Please meet Jamie Brazil and her book Prince Charming, Inc. You can't help but laugh, empathize, and root for the heroine in this book. Whether you want a fun read, a bit of feminist treatise, or just a great romance, you can find it in this book. I just finished it, and I am dying for the next one in the series. It meets all its promise and definitely portrays a modern woman that I love.
Let's get to know Jamie.
In Canada, British comedy rules the airwaves. At least on the non-cable stations. Fawlty Towers, Black Adder and the lot. And just like the Brits, Canucks tend to watch the same series over and over until we’ve committed every line of every episode to memory. It’s a little OCD-ish.
A few years back, attending a writing conference in Corte Madera, I had the pleasure of meeting a major British author whose best-selling thrillers have been translated into almost every spoken language. In his opening address, he marvelously ripped off some of Hugh Laurie’s best lines from Black Adder. Talking with him later, I told him I knew where he’d cribbed his one-liners (because I do the same thing in conversations with family). He smirked and said, “I only steal from the best.” And then I proudly announced, “I’m Canadian.” He replied, “I’m sorry.”
It seems that most authors use something from their own lives, or the lives of people they know as an integral part of their stories. Is there anything in this story like that? If so, what?
You got me. I have a bit of a knack for matchmaking. I’ve sworn off the habit these past few years, but yes, I’ve introduced several couples who’ve later married. Including two literary agents.
Are there more books planned in the series? I can see this going for a long time. Anything you can share about future plots, release dates?
The next matchmaker book in the series is set in Seattle with a different heroine… in an entirely different end of the ready-made-relationships pool. In the meantime, I’ve just Kindle-released another, quite different novel, “The Mayan Sisterhood.” It will be a free download available on Amazon from Dec. 25th-Dec. 27th, 2011.
Prince Charming, Inc. is really a twist on the matchmaker concept. TV typically has a matchmaker hook up "poor" good-looking women with (tends to be jerks) millionaire men, but in your story you are doing the opposite by finding solid, nice men for millionaire women. What is it about this twist that drew you to the story?
I subscribe to O, am addicted to HGTV, and break out the glue gun on full moon nights to pursue some crafty remodel project that usually ends in disaster. I’m so NOT crafty, though for some reason I delude myself into thinking I am. So the fantasy of rebuilding a man is just an extension of my “let’s improve stuff” gene. When I break out the feathers, sparkles, cinnamon sticks and yes, the glue gun, my husband disappears to the shed where he tinkers with his chainsaws until my madness passes, and I funnel that energy back to the pursuit of writing.
So, to answer your question, Maggie, it was fixing up fictitious grooms or seeing a therapist.
Like Rex Von Terrance in Prince Charming, Inc., Max was the perfect dog without ever losing any of his gigantic, naturally territorial personality. (We’ve all seen over-trained zombie dogs, right? All obedience, zero personality.)
So we had the ideal arrangement. And one night, over a few gin and tonics, my husband and I were tossing around concepts and wondered out loud if spouses could be trained, too. Just like that, a premise was hatched.
Max passed away in May of 2008 and we keep a picture of him in our kitchen. We’ve since adopted another canine family member. A Bloodhound named Frankie. She’s a loving, gentle, food-obsessed work-in-progress.
Thanks for joining Behind the Book, Jamie! I'm looking forward to the next matchmaking book, and I'm running out to download Mayan Sisterhood immediately.
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