The Spotlight is on Harper L. Jameson today!
Harper has published three books in her Tribe series.
I’m really happy to be able to share a bit about Harper and her writing with you today!
What would you like your readers to know about you?
As little as possible. Just kidding. 😛 I’m actually an open book, for the most part. If anyone wants to know something, they’re welcome to ask. I guess that translates as “I can’t think of anything right now”.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration can come from anywhere. My first series is based loosely on family legends and regional superstitions in the Appalachians.
Is there a genre you feel drawn to write or do you see yourself tackling a variety of genres in the future?
I love PNR and it’s where I got my publishing start, but my first love will always be horror. I do have plans to write at least two books in the horror genre, under a pen name. I also have plans to write a Dystopian trilogy and some contemporary romance. So much to do!
Can you describe your writing space?
I just got a brand new one and I’m so excited! I have a real office. A window view of my front yard, French double doors to get in. I keep it old school, right down to my miscellaneous oddities on my shelves (crystal ball, anyone?) and my crystal decanter of liquid inspiration. I do love my whiskey.
Can you tell us a bit about your writing process?
I huddle in a fetal position and pray for the words to come. Okay, okay. I generally get an idea for a character first, and the story evolves around them, beginning with the barest idea of an outline and filling it in as I go. Sometimes I’ll start with a certain scene that pops into my head and write it from both ends to get there. It’s odd, I know.
What is your go to snack when writing?
I actually don’t snack when I write. And I had to give up caffeine for medical reasons. But I can drink decaf coffee and soda like nobody’s business.
Are any of your books or characters based on personal experiences or people in your life?
No, but a couple are based on people from my father’s childhood in the Appalachian valleys of South Eastern Ohio.
Do you have a favorite character or book you have written?
So far? It’s Tank. I love Tank desperately and I can’t wait to dig into writing his book. He’s a good old boy who gets this magical world dropped on him and he does what any self-respecting hillbilly would do. He gets drunk and belligerent.
Any hints as to what readers can expect next?
Well, I hope to churn out two books and a novella for my Tribe series this year, as well as a contribution to a PNR Comedy anthology releasing in October. I also am putting together my own anthology, under my shiny new publishing company Satin & Stone Publications. That one, “Savage Hearts” is a gothic PNR revival of classic literary monsters as our love interest and the pre-order proceeds are benefitting the charity “Spirit of Children” by Spirit Halloween Stores. They provide playrooms and toys to children’s hospitals to try and make a scary situation less scary for long term pediatric patients, hence the theme for this anthology: finding love in terrifying places.
Tell us about your Street Team and or Reader Group and let us know how interested readers can join.
I have a small but loyal fan base and I’m so grateful to have them. They put up with my sense of humor and snail-like writing place. A few even help me keep going with their love of my books and I adore them.
We all dwell in Harper’s Holler at facebook.com/groups/harpersholler
For new to you readers, what book would you suggest they read first?
My short story, “The Blanket” begins the whole world and introduces book one “The Spirit”. I’m actually up for an RWA Prism award for that one, in two categories: Best Debut PNR and Best Erotic Paranormal. I’m SO excited to be nominated. I try to make “The Blanket” free, but alas, Amazon isn’t cooperative. So readers are more than welcome to find it on Smashwords, BN, iTunes or even email me for a copy.
When not writing your own books, who do you like to read?
I read almost anything. Classic horror, sci fi, all kinds of romance… right now I’m re-reading Milton’s Paradise Lost. I’m on a classic reading bender.
Share a random fact or two that readers don’t know about you.
I have chronic insomnia. It includes night terrors, sleep walking and sleep paralysis.
Celebrity Crush? David Gandy
Favorite Beverage? Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi or Jameson Whiskey
Sweet or Savory for snacks? Savory
What type of music do you listen to? Anything but jazz. I’m currently on a bluegrass kick. It helps with my Tribe writing.
Favorite tv show? Supernatural or Lucifer. Or Sleepy Hollow. You get the idea…
Do you have any pets? Two dogs. Both were rescues of sorts: one from a puppy mill years ago and the other from a local animal shelter. One is a senior now and I have to carry him a lot due to arthritis and failing ligaments. Don’t let the fluff fool you: chows are heavy.
Biggest pet peeve? Shrugging. I hate when people shrug as an answer. It makes me insane.
Favorite vacation spot? Key West
Morning or Night person? It depends on how much sleep I’ve had.
Favorite sports team? The Ohio State Buckeyes “O-H!”
Hobbies? I sew occasionally. I also do graphic design. Does chasing my children count as a hobby or a career?
“The Blanket” is a short story, introducing the world of The Tribe.
There is a legend amongst the Tribe, that each man’s destiny is woven into a blanket by the creator’s own hands. Kokumthena has a thread for each spirit, man and beast. The whole of all that was and all that will be is written in the divine pattern of the blanket she weaves, and our place in the pattern was decided long ago. Once the blanket is complete, she will destroy it to begin anew, and the world with it.
Every day, she works and every day the world is one step closer to destruction. But Kokumthena’s plan is not without opposition, for even the creator must be balanced with an adversary. For that is the way of creation itself.
There is one who spends each day unraveling the threads of Kokumthena’s blanket in hope that destiny will be changed to his own ambitious desires.
Until his own meddling in the fabric of creation brings him face to face with a woman he cannot have -and refuses to forget. Her fate laid out for her, he is left with only one choice. He will alter the pattern of destiny and in doing so, he will change the course of the world.
Manito akanida velawa nees.
Maka save us all.
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**Winner of the RWA, FF&P Chapter Best Paranormal Erotica of 2016**
Before the white man settled the Appalachians, he stood over the people of the Tribe, providing all they needed to flourish in the shadow of the mountains.
The many tribes have given him many different names. Wakan Tanko. Maheo. To the people that first hunted the corner of Appalachia known to later generations as Wright’s Holler, he was Weshemoneto, the Great Spirit.
To Anna Madeline Wright, he would simply be Wes.
Born in the holler that bore her name, “Annie” Wright came from people that had learned to live on the land, people who believed in the magic saturating the woods around them. People who knew how to survive.
Circumstance of birth gave her power. Her skills gave her respect. Her magic gave them hope. In a town not yet influenced by the progress of the industrial revolution, Annie was a pauwau. A witch.
The winter of 1836 hit the town of McAllen hard and with her people in danger of annihilation, Annie called on the spirits for the power to save them. Her desperation called Weshemoneto himself . When they collided, she had to make a choice: Lose her town or lose her heart.
What happened next would become the stuff of legend for centuries to come.
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It’s been nearly 200 years since the ice storm that almost destroyed McAllen. Sheriff Jessica Attwood was born there, in a little valley in the Ohio Appalachians known as Wright’s Holler. If she isn’t careful, she’ll die there.
McAllen has a morgue full of bodies, a file of missing persons dating back decades and a sheriff that is determined to find out what is happening to her town. Her investigation leads her to the half-breed mountain man, Misignwa, and her reality is thrown into a chaos that only makes sense when she’s in his arms.
The Misignwa has stayed out of it. His job is to protect the forests of his ancestors, enduring the scorn of a population almost completely unchanged by progress. The problems of the white men aren’t his concern. Not until they come into his woods and duty brings him face to face with the local sheriff, a woman he’s watched from the shadows for years, drawn to in a way he can’t explain.
Jessica’s investigation pulls her deeper into Wright’s Holler, to a world of lost magic and small town legends–legends that tell of spirits roaming the woods, of lost witches and a battle between good and evil that has raged for centuries. As her fascination with Misignwa grows, something is calling her into the forest, into his arms and onto the front lines.
Wild animal, crazed woodsman… Jessica’s guesses about the killer’s identity are as thick as the trees but as the line between the worlds starts to blur, the superstitious townsfolk voice another theory from a time when magic wasn’t just for fairy tales. Something’s stalking the witches of the holler. And it wants Jessica.
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About Harper L. Jameson
Born in the foothills of the Appalachians and raised in Central Florida, Harper L. Jameson began her adventures in writing through a love of online role-play. What started as a hobby turned into a passion and with the encouragement of her family and friends, she began to listen to the voices in her head, creating characters and worlds of her own. Harper currently resides in North Carolina, where her time is divided between wrangling her children and refereeing her voices. Her world is a little dark, a lot sexy and always expanding.
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Harper, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me!
I love spotlighting authors and sharing the amazing work that they do. Your Tribe series sounds truly fascinating and I can’t wait to read it!
Readers, make sure you drop by and visit Harper L. Jameson at her social media sites and pick up your copy of the Tribe series today!
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