Author: Jamie Loeak
Series: The Outsiders Series (#1)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Self –Published
Two hearts meet in a field.
One is open,
The other is a shield.
One soul lives between the two of them.
Carter Daniels is a typical runaway. Unsure of who he is or where he’s going, Carter is only sure of one thing: his past is going to stay in the past. But when he gets pulled into the popular crowd at Silver Valley High School, he’s forced to choose: tell the truth about who he is or lie. Lie. And it seems to be working. His parents wanted to get him that cheap apartment because they’re never home. He crashed his car so he doesn’t have one. His weekends are filled because he has to spend time with his parents. But when Carter is forced to open up to an outsider because of an English assignment, everything changes. There is something he sees in her, an undeniable connection. There is a need to discover what lies behind those sad eyes. But will Carter be able to lower his defenses in order to get past hers? Will he let her in, or will he choose to stay broken?
I decide to push my head around one of the trees I’m hiding behind. I watch, stunned, as a girl pushes her way through the brown and tan grass. She walks quickly, with her eyes on the ground. She has dark hair and creamy skin. Her body is thin, and I study her legs as she pushes forward. She wears dark jeans that hug her slight curves. I can’t help but push my eyes upward. She wears a navy jacket, one of the ones that swishes when she moves. From here, I can’t tell much else, so I just lean back and watch what she does. I tell myself that I’m not watching her because I’m interested in who she is. If she walks toward me, I want to be able to run.
She doesn’t, though – walk toward me, that is. Instead, she moves to sit on a log that’s kind of near me. It reminds me of the concrete slab that Sam and I share. A feeling of longing keeps my eyes on this strange girl, a feeling of connectedness overwhelms me as I watch her move.
The girl sits down, her back facing me, and pulls her knees up to her chest. Her shirt and jacket pull up and I can see a thin line of her creamy skin. I bite my lower lip, wanting to be next to her for some reason. Maybe it’s the way she walks or the way she looks at the ground like she has no need to see the world around her. Maybe it’s the tiny bit of skin of her back, the small dimples that sit above the line of her jeans.
I swallow and blink over and over again until I can’t see her anymore. She reminds me of Sam so much. I wonder how she found this place and whom she shares it with. It makes me wonder if Sam will share our place with someone new. I don’t want her to and I don’t want this girl to either – no, I’m not crazy. I share a similar life to her.
I stop my incessant blinking and watch as the girls shifts position, pulling her legs in closer, holding them tighter. She rests her head on her knees and stares out at the small pond. Her shoulders begin to quiver and it takes me only a second to realize that she’s crying. She stays like this for quite a while. The only thing that tells me that she’s alive is the slight movement of her back when she breathes, the soft sound she makes when she wipes her tears by rubbing her cheeks against her knees.
Together, we stay there in that field – me watching and her crying. We stay like that until the orange sun begins to fall behind the thick, grey clouds. I watch her walk away from me then, and before she pushes through the trees, I catch a glimpse of a school crest. I think it’s time for me to enroll here. I guess I’m staying for a while.
What is your favorite thing about writing Young Adult? Do you enjoy writing other genres?
I liked having to figure out the whole real-world aspect of contemporary. I was so used to writing paranormal that I found it tough to work through problems that I just couldn’t imagine and create out of nowhere; they had to be things that could happen in the real world. I couldn’t have a demon pop up and kill someone this time!
How do you decide on your cover?
I had a custom photoshoot done by K. Keeton Designs and it went from there.
Do your main characters have a real life inspiration?
All of my characters have pieces of me in them. I might base relationships on others that I’ve seen but never people. I like to make them up as I go along!
What author do you admire most?
I admire any of the indie authors that have found their version of success, whether that be a Bestseller or even just publishing that book they held on to for years. I admire all of them.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?
Flawless, the last full length novel in The Outsiders Series is with the editor. I’m now working on finishing The Atlantis Novella Serial that I started a bit ago.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
I think I’d be open to most subjects. I don’t want to write new adult or adult romances, though. I would like to work with the characters at some point but if I do I’d write under a pen name. I started writing so that my students would read. I can’t write something that they can’t.
Have you ever had writer's block? What is your best cure if you have? Or how do you keep it at bay?
All the time! And, honestly, all I do is take a long break. When I can finally say that I haven’t thought about the book for a few days, I’m ready to start over.
I keep it at bay by writing until I’m done that night. Haha!
Do you have a movie you love to watch over and over? Which one scares you so much you can't sleep?
I love to watch any Disney movie over and over again and I really love this little teen movie about mermaids. It’s called Aquamarine. I love it because of this one line about love. One of the characters says that it’s the closest thing we have to magic. I still believe that.
Oh! SCARY MOVIES? The Conjuring ruined my life!
Do you read your reviews? Do you ever respond to them if you do? And if you do read them do you take anything away from the readers praise and criticism?
I do read them and I’ve never responded. But one of them did entice me to rewrite Broken. I think that, after really listening to what the reviewer had to say, I learned a lot. And it helped a lot, too. I think it’s much better than before. However, I don’t want to write from a male perspective ever again!!! It was the hardest thing I’ll ever do.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism was the one that led me to revise Broken but, as stated before, it helped. I’m open to all criticism, whether good or bad. And the best compliment is someone saying that they loved my books, that they can’t wait to read the next one, that they cried or laughed. Making someone feel something, whether it be joy or sadness or hope, is my best accomplishment as a writer.
It wasn’t until I started writing Body and Soul, the first book in the Chronicles of Light and Darkness, and my debut book, that I actually finished something. I blame/thank my parents for leaving me to dog sit on their vacation – they left me with a Jeep but I can’t drive stick, so I was literally stranded! However, I managed to finish a book I had been dreaming of for quite a while. So, in all reality, they are the reason that I even began writing.
Other than the story of my beginning, I’ll tell you a few things about myself. I was a special education teacher and now work in compliance (making sure that all aspects of a special education child’s education is legal). My hobbies include: writing – duh! – playing guitar, reading Jane Austen, browsing bookstores, trying to cook and bake, and photography. At night, when I’m falling asleep, I tend to come up with plans for world domination – and not my world domination, but a world where all people are good and do the right thing… I swear, it’ll all happen one day!!!
Five Fun Facts
- I’m obsessed with my cat, Charlie.
- I’m practically paleo but not all the way! (you can see recipes on my blog cottoncreative.blogspot.com)
- I live in sunny Florida.
- I’m a neat freak and clean at least every other day.
- My sister is on the cover of The Star Caster and I took the photo!
Series: The Outsiders Series (#1.5)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: Aug 1
I am done with laughing.
I am done with breathing.
Both need lungs,
Which I am not using.
So take my parts
Though they are worn.
Take what once worked.
Leave me – torn.
Vani Carter is just beginning eighth grade at Silver Valley Middle. She’s got her friends, Brooke and Anne Marie, guiding her through the year that is most crucial and things seem to be going all right, until all the fighting starts at home.
When Vani needs someone to talk to, she turns to Colton, the boy that’s destined to be popular. Over their lunch conversations, they become friends that care for one another unconditionally.
However, as Vani and Colton’s friendship grows stronger, Anne Marie and Brooke become more jealous, and that’s when things change. Vani’s forced to endure, not only the pain of her parent’s constant arguments, but also the pain of Anne Marie’s mean comments and threats.
When Vani is forced to choose which kind of pain is easiest to bear, will she make the right choice? Will she give in or will she fight back?
The Chronicles of Light and Darkness
Body and Soul (1)
Fire and Ice (3)
The Outsiders Series
Torn (1.5) Coming Aug 2015
The Atlantis Novella Serial
The Star Caster (Novella)