Jamie Leigh Hansen has skills. She is a phenomenal woman who turns it out from Casa Hansen to the page. Move over Oz, Hansen is in the house. Hansen is an innovative storyteller and a pioneer when it comes to shining a spotlight on Friedreich's Ataxia. Hansen is involved with the International Literary Project to Fight Friedreich's Ataxia. Hansen took some time out of her busy schedule to spend with me and I am grateful. Enjoy!
Thank you for inviting me for a visit, Diane! I love discussing stories and sharing the writing process with anyone who is interested.
You are welcome, Jamie. I love to discuss, listen and share, but prefer to listen and learn with writers. Jamie, please share how you came up with the concept for The Murder King's Woman (Murder Tales)?
I love reading about vampires and watching them on TV, But I'd never considered writing about them since I thought there wasn't anything new I could add to the genre. Then I was approached to write a short story about vampires. I spent a good month considering all I'd read and seen, adding the elements I loved, like a strong heroine, and trying to subtract the elements I didn't, like unbelievable, over-the-top powers and abilities. Then I chose an unexpected setting, Metalline Falls, Washington, and then I waited until the first line came to me. But instead of a line, it was a ditty: “99 veins of blood to tap, 99 veins of blood… Pick the best flavor and drain it dry. There’ll be 98 veins of blood to try.” I fell in love with the story from there.
Ah, Jamie, a diva can only handle so much. How do I say this, mama, but when Diane Morasco wants her neck nibbled on, honey, there is no blood involved. Just sheer ecstasy, k, mama. Oh, there may be chains, leather, spikes, and velvet, but only if his name is Maverick. (wickedly delicious laugh)
Now that the wave of tummy-saults has passed, Jamie, let’s proceed. When you're deeply connected and immersed in a book, Jamie, have you ever had a dream that you felt was not your dream?