On my iPod: My taste in music is eclectic, so I have the soundtrack to Black Swan (I listen to this when I’m writing darker scenes), George Strait, Kid Rock, Rob Thomas, Wynton Marsalis, U2, Cold Play, Lilly Allen, and Black Eyed Peas.
Currently Reading: Little Book of Sitcom by John Vorhaus (I’m writing a sitcom for the Nickelodeon Fellowship)
City: Los Angeles (the greater area) because I have so many friends who live there, and there is so much diversity
Dream Vacation: A private beach, with my cottage just steps away from the sand, and all I can eat and drink
Activity: Working with my horses
Book: Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley
Book on Writing: I’ll just list two: On Writing by Stephen King, and Save the Cat by Blake Snyder.
Place to Read: When the weather is nice, the upstairs deck off my master bedroom. When it’s cold and windy, the rocking chair in my bedroom.
TV Show: This is tough to narrow down, so Modern Family, New Girl, Whitney, Castle, Once Upon a Time, and Grimm.
Movie: The Air I Breathe, an incredible indie film
Song: “Good to be Me” by Uncle Kracker
Singer: Rob Thomas
Band: Band of Horses
Actor: Oliver Platt
Actress: Natalie Portman
Pet Peeve: People who are oblivious to those around them when talking on their cell phone in public. Seriously, 99% of those calls can wait until everyone standing in line doesn’t have to hear it.
Most Like To Meet: Screenwriter Bob DeRosa, who has been a mentor, but I’ve never met him. And my novel writing critique partner, Jennie Bentley.
Let Us Prey
Book 1, Gotcha Detective Agency Mysteries
By Jamie Lee Scott
Mimi Capurro has been hired to protect New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Silke, who was recently assaulted in the bathroom at a paranormal conference. Though Mimi is hired to act as bodyguard for Lauren’s upcoming book tour, plans change when Lauren’s assistant is murdered and the slaying is a replica of a scene from Lauren’s newest novel. A novel that hit bookstores the same day as the killing.
Now instead of playing bodyguard, Mimi is cracking computer code and chasing down vampires. These vampires come alive on the streets of Santa Cruz as part of a live role-playing game. Mimi must find the connection between the vampires and the author to track down the killer. This would be much easier if Detective Nick Christianson wanted her investigating the case.
Nick, Mimi’s old college fling, is the lead homicide investigator.
Though he wants her off the case, he also wants to pump her for information. Nick may have used her in the past, but this time she’ll use him to try to catch the murderer first.
About the Author:
Jamie Lee Scott was born on the Central Coast of California, where she spent her entire childhood entertaining. She wrote plays and charged admission to her backyard stage so her friends and family could enjoy the performances. She wrote her first novel at the age of 10, for her 5th grade class project. The novel was called Cindy.
Busy with horses and school, Jamie rarely wrote through her teens and twenties. She was living a life most dreamed of (well, she dreamed of anyway), competing at barrel races, hanging out with cowboys, and traveling in rodeo circles with her friends. Money was tight, but life was good. Then Jamie met the man of her dreams. And low and behold he was not a cowboy, but a farm boy. They married and he swept her away to her little piece of heaven in Iowa.
Before she finished her first full length novel, Jamie was contracted to write the book, Hiking Iowa, for Falcon Publishing. In a year, she hiked 75 trails in the state of Iowa and mapped the trails, landmarks and distances. And this was before GPS. It was tough work for the measly advance, but it was a writing credit. So now, Jamie writes the mystery series featuring the Gotcha Detective Agency.
Jamie has written three novels, Let Us Prey, the soon to be released Death of a Sales Rep, and Give a Dog a Bone. She is currently writing screenplays. She is co-founder of Scriptchat on Twitter www.scriptchat.com and TWWriterChat at www.tvwriterchat.com. She is the former president of RWA’s screenwriting chapter, Script Scene. Jamie still lives in Iowa (though she visits California as often as possible) with her husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses.