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 atjaimejowright.com.
Web site: www.jaimejowright.com
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.
Jamie is giving away a copy of the book. Follow the directions below to enter.