The Story Within My Self – Love and Lemonade Out Now!

Frong CoverHere’s the thing: Although I’m open about having multiple sclerosis, I was hesitant to create a character in one of my novels that had MS.

I was approached by a friend at one point. He asked me if I was going to write about a character that had multiple sclerosis. I told him that no, I wasn’t going to. I already blogged about it, that was enough, or so I thought at the time.

I’ve written over thirty romance novels and there wasn’t one disabled person in the massive cast of characters. They were fantasy, I told myself. There was no reason to put real life in fantasy, there was no place for it, no need. I’ve also written a multitude of short stories and other novels and no one was disabled in any of them either.

Shortly after I was diagnosed with MS, I began to write poetry. I wrote about the disease within those words because it felt safe. It wasn’t a novel; it wasn’t something someone turned to for escapism. It enabled me to write about what I had within me; it gave me a way to escape. I had the poetry I wrote and the blog. That would have to be enough.

Except that it wasn’t. I turn to books for comfort like a lot of people do. None of the books I was reading had any disabled characters or people living with chronic illness. I began to wonder if I could tackle that, if I could create a character that had MS.

I came to the realization that I was afraid to do that. I had held off writing about a character with MS because I was afraid. Of what? I wondered if it would change the way that I wrote. I knew that I would have to pull from my own experiences, my own life. I wrote about my path with MS in my memoir, Little Yellow Magnet, but I knew that if I was going to write a character with MS that it had to be true.

Most authors put a little of themselves into each character and I’ve always done this. However, writing this character would be all of me within a fictional world, blurring the lines between the different genres and types of writing that I do. I decided to go for it.

I was working on the third book in my Lemonade Series. It dealt with life, real life, and was grounded in reality, so I thought it would be a perfect stage to put my character in. The novel deals with all kinds of love and relationships and I wanted to really show what it would be like to date in the gay community if you live with a disability or chronic illness.

I had one moment where I was going to write about someone in a wheelchair but in the end, I decided to write what I knew. I knew nothing about being in a wheelchair. I created Zack. He had the red hair and green eyes that I always wanted when I was young. Hey, it’s a novel, so there has to be some fantasy, right? However, he would be living with MS.

It was freeing writing Zack’s character. To me, he represented everything that a person living with a chronic illness or disability is: courageous. In Zack, I put my zest for life, my fierce drive to succeed and my desire to find love. Thankfully, I’ve found love with my husband, but I well remember what it was like when I was in the dating world. I tried to capture that in Zack and his story.

While I love all three novels in the Lemonade Series, Love and Lemonade holds a special place in my heart. It’s the novel where I was the most truthful with a character, where I was finally represented in a story, where all of me was present and accounted for.

Check out the trailer created by my publisher Renaissance Press!

I do hope you find out what happens with Zack and company. You can find Love and Lemonade at the following places:

Renaissance Press Paperback: https://renaissance-107765.square.site/product/love-and-lemonade-by-jamieson-wolf/123?cp=true&sbp=false

Renaissance Press eBook: https://renaissance-107765.square.site/product/ebook-love-and-lemonade-by-jamieson-wolf/128?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false

Amazon.ca Paperback and eBook: https://www.amazon.ca/Love-Lemonade-Jamieson-Wolf-ebook/dp/B07W8H7KLG/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1VLLAJHD05CBF&keywords=love+and+lemonade+jamieson+wolf&qid=1570136645&sprefix=Love+and+Lemonade%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-and-lemonade-jamieson-wolf/1133930557?ean=9781987963649

And if you do read it, I’d really appreciate a review!

Tomorrow! Two New Releases!

Tomorrow brings two new releases! How amazing is that?

Frong CoverThe first is Love and Lemonade, the third book in the Lemonade Series! You will final be able to find out what happens and how everything ends (for now)! This trilogy has taken so long to complete. The characters have been in my head for over ten years and it’s been a joy to tell their story and to find out where everyone would end up.

Here’s a little bit about the book:

Blaine and his friends haven’t always been lucky in love. They’ve fumbled throughout lust, hoping to find their hearts desire, or at least a good lay. They have made their way through life, stumbling a few times, and have finally found their way to comfort and acceptance…Or have they? There are all kinds of love in the world and Blaine and his friends will have to find the love that works for them.

You can order the paperback here: https://renaissance-107765.square.site/product/love-and-lemonade-by-jamieson-wolf/123?cp=true&sbp=false&fbclid=IwAR0w4oygAOLI9BgIL8aAaJnY_fs8axYcazOGwT6cr2VDLy_jplajWLBUasg

You can get your ebook here: https://www.amazon.ca/Love-Lemonade-Jamieson-Wolf-ebook/dp/B07W8H7KLG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Love+and+Lemonade+Jamieson+Wolf&qid=1569762715&sr=8-1&fbclid=IwAR1kFiHlnYP9OdTnrlvYmeL42NK_2cDs3qxLm8XgwuFH-2MTj9_OJPc-znY

Also coming out tomorrow is Nothing Without Us. This anthology is very special to me. Itfca677c96021985529825f993890458827c80e13.jpg features my story titled The Descent and it’s about a wizard travelling to see an oracle. It’s only the second time that I’ve written about multiple sclerosis in fiction and I’m so very proud of this story and the anthology.

Here’s a bit about the book:

We are the heroes, not the sidekicks.

“Can you recommend fiction that has main characters who are like us?” This is a question we who are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness ask way too often. Typically, we’re faced with stories about us crafted by people who really don’t get us. We’re turned into pathetic, tragic souls; we merely exist to inspire the abled main characters to thrive; or even worse, we’re to overcome “what’s wrong with us” and be cured.

Nothing Without Us combines both realistic and speculative fiction, starring protagonists who are written “by us and for us.” From hospital halls to jungle villages, from within the fantastical plane to deep into outer space, our heroes take us on a journey, make us think, and prompt us to cheer them on.

These are bold tales, told in our voices, which are important for everyone to experience.

You can order the paperback here: https://renaissance-107765.square.site/product/nothing-without-us/117?cp=true&sbp=false&fbclid=IwAR2lGNaEpxp7EnjY8Iy3lDhmH48IlyseF_JCzx5qXOPpO-VK6yVLJj1oEKM

And you can order the ebook here: https://www.amazon.ca/Nothing-Without-Us-Cait-Gordon-ebook/dp/B07VXXHTZ3/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Nothing+without+us+Cait+Gordon&qid=1569763490&sr=8-2&fbclid=IwAR3VbdMNvovOm2CO0Quzv1PQ2VrL1xHcJUtXznkNArGLx5DlPod4suahtKw

I hope you can come with me on both of these journey’s! Tomorrow will be a banner day for me and I’m so thrilled to have you along for the ride!

Stereotypical Thinking – A Poem

Someone once said to meimages

“You’re a walking stereotype.”

I was perplexed

and asked him what he meant.

He laughed.

“Hmmm,

let’s think,”

I could picture him putting

a fingers to his chin

in mockery.

“You’re a

survivor of abuse,

you are disabled

and

your

gay.”

He actually laughed.

“If that isn’t a stereotype,

I don’t know what is.”

It took days for that

conversation to

hit

me

hard.

I called him and he picked up

on the third ring.

“You’re a fucking

stereotype.”

I said.

He laughed again

and said “Oh, is that

so?”

I didn’t know how

to respond to him

and finally said

“Yeah.”

I thought about explaining

to him about

stereotypical thinking,

but thought that

the idea would be

lost on him.

Instead,

I merely

hung

up

the

phone.

Nothing Without Us – Pre-Order!

nothing-without-us_image-1I’m so excited for the release of Nothing Without Us! It will be available on

Here’s a bit about the anthology:

We are the heroes, not the sidekicks.

“Can you recommend fiction that has main characters who are like us?” This is a question we who are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness ask way too often. Typically, we’re faced with stories about us crafted by people who really don’t get us. We’re turned into pathetic, tragic souls; we merely exist to inspire the abled main characters to thrive; or even worse, we’re to overcome “what’s wrong with us” and be cured.

Nothing Without Us combines both realistic and speculative fiction, starring protagonists who are written “by us and for us.” From hospital halls to jungle villages, from within the fantastical plane to deep into outer space, our heroes take us on a journey, make us think, and prompt us to cheer them on.

These are bold tales, told in our voices, which are important for everyone to experience.

I’m so proud to have my short story The Descent int his anthology!

You can order your copy here:

Paperback:

https://renaissance-107765.square.site/product/nothing-without-us/117?cp=true&sbp=false

eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Nothing-Without-Us-Cait-Gordon-ebook/dp/B07VXXHTZ3/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=Nothing+without+us+Renaissance+press&qid=1568927900&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-fkmr0

Audiobook:

https://renaissance-107765.square.site/product/digital-nothing-without-us/126?cp=true&sbp=false

This book is release in October, but pre-order now! There is more news in store, so stay tuned!

Book Release and Launch!

Love and Lemonade front coverMy new novel Love and Lemonade is available on September 30th!

I know right? That’s super soon! Here’s a bit about the book:

Blaine and his friends haven’t always been lucky in love. They’ve stumbled throughout lust, hoping to find their hearts desire, or at least a good lay. They have made their way through life, fumbling a few times, and have finally found their way to comfort and acceptance…Or have they? There are all kinds of love in the world and Blaine and his friends will have to find the love that works for them. Sometimes, the rose of love has thorns. Thankfully, love heals all wounds.

It’s the third book in the Lemonade Series and I can’t wait for you all to read it! You can get your copy here:

Paperback:

https://renaissance-107765.square.site/product/love-and-lemonade-by-jamieson-wolf/123?cp=true&sbp=false

eBook:

https://renaissance-107765.square.site/product/ebook-love-and-lemonade-by-jamieson-wolf/128?cp=true&sbp=false

To make things even more awesome, Love and Lemonade is being launched along with a host of other amazing novels!

The launch takes place on October 5th from 3pm to 6pm at the 3 Brewers pub! Come one come all. There will be readings and tons of fun to be had! You can find out more about the launch here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/475188919697789/

I can’t wait for you all to read Love and Lemonade and to find out how this part of the series ends! See you at the launch!

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