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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Book Give-Away: The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

Anne here. Many of you know that Jaime and I launched a blog together six years ago with dreams and aspirations to support the writing world. I'm so excited to bring you Jaime's third release with Bethany Publishing House with the release of The Curse of Misty Wayfair, a time-slip suspense you will want a light on to read!

Authors often get a spark of a story idea while researching, or pinning pictures on Pinterest. Jaime and I share a secret Pinterest board that we pin ideas to and bounce story ideas with each other. In high school I participated in a service project in Portland, Oregon, that for some reason included cleaning out part of an abandoned mental asylum. It was so creepy I nearly thought I'd dreamed it. But, we actually had brought out old nurse's aprons when we left, so I hadn't imagined it. But, I had actually forgotten the experience until Jaime and I started looking at these old pics and the stories of Nellie Bly who researched these places a century ago. And so, it started with pictures of abandoned old mental asylums and I kept telling Jaime, the suspense guru, that she needed to pursue this story. It morphed into a deep journey through history and the realities of anxiety until today--release day!

So, welcome Jaime:

1. What prompted the story line for this one?  Or what was your inspiration? 

Well, I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of asylums as they used to be. My writing sister, Anne, often reminded me it’d be a creepy setting for a novel. But, to be honest, a lot of this novel was drawn on from personal experience. It was tough to write and a deep dive into my own emotions.

2. Along the same vein, I saw on another launch member's post that this book drew from some personal experience and angst. Would you be willing to share any of that?

Sure! I have an autoimmune disease many are becoming more familiar with: Lyme disease. In short, it mimics a lot of other autoimmune diseases. Mine manifests itself via what the doctors term as “non-epileptic seizures, bouts of severe anxiety, and sometimes confusion and loss of memory. So, many of the emotions (specifically Heidi’s) I relate to.”

3. Do either of the main characters particularly resonate with you? Who and why?

Well, as I mentioned above, I relate a lot to Heidi’s personal struggles with anxiety. But, I also found myself chuckling as I wrote Heidi’s point of view. Her personal style, snarky retorts, and way of filling silence with empty chatter is not far off from my own -- ahem -- personality.

4. How much of the book is based on reality? 

Many of the asylum’s referred-to experiments and patient treatment were, in fact, based on true historical facts.Which is highly unfortunate. When Thea begins reading some of the patient records, they do loosely resemble real records unearthed from old asylums. Again, also unfortunate how patients were more like subjects than people.

5. Did anything happen during the writing of this book that impacted the trajectory of the story?  

Wow. That’s a great question! There wasn’t anything major that impacted it, however, I will admit to visiting the cemetery several times to get myself in the moment. To be surrounded by the stories of those who lay in rest. Sometimes, it’s an eerie but peaceful place to be inspired.

6. What is the one thing you want to be sure that readers glean from this particular book?

That their identity can only be found in their Creator. I know that sounds simplistic, but I think American culture sends us on a zillion chases to “find ourselves”, when who we are is wrapped thoroughly in the One who wrote our own story.

7. What's coming up next and when can we expect it?

Echoes Among the Stones is coming this December! I’m super excited about its story. It’s also a split-time story, but this time we visit 1946, the post war American farmland, a cold case murder, and an eccentric elderly woman who hides a dollhouse with a re-created crime scene in miniature form.

For those of you who like romance, there is a romance thread through Jaime's story you will enjoy.
Have any of you heard of an abandoned asylum or poor farm in your own community?
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
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  1. Regarding asylumz, there is an asylum in peoria, il where I was born. I have always been intrigued with the mystery of it and wanted to learn more.

    1. You will love this story of intrigue then! Also, most county historical societies have local history on such institutions if you want to learn more about your locale.

  2. Not anything like that where I live. But we have plenty of tales of haunted historical buildings in town.

    1. oooh, interesting! A lot of these old asylums or "poor farms" are no longer standing. You might be surprised to find old photos in your county!

    2. Katie, you are the WINNER of this free copy!! Watch for an email regarding shipping it to you! Thanks everyone for stopping by my dirt road to visit about Jaime's book! Watch for future give aways and stop by anytime!

  3. There's an old "state hospital" that they used to house mental patients in, but it was used until relatively recently, so I don't think it quite qualifies!

  4. None. Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! Would love to win a print copy.

    1. Welcome, Lual! Thanks for stopping by my blog, please follow me for future give aways! :)

  5. There was an old asylum a few hours from where I used to live in Kentucky. It’s in Louisville, Ky and is considered haunted. It’s Waverly Sanitorium I believe. Really wanted to check it out but to creeped out to do it lol.

    1. Well, like I said, you might want to keep a light on while you read this story, lol!

  6. No I haven't heard of this in my community. I can't wait to read this new book by Jaime. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    1. Welcome, Sheri! I invite you to follow my blog for possible future give aways to watch for. Great to have you here!

  7. I have not heard of any thing like that where I'm from...

  8. There are a couple of abandoned asylums in Michigan, one in the upper peninsula that is thought to be haunted. I loved Jaime Jo's first 2 books in this series. I can't wait to read this one!

    1. I wonder if they are still standing? Curious. I think you will enjoy this story very much!

  9. There was also a poor farm near where I grew up, and as children we used to go as a school field trip and sing to the people who lived there. It no longer exists.

  10. The Ridges, once called the Athens Lunatic Asylum, was a mental hospital operated in Athens, Ohio which isn't too far from where I live. It closed down many years ago and is now considered "haunted" ;) People travel from near and far to tour the facility! I am excited to read the next great book by Jaime Jo!


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