Welcome to Jamela.

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am originally from South Carolina, but live in the Atlanta Georgia metro.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I write both nonfiction and fiction. I prefer fiction short stories. My latest release is the final part of a series called Kidnapped in Love2:Backfire.

Where do you find inspiration? I can find a story in anything. A phrase, a picture, a memory or anything.

Do you have a favourite character? If so why? I do not have a favorite. But, if I had to choose a most admired character, it would have to be, Danielle Steel’s Annabelle Worthington. I love the resilience of Annabelle and the way she succeeded regardless of the obstacles she faced.

Do you have a character you dislike? If so why? There is no character I dislike. However, I have to say that James is the character I feel has the most ruthless traits.

Are your characters based on real people? My characters are never based on real people.

Have you ever used a person you don’t/didn’t like as a character then killed them off? No. Generally, I do not kill of characters. This series is an exception because there are two deaths in the first book.

Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? I enjoy researching and all aspects of it. I am a life-learner so anything I am curious about or do not know is great for me. I use Google to pull up search results. Then I go through and click the scholarly peer-reviewed articles to read. If none of these are available, I use the gov, edu, and professional reference site. I never use about.com, any wiki sites and rarely .com sites.

Is there a message conveyed within your writing?  Do you feel this is important in a book? The message conveyed is that the things we do come back to us. I do feel this is important because I hope readers will think about how they treat others.

Sort these into order of importance: Great characters; great world-building; solid plot; technically perfect. Can you explain why you chose this order? (Yes I know they all are important…)

  1. Solid plot
  2. Great characters
  3. Great world-building
  4. Technically perfect

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these and if not, what is the reason? My books are always available in trade paperback and eBook. I do not do large print or hardcover since I want the books to remain affordable. However, if I get enough requests for other formats from the readers, I will make them available.

Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? I do self-edit, because I am an editor. However, I have several others read the book before it is made available to the public for sale. I do believe every book should be professionally edited. Someone who is objective and a professional should edit the book. The author is too close to the story and will not see all of the errors. This is the main reason a professional editor should edit any book rather than the author.

Do you think indie/self-published authors are viewed differently to traditionally published authors? Why do you think this might be? I think traditional authors may feel in the back of their mind that self-published authors have either taken the easy way out because they did not want to put in the work to get published by a traditional publishing company.

Do you read work by self-published authors? Yes.

What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? How important are reviews? I do believe reviews are extremely important. However, I do not feel authors should dignify reviews by trolls (persons who purposely place only negative reviews). I do feel authors should interact with readers.

When buying a book do you read the reviews? I read one or two reviews. However, the reviews do no weigh in the decision as to whether or not to purchase the book.

What are your reviews on authors reviewing other authors? I feel that authors are uniquely qualified to review a book. As writers, they have a better understanding of how a plot should flow and how characters should be developed.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? Books tend to give more detail. Movies and games much provide an experience within a specified timeframe. This is not the case with a book and the author is able to really develop he plot and characters to their full potential for the story.

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers?

  1. Write, write, write
  2. Read, read, read
  3. Never give up

What are your best marketing/networking tips? What are your worst? My best marketing/networking tip is to engage readers/fan/followers/friends and pay attention to what the trends are. Make sure you use social media. My worse tip would have to be don’t worry about marketing/networking.

Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading? Did you enjoy it? I recently completed reading the Bible. Yes, I enjoyed it very much.

Can you name your favourite traditionally published author? And your favourite indie/self-published author? My favorite, indie/self-published author is a tossup between Aija M Butler and Karen D. Neal. My favorite Traditional author is James Patterson

What are your views on authors offering free books? I think free books are a good way to exposure readers to an author they may not usually read.

Do you have a favourite movie? I have two favorite movies 1. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou and 2. The Color Purple

Do you have any pets? No.

Can you name your worst job? Do you think you learned anything from the position that you now use in your writing? My worse job was as an inserter for a local newspaper. I learned that the workplace is full of varied personalities and little snatches of conversation rarely tell the whole truth. I use this in my writing to this day.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I love to watch cartoons, Tweety and Sylvester


Book links:


And I Trusted You



Kidnapped in Love



What Is This world coming To? 



Run Trilogy (Hit & Run, You Better Run and Who’s Running Now all in one volume) http://amzn.to/2cduZr6


Includes the following:

  1. Hit & Run http://amzn.to/2bZaJIV


  1. You Better Run http://amzn.to/2bR3Adl


  1. Who’s Running Now http://amzn.to/2c7eXvm

“The past finally catches up to Jeff and the running may not be the same.”


AMB Shorts http://amzn.to/2c7e5qy

This is a collection of flash fiction and short stories, quick reads that will keep you on the edge of your seat and then some. Get ready for your action fix to be satisfied. Roll call; betrayal, conspiracy, lies, drama, crime and more. Are all present.


  1. Cruel Intentions http://amzn.to/2bAAErh


  1. Your Love http://amzn.to/2caq4nW
  2. Quickie http://amzn.to/2c3sLrW


  1. Mr. & Mrs. Santiago http://amzn.to/2cdu3mq


  1. Unknown factor http://amzn.to/2c7f9Lo


  1. Family Gathering http://amzn.to/2bzMPpr
  2. Run Trilogy (Hit & Run, You Better Run and Who’s Running Now all in one volume)



website/blog and author links:

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ljthomas1

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