Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
My name is Imari Jade, and I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I currently reside Marrero, Louisiana. I'm divorced and I have three sons. I work full-time as an accountant. Prior to this job I was an administrative assistant. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems and Business Administration. I have been writing for many years. I started out writing short stories and then ventured into article writing. I've had a lot of success writing humorous articles about raising children. I was introduced to reading romance novels at an early age. I loved reading historical romance, so naturally the first one I wrote was a historical. I have published a few erotic romance short stories and have been included in a couple of anthologies. Presently I am an author with Midnight Showcase and Star Dust Press. In December 2006, my novel, "A Christmas to Remember" was published by Star Dust Press. My latest novel, "Death Takes a Holiday," is set to debut on April 16, 2007 with Star Dust Press. I am a member of Romance Writers of America and the Star Dust Angels.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I love to read paranormal romance. It doesn't have to have erotic content, but it does have to have a dominant male or female monster to get my attention.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I don't think there's any such thing as typical writing day for me. I would love to say that I have an organized routine, but I don't. Having a full-time job really puts a cramp in my life, but it makes the bill collectors very happy. I usually keep a list of the things I'm currently working on in a binder and prioritized them by due dates. Every day I take a tablet with me to work and write on my breaks and lunch. Since I don't drive I fit in some writing on the two hour bus ride to and from work. My evenings are spent sharing some quality with my family, and then it's off to the computer to sort through the email and to type up what I've written that day.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I put the manuscript away and go on to something else. After a week or two I return to it, reread what I wrote and start at it again.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
My latest book, "Death Takes a Holiday," is a mythological/paranormal romance about a young woman who happens upon what she thinks is the murder of her boyfriend by man she also suspects has killed one of her patients. "Death Takes a Holiday," is the first in a series called The Immortal Ones, which was developed for Star Dust Press's Greek Pantheon line. They're steamy and filled with emotionally charged demons, gods, goddesses, mythical creatures and unsuspecting humans. Here's a little blurb:
King of the Ghost Realm, Thantos, is known for his formable temper and deadly deeds. He is feared by both mortals and gods. Angels of Death are his only companions, and demons quiver at his feet. Given immortality by the Fates of Mount Olympus, he was resigned to a lonely existence---until he rescues a gorgeous woman from the pits of hell.
Rianna is instantly taken with the suave good looks and haunting blue/grey eyes of the man who saved her from a fate worse than death. But even as her desire for him grows, she's haunted by a past of tragic events that nearly pushes her to the brink of insanity. She has had nothing but bad luck when it comes to men. By letting Thantos in, could she be opening herself up for yet another disappointment? Besieged by a secret of his own, Thantos must help Rianna forget about the past and come to grips with her destiny, where she must leave her world behind to have a future with him.
But before Thantos can convince Rianna that her place is beside him, he must protect her from a powerful demonic entity that has set his sights on ravishing her, ridding her of her humanity and making her his bride. Confused by things she has seen, Rianna wonders is Thantos the real thing, or is he a cold-blooded murderer?
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
In five years I see myself on the top of some best seller's list, wondering if it's all real and wondering if I'm finally brave enough to give up the full-time job that I hate going to every day so I can concentrate on doing what I love best.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
My perfect hero is Superman. He's not only handsome, but also brave. He has a serious side and a sense of humor. He believes in truth, justice and the American way. He's also extremely sexy.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
I'd like to delve into science fiction. I'd like to develop a successful series like Star Trek.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I do the bulk of my research on the Internet. There's a lot of information out there. You just have to wade through the fodder to get to it. I also take advantage of other resources such as books, magazines, and newspapers. Do I enjoy the research? No. I'd rather be writing.
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Deadlines hinder my muse. They also terrify the heck out of me. I hate being late for anything. So far I've met all of my deadlines, but life and real world problems sometimes put obstacles in my way.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I ever received was find your own style and voice.
The worst advice was keep your day job.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I just start writing. I tried to outline but my characters usually take over and tell me what to do.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Readers can find out more about me and my books by chatting with me through the Star Dust Press, Midnight Showcase and other romance writing Yahoo Groups. They can find the chat dates at one of the sites mentioned above. I usually try to update my websites as often as possible and I'm developing a newsletter.