23 Aug 2013

Jams N. Roses: Finding Her Feet

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FINDING HER FEET

by Jams N. Roses

The tragedy begins as Amanda watches her sister fall through the broken ice. Heartbreakingly, Samantha doesn’t reappear until the following day, when her lifeless body is pulled from the water. The devastation continues as the family falls apart under the weight of emotional pain and unfair blame.

When overwhelmed with guilt, how does a child cope with a death in the family?

 

My review:

“Finding her Feet” by Jams N. Roses is an emotional and intense drama but one that I cannot recommend highly enough.
A seven year old girl witnesses the death of her sister as she falls through broken ice; a tragedy that would be enough for any grown-up person to have serious emotional consequences, but much more so for a young girl. Amanda feels pain, blame and guilt for what she saw, she even thinks she killed her sister herself. The family falls apart after the death and from then on the drama is non-stop.

I’ve read newspaper articles that cover stories like this, but they never seem to touch on the real emotions of the people they report on. “Jams N. Roses” taps into these emotions masterfully. 

The language used is harsh at times so this is definitely not for children or those easily offended. The language however befits the rawness of emotions and the characters involved and is so not only perfectly justified but also needed to make the drama more realistic. This is an adult read that touches on some of the darker sides of modern society.

 

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Interview with Jams

 

Hi James, thanks for joining us today. Tell us a little something about yourself as both a person and an author:

What made you decide to be a writer? Have you always written?

I wanted to make films, before writing books, but without a budget to produce my own independent films my options were limited. I’m a bit of a dreamer, or maybe an over-thinker; my head is filled with stories that need to get out there.

You write about some edgy and controversial subjects. How do you come up with your ideas? Who or what inspires you?

I’ve lived a not-so-sheltered life. I know good people and bad people, and I’ve done good things and silly things. The controversial subjects, to me, just seem more entertaining to write and read about. Of course, I respect boundaries in real life, but in books and films and even daydreams, nobody gets hurt, so we can forget the boundaries and just enjoy ourselves.

Do you have it all planned out before you write or do the characters and story surprise you?

I always know how a story starts and how it ends. I know what a character wants and what or who is stopping them from getting it. That’s not to say plots don’t thicken in the writing process, they do, and it’s all the better for it, but a clear direction from the start helps me, for sure.

Do you have any actors or people in mind when writing your characters?

Not actors; when my books are finally made into movies, I’ll leave the casting to the professionals! I do have people in mind when I’m writing – nearly all of my characters are based on people I know, have known or have read about. I find this keeps my characters believable.

Which character did you most enjoy writing so far?

Typically I enjoy it more when I am writing about my naughty characters; simply because they get away with doing things I would never contemplate doing in real life. Jason, from Get Clean, is a ‘bad-ass’ who’ll stick it to anyone for looking at him funny, he makes lots of money by breaking the law and he lives life to the full. Natalie, in Son of a Serial Killer, is a super-bitch who cares for nobody but herself and nothing but getting the latest Gucci bag, even if she has to cheat on her long-term lover and sell her body for sex to get it. These aren’t people I’d like to be or share my life with, but writing about them excites me.

You’re quite committed to realism in your work. Is there also a desire to shock the reader with this uncompromising style?

Do I want to shock the reader? Yes. For a book to stand out it has to have something in there that the reader hasn’t come across before; nobody is going to recommend one book in front of all the others because it was predictable and very similar to other books they’ve read! But I don’t want to shock for the sake of shocking; it has to fit in with the story or it would make for bad reading, and that’s no good for anyone.

Do any of the readers take offence?

“The only feeling the reader has for the protagonists is utter disgust and distain. Don’t waste your time.” This was a ‘2 star review’ for Get Clean, a story about two cocaine addicts, selling drugs and generally behaving badly, the book is advertised as such, and so I do ask myself why this lady bought the book – What was she expecting?

What would your main character say about you?

Jimmy, from Get Clean, is me. He’d look at me now and be happy how much life has changed.

If you could be one of your characters, which one would you choose?

Have you read my books?

I read all of them, I believe. There must be someone!

My stories are full of pain, misery, crime and death! Oh, but I have also written a satirical comedy, Extremely England, so I guess I’d choose a character from that, maybe Guy, as he is young, happy and carefree (a little simple, but you can’t have everything).

With which of your characters would you most like to be stuck on a deserted island?

Natalie, the super-bad, highly sexed, mega-bitch I mentioned before. Sorry, I’m a single guy, what can I say?

Are you like any of your characters? How so?

I have been excessive at times, like Jimmy from Get Clean, and I’ve had encounters with depression in the past, which is why I introduced the topic through Ben, the main character in Son of a Serial Killer.

What is your writing environment like?

As quiet as possible; I really cannot concentrate with noise in the background, be it the traffic outside or my son running circles around my feet. Maybe because I have a plan for the story, and the plot layers depend on each other so much for the story to work, I can’t cope with distractions; I need to be fully involved with the writing process.

Did you have any say in your cover art? What do you think of it?

I did all my artwork. Twice. I’m on the second round of covers for a few of the books, and that was a learning process for me. I’m happy with what I have got now, after learning how to use professional software. All the covers now have a similar look, so a potential buyer can easily spot one of my new releases. I think they look great, and I’ve had some really good feedback for them, so I’m happy.

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

I love it. I love the freedom of expression, the ability to reach the thousands of readers that I have, and the flexibility to do it all on my own time scale. I haven’t got a bad word to say about it.

What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing?

The best thing, for me, is coming up with the idea, and then developing layers of plots and bringing them together in a tidy yet exciting fashion. The least favourite thing is the hours and hours it takes to get my thoughts typed out onto a computer. If I could just imagine my work into the pages of a book, I would be an extremely happy man.

What is your advice to new writers?

If you have a story in your head, just write. Just start writing and don’t stop until you get to the end. There will be plenty of editing and revision that you’ll need to do, but that’s standard. Write first, then edit, then edit again, then give your work to someone you trust enough to tell you what is wrong with your story. Then rework it. And then you’ve got a book.

Who are your favourite authors?

What sort of question is that? I couldn’t single out any one of them. Ok, here are just a few… Christopher Hitchens, Woody Allen, Michael Connelly, Terry Pratchett, Richard Dawkins, Tim Winton… Can you see the pattern? There is none.

What is your favourite book?

My favourite book changes every time I discover a new great book, isn’t that the same for everyone? Right now, I keep dipping back into God Is Not Great by the late Christopher Hitchens. I love his style, his wit, his honesty, and of course, his intellect.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

I read it, and then ignore it, because I know better.

Tell us one weird thing, one nice thing, and one fact about where you live.

I live in Nice, in the south of France. One nice thing, and also a fact, is that this is where my wonderful son was born. A weird thing? Most of the locals.

What are you working on now?

I have less than just the skin and bones of my next project. I have a very vague idea of the subject matter, but how I am going to turn that into an entertaining, fictional read, I don’t yet know.

Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?

My books are written from the heart. I’ve tried to show my cards when writing, to not be shy with my emotions. I’m an introvert, and writing my fiction is the best way I know of expressing myself, so please enjoy.

 

My Links

Amazon author page – Website http://amazon.com/author/jamsnroses

Website – http://jamsnroses.wordpress.com

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JamsNRoses

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6994777.Jams_N_Roses

Amazon multi-links

Extremely England – http://bit.ly/12DsIsi

Son of a Serial Killer – http://bit.ly/13k1xGi

Finding Her Feet – http://bit.ly/1b2wvp8

Get Clean – http://bit.ly/12cebzJ

 

 

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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