Short story collection (horror, humor, & historical)
Date Published: 7/23/2017
Publisher: JME Books
Have you ever noticed that reading a book on the toilet takes forever? Wouldn’t it be nice to have stories suited to your specific potty needs? This collection of short stories ranges from 50 words to more than 50 pages, separated in categories labeled to fit your bathroom needs: NUMBER ONE, NUMBER TWO, and FARFROMPOOPIN. The idea is to give you, the reader, a great deal of material to read, tailored and categorized to the needs of your intestines and bladder. So go ahead, get comfortable, pull out your Squatty Potty® and enjoy some fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, and humor from the comfort of your own throne…the john…the latrine…your office…the bathroom, whatever you want to call it. Just be sure to wash your hands once you’re done.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and helping promote my tour! I think the hardest part about writing is being consistent. Between life, home, marketing, and writing, there’s only so much time in a day. I have to balance it all and make sure I’m writing every day, 5 days a week, at least 1,000 words.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
My Pandora is my bestie when I’m writing. I love composers, so I’m listening to Danny Elfman Radio, Hans Zimmer Radio, The Hunger Games Film Score, and John Williams Composer Radio. My books appear in my brain as films, so these are the songs I envision playing in the background of my future movie. Plus, there’s no words, so it’s not distracting.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have two amazing friends who I can lean on for story support. They help me to flesh out my story and ask me those hard questions I know I avoid asking myself. My beta readers are essential to my editing process. I never use the same reader on the same book either. They already know the story, so they can’t be unbiased when reading new changes.
What book are you reading now?
I’m reading The Lurking Man by my good friend and award-winning screenwriter Keith Rommel. I’ve read several of his psychological horror novels and I love them all. I’m also reading an ebook called Gamer Girl, which was introduced to me by my cousin in New York. The author came into her restaurant and she connected us. We bought each other’s books and now we have new fans. I love reading indie books and helping other authors just as much as I love reading my favorite A-List novelists.
How did you start your writing career?
I began by sending a sample story to my local newspaper and ended up getting a freelance writing gig. This expanded into several magazines and papers in my area. From there, I worked on short stories and published most of those, giving me confidence and writing credits. Actually, these are the stories that compose The Toilet Papers! From there, I indie published my first 7 books, became the publisher for a client, and now have my next 3 books with an agent. I love what I do, and feel very fortunate that so many doors have opened to me. And those that haven’t, I just kick them in!
The Toilet Papers is a short story collection of my own work. The concept came about when I was in the bathroom and picked up my bathroom book. I couldn’t remember where I was in the story because it had been a while since I’d read it. That’s when I thought: what if there was a book separated by word count so you could read a story based off how long you’d be on the toilet. I thought it was pretty funny, and it wasn’t until two years later that the idea became a bound book. And then, having Squatty Pottytm endorse it is bigger than I ever imagined possible. The stories are mostly horror, humor, historical, and almost all have been previously published. I’d say my favorite is “Moonshine on the Mississip’”, which is the story of a moonshiner, an Indian, and a guy caught in the middle of a great heist during George Washington’s Administration.
Thank you for having me on your blog! It was a lot of fun and it was great getting to share what I do with your followers.
About the Author
Jaimie Engle was once sucked into a storybook, where she decided she would become an author. She has modeled, managed a hip-hop band, and run a body shop. She loves coffee, trivia, cosplay, and podcasting on ORIGINS, where myth and science meet (podcastORIGINS.com). Basically, if it's slanted toward the supernatural or nerdy, she's into it! She lives in Florida with her awesome husband, hilarious children, and the world's best dog. She also happens to have the world’s best literary agent, Saritza Hernandez. Become a fan at theWRITEengle.com. Follow on social media @theWRITEengle and pick up books at jmebooks.com.
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