Friday Author Spotlight!: NYT Best Selling Author Jamie McGuire

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Today we are excited to share with you our interview with New York Times best seller Jamie McGuire, the author of Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster. Jamie McGuire also has another series called Providence, that series contains these titles called: Providence (#1), Requiem (#2) and Eden (#3). Jamie was kind enough to answer these questions for us when I wasn't able to attend her signing in Houston recently because I was sick. So a big Thank you to Jamie for taking time out of her busy schedule. 

Author Jamie McGuire

About the author: Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and theProvidence series.

Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with five horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Jamie McGuire Interview 

OUaT: At what point in time did Travis tell you he wanted you to share his side of the story?

It was actually a fan that requested Travis’s point of view. He happily complied! Beautiful Disaster had just begun to really pick up in popularity, and readers were asking daily for a sequel. I was really happy with where their story ended. When I made an announcement last spring that I would not be writing a sequel, a fan messaged me to request a novel written from Travis’s POV. I thought that would be really fun, so I started Walking Disaster that week. 

OUaT: Being a male and a hard-headed and possessive one at that, how often did you tell Travis to shut up?

Never. If at any point while writing for Travis I thought I had crossed a line, I knew I was doing it right. His character had already been developed, and it was important to me to stay true to his character. 

OUaT: Have we read the last of Travis in Walking Disaster?

Travis, Abby, Shepley and America will have cameos in the Maddox brothers’ books. 

OUaT: In your own opinion why do you think readers have connected so strongly with both books?

Beautiful Disaster broke a lot of rules. It wasn’t watered down or politically correct. It had a shock factor that readers found entertaining. 

OUaT: When you began writing this story, who came first to you? Pigeon or Travis?

When I began writing Beautiful Disaster, it was in Abby’s POV, so I would say her, but I wrote the book from the beginning with both of them in mind. 

OUaT: Changing the topic a bit, would you ever consider working on a book with another author and would you bring together each other’s characters or start fresh with new ones on collaboration?

It’s been brought up to me in the past. I’m not opposed to it, but I would definitely want to talk to other authors who’ve collaborated on a novel before. 

OUaT: What can we expect next from Jamie McGuire?

I am working on an edge-of-your-seat novel called Red Hill. It begins on the day of the zombie apocalypse, and focuses on the points of view of three characters: a single mother separated from her children, a newly single father trying to find a safe place to raise his daughter, and a young woman in college traveling with her sister and their boyfriends. Their stories interweave without them knowing. It’s been a blast to write and I get more excited about it every day. 

OUaT: Has there been any talk or inquiries about movie adaptions of your books?

Warner Brothers optioned Beautiful Disaster for film. Donald De Line is set to produce, and Julia Hart is writing the screenplay.

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