Interview with Elena Jameson from The Bay of Shadows by Samantha Wood.

Interview with Elena Jameson

Welcome Elena Jameson and a huge thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

Hello, Katrina. Thanks for having me!

1) Tell us a little about yourself. And what you are doing right now?

I am a 35-year-old Aussie girl, a former mine administrator – I even had a pink hard hat with my name on it – who used to work in far-flung corners of the globe.  My last posting was to the very remote West Australian Pilbara region where I managed a team of fabulous ladies who drove earth-movers at the open-cut mines.  I got divorced about a year ago and am now a full-time mum to six-year-old Daniel.  We live in a sleepy little town by the beach.  It is a long way from an oil rig but I’m loving every minute of it.

2) How did fostering Daniel come about? Tell us a bit about your life together.

My former husband, Peter and I had tried for many years to get pregnant but to no avail.  After a while we decided on fostering, put our paperwork in, then forgot about it!  Well, life just got in the way.  We ended up getting divorced soon after but I was fortunate enough to still be able to foster Daniel.  Life was tough for a while but now things couldn’t be better.  We like to swim and cook – well, I cook, he eats! – and eat ice-cream (all the fun things that little boys like.)

3) Who is the least favourite person in your life right now? Why?

The least favourite person in my life was Daniel’s dad; for a while he caused us untold grief, terror, you name it.  But I can’t give away too much here.  Let’s just say things are better now – better than either of us could have ever imagined.

4) If you could swap places with a fellow person you are with or have met, who would it be? And why?

Good question, Katrina.  I don’t think I want to swap with anyone.  I’m happy with who I am now, although, having said that I always want to try to be as patient and considerate as possible so I can better understand the people around me.

5) What was getting divorced like? Were you married long?

Getting divorced was really tough.  We are still best of friends so the love never died, it just changed into something else.  But there is still that element of grief, like part of you is missing – a part you can never get back.

6) What do you believe your main purpose is ? And how far will you go to achieve it?

To make my son happy.  I’ll do anything to achieve that purpose.

7) Have you had any scary moments? Are you scared now? Tell us what happen or why you feel like this?

We had plenty of scary moments with Daniel’s dad, but not anymore.  It’s funny, though, you never know how much strength you have until you are faced with something unimaginable, and you find courage that seems to come from nowhere.

8)  Have you done anything unforgivable to someone else? Was it out of love or revenge? Tell us about it.

I tried to kill Daniel’s dad.  It was out love, and perhaps a little revenge too, although nothing went as planned.  Looking back now it all seems like a bad dream, and I barely recognise the woman I was then.  Love makes you do crazy things.

9) What has been your favourite memory with Daniel?

There are so many.  Every day with a child is a new beginning because they see the world with wonder and surprise, but probably the best was our adoption day when he called me ‘mama’ officially.

10) If you could have one wish right now what would it be and how would it help your current situation?

I can’t wish for more than what I have right now.  Life isn’t perfect but these days it is pretty close.

Thank you Elena Jameson for taking part in this interview. It has been a pleasure getting to know you.

Author Bio:

Samantha Wood was born in Victoria in 1971.  Her first book, the memoir, Culua: My Other Life in Mexico was published in 2003 after extended visits to Mexico, and was essentially a love letter to her mother’s country.

Samantha graduated from Monash University in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Translation Studies (Spanish) focusing on the translations of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s little-known children’s stories where angels crash landed in chicken coops and the world’s handsomest man washed ashore.  It was this love of the magic of language and words that inspired the story for her first novel, The Bay of Shadows.

In 2007, she joined Ai-Media, a world-leading broadcast captioning service that provides access for the Deaf and hard of hearing.  She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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How far would you go for love?

In a rambling house in a small Australian beach town, Elena Jameson is recovering from her recent divorce. To her delight, she is given the opportunity to foster a little boy, Daniel, whose mother is dead and whose violent father is in rehab. As Elena and Daniel explore the beautiful bay and wild bushland, they form a profound bond that will change their lives forever.

Then Daniel’s father discovers his whereabouts and begins a campaign of terror – not to get his son back, but to prevent Elena giving Daniel a new life.

As the violence escalates, Elena finds that she’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect Daniel from the brutality of his past and an uncertain future. Sometimes the only way to get what you want is to pay the price in blood.

A gothic tale of love and loss, bravery and hope.

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