Please welcome Jaime Samms and
Chasing a story is always precarious, I find. The first faint flush of of an idea is always exciting and it's so hard to know when you're being faithful to that first hint that got you started. Sometimes that little glimpse was just the jumping off point and not needed in the end. But again, it's hard to know.
Like watching your child on stage at the year-end recital, you just know yours is the most talented little mite up there. So much so, you can hardly manage to watch anyone else. Bias doesn't make that the truth. Nor does it make you love your baby any less.
The fine line between remaining true to the story and crafting a tale that will please people is a delicate, lacy, difficult to follow one. And anyway, you know you can never please everyone. that's why, I think, it's very important to stay as true to the story as you can. Because then the story is as pure a thing as you can make it and people bring to the experience their own vision of what it is to them.
In writing a story like this one and putting it out into the world, the risk is that by stepping out of the sandbox I'm used to creating in, I am once again caught in the trap of bias, seeing my pretty mite out there and looking past the flaws that I don't want to see.The hope is always that someone else sees the potential of the story and understands the flaws and the strengths are what make it special. No one is perfect, and neither is every story or every character. It's in those imperfections where life is reflected and we see ourselves and the true world in which we live.
About the book:
Beauty is only skin deep, but some marks—and what they represent—are impossible to escape.
Eric resents his comfortable college life and the restrictions his family’s expectations put on him. Dwayne, his best friend Angel’s cousin, is a pierced and tattooed ex-con trying to rebuild his life. Eric sees only the tattoos and the way Dwayne’s upbringing have dictated his future. It takes a surprising revelation from Angel to force Eric to see past Dwayne’s defenses to the generous heart beneath and to realize it’s time for him to break free of his own instilled beliefs. The men can’t keep apart, and they gradually learn that everything they thought they knew about each other might be wrong.
Opposites attract as two men from very different backgrounds move from enemies to lovers in a story of understanding, compassion, and redemption.
First Edition published by Pink Petal Books, 2011.
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About the author:
Jaime Samms has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Often asked why men—what’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love—she’s never come up with a clear answer. Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.
These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Various Publishers.
Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, is spent crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.
She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all . . .
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