Friday, November 11, 2011

Jamie McDougall - Echo Falls - Author Interview

My thanks to Jamie McDougall for stopping by The Plot Thickens for an author interview during the blog tour for her book, Echo Falls.

Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?
The plot of Echo Falls is based around Phoebe Martin. She is a woman who has lost everything she cares about, been betrayed by one she trusted and is now on the run from someone who wants her dead. When she arrives in Echo Falls and starts to settle in, she has to decide what's worth fighting for.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
The main idea in the plot - and probably something that frustrates a lot of people about Phoebe - is that true change has to come from within. A lot of people are in bad situations that they have the ability to get out of. And yet they don't. That's because something has to happen within a person for them to finally say that enough is enough.

3. When does the plot take place?
Echo Falls is a contemporary novel. It never occurred to me to have it take place in something other than a modern setting.

4. Where does the plot take place?
The novel is named for the city - and the nearby waterfalls - where the story takes place. 'Echo Falls' was originally meant to be a working title only, but the legend of Echo Falls came to my mind and I felt it was appropriate for the novel to keep its working title.

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
I think the plot developed as it did because, while change has to come from within, it can take a long time to get to the point where a person has to believe change is possible. When a person has had so much taken away, it takes a lot of time and effort for them to believe again that anything can go right.

Phoebe needed to have the time and the events to truly believe she could stand up against her greatest fears.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
Late last year at about 10pm one night, I was getting ready for bed and this image of a woman running for her life crashed into my imagination. I knew her name was Phoebe and that she was being chased by a man who would soon turn into a wolf and try to kill her.

With a scene like that playing in my head, I had to grab a notebook and figure out why she was running and who she was running from.

About the Book
Echo Falls

Book Details:
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: July 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 238
Format: paperback, ebook
Price: $10.99 paperback, $3.00 ebook
Buy Links: Amazon, Kindle

Running from a nightmare stalking her every move, Phoebe Martin arrives in Echo Falls hoping she has finally found a safe place to stop. But trouble has a way of catching up and soon the signs are there.

After a vicious attack in an alley, policeman Aidan O'Bryan is left with Phoebe as his only path to understanding why the Echo Falls werewolf pack - his pack - is being attacked. When another pack member is killed, Phoebe is forced to confront her past before she loses Aidan and everything she has come to love.

Love and duty become one as Aidan strives to prevent Phoebe from becoming the next victim. But with Phoebe just as determined to protect Aidan and her new home, secrets from her past threaten to tear them apart. Will love give Phoebe the strength to trust Aidan and face her fears, or will her past destroy her future?

About the Author
Jamie McDougall

Jaime McDougall is a citizen of the world, currently loving life in beautiful country Victoria in Australia. She loves eating sushi, kidnapping her husband and naming her pets in honour of science fiction authors.

She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: High School: The Real Deal and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. So You Want to Write a Guest Post: An Author’s Guide to Promoting with Guest Blogging is her most recent non-fiction ebook. She has also enjoyed writing a column called ‘The New Australian’ in local newspapers as well as various articles online.

Echo Falls is her first paranormal romance novel.

Connect With Jamie:
Web Site/Blog

About the Tour

Pump Up Your Book

Nov. 1 – Pump Up Your Book Interview – In which I reveal a secret about myself…

Nov. 2 – Guest post at Review From Here where I talk about Five Reasons I Love Reviewers.

Nov. 3 – On Live to Read I talk about how I Live to Write.

Nov. 4 – Live to Read’s Krystal also gave a great review of Echo Falls.

Nov. 7 – You can win a copy of Echo Falls by checking out my interview with Aidan and Phoebe.

Nov. 8 – Lauri has also given a wonderful review of Echo Falls.