As a preacher’s daughter, Jamie traveled with her dad—to and from Bible studies across Indiana—where they talked theology – creation and the fall, God’s love, the earthly walk compared to the spiritual walk, and how we are born for more than what we can see or touch.
The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop in the middle of the night where her dad would spend a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes. Nothing ever felt so special as a middle of the night slice of pie with her dad. And nothing could stop the writing pouring out of her.
As Jamie grew up, she discovered her heart was filled with songs and poetry. During high school she wrote lyrics for her brother’s band. After college, Jamie married, had two sons and decided to stay home with them. During this time, she wrote skits, poems, plays and short stories for schools and churches.
When her eldest son turned five she dove into the world of novels. She’d read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in the Christian romance novels of that time, drawn more to the classics like Jane Eyre, Little Women, Gone With the Wind and Rebecca. So she decided to try her hand at the kinds of stories she wanted to read.
Her first book, Snow Angel, was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold floor gave plenty of motivation for the snow scenes. Jamie loves to write late at night when the house is quiet and the darkness seems alive. Elizabeth and Noah had been playacting in her head for a long time, so the story went fast.
Ten years later Snow Angel was published and won the ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year, was a National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and a 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. (The RITAs are like the Oscars of the romance book world;) It was the beginning of her dream career.
Her newest novel, A Valentine’s Exchange, first book in the California Dreamin’ Series, is her second contemporary – a warm, funny and poignant love story about two women, one a TV producer for an L.A. show called “Let’s Cook” and the other a bookshop owner from Saugatuck, Michigan whose store is in big trouble. They trade houses – and lives – for Valentine’s week and discover things about themselves that they never knew, meeting some very handsome and charming men along the way.
Jamie and her husband Tony have been married for twenty-eight years and live in Indiana with their three sons, and their two Siamese/Bermese cats (ok, three cats if you count their middle son’s cat who still lives at home.
If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, “Live the dreams God has destined you for!”