Wednesday, July 13, 2011

5 Easy Questions with Jaime Wright!

Every Wednesday, I ask a writer the same five easy questions. In an effort to support and promote fellow wordsmiths, I feature authors who write a variety of genres, from sweet inspirational to mainstream thrillers. The writers themselves may be aspiring, published, or best-selling--all have made an impact on my life.

Thank you for joining me in welcoming… Jaime Wright!!

A few years ago, Jaime and I met through blogging. I instantly fell in love with her sassy voice, addiction to coffee, and her understanding of brutal mid-western winters. I can always count on virtual coffee from Jaime on Twitter! To say she brings joy to my days is an understatement. :) Jaime writes a humorous blog in addition to inspirational novels.
Let's get to it!
1. Beverage of choice?

Anyone who knows me is well aware that COFFEE defines who I am. Well, not really - that would be sad - but close. My first preference is a hazelnut soy latte or a cup of Highlander Grogg with some cream. I will drink Folgers even though it tastes like dirt - but only in the event that we're in the Tribulation and that's all we can find. Yes, I'm a coffee snob.

2. Any pets?

I DO have pets. I capitalize the "DO" because anyone who knows my husband knows now that miracles DO happen since we just adopted two kittens and have made them a part of our family - albeit outdoors due to allergy reasons. It was a toss up - keep the husband indoors or the cats - husband won because he also does dishes. Mister Darcy is my new little tiger kitten with white nose and paws. Lizzie is our fluffy black kitten with white toes and tail-tip - I think she may have long hair - which is only appropriate since she's a female and we should rejoice in our crowning glory. :)

3. Dream vacation?

I've taken a few dream vacations as I love to travel/adventure! About twelve years ago I spent three weeks in Thailand and Nepal and three years ago, I backpacked Europe with my sister-in-law, starting in Germany and ending in Roma, Italia. That's not saying I don't have a new dream vacation. It's a toss up between wandering through Egypt and touching a pyramid or visiting one of my critique partners in New Zealand.

4. What are you listening to right now?

The coffee pot beeping at me. No, actually I'm listening to a fan as it's 99F outside and the A/C in our office went out. Oh. You meant music?? Lately, I'm getting introduced to Anthem Lights, a new Christian band - sort of a boy band, but not really. My standbys though are some Jack Johnson, Jeremy Camp, or Kutlass.

5. What's for dinner?

It's Wisconsin, so it's grilling season here. Tonight it'll be hamburgers and brats (yes, Wisconsin) on the grill with baked beans and cheddar cheese. Throw in some iced coffee and yep - we're good to go! :)

Thanks, Jaime, for being my guest today! So Folgers only in the event of the Tribulation? I'm going to hint to your hubby that Folgers is a great stocking stuffer. Heh-heh! And it's nice to know your kitten Lizzie is rejoicing in her crowning glory. The cutie! Wow, your travels sound wonderful. I would love to head to Egypt and New Zealand with you. Can you imagine all that gorgeous history? Mmm... Oh, and I grilled beer brats a few weeks ago. They're a Wisconsin/Michigan staple!

Thanks again for your fun answers, Jaime!

Jaime Wright ~

After finishing her first novel at the age of seventeen and receiving a wonderful letter of encouragement from an editor at a major publishing house, Jaime has spent years honing her skills through research, voracious reading, and a study of the craft.

She is currently a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), 19th Century Writers Yahoo Group, and partakes in the numerous educational blogs offered by agents and fellow writers. Jaime has consulted in regards to several scenes with James L. Rubart on his most recent novel Book of Days and received an honorable mention in the acknowledgments. 

Jaime currently has three completed manuscripts. She is un-agented and has managed her desperation with large amounts of coffee consumption.

She and her husband, Nathan, live in WI and welcomed their daughter in 2009. Jaime has been an active youth leader in her church for over 17 years, including roles such as speaker and worship leader and director of the middle school program. She fits right in with middleschoolers as some argue that is the level of her mentality, so all is well and good. :)  Jaime is very involved in discipleship within the youth group and ministering to young adults ranging from ages 11 to 22. Jaime reaches them with her frank sense of humor, honesty, and nurturing heart. On the side, Jaime enjoys hours of rock climbing, fly fishing, and travel/wilderness adventuring!

To learn more about Jaime, head to her blog, The Jaime Reports, be friends with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter!

So, do you grill? What's your best meal in the summer?

Have a fantastic Wednesday!


  1. I'm a complete sucker for hamburgers and hotdogs in the summer! Great interview!

  2. Brats! Yum! I like them extra black and charred. Loved reading more about you, Jaime.

  3. Good morning!

    Laura: Me too. There's nothing like a juicy hamburger in the summer!

    Katie: Yum!! I like mustard and saurkraut on mine. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Haha, Brats. I remember those. Never see them down in Florida. I'm so jealous you did all that traveling. How cool!! Thanks for the interview ladies.

  5. I can't do brats, but throw me a dog on and I'm in! Jaime, you are hilarious. Loved your answers.

    I climb walls, never rocks. ;)

  6. BRATS RULE! Just sayin' ...
    ;) thanks, Jill, it was fun visiting, now I'm off to Twitter to get the coffee party started!

  7. So great to see Jaime here today :) I love grilling season because my husband is in charge of the grill, which means less cooking for me!

  8. Jamie! I loved learning more about you. When you go to Egypt and New Zealand, can I carry your luggage?

    Mr. Darcy and Lizzie? Be careful or you might have a whole litter of little Austens running around. :D

  9. Jessica N: No Brats in Florida?? I might have to Fed-Ex some to you. Yum!

    Jessica P: dogs. Another yummy summer meal!

    Jaime: Thanks so much for being my guest!! You're a delight!

    Julie: Maybe we should extend the grilling season, yes? :)

    Erica: Good point! Although I can't imagine cuter names for kittens! (Well, maybe Pookie. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  10. Great to meet you, Jaime, fellow coffee snob :-) The only coffee worse than Folgers is Maxwell House. Blech!

    Your backpacking trip to Germany and Italy sounded wonderful. How is the coffee in Rome?

    I like bratwurst too. Extra spicy, if I can find it.

    Best wishes in your writing career!

    Jill, thanks for the introduction!

  11. I loved Jaime the minute I met her in blogdom, since she and I share a snobbish addiction to coffee. I'm also enamored with her ability to bring me out of any funk with her humor!

    Great interview, ladies! Hug those fur babies for me, Jaime.

  12. Loved the post & getting to know you better, Jaime. The closest I've gotten to Thailand is this season's Bachelorette.

    Hubby's rotisseries chicken on the grill is my favorite. In the summer, I love fresh fruit and salads.

  13. grilled Italian chicken - veddy hard to make. ha! chop up some chicken, marinate it in italian dressing for a few hours, grill it up. extra yummy with grilled pineapple chunks...

  14. I love the kittens's names. Bless the editor who gave you encouragement back when you were a teen. May you soon be working with one like him/her.

  15. I love coffee snobs!

    Thanks ladies! Jaime, you are a delight to chat with and I agree with Jill that your Twitter cups of brew brighten my days:)

  16. Brandi: I'm with you on Jaime's travels--don't they sound amazing?? :)

    Jeanette: Ha! I love your description "fur babies"!!

    Lisa: That's the closest I've come too, Lisa, ha! ha! Mmm...chicken on the grill. Now I'm hungry!

    Kristi: I might add that to my weekend menu. Easy and delicious!!

    Keli: What a nice sentiment--may everyone be blessed to work with people who encourage us!

    Tamika: Right on!! I always smile at the coffee tweets!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  17. Best meal any time of year: reservations!

  18. I just popped a zucchini pie into the oven and will be enjoying that (with a glass of Wednesday night wine!) with my husband. Even those who aren't partial to zucchini love this pie. Simple and fun to make. Last night, we ate grilled brats in our salad. Summer dinners are delightful!

  19. Kabobs on the grill. Great post, and nice to meet you!

  20. Love her to bits! Other than the coffee addiction thing, she may be as close to perfect as Mary Poppins!!! :O)

  21. Coffee pals!!! I'd sip one w/ you right now, but it's 9pm and I'd be up 'til tomorrow morning.

    Oh, and brats aren't my favorite, but I can go for a good charred hot dog. (By the way, reading through the comments, I kept reading "brats" like the spoiled-rotten kids that drive you nuts. Try it...It's funny. And I'm getting loopy, which means that cup of coffee is definitely off limits.) :)

  22. CJ: Oh, boy. You are a woman after my own heart!!

    Patrice: Zucchini pie? I've never heard of it. I want the recipe!

    Lydia: Mm,mm. I love kabobs!! So nice to meet you too--thanks so much for popping in!

    Diane: I agree--Jaime Poppins! :)

    Sarah: I am so with you on this. I would brew a pot right now but I need sleep! 'Til tomorrow...

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  23. I'm glad you have such a fun bloggy friend! The idea of wisconsin cheddar cheese on baked beans really appeals to me. :) Thanks for the suggestion, Jamie.

  24. Sharon: Beans and cheese--what's not to love? :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  25. Love learning more about so many people through your 5 Easy Questions, Jill. Jaime, we share a love for travel and coffee!!

  26. Best meal of the summer is anything that I don't have to turn my oven on for...

    I don't drink coffee, but I am a total tea enthusiast!

  27. Heather: Welcome back from Haiti, lady!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

    TheBookGirl: I am so with you on keeping the oven off! And I'm enjoying a cup of orange spice tea as we speak. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  28. I enjoyed learning about Jamie, fact that her first book was finished when she was 17 is amazing. uuhh, what was I doing at 17? Love your blog

  29. My favorite summer meal? Hamburgers with LOTS of fresh corn are at the top of the list.

    Jaime, I love your writing voice. You make me smile.

    Susan :)

  30. I like coffee as much as the next writer but you definitely take it to another level. I enjoy both of your blogs/writing so I'm glad to find you two in one place.


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