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Jamie Carie - Author of The Pirate of My Heart


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 Den The 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.

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Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network

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