MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JAIMIE GIPSON!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Jaimie Gipson, I write under the penname J.L. Gipson and write cosmic horror and supernatural thrillers.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The story idea for my debut novel Nocebo Effect came after my son’s birth. He survived a traumatic brain injury during delivery and went through numerous complications as a result. I used to stay awake at night to watch him sleep, and during that quiet time, I started writing about a man and a little girl. It wasn’t until halfway through the now published novel that I realized I was writing about SIDS and Postpartum depression; my own boogeymen.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Horror isn’t my most-read genre personally, but my all-time favorite books are under the same umbrella. I think I started writing cosmic horror (Lovecraftian) specifically because of the trauma my family had faced. The style is nuanced, without many jump-scares or gore and I think that’s what drew me in at first and has kept ahold of me. Research is an important step for any author. In my case, once I knew what the antagonist represented it was my job to write the story as empathetically as possible. I reached out to SIDS.org, Facebook support groups, and even my own family. They graciously allowed me to ask difficult questions and I can say talking with them was one of the best and most heartbreaking experiences I’ve had in my life. Everyone has a story, and you would be surprised how many people have experienced infant loss. I worked to create a compassionate plot void of the insincere clichés parents are often forced to face, and put a trigger-warning in the front to warn anyone who isn’t ready to read a novel about infant death.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Nocebo Effect was always intended to be a stand-alone but after fans, especially mothers kept writing to me and asking me to continue I listened to them and started working on the next two books.
The Trilogy tackles new parenting anxieties through cosmicism and dream-sharing. Anxieties like SIDS, Postpartum depression, child hospitalization, and
What are you working on now? Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I can’t give too much away but I can say I’m currently writing the sequel, as well, Ethan and Josh discover that constant dreaming into the dreamscape is dangerous and has unintended Side Effect
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I love to write at night after I put my toddler to bed, the world is quiet and it’s the perfect time to purge myself of my personal fears.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Most of the names in my novels are chosen at random. I feel picking random names helps me move past their esthetics and move on to what matters the most, which is their personality. The antagonist Gahru however, is named after the monster I was convinced stalked our garage growing up. The name came naturally when writing the first draft.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I would consider my family my best accomplishment, we’ve worked very hard to be where we are but my next would be breaking the Top 100 of Occult Horror the night I re-released Nocebo Effect.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
My advice for aspiring authors is to surround yourself with friends in the business. This job is very isolating and at times competitive but don’t let that deter you from reaching out. There is no finite amount of readers on this planet, make friends, share ideas, you’ll be happy you did!
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
My all-time favorite book is Pet Sematary by Stephen King. The emotion he put into Gage’s death has always haunted me. I re-read that book every year.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My writing kryptonite is purple prose. However, like all writers, I too work on my weaknesses and bring what I’ve learned into each draft.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing about being an author is getting to share my stories with the people who love them. Nothing is better than listening to a fan gush about your characters and story like they’re tangible. There is no greater job than this, so to fans reading, thanks for making this possible.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
You can subscribe to my email list at JLGIPSON.com and enter to win a copy of Nocebo Effect and Effect Trilogy merchandise, and follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jlgipsonauthor/?ref=br_rs