Author: Jamie Loeak
Series: The Outsiders Series (#1)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Self –Published
Two hearts meet in a field.
One is open,
The other is a shield.
One soul lives between the two of them.
Carter Daniels is a typical runaway. Unsure of who he is or where he’s going, Carter is only sure of one thing: his past is going to stay in the past. But when he gets pulled into the popular crowd at Silver Valley High School, he’s forced to choose: tell the truth about who he is or lie. Lie. And it seems to be working. His parents wanted to get him that cheap apartment because they’re never home. He crashed his car so he doesn’t have one. His weekends are filled because he has to spend time with his parents. But when Carter is forced to open up to an outsider because of an English assignment, everything changes. There is something he sees in her, an undeniable connection. There is a need to discover what lies behind those sad eyes. But will Carter be able to lower his defenses in order to get past hers? Will he let her in, or will he choose to stay broken?
If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?
I would say thank you. I know that there are so many authors and books out there and I’d love to say thank you to anyone that chose to take a piece of me with them, that chose my book. I truly appreciate each and every purchase or borrow. It means the world to me.
What is your favorite Genre and why?
I love YA. It’s the only thing I’ll ever write, too. Honestly, I stuck with it because I’m in education. The kids would come through and tell me about all kinds of books and I’d read them because they asked me to, because they wanted someone to talk to about them.
Do you prefer to write alone or do you like to collaborate with other authors?
I write alone right now but I’d definitely be open to collaborations, especially during the school year when I’m so busy! Writing is mostly a summertime adventure for me.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you get through it?
All. The. Time. And, honestly, it’s because I need a break. I put the book down and binge watch Netflix or watch a thousand Disney cartoons (Tangled is still the best!) and let it go. A few weeks later, I read through what I have and usually have no trouble continuing my journey.
When you are reading a book, who is your favorite author?
Ah! I fell in love with Shelly Crane’s Significance series and can’t wait to read another of hers. I also love Jane Austen and could read her books over and over and over again. Which reminds me...I haven’t reread Pride and Prejudice this year!
Do you come up with the cover or does someone else do it?
I come up with the basic idea and let the cover designers work their magic! I’m pretty flexible.
If you could change anything in your writing what would that be?
I would go back and really market. It’s where I went wrong. Seriously, it’s super important.
What book if any would you want to be made into a movie?
I’d love to see my first book, Body and Soul, because my hero, Rico, is super hot! Haha! I’d also like to see the series that I’m working on now, The Atlantis Novella Serial, in real life too. I wonder what others see when they read them.
Hi there! I’m Jamie Loeak, YA author of the Chronicles of Light and Darkness, The Outsiders Series, the Atlantis Novella Series, and The Star Caster: a novella. Wow! That sounds like a lot for a girl that spent most of high school and college starting – and never finishing! – things. It all started with songs and poetry but the never-finishing part soon transferred to books.
It wasn’t until I started writing Body and Soul, the first book in the Chronicles of Light and Darkness, and my debut book, that I actually finished something. I blame/thank my parents for leaving me to dog sit on their vacation – they left me with a Jeep but I can’t drive stick, so I was literally stranded! However, I managed to finish a book I had been dreaming of for quite a while. So, in all reality, they are the reason that I even began writing.
Other than the story of my beginning, I’ll tell you a few things about myself. I was a special education teacher and now work in compliance (making sure that all aspects of a special education child’s education is legal). My hobbies include: writing – duh! – playing guitar, reading Jane Austen, browsing bookstores, trying to cook and bake, and photography. At night, when I’m falling asleep, I tend to come up with plans for world domination – and not my world domination, but a world where all people are good and do the right thing… I swear, it’ll all happen one day!!!
Five Fun Facts:
- I’m obsessed with my cat, Charlie.
- I’m practically paleo but not all the way! (you can see recipes on my blog cottoncreative.blogspot.com)
- I live in sunny Florida.
- I’m a neat freak and clean at least every other day.
- My sister is on the cover of The Star Caster and I took the photo!
Places to find Jamie
Places to find Broken
Series: The Outsiders Series (#1.5)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: Aug 1
I am done with laughing.
I am done with breathing.
Both need lungs,
Which I am not using.
So take my parts
Though they are worn.
Take what once worked.
Leave me – torn.
Vani Carter is just beginning eighth grade at Silver Valley Middle. She’s got her friends, Brooke and Anne Marie, guiding her through the year that is most crucial and things seem to be going all right, until all the fighting starts at home.
When Vani needs someone to talk to, she turns to Colton, the boy that’s destined to be popular. Over their lunch conversations, they become friends that care for one another unconditionally.
However, as Vani and Colton’s friendship grows stronger, Anne Marie and Brooke become more jealous, and that’s when things change. Vani’s forced to endure, not only the pain of her parent’s constant arguments, but also the pain of Anne Marie’s mean comments and threats.
When Vani is forced to choose which kind of pain is easiest to bear, will she make the right choice? Will she give in or will she fight back?
Other Works by Jamie Loeak
The Chronicles of Light and Darkness
Body and Soul (1)
Fire and Ice (3)
The Outsiders Series
Torn (1.5) Coming Aug 2015
The Atlantis Novella Serial
The Star Caster (Novella)