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My author name is J. M. Kirby, but you can call me Jaime. I am currently seeking representation for a YA historical novel set in 1774 Boston. I’ve been telling people it’s as if Johnny Tremain and Emma Woodhouse had a book baby. Brodi Ashton, when she was helping me write my query, called it “127 Hours meets Hamilton.”
I was a professional blogger for five years, until my site was hacked and I needed to get back to work on my fiction. But during that time I worked on several collaborations with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Goldfish Smiles, and Babble.com. My cookbook Celebrate Every Day was published in 2013 by skirt!, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press.
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The M stands for Mormann, which is my maiden name.
I grew up in a coastal town south of Boston, and ever since college, I have been trying to move back. But I wouldn’t mind moving to England instead. The Peak District would be very nice, just in case the Universe is listening.
When I was a teenager, I worked as a children’s bookseller in our town’s local book store called Once Upon a Time, which in my opinion is the perfect name for a children’s bookstore. Now that all my kids are almost grown, I work part time as a children’s bookseller again. I am also mildly obsessed with the movie You’ve Got Mail, and have to watch it every year as soon as the weather starts to turn cold.
Some of my all-time favorite books are Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, the Chronicles of Narnia, and The Harry Potter Series.
More recent loves are Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, A Taste for Monsters, Gem & Dixie, Echo, and A Darker Shade of Magic.
Oh, and after my cookbook got published I was at one of my book signings. Matthew J. Kirby came up (there was no line for him to wait in), and asked me about copyright law on recipes. Though he swears that was NOT a pickup line, the rest, as they say, is history. I also want to add, that being married to a children’s writer is amazing, since he gets just as excited about watching You’ve Got Mail as I do.
If you’re curious about the images on this site, the painting on the WELCOME page is called “Homestead of General Timothy Ruggles, Hardwick, Mass.,” by Winthrop Chandler (1747–1790) Incidentally, Timothy Ruggles had strong ties to Marshfield, a Loyalist town in Massachusetts that is one of the settings in my book.
This gorgeous embroidered panel that I’m using as wallpaper is crewel work done in England in the early 18th Century. And it happens to be for sale.