Rad-Reader:  What if anything was the inspiration or idea behind this book?

Jamie:  I was in Starbucks one day and this jerk in a three-piece suit came in and snapped his fingers at the barista.  She handed him his coffee, that she had already ready for him.  He handed her a ten dollar bill and walked out.  I thought, "I've got to get these two together."

Rad-Reader:  Was Terri the baristas someone you came up with or a combination of people?

Jamie:  She was just someone I came up with. I wanted her to be a college graduation, but working in a job not in her field because she was making personal sacrifices for her family.

Rad-Reader:  Terri is a complexed character with everything going on in her life with her brother.  How and when do you decide to reveal each part as a writer?

Jamie:  The temptation is huge to lay it all out at the beginning, but that usually results in an "info dump" that the reader at best skims over and at worst, puts the book down.  So you have to plant little seeds of information a bit at a time, just enough to enhance and keep the reader interested.

Rad-Reader:  How did you come up with Mick’s parents?

Jamie:  They were a cross between the parents on Arrested Development and some real-life nastiness I witnessed.

Rad-Reader:  Did you already have them in your story or did you add them as you were writing?

Jamie:  Oh yes, they were there from the beginning because I needed them to explain why Mick is such an asshole until Terri softens him up a bit.

Rad-Reader:  Did you plan to have both of your main characters having problems to work through?

Jamie:  Yes.  I knew they were going to have explosive sex, but I wanted them to exist outside of the relationship and grow better because of being together.

Rad-Reader:  How did you come up with the title of this book?

Jamie:  Random House picked it out. The original title that I had was Extra Whip.

Rad-Reader:  Do you write using an outline or just start writing with ideas?

Jamie:  A little bit of both.  I like to have the key points mapped out otherwise I write until I hit a wall and usually find out that I've written myself into a corner.

Rad-Reader:  When you began writing this story did you always have Nick and his family being at odds with each other?

Jamie:  Yes.  He's the "white sheep" of the family.  He's the one that bails the rest of them out of trouble.

Rad-Reader:  How did you pick Terri being a barista?  Which I must say you made it fit her character.

Jamie:  I always wanted to work at a Starbucks, even if it was just for the day.  I told that to the manager and they let me "shadow" a barista for an hour so I got the backlot tour of everything.

Rad-Reader:  Was this a story that was easy to write with not too many rewrites or not so simple?

Jamie:  It was pretty easy to write.  The hardest part was making Mick likable after him being such a jerk at first.  I actually had to delete some more obnoxious moments of his.  I was like -- I wouldn't sleep with this guy.  So I had to fix him a bit.

Rad-Reader:  Was there or is there someone behind the character Billy (Terri’s Brother)?

Jamie:  No, he just came to me as is.

Rad-Reader:  Did you do anything special with your first royalty check?

Jamie:  I bought a Dooney & Burke purse and knee-high leather boots.
One of the only things that Char's ever asked me to buy her was a Dooney & Burke purse.  She loves them too.  Last a long time.

Rad-Reader:  If your book was made into a movie who would you have play…

Terri Cooke:  Scarlett Johansson

Mick Wentworth:  Channing Tatum

Jamie:  Oh, I like your choices!  Here's who I had on my pin board for the characters:

Terri Cooke:  Sofia Vergara

Mick Wentworth:  Prince Carl Philip of Sweden

Rad-Reader:  What song best describes your couple or your book as a whole?
“Highway to Hell – ACDC”

Jamie:                      Love Bites by Def Leppard

Rad-Reader:  What's your favorite place to do your writing if not at your desk?

Jamie:  At my friend's cabin in Vermont

Rad-Reader:  Your favorite genre of book to read?

Jamie:  Urban fantasy

Rad-Reader:  What was your favorite subject in school?

Jamie:  Creative Writing
Rad-Reader: Char's favorite too.

Rad-Reader:  Who gave you the best advice when becoming a writer and what was it?

Jamie:  I think it was Nora Roberts who said, "You can't edit a blank page."

Rad-Reader:  What is your next project and when is it coming out?

Jamie:  I'm actually doing a self-publishing project called The Year of Self Publishing dangerously.  I'll be publishing twelve books this year, approximately one every six weeks.  The first one is Trinity - which is a vampire, werewolf, and witch menage erotic romance. It comes out on February 6th.  But you can preorder it now for .99.  https://www.amazon.com/Trinity-vampire-werewolf-witch-ménage-ebook/dp/B0776ZZ728

Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers books your books?

Jamie:  At most e-book retailers.

Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers find you on the Web?

Jamie:  http://jamiekschmidt.weebly.com/

Thank you for taking the time to be with us.  You have a so much going in this book.  It really tied to it. :)
Pat & Char

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