I'm so proud to have today's guest on Author's Korner. I met Jaimie Hope a little earlier in the year through my good friend, Jennifer Malone Wright. And, I have been absolutely wow'd by her ever since. She is an amazing person, and writer:) Read about how The Adventures of Baby Jaimie began, below!
The Birth Of A Series
When I wrote the first book of The Adventures of Baby Jaimie series I hoped it would turn into a series, but I had my doubts. After being rejected by several publishing companies I realized the world wasn’t as ready as I thought it would be to accept Children’s book series based on a disabled main character. This annoyed me somewhat, but I’d decided to move on and become a serious novelist. This was in 2006.
In January 2008 I had a reading at a local school. I’d done a few readings and signings of my first book sporadically since its November 2006 release, so I wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary, yet it was. I’d been sick for months prior to the event and wasn’t quite well at that point, but I pressed on. As it turns out, I was glad I did.
After I finished reading the book I did a Q&A session with the kids. From the beginning they asked the typical questions I was used to and expected. They even asked me to do a wheelie in my wheelchair, which I do get asked to do quite often when I am around kids. As I said, I wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary. Suddenly, I was asked when the next Baby Jaimie book was coming out. I hadn’t expected that and didn’t really know how to answer. I stumbled over the question quite a bit before blurting out, “The next Baby Jaimie adventure will be Baby Jaimie Goes To School.” That was how the series was born.
There are currently six books in The Adventures of Baby Jaimie series. The seventh book, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie’s Dog Day is currently slated for release in February.
Jaimie Hope was born November 3, 1976, in New York. It wasn't until high school, where she joined the newspaper staff, that she decided she wanted to be a writer. After graduation, the author went to college and received an Associates degree in 1999. In 2002 she moved to Florida where she was an active volunteer in the local historical society and the Deltona Regional Library. In 2006 she moved back to New York where she released her first Children's book, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie. She followed it with two novels, Who Says You Can't Go Home? She currently had two other novels, an autobiography to her writing credit. Baby Jaimie Goes To School is the sixth installment in the Baby Jaimie series.
Here are the covers of her amazing books!
The Adventures of Baby Jaimie