Hi, I’m Emma Jameson. This is my first post for Cozy Capers and I’m thrilled to be here. Let me start by telling you a little about me and my books.
I’d been obsessed with England ever since I was a little girl. I’m not sure why. Maybe because so many wonderful books and movies, like Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, The Chronicles of Narnia, Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol had an English connection. Maybe I just have a genetic predisposition for tea, Grade I listed buildings, and clever wordplay that includes terms like “chuffed” and “codswallop.” Whatever the reason, I began writing novels, to use that word in its loosest possible sense, when I was still in middle school. Yes, they were set in London–which I wouldn’t visit for another thirty years. And only because a pair of fictional sleuths, Lord Anthony Hetheridge and Dr. Benjamin Bones, footed the bill.
The first books I wrote were of the sort now called Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Suspense. I still enjoy that genre, which is how I became friends with Shéa MacLeod. I kept writing, and managed to get an agent to look at some chapters, but nothing clicked. Then one night, I dreamed about a distinguished Scotland Yard detective who falls madly in love with his beautiful new subordinate. He’s a blue blood, a Peer of the Realm, and a perpetual bachelor. She’s from London’s East End, rough around the edges, and nearly half his age. The next day, I wrote the first chapter of Ice Blue. That was the beginning of the book that changed my life, and became the foundation of my career as an author.
Dr. Benjamin Bones came to me in a slightly more traditional way. Three very different notions coalesced in my (fevered) writer’s brain and transformed themselves into an amateur sleuth series. One: I’m a big fan of James McAvoy, who is physically very similar to Dr. Bones. Two: I’ve always wanted to write about England during World War II, particularly the struggles and sacrifices made on the home front. Three: I was watching an educational program on PBS (okay, it was Game of Thrones) and saw something that made it all click. So now I have two mystery series set in England. And because of my readers, who I can never thank enough, I was able to tour London last year. Ever since I was a little girl, writing professionally was my dream. Turns out, the reality is even better.