Turn to Darkness Blog Stop

Please welcome the amazing Jamie Rush to Readers After Dark. If you haven’t read anything by her yet you are missing out. Her books are fantastic. 
ImageRAD: What’s your favorite part of being an author? Your least favorite part?
Jamie: My favorite part is creating! I love getting that glimmer of an idea, a scene, a character. Sometimes it gives me a goofy or rather psychotic look, I’m sure. The story coming alive inside me gives me a thrill like no other.
My least favorite?

My least favorite is the business end. You have to take off the creative hat and look at numbers, the market, make decisions, and do the promotional end of things. Every minute spent on that is a minute not spent on writing.

RAD: Tell us something about the characters in your latest book that didn’t make it into the final version.

Jamie: The hero’s mother was a prostitute who is dead by the time TURN TO DARKNESS opens. Being that a novella needs to be more succinct regarding backstory that doesn’t directly apply to the story at hand, I did not get to explore how Greer felt about that and what his life was like.

RAD: If you had a full day all to yourself – no responsibilities, no WORK – what would you do?

Jamie: Read! I have to sneak in pleasure reading, it seems. I’m going to be on a plane for a couple of hours tomorrow and I’m thrilled to be captive and get to read.

RAD: Of all the characters you’ve ever written…who resonates with you strongest?

Jamie: Boy, that’s a hard question. It’s true that some characters resonate more than others, and each has a vulnerability that touches me. I’d say Eric Aruda from BURNING DARKNESS, the fourth book in the Offspring series. He taught me the allure of the alpha hero and how characters can surprise you.

RAD: Do you find yourself writing about the same genre or different ones? Which are your favorite genre to write about?

Jamie: Generally I gravitate to suspense, though I did write some straight contemporary romance (and had four published with Harlequin years ago). I like murder and mayhem with my romance. And of course, always romance, though a few of my suspense have had less emphasis on that or a different spin. Going forward, I’m jumping more into paranormal with Jaime and then going in the opposite direction by resurrecting my Tina Wainscott name for straight romantic suspense.

RAD: What kind of/how much research do you do for your books?

Jamie: I research setting and whatever aspects I need for the particular characters. For instance, I needed to know about desert landscaping for TURN TO DARKNESS for Shea’s business. I went to several different landscaping websites and scouted out what plants and designs would be used. Research can be a lot of fun, like when I read about secret government programs.

RAD: What kind of scenes do you love to write? Which ones are the most challenging?

Jamie: I love the emotional scenes, where things break down for the hero and heroine, when one calls the other on their vulnerability or the shield they use. And often those scenes culminate in a passionate kiss.

Love scenes and action scenes can both be challenging, and they can also be a lot of fun. Most of the time I can “see” the scene clearly and I translate it. But there are times I can’t, or the characters aren’t working together for a reason I have to figure out. The real challenge is to find ways to make those scenes fresh for those characters.

RAD: Do you have any sort of inspiration for your books or do characters just “pop up” in your head that you have to write about?

Jamie: Usually I get a situation and a character together, a piece of a scene that intrigues me. Then I have to figure out how we got there, what kind of background and vulnerabilities will make it harder for that character, all that fun stuff.

RAD: Do you listen to music when you write? What kind?

Jamie: Most of the time. I’m an Alt-Nation fan (SIRIUS radio) and a lot of that music will creep into my stories. I also make playlists for each character and each type of emotion the music will be a backdrop for. For instance, suspense, sexy, and poignant, and the music speaks to my character. That’s a fun part of the story planning for me. Music moves me, and that’s what I want to do with my stories—move my readers, touch them. I try to translate that feeling I get to my books.

RAD: Who are some of your favorite authors?

Jamie: I like Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Dean Koontz, Carmen DeSousa, Sophie Jordan, Heather Burch, and many more than I’m sure I’m forgetting.

RAD: What genre’s do you read?
I do tend to stick to the genres I write, for better or for worse. I’ve got some Kim Falconer fantasies that I’m looking forward to reading though.

Jamie: What are some of your favorite TV shows? and movies?
I love Supernatural, the new Beauty and the Beast, Grimm, Grey’s Anatomy, Taboo (about the weirdness of people), and for fun, Suburgatory. My all-time favorite movie is WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING with Sandra Bullock. And oddly, that’s not the kind of story I read normally.

RAD: Can you tell us about your upcoming projects?

Jamie: I’m working on the final offspring novel, END OF DARKNESS. Since the publisher didn’t want to move ahead with more books, I’m indie-pubbing it as a long e-novella. It will be Magnus’s story and will include Pope as well, since he grew on me as a character in the series. It will also tie up the villain arc started in the novellas, THE DARKNESS WITHIN  and TURN TO DARKNESS.

I’m very excited about my new series, debuting next summer from Grand Central Publishing, with two novellas (untitled as of now). That’s when I jump into the world of magick, Dragons and angels against the backdrop of Miami. A back-to-back-to-back trilogy will be out starting January 2014. As for my alter-ego Tina, it’s too early to know exactly what’s going on there. For now I’ve got several of my earlier releases out as e-books, most what I called romantic suspense with a touch of paranormal.

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Jamie Rush’s website: http://www.jaimerush.com/

For a list of Jamie’s books:  http://www.jaimerush.com/index.php?id=2

We all have our favorite genres to read. Below comment on what your favorite genre is and please leave your email address along with it. I will use random.org to pick a winner.



  1. I love paranormal, but you already knew that! 🙂

  2. Paranormal rocks 🙂 Thanks so much for having me here, Heather!

    • Anytime Jamie!! Thank you for doing the interview and writing such amazing books!! 🙂

  3. I love paranormal romance.

  4. I used to love suspense but am quickly being won over by the Paranormal genre. 🙂

  5. Paranormal is my favorite genre. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I really enjoy paranormal romances they are my favorite, but I do vary my reading preferences once in a while. Thanks for the giveaway.


  7. What do you like about the paranormal genre specifically? I love that it’s nothing like reality, and yet the supernatural people still have the same problems and insecurities we all do.

    • Me too! But I also love that for me it is an escape from real life. I can see myself living these lives with them. It allows me for a moment to forget about cleaning, doing laundry and chasing my three kids around.

      • Oh, yeah, totally get that! Plus, being, say, hunted by demons isn’t something you’ll ever have to deal with in real life…hopefully!

  8. Paranormal romance all the way. Throw in a bit of mystery and I am hooked.

  9. I’d have to say most anything fiction is fine, but lately urban fantasy has been my game.

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  10. I love paranormalromance. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Quickly becoming a HUGE fan of paranormal. So nice to escape reality a bit and see characters that you can relate too even if you dont suck blood or morph into something animalistic! I am so glad I became part of this group and got into this genre- thanks Heather for your love of books compelling (pun intended) me to grow & expand mine! 🙂

  12. Paranormal, of course! More towards the Urban Fantasy\mystery. I’d rather have a UF with a little romance than a romance with a little myster. A lot of times I just wanna read about somebody kicking some tail!

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