Jacquie owned and operated a restaurant in her hometown of Edson Alberta for thirteen years before moving west to Victoria to take care of her grandson and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She joined Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death—an online suspense group, and a local chapter, VIC-RWA, of which she currently holds the position of secretary.
Do you outline your books or wing it? Describe your process.
I’m what’s known as a pantser, in other words I wing it. I get my ideas from current events and from there I build my character’s world.
How do you decide on setting?
The setting was the easy part. I love the west coast and small towns, so I made that an integral part of my story.
What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I’ve always loved romance and dreamed of one day writing for Harlequin—still working on that—and suspense books keep me turning the pages, so it was a natural fit.
What is your favorite part of writing?
When you get that scene in your head and everything flows from the fingers to the keyboard, almost without thought. Love that.
What is your least favorite part of writing?
I’d have to say editing. I go over the same words so many times it can be frustrating.
Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?
I edit as I go. I’m compulsive, and can’t seem to leave it alone.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?
Online searches for drug-running and human trafficking in Iraq and Mexico. I expected to be flagged by the CIA at any time,
E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?
For myself I prefer e-books, but I know a lot of people like print so I’ve gone with both for my novel. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like holding a book you wrote in your hands.
Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?
I love social media. It’s an amazing way to make friends with people from all over the globe. That being said, I’ve found since I opened an author page on Facebook, I’m getting lots of strange, “Hi, I’d like to get to know you better,” messages I could do without.
What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?
I read a wide variety within the romance genre. Romantic Suspense-Iris Johansen, Suzanne Brockmann, Comedy-Jennifer Crusie, Paranormal-J.R.Ward, YA-Jodie Esch, Lisa Lange.
Here is a blurb from her novel, Tidal Falls, released Sept 15, 2014.
Sara Reed is on the run from an abusive ex who happens to have ties to a Mexican cartel. Mistakenly thinking her and her daughter would be safer if she had some kind of leverage, she takes a copy of some valuable files, files that make her a target.
Nick Kelley is an ex-marine trying to find his place now that his career is over due to injuries suffered from an IED. When the two of them meet in the pretty little town of Tidal Falls, the experience is explosive.
Available at Amazon.