I was surprised at the joy I got out of putting those words to paper

Jemi Fraser, welcome. How has your family background affected your writing, if it has?


I was born into a family of logical people where practical pursuits and hobbies were valued over creative ones. I was always a little bit of an oddball in the family  and while they didn’t necessarily understand my interests and tastes in art, music, and stories, they always encouraged me to be me. I didn’t consider writing – even as a hobby – until well after my kids were born, but the interest in stories had been cultivated long before that. Still, I was surprised at the joy I got out of putting those words to paper.

How interesting…What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?


When I did decide to try writing, I did it totally as a hobby for myself and myself alone. It took me another few years before the idea of actually attempting to publish something crossed my mind.  By that point, I had written a couple of very wordy, very angsty, very bad novels. The core ideas are there, but the novels themselves are hilariously bad.


You aren’t the only one with that experience. Please describe your writing process.


I am currently learning to plot. It doesn’t come naturally to me, but with the help of some very good craft books I’m doing a much better job and finding the revising process less complex.


Nice…Where do you do your best work?


As of romance author, I should probably say the bedroom, but the reality is that I do almost all of my writing in an overstuffed chair in my living room while my TV is playing sports in the background .


Now that is different. Please give us a brief rundown of the plot of “Until Release”.

Early release for good behaviour means Sean Walker is counting the minutes until he’ll be free. He’s not the only one counting, but the others don’t have freedom on their minds.


Wow! What genre is it?


“Until Release” is a suspenseful mystery.


What goal did you originally have for your books and/or writing?


I think my primary goal was and is entertainment. The world can be a sad or scary place for a lot of people. Fiction can offer a welcome release (pun intended) from all of that reality.


Ha, ha. How did you decide whether to self-publish or find a mainstream publisher?


I’m still in the process of making this decision. I definitely like both the control of self-publishing and the idea of having a team working with me that goes with traditional publishing. We’ll see what the future brings.


I know, right? How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?


In the past, I’ve only ever known this for sure by finishing the entire novel. Now that I’m learning to plot, it’s easier to see if the idea is viable or not before I dig in.


Makes sense…Where can we find your books?


Until Release is my first published work, but you can catch up with me at the following links






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19 Responses to “I was surprised at the joy I got out of putting those words to paper”

  1. Plotting really does help. But every story is good practice regardless.

  2. Sports in the background while writing – I like it!

  3. CONGRATS on your first published work Jemi! How exciting for you!

    IT’s wonderful that you finally realized your calling to write to entertain all of your readers. Isn’t that what every writer wants?!

    All the best, Jemi!

    Thanks Anna for featuring Jemi.

  4. What an interesting interview. I have been visiting Jemi’s blog for years- but I definitely learned even more about her here. I don’t think I ever knew she likes to write with sports on in the background (on her tv). Congrats on the anthology and having your story published, Jemi!

  5. Until Release is my favourite from the anthology. Love the tension.
    I’m a die-hard fan of suspense. 🙂

  6. Sports on TV while you write romantic scenes? Now that’ something I would never have predicted, Jemi!

  7. Great interview! Plotting is really not my thing… Yes, it does make life—especially post-first-draft—a lot easier, but… I just can’t seem to get the hang of it. Kudos to you for sticking with it, Jemi! And many, many congratulations on your first publication! ‘Tick Tock’ is a wonderful anthology, and you’re in the best company.

    Thanks for featuring Jemi, Anna! Much success to all Tick-Tock-ers 🙂

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