no hope of survival if she doesn’t find her mother, and trusting the wrong person to help her could prove fatal.

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About the Author:

TK Rayford was born in Chicago, IL with her four siblings. She later moved to Memphis, TN. She fell in love with writing in the second grade and has been writing ever since. Her teachers would always say that she would become a great writer, but she would insist that she would be a neurosurgeon. She proved herself wrong and her teachers right when she decided to pursue her passion, which has always been writing.





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Author Interview: Fangs Rule

Please welcome author Amy Mah.


Please tell us a little about yourself and your book.


Me? Well I am a little older than my books namesake who is about 16 and is stuck at that age, where as I’m in my 20s and getting older with each birthday.


My books take the reader into a teenage vampire world and the problems that can be had by being a teenager with good sharp teeth, and well just listen to what she has to say about Hollywood’s idea of Naked Big Busted female vampires bouncing about in old Castles:………………….

How many times have I got to say this it is only the turned female vampires (ex-humans and now undead) Hollywood style that have perfect boobs and like to go around wearing a thin see-through nightdress with no panties.

Normal vampire like me……. well we like to wear clothing and with how cold the caves or castles are thick clothing!

My flannelette Nightdress could only be deemed see-through if you have x-ray vision!  

So the idea of beds containing naked vampires in old castles is only for the movies, er………. castles the same as caves are cold, damp and draughty at the best of times and they are like very cold in winter!

Shall I put it another way, vampires are not always the best of company when they are happy so it is best not to meet one with a cold !

I have checked with my family and the only vampire I know that wears a night shirt for sleeping is my Uncle, his sister my Aunt wears more in bed than see does during the day including a layer of cats which join her in bed!

My boyfriend ‘Max’ says he only wears a smile in bed and I can come and check anytime !

But his sister my bestie friend ‘Ice’ says he wears a smelly old Tee and shorts which their Mom has threatened to burn if he forgets to put out to wash again.

She, that is Ice and not her Mom wears a top and shorts in bed, myself if anyone is interested I wear PJs and in winter a flannelette nightdress over them, plus I also keep my underwear on as my bedroom is cold, unless Bambi my maid sleeps with me, then we can cuddy up together.

Look ! how many times must I repeat myself, just because guys can’t sleep together or it can mean them playing a game of hide the sausage, it does not mean that being a girl sleeping with anther girl makes you a lesbian, sometimes it just means the bedrooms are DARN COLD ! Plus if you sleep with your maid she can act as a midnight snack …………. Well getting out of bed to go walking about bare footed on ice cold floors just makes you colder still by having to stop and take a pee……yes the cold also does that to a vampires bladder …. And having Marble toilets sound so exotic until you get your butt frozen onto one! ……the first to laugh I will bite OK !!! 



Where did you come up with the idea for Fang Rules


Well for the past year I have been trying to write a novel following the life of a teenage vampire trying to fit in and discovering that human world or vampire world are both as crazy as each other and have lots of hidden rules so in the book she decides to list the problems on being a teenage vampire and from this I suddenly had a stand alone book on a girls guide to being a vampire. 


What is your favorite Rule and Why?


My favorite rule? Well how about always keep a little black dress in your wardrobe as it is something that never goes out of fashion even for a vampire 


What do you think readers will find the surprising about your book?



Describe Fang Rules in just 5 words.


Guide to being a vampire


Fangs Rule: A Girls Guide to Being a Vampire

By Amy Mah

FANGS RULE a girl’s guide to being a vampire …. is a young Adult book for anyone between Puberty and Senility as it takes a close up look at life as a female teenage vampire in easy to follow A to Z advice for the reader, the book is also full of manga art which helps show the human world what life is like in a vampire world……….

Giving helpful advice such as how to explain to your Mom that as a teenage blood curdling denizen of the night you would like to paint your cave bedroom black without having a shouting match over why you don’t like the way she painted the stalagmites bright pink to go with the large stuffed pink bats hanging from the ceiling.

Everything is explained from how to polish your fangs to fashion tips and ways of climbing across a ceiling wearing a nightdress without showing your underwear.

Fangs Rule is a must for every teenage vampire and from these pages you will see why Amy says “Vampires Don’t Sparkle! …. They Bite!

Hi! My name is Amy Mah Vampire and here are some helpful hints from my book: Fangs Rule: A Girls Guide to Being a Vampire

Going out on a date: Yes we all go thought the same difficulties of what to wear, the wardrobe will not shut but I still do not have anything suitable, so after hours of searching in the end I decide to wear black as it will match my comfy shoes, ok so I have more shoes than a dictators wife but only one comfy pair and they are black, why comfy shoes? Well I have no idea where we are going so what the heck should I wear!

Now comes the date bag, why can’t a girl just go out, and when I say a girl I mean me, why do I have to look like I’m going for a 10 day vacation and not just a night out.

So let’s open the date bag and check if everything is there.

1. Cell phone fully charged.

2. Spare cash and credit card.

3. Packet of mints for after eating smelly food….er…………foreigners

4. Chap stick ….well you may kiss him and …….. it goes with the mints ok?

5. Make up mirror, why take a mirror you ask, …well if I get ship wreaked I can use it to signal for help, look it is just needed ok!

6. Packet of tissues just in case you cannot find a washroom when out.

7. Keys large bunch and no I do not know why luggage keys are on the same ring with my house keys.

8. Sun glasses, hat and 100% sun block just in case you stay out early.

9. A spare pair of panties in case I sleep over ……… er not that I am planning to sleep over … er forget it ok! Look I said stop giggling and forget it!!!!

10. Precautions and protection, nowadays it is not just a boys reasonability for protection and so a girl should also take her own protection if needed, personally I take a can of Mace and a 10 inch kitchen knife and if that fails I sink my teeth into the neck!

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The author Amy Mah (Vampire) is a well known blogger, that writes and blogs as a cynical teenage vampire:

Being a vampire sounds like it should be a cool thing to be as a teenage girl, like sleeping during the day and enjoying a night life with friends, huh, no one had warned me that it also meant having to suffer Teenage Hormones for so long! I am stuck as a teenager the years may pass but I am the same age!

And as to the rules, so many rules, and vampire uniforms! Guys have long fancy cloaks that they are always tripping over and as to the Girls uniform, it is a 18th C Nightdress!
The old male vampires expect a girl to walk about wearing just a see through nightdress with no underwear on!! as if that is ever going to happen!, they have seen far too many horror films! Life as a teenager is normally a living hell but even more so when you have fangs. The world is just out to get me, and not just by people trying to stake me because I have better teeth than they do!
The Real:………… Amy Mah

Ok you want to know about me? Well I am a little older than my Vampire self which you first meet when she is 16, and I am in my 20s.

With my books I have tried to create a different type of vampire series using myself as the main character and so with the help of an excellent cartoonist my true likeness has been changed into a manga cartoon that you will see on the book covers and also inside the books as my book is full to bursting with colour drawings of me and my vampire friends and family.

Once you get to know me and my writing you will discover that I am a little crazy ……heck make that a lot crazy as Amy Mah the vampire character is me!

In creating my vampire world I have added a lot of real stuff which happened in my past and added it into my writings so yes my life has been real crazy in the past to fit into a self help vampire guide!

Fangs Rule (a girls guide to being a vampire) is a funny, cynical and sarcastic look at the problems of life as a teenage vampire, if you think being a teenage human can be problematic you try being a teenage vampire with hormones that mean you may like boys but in a way you would like to know their blood group before you date.