Who is Emma Jameson?
I've written since I was seven years old. My first "book," which was about three lined notebook pages, was about a blind girl who could transform herself into a white housecat. I don't know why. It made sense to me at the time.
In my teens, I wrote compulsively, often ignoring my schoolwork. Sometimes the Muse seemed to abandon me, and nothing happened. Sometimes I wrote pages and pages and felt certain I had what it took to entertain readers. Despite the fact I grew up in Florida, a flat, hot, thoroughly American place, I was obsessed with London, especially the fogs and gaslight of Victorian London. In the days of hardbound encyclopedias and microfiche, I learned all I could about that place and time.
Next thing I knew, I was in my early twenties, waiting tables and working in a bookstore. Then I was putting myself through college. I jumped on an unusual career train--Ophthalmic Technologist, meaning I assisted eye MDs with minor surgery and every aspect of patient care. The regular paychecks were seductive. I began to think writing books was just a childish dream.
But one day when I was 34, I started writing again. In secret. Just as a sideline, I wrote a 2000 page (single-spaced) epic called ALL OUR YESTERDAYS. At the time, I loved it more than anything I'd ever done. But I couldn't find an agent, much less a publisher. So the Muse fell dormant, and I tried to content myself with hospital work. I read. I continued obsessing about England in general and London in particular. And then, when I was 38, I had a dream about a Scotland Yard detective in love with a much younger subordinate. When I woke up, I wrote the first chapter of what became ICE BLUE.
I wrote the entire book. I found an agent on my second try. She and her wonderful intern helped me rewrite the book FOUR times. They submitted it to all the big publishers. And in two weeks ... everyone said no. I was a failure, never meant to be a writer, or inflict my fiction upon the world.
ICE BLUE and half of its sequel, BLUE MURDER, sat ignored on my hard drive for almost two years. Then an independent author named Amanda Hocking made a couple of million dollars self-publishing via something called Kindle Direct. It was an Amazon service. On a lark, I decided to try it. And instead of using my legal name, Stephanie Abbott, I pulled a pseudonym out of the air: Emma Jameson. Why use my real name, when no one would ever read ICE BLUE? I was publishing via Kindle merely as an experiment, after all.
So here I am. Stephanie Abbott, or Emma Jameson, obsessed with London and England from an early age, writing British cozy mysteries from somewhere deep down inside. I hope yo
u enjoy them. And when I rehabilitate ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, sometime in 2013 or early 2014, I hope you enjoy it, too. Because I love these stories and more than anything, I want to share them with the world. [retrieved from Emma Jameson Author Page, Amazon.com, 5/16/2014]]