Jamie writes novels about fierce, passionate women; their dreams; their fears; their triumphs. Her deepest desire is to see her readers find that same passion as they follow their destiny and discover deeper intimacy with Jesus.

She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and three sons.

Which character is your favorite in The Pirate of my Heart? Why?

I love my heroine, Lady Kendra Townsend. She is a bright ray of sunshine who changes people’s lives just by being around her. She is optimistic, enthusiastic, funny and cheerful….sweet. Have you ever been around someone who is kind and loving, cheerful and optimistic most of the time? I’m telling you, there is power in that. People around her start to change - hope again, trust again, feel again. Imagine if one person in your family (maybe you!) were like that. What impact would that have on the family and friends, co-workers and neighbors around you? Kendra has her share of hardship and trials and she feels the emotions from that (she gets kidnapped, her father dies, her uncle tries to sell her off, etc.) but she just plugs along and trusts God to see her through. I love this girl hope to be more like her!

Can you tell us something about your Christian testimony?

I would love to! I’m actually thinking about writing my “memoirs” next year and really delving into this. I had a wild upbringing. Wild in the sense that my parents were authentic Jesus freaks (and us kids as well!) and dove headfirst into the Charismatic movement that swept the US and Canada in the 1970’s and 80’s. My dad quit his welding job and started a church when I was around five and for the next fifteen years we literally lived by faith. Gas lasted longer in our tank that it should have, groceries showed up at the front door when the cabinets were bare, an anonymous person gave us a car once, which we desperately needed. The list of both practical and outrageous healing and deliverance miracles goes on and on.

Another important aspect which has greatly impacted my writing today is teaching tapes. Remember cassette tapes? J Well, we had hundreds of them by the Charismatic teachers of the day – Derek Prince, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Bob Mumford to name a few. These tapes were the soundtrack of my life. And I have to say they really taught me the Word and some deep theology that has shaped my faith today. There were some wild negatives too. That particular movement, at least in my experience, got into some error with legalism, submission, focus on Satan and deliverance, and the emotional side of the gifts of the Spirit. There was some damage done there that I still struggle with. But I always loved the Lord! I may have had my rebellious times, my afraid to really trust Him times over the years, but my love for God/Jesus/Holy Spirit has not faltered. I credit God with that and am so thankful. Maybe some of your readers can help me think of a title for my memoirs. Growing up wild: A Preacher’s Daughter’s Story Something like that? J

Out of all the interviews you’ve done is there a question you wish someone would have asked you but didn’t? If so, what was that question and what is your answer?

I was recently asked something that I thought was fabulous. What are the most interesting things you’ve learned while researching/writing a novel?

Snow Angel The trek across Alaska to the gold fields in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada were extreme adventures not for the faint of heart. I couldn’t believe how many people made that treacherous journey.

The Duchess and the Dragon – The Quakers believe in following the “inner light” which reminded me of my Charismatic roots in following the “leading of the Holy Spirit.”

Wind Dancer – George Rogers Clark had no reason to believe so steadfastly that taking the northwest territory (Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio) would be so key to winning the American Revolution except that God just put a burning desire to see it through in his heart. I was amazed at how God gets His will done using fallible, wonderful people like him.

Love’s First Light – The French Revolution came right after our own American Revelution but the differences were astounding to me! While we had good, upright men to take leadership of our new country, the French had corrupt and evil men take over. I felt so thankful and blessed to have had Godly men (fallible yes, but men who loved God) lead us into our democracy.

Angel’s DenThe devastation of domestic violence and abuse is so horrible I almost couldn’t write this story. I kept praying that God would show me Emma’s way out. Some people never get that, they die in it and that breaks my heart.
The Snowflake – The intricate beauty of snowflakes astound me. Here’s a quote I was given permission to use in my book: “They sat that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?” – Jeanette Winterson, The Passion, 1987

Pirate of My Heart – One person really can change the world, or at least his/her world. I learned that the fruit of Spirit is power. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23 When it says there is no law it speaks to the power of these gifts – nothing can come against them.

**Nora: Ok, Jamie!! WOW! That was a GREAT question and I LOVE your answers. Did I mention I can't wait to read this book?? We've  read about Jesus changing the world and He allows us to do the same inside of us and the with the people we meet.It only takes a spark to get a fire going! Jesus is the light of the world and our soul.

When did you say this book hits the shelves??--I just checked Amazon it says Sept. 1st. We should see it any time now on book shelves.

How did you become interested in writing? 

It started as an expression of worship to God. As a child, I wrote songs and poetry, and later, skits, short stories and articles. When I was in fourth grade my dad decided to throw out the television. My brother and I weren't too happy with him at the time, but it was during those next few years that I fell in love with books. It was then that I discovered the magic of story. I began to read everything I could get my hands on - fairy tales to Little House on the Prairie, romance novels to history books. My grades improved, I started loving school and then I began dreaming up stories of my own.

What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in Pirate of My Heart?

I think the main theme is that no matter how good we are, or how good life is going, we will always need God. We will fail and falter and He is always there to pick us up and love us if we turn to Him. Our weakness is made for His strength. That is a wonderful, restful, place to live.

**Nora: I'm fascinated by your response. I can't wait to read this. It sounds like a light of hope all of us need in these shaky, insecure times in our world we can REST in Him. Like you said a WONDERFUL, place to live.***


What are three things you wouldn't want to live without? – Besides family, friends your Bible

My laptop,TV, and iphone OR My shoes, clothes and makeup. Can’t decide whether to go electronic or fashionable J

**Nora: That is a tough call! I hear you! Maybe I should up the number of items allowed!! Then you can have the best of both worlds!Grin!

What are two places you’d like to visit if you had a chance? Why?

Ireland and Italy! Because I’ve just studied about them and it would be a dream come true to really see them.

Name two movies you could watch over and over again!


Notting Hill and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (Runners up are Sleepless in Seattle and Laws of Attraction) (I just had to add a few more favorites!)

You’ve been given the opportunity to hang out with two people (alive or dead) in the history of the world for 48 hours. Who would you hang out with and what would you do?

You’re killing me here – these are so hard to narrow down. Jesus – whatever He thought we should do! J I would give the other opportunity to my cousin Stacy so that she could hang out with her mom, my aunt, who died not long ago. She misses her so much….it would mean everything to her. (See, I’m so bad at following the rules!) After all, not much would compare with Jesus and there are just too many that I can’t choose a second one. Love, love, love these questions, Nora!!

**Nora: THANKS JAMIE!! You are a sport. I know it's was a challenge but I'm glad you had fun. I know readers love to read your answers!! I know I do! Grin!

When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies? 

I was a stay at home mom for a long time. Hobbies came and went over the years but now that I have a career, I'm doing good to get dinner on the table! My favorite thing though, when I have the time, is spending time with family and friends!    

** Nora:  You crack me up Jamie! Love the way you said that, "I'm doing good to get dinner on the table." Recently my husband started working outside of our home (he's had been working in his home office for 7 years), He is the chef at our house (not kidding) After about 1 week of me getting dinner on the table. I told him I missed his cooking and he said, "I miss my cooking too!!!" Grin!

This is the moment when after 10 years of trying to get Snow Angel published I felt like all my dreams had come true. With my hubby, Tony. It was taken at the Romance Writer’s of America  Rita Awards Ceremony where Snow Angel was up for Best First Book.

Drawing a winner (before I discovered for one of my many contests.

**Nora: I love that site. I use it too!

At a book signing in my hometown of Vincennes, IN here with Joyce Crockett, the woman (and my neighbor) who gave me my first historical romance novel at 14. I was instantly hooked!
Thanks, Nora for letting me share!!!

Love to hear from readers you can reach me on the web at my website You can also find me on Facebook And Twitter!/jamiecarie

Give my books a try? I work hard and pray hard to bless you. Thank you, Nora and everyone who took the time to read all this. Happy reading!!!!!

Thanks Jamie for this part of your interview and for sharing your fun Photo's. I'm thrilled you will be on my blog again tomorrow - talking about your next book and a few after that! This has been so much fun!  Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and for letting us get to know you. 
Until Tomorrow

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network 


What should I title my memoir? And would you want to read it?

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  1. I would simply entitle Jamie's Memoir: The Preacher's Daughter: Finding Myself. Jamie is such an interesting person, of course I would read it!

    My favorite book of Jamie's (and I have read them all) would be a toss up between Wind Dancer and Angel's Den. I loved the heroine in Wind Dancer and both books were so exciting and hard for me to put down!

    I would love to read Pirate of my Heart. Thanks for the opportunity!


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  5. I have never any of Jamie's books but I would like to. They all sound very good especially the current release. I would name the memoirs. The Memoirs of the Preacher's Daughter. Please enter me in contest.

  6. Don't enter me! I already won a copy of her new book :)I just wanted to say that Jamie is one of the most encouraging authors I have "met" over the internet and I would definitely read her memoirs, no matter the title! But, I LOVE the one she suggested. How much better can you get?!

    My husband and I have almost identical stories of God's provisions during a year of unemployment. Bills paid, groceries appeared at meal time, and a car was given to us. God is always good and sees us through, providing when we are in the valley!

  7. I don't know what you should title your memoir. I am really bad at coming up with titles. I have not read any of Jamie's books. Although I would like to now.

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to win this. Thanks again.


  8. How about A Preacher's Daughter: My Memoirs? I haven't read any of Jamie books, but I would love to! I also have stories of provisions straight from God and I also know that He is watching over me!

    Thanks for the interview Nora & Jamie!

    Gail Mundy

  9. A Wild PK.

    Well, we always thought the PKs were rebellious, but it sounds like you mean a different wild. :)

    I've only watched P&P More than Notting Hill--love that movie.

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  10. Jamie,

    I've read several of your books and enjoyed each one of them. I'm going to have to get your pirate book if I don't win the drawing.

    Ireland is one of the places I've always wanted to visit, too.

  11. I forgot to include my email. fictionfan1 [at] me [dot] com


  12. Hmmm, I love Jamie!!!!! :) I read her first book Snow Angel by ordering it off Amazon simply because it was a "cool" cover. No joke. I had no clue who she was. My fave tho, was WINDANCER. It was just - fantastic! :)
    Jamie should write her memoir: "Who I Was, Who I Am, and Who I Always Wanted to Be"


  13. I Love Jamie & her books! I like her own suggestion for her memoirs and YES, I would definitely read it! (Although I do know some of her story, I don't know it all)

    As for my favorite book, I would have to say Wind Dancer! I have read them all and I am so looking forward to getting and reading the new one. I may not be able to wait to see if I won it here!

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  14. I'm really excited about this book :) I've read some other books by Ms. Carie and really enjoyed them.

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  15. Hi Jamie, Actually I love your choice for title, "Growing up wild: A Preacher’s Daughter’s Story". I would read it because growing up as a Preacher's daughter is not always easy. I know the pressure on them is more than than normal as kids do love to tease and pick on the Preacher' kid.
    Really enjoyed your interview. I read "Angles Den" and would love to read your newest release "Pirate of my Heart". Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.

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  19. i think you should call your memoirs...'simply jamie'...and yes, i would read it :)

    thanks for the chance to read your latest novel

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  20. Hey! This is a great contest, and loved the interview!
    I would name the memoir something Life on the Other Side or the Life of Jamie Carie....and yes it would be interesting to read!

    My favorite book is so hard to choose. I'd probably have to say Wind Dancer or Love's First Light. I liked these b/c I felt I could relate a bit to each main character. This is great thanks!
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  21. Wow! Thanks Nora and all the folks for reading this interview and giving me some great ideas (and encouragement!) for my memoir. I'm nervous about writing it and praying God will direct me and help me remember the past, which might be hard! Hopefully, I will find a publisher interested in it.
    Really appreciate all of you!

  22. I already answered Jamie's questions above, but wanted to say that I have bought every one of Jamie's books from the very first one on...and have given them to friends. So I think I deserve to win one, and I have no pride and am pathetic and will beg if it comes to that! LOL


  23. THANKS Everyone for your comments and for answering Jamie's question. I haven't read any of Jamie's books but I look forward to reading the Pirate of My Heart. It has been fun to get to know Jamie through doing this interview with her. It's great to get to know the heart of the author and discover their passion in their writing. Fascinating.

    Thanks for the many of you that encouraged Jamie and talked about the books you've read by her that you loved! She is on my TBR list for sure.

    THANKS Jamie for this interview. LOOKING FORWARD to the Big Give away at The Book Club Network on MONDAY SEPT 26th Where B & H publishers are giving away 5 copies of the Pirate of my Heart book. So, if you don't win a copy here. MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the 26th. Join The Book Club Network for your chance to win big. We are also giving away a NOOK thanks to Kathi Macias.

    We are ALL about BOOK FUN!

  24. Really interesting bio. The title of the book might be......God's Hand on a Preacher's Kid....
    I have a book by the author but I haven't read it yet. This new book really looks good and I would love to read it.
    Barbara - Nora's book club

  25. My favorite book of yours is Snow Angel I still have the book and it will not leave my library. All I can say is that it really moved me. I recommended it to my friends but did not loan my copy ;0)
    I tend to not get them back.
    I must admit I have not read the others. Although I have had Pirate of My Heart on my wishlist for a while.

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  32. Jamie, your books seemed to be interesting. I'm new to your writing so the two books that peak my interest would be the Snow Angel and Love's First Light. Both include history which I enjoy. As for your memoir...I would read it. As for the title, I don't think I could improve upon the one you came up with.

  33. I'm so glad I made it here! It was my first time joining a "live" chat and I had t owait for my membership to be approved...silly me!

    I hope I'm not too late.
    As for any of Jamie's book I would love to read it would be "Pirate of My Heart". I love pirate stories.

    Three things I cannot live without:
    Family, books and food.

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