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The Story behind The Fisherman’s Nymph by Jamie Jo Wright

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing my fellow Wisconsin author Jamie Wright for a number of years now. We don’t live next door to each other, but we try to get together for lunch as often as possible. She is the sweetest lady and loads of fun. Today, she joins us to share the story behind her novella, The Fisherman’s Nymph in the Of Rags and Riches novella collection.

Here’s a little bit about the book:

Journey along in nine historical romances with those who lives are transformed by the opulence, growth, and great changes taking place in America’s Gilded Age. Nine couples meet during these exhilarating times and work to build a future together through fighting for social reform, celebrating new opportunities for leisure activities, taking advantage of economic growth and new inventions, and more. Watch as these romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.

The Fisherman’s Nymph by Jaime Jo Wright – Flambeau River, Wisconsin, 1890
The reclusive daughter of a fly-fisherman guide must read the waters for a wealthy gentleman’s sport and send him back where he belongs before he hooks her heart and takes her away from the river she was born to love.

What inspired you to write this book, Jamie?

In my novella, The Fisherman’s Nymph, there was so much of my personal experience put into the story. First and foremost, it’s the first time I wrote a story based on an actual setting, the Flambeau River in northern Wisconsin. It’s a river I grew up canoeing, camping near, and now we take out kids there every summer.

But I also drew on hours upon hours of fly fishing with my husband. When we were first married, we would go to Montana and fly fish the rivers, hike back into streams in Wisconsin and Illinois, traverse creeks in Colorado, and even try our hand out in Wyoming. We also vacationed in Oregon where we stayed with the owner of a fly rod company and learned firsthand how to master craft bamboo fly rods. I know fishing doesn’t necessarily resonate with a lot of women, but the art behind this craft and this hobby is far beyond hooking a worm and throwing a line into a like. It takes finesse, strategy, attention to detail, and great care.

As a side note, I will admit that many of those hours on the rivers and streams were spent reading. Yes. Reading. As my husband would fish and wade, I would wade behind them, book in hand. I was wearing waterproof waders, so often I’d plop my backside right down in the river or stream and perch on a rock. I carried my book in a Ziplock freezer bag and hooked it inside my waders. So those ten hours on the water to fly fish, turned into about three hours of fishing for me!

I really love the woods, the water, the nature that envelopes me as I hike. We love introducing our kids to that experience too. It was a natural segue into this novella, and a place I loved to settle my characters into. Fly fishing expeditions, cabins in the woods, and the early days of tying flies.

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.
Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures

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Thanks so much for joining us, Jamie! What a great peek behind the scenes. I used to go fishing with my husband, also with book in hand, and my daughter does the same thing.

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It’s been great to have you, Jamie! 


  1. The most adventurous thing I have ever done is to be a hot air balloon “chaser”. Lots of fun and lots of hard work. Hubby and I volunteered and we learned a great deal of information about hot air balloons, how they fly and how they land. 🙂

    • That sounds like a lot of fun!!! Hot air balloons are very fascinating to me! 🙂

  2. Enjoyed the interview about the book (the Collections are always good!), plus the fly fishing experiences. Am wondering if they were fly fishing in the Snake River in Wyoming? Beautiful area. I am not very adventurous – so probably hiking down into the Grand Canyon would be among one of my more adventurous activities.

    • Cathy, I’ve not fly-fishing the Snake River. We fished in Yellowstone primarily. 🙂 The Grand Canyon is terrifying to hike into! lol unless you’re not afraid of heights. But the trails are so narrow I was certain I’d plummet to my death.

  3. I’m not an adventurous person in a sports-affiliated way, but have been through many adventures via the risks and decisions in life I’ve taken/made. One being – a move, alone, out-of-state, to be a cast member of an ongoing passion play on the life of Christ. I had no job or place to live but God provided and it was one of the most spiritually rewarding periods in my life.

    I loved hearing the story behind Jaime’s novella. I’ve been one of her cheerleaders for years now and can’t wait to read “Of Rags and Riches” – thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

  4. The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done was to travel to China for 2 weeks.
    Of course, staying with friends helped but I had a great time.

  5. The most adventurous thing I’ve done is live in Colorado Springs, CO for a year! It was an amazing time!

    • Interesting!!!! Colorado is one of my favorite states. I’ve been all over it and have yet to find a part I don’t like 🙂

  6. This looks like a really good romance collection. I’m not really adventurous. Perhaps the most adventurous was moving to Germany for a year with my family when my husband was stationed there with the army. Having to take their drivers test was stressful.

    • I can imagine the driver’s test was VERY stressful!! German is beautiful!!! I loved Munich and the Black Forest region.

  7. I’m not very adventurous unless that includes driving in four lanes during rush hour! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  8. A few years ago my husband and I rode bikes down the Creeper Trail. It was wonderful — so beautiful — one of the best days of my life!

  9. Love Jaime’ s books and looking forward to reading this one! I, too, live in WI…just on the east side of the Dells!

  10. I was about 16 and agreed to hike to the bottom of Grand Canyon without first looking at where we were headed. I pointed to the green area and was told ‘no, we’re heading clear down to the river.’…… ummmm my mom said that the look on my face was pretty incredible.

    • EEEK! you’re braver than I. I love to rock climb but that has ropes and no where NEAR the depth of fall as the GC implies 🙂

  11. Hate heights, but rode on the Big Wheel at Myrtle Beach. Never plan to get back on that again.

  12. White Water Rafting!!! It was a spontaneous thing my husband & I did when on one of our anniversary trips years ago. He is not a water person so for him to suggest it, was quite shocking! 🙂 It was THE MOST fun thing in the entire world!!

    Want to do it again one of these days!

  13. I loved this interview with Jaime! Thank you so much for having her, Liz. I’d say I’m somewhat of an adventurous person. I was a Girl Scout in the fifth grade and I went to camp. I went hiking, canoeing, and tight rope climbing. It was fun.

    As an adult, I’ve gone on a float trip on the Meramac River. That was fun. I’ve also been to Niagara Falls. I’ve seen both sides and the Canadian is the most breathtaking. I’m happy I got to see this.

    I love your story about fishing. I went fishing on occasion with my dad when I was young on Anderson Lake in Illinois. My brother and I had to keep quiet while he fished. I remember bringing along a book to read because I left the fishing to them. Great memories!

    Thanks for sharing yours. Blessings!

  14. I went skydiving and loved it!!

  15. One of the more recent adventurous things I’ve done is go on a day long hike with a friend. Sounds pretty tame, but we ended up getting caught in not one, but two, flash floods, and we got lost due to someone moving the trail markers (probably to be funny but it wasn’t). What was supposed to be 3 or 4 hours, took 9 hours. It was actually pretty scary for a while!

  16. The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done would be rafting

  17. Ride a rollar coaster that gave me whiplash 🙁