Step into a world of magic and passions....

Take a dash of spice, heat it.

Add a flash of magic and watch the sparks fly.

Toss in a killer that's targeting women.

Add a handful of witches from all paths to stir it all together...

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Interview questions

I've been gong through my hard drive attempting to clean it up and have stumbled across a lot of old interview questions.  Over the next little while I thought I'd post some of them here.

Please finish this sentence: The best thing about being an author is…

You get to pick your own ending!   (which is something I like to think happens, but I suspect my characters have more say than I do)

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a writer?
That not everyone that reads what I write is going to like it.  I think that was the hardest thing to swallow. 
I had to start thinking of it in terms that simplified it so much that I was able to shake it off and keep going. Some people like Coca-cola, some like Pepsi and some like plain ‘ol water.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced with a publisher?
At the start, I accepted what they said and did it, even when I have to grit my teeth to do it. 
It was somewhere around my fourth book I realized that I did not have to give into everything they wanted. 
One publisher wanted me to add more sex to my stories.  I have nothing against erotica at all, but the story they wanted me to ‘spice up’ would have lost a lot if I’d given in. 
It was a hard choice to walk away from them and seek out new publishers that were happy with my stories lines as they were but I’m much a happier now that I have.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I don’t think it hit me until I was going through the editing process on probably my third book.  It was one of those odd moments where everything settles and fades into the background and I looked down at the manuscript and realized what I was doing. 
What can I say, I’m a little slow sometimes. lol

Has any other writer online had a big effect on you, or your writing?

All of them!  I have met so many writers that I couldn’t even begin to narrow it down to one or two.  At first I couldn’t believe the moral support they toss at you each step of the way.  It’s amazing and wonderful to know that there is a large body of people doing what you do that will cheer you on each step of the way.  I can’t say that would be true for a lot of other professions out there.

How much of real life do you put in your writing?
Even though I write paranormal, I try to put enough real moments into my stories that people can relate and if I do research if I’m going to be mentioning a certain place.  In the Magic Seasons the women work at a recycling plant, so I did a lot of research there to describe it to the readers.

What inspired you to write this story?

I actually didn’t have plans to write a fifth book in the series but it nagged at me that I’d left Patrick and Rhonda just hanging at the end of Autumn Dance, so I sat down and dug a little deeper into their personalities to see if they had something to share.  

How long did it take you to write?

This one took quite a bit longer than the rest of the series. The first four books took me six months in total, I thought my hands were going to swell up from typing so much.  Winter Mist was a little harder to unravel and put onto paper so it was probably six to eight months in the works.

What is your least favorite thing about writing?

Proofreading/editing.  Not the actual editing part, just the reading the same words over and over part.  From the writing process to publication I think I’ve read the story at least twenty times, maybe more. 

I will dig out some more for next time.

Jacqueline Paige
Step into a world of magic and passions. . .
All Things Paranormal

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