Wednesday, February 12, 2014

1 Word Interview Challenge with Jamie Ayres

The 1 Word Interview Challenge is back for 2014 with Jamie Ayres, author of 18 Truths and 18 Things!

Welcome, Jamie!!!

1. What's your current favorite word?


 2. In one word, what inspires you?


3. What's one word that describes your writing habits?


4. What's one word that you wish you could get rid of in your writing?


5. What's one word that describes your writing desk?


6. Share the best writing advice/tool/quote that helps you. (please limit to one sentence)

 “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not.” –Denis Waitley

7. What's your current project? (this is the one where you can write a bit more)

 One sentence blurb for 18 Truths: With the lessons the 18 Things life list taught her engraved on her heart, Olga embarks on a new adventure as a spirit guide, but nothing prepares her for the chilling truths she’s learning along the way.

8. Just for Jamie - What's one truth you would like to share?
We are not forgotten. God collects our tears in a bottle, and going through hell is worth it if it leads us to the place God has. I hope my trilogy will not only entertain, but serve as a reminder of these timeless truths during this generation’s teen years—and throughout life (my oldest reader is 96).

Thank you for having me, Tyrean! 

Thank you for joining me, Jamie!!! Love your truth. I know God has plans for each of us . . . all the way through the painful, icky stuff and into the amazing wonder of his love!

What's your truth today?
Olga Gay Worontzoff ended her senior year as an eighteen-year-old girl totally in love with Nate, enjoying their new romance and about to attend the university of her dreams. Now she’s spending her summer in the weird subculture of the Underworld, with charmingly witty and powerful angels, and problematic demons, trying to rescue Connor, the best friend and secret crush she was unable to save during a freak accident.

But Nate has other things on his mind, mainly Grace. She’s their first assignment as joint spirit guides, and Olga’s feeling hurt and jealous. His mysterious behavior has Olga questioning everything she believed about him and now she must decide whether to stick to their plan, or follow her heart. Unfortunately, a series of mistakes threatens everyone around her and plants Olga in the center of cosmic events much larger than she ever imagined.

Only one thing is certain: the chilling truths uncovered during her journey will leave no one untouched.

Amazon Goodreads

Jamie Ayres writes young adult paranormal love stories by night and teaches young adults as a Language Arts middle school teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. Although she spent her youthful summers around Lake Michigan, she now lives in Florida with her prince charming, two children (sometimes three based on how Mr. Ayres is acting), and a basset hound. She really does have grandmothers named Olga and Gay but unlike her heroine, she’s thankfully not named after either one of them. She loves lazy pajama days, the first page of a good book, stupid funny movies, and sharing stories with fantastic people like you. Her books include the first two installments of her trilogy, 18 Things and 18 Truths. She’s currently working on 18 Thoughts. Visit her online via Twitter, Facebook, or at

Jamie Rocks!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amen, Jamie - He doesn't forget us.
Just is one of my words as well.
Convoluted! I like that.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - Jamie knows how to get to the heart of things, doesn't she?

Crystal Collier said...

Wahoo! Tears in a bottle...I wonder if they have an iridescent sheen... ;)

cleemckenzie said...

I can relate to convoluted and definitely chaotic! Loved the one word interview.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Crystal - that does create an interesting picture. :)

C. Lee - yes, the chaos theory could be based on my life . . . maybe.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm with you on "convoluted" and I really like that Waitley quote.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Madeline - I really like the quote that Jamie chose too. :)

Cathrina Constantine said...

We're all God's children, no matter how young or how old we are. 18 Truths and 18 Thoughts sound amazing.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I always say 'ridiculous' as though I'm casting a Harry Potter style spell. People look at me as though I'm weird... I don't know why :-)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Cathrina - Amen! They are fun books with a good message!

Annalisa - I love that! :)

Anonymous said...

Tyrean, Thanks again for hosting me!!! And Annalisa, that's EXACTLY what I do, too . . . but I couldn't explain it with the one word, so I was hoping someone would pick up on the connotative meaning. You get the gold star :-)

Christine Rains said...

Great interview! I use "just" way too much too. Love that photo!

Lynda Dietz said...

This is really great. Going through hell is always worth it as long as we don't stay there. Another book on my to-read list, thank you very much.

And I love the pic! Two-fisted coffee drinkers always get my vote.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Christine - I use just too much too. :)

Lynda - Thanks!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Loved Jaimie's interview. That was great writing advice.

Barbara Watson said...

I adore the one word interviews. Probably because I'm a minimalist. I carry the smallest purse possible, donate regularly to rid my house of clutter, keep my desk clear of most everything but my computer. Or perhaps I'm neurotic...that's possible too.

And I adore Jamie. All best with 18 Truths!

Anonymous said...

I agree, just is a tough word to dispose of when writing.