Jamie Tremain shares their new book Death on the Alder and more!
Welcome to fellow Canadian/Ontario writers Liz Lindsay and Pam Blance aka Jamie Tremain!
Enjoy this double feature interview!
Jamie Tremain was “born” in the summer of 2007. A collaborative effort brought about by two fledgling authors Liz Lindsay and Pam Blance. Pam and Liz met at their place of work and once a mutual interest in reading (and writing!) was discovered, there was no stopping them! To date Jamie Tremain has published the Dorothy Dennehy Mystery Series and has now released the first book in a new Grant’s Crossing Series – Death on the Alder
Even before their first book, The Silk Shroud, was published, they had been actively building their brand. One of their fortes was, and still is, interviews on their blog with other authors – and readers. Networking within the supportive writing community continues to be a priority. A recent “Author Survival Network” private group was established on Facebook, to offer fellow authors a place to meet via Zoom, share experiences and offer encouragement to each other.
Jamie Tremain belongs to Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers, and are proud to be part of the Genre5 Writers group in Guelph, Ontario.
HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?
Liz: Pam has answered this well! Per week, we probably average four to six hours a day each but have a schedule as Pam notes.
Pam: We have a schedule of writing three days a week and two for bookkeeping, and paperwork, marketing, researching etc. We never keep to it! We are very flexible as family and life sometimes get in the way. Liz is an early riser, so she works well in the mornings. I rise later and often have ideas in the evening. Yes, we are here on the weekend as well. That's the beauty of collaborating. One of us is always writing.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?
Liz: It was any book in the Nancy Drew series. Family always knew for Christmas or birthday, there’d best be another Nancy Drew (or Trixie Belden or Hardy Boys!).
Pam: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Loved the book, although not so fond of horses now.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
Liz: Fighting distraction! And by distraction, I mean the internet. It starts out innocently enough – the need to verify details on a weapon, or geographical location, for example. Next thing you know, a couple of hours have disappeared and not a single written word has been added to the manuscript!
in to the many distractions of the day. Also, staying with POV.
FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS A WRITER?
Liz: Good question! I’d like to see Jamie Tremain well established with at least six books in each of our two current series. Personally, I’d like to see some of my short stories published – perhaps as my own collection.
Pam: That is a loaded question! In five years, Liz, and I, as Jamie Tremain will still be writing and doing what we love best. If our readers wish to put us on the best sellers list, we will accept.
HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF-FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?
Liz: Jamie Tremain has one full-length novel we wrote more than ten years ago, sitting on a shelf, waiting for us to come back. It was our first completed work and because we have learned so much over the years, we’d like to re-visit this work, applying what we have now gained in experience. We are hoping to publish the next Grant’s Crossing story – Resort to Murder – early in 2022. Pam and I are also writing a book with another author, Gloria Ferris, and we’re more than halfway through the first draft.
Pam: As Jamie Tremain, we only have one. It’s waiting to be revised and changed as we have learned so much along the way. Someday, we will get back to work on “Madelaine”.
WAS THERE A PERSON WHO ENCOURAGED YOU TO WRITE?
Liz: Until Pam and I met and decided to partner-up as writers, I really had no specific source of encouragement, although the urge to write has been with me since childhood. On the other hand, no one ever actually discouraged me from writing either.
Pam: When starting on this journey, I attended workshops and writing classes. I was at a book festival and met Louise Penny. I so admired her style of writing and we corresponded for a while. Her encouragement was invaluable going forward.
Beholden to None
Third in the Dorothy Dennehy Mystery Series
P.I. Dorothy Dennehy takes on her first major case since the death of her fiancé, and partner, Paul Webster. The case takes her to Detroit and involves on of her own team. There are life threatening implications for all. Corruption at City Hall and a prestigious law firm lead to murder.
Can she save her top investigator from an unrepentant criminal’s thirst for revenge?
GRANT’S CROSSING – DEATH ON THE ALDER
This is the first in Jamie Tremain’s Grant’s Crossing series.
Imagine you’re 28 years old - carefree, career undecided, and your last surviving family member has bequeathed you a renovated farmhouse, which is now home to 8 senior citizens. You no sooner arrive, when a suspicious death throws a heavy shadow over two of the residents. It’s your decision – turn down the inheritance or stay. What would you do?
This is Alysha Grant’s dilemma when she inherits Leven Lodge – and its residents!