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Friday, September 24, 2010

INTERVIEW WITH JACQUELINE PAIGE



Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.
Jacqueline: Paranormal Romance, or more specifically Dark fantasy/romance which covers witches, vampires, shifters and all the fun stuff.  The part that draws me the most to these genres would be the unexpected happens.  I like not being able to figure out exactly what’s going to happen and with dark fantasy/romance I can rarely conclude what the characters are going to do.

Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.
Jacqueline: I have several favorite authors – but if I’m only to pick one I’d have to go with Christine Feehan.  The best book I’ve read by her (and this isn’t easy to do because I have read 40+ books by her and loved them all) would have to be Dark Celebration from her Dark series (I believe it’s #17 in the series).  Basically she took all of my favorite characters in the series and they were all in one book.  Christine did a fabulous job bringing the Carpathians together and giving the readers an update (so to speak) on where each character was.  I loved it.  How she was able to step back into each characters personality to pull it off, I’ll never figure out, but my hats off to her for doing a wonderful job of it.

Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.
Jacqueline: A favorite of all time?  I can’t say yes to this one.  I read – a lot – and if a book makes it to my “fave” shelf then it becomes one of a large collection.  These are the books I can pick up and re-read over and over without tiring of the story.

Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?
Jacqueline: Two books are tied for first place here.  Sherrilyn Kenyon’s No Mercy (Dark hunter series) and Christine Feehan’s Dark Peril (Carpathian Dark series) both came out recently.  I impatiently wait for the next story in both of those series’.  I would recommend both to friends, of course if they haven’t been following either series from the start they may want to start closer to the beginning to get everything from the stories there is, but definitely both are on my fave shelf now.

Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?
Jacqueline: My reading habits have changed in the last year, and not from my own choice.  I work long hours now (up to 70 a week) so that really cuts down on my ‘free’ time.  Before the change, at least 8 a week, now 2.  As for when do I read?  Anytime, anywhere, I can open a book and be lost in it within minutes, so the place and setting really doesn’t matter to me.

Kiki: If pressed, could you choose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?
Jacqueline: I probably had to think longer to answer this question than all the rest.  I’m going to say Salvation (available in October).  It’s a favorite of mine because it was probably the most challenging for me to write (so far).  I took a modern (blunt) woman and a 200 year old pirate ghost and put them together.  It was quite interesting to look at things from the view of someone from another era … and trying to remember he wouldn’t speak in our slang English with all of our shortened phrases etc.. was lots of fun to do.

Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?
Jacqueline: I’m a “what if” kind of person, so it’s really not hard to come up with plots.  I am always ready to write, finding the time is the road block I run into more than inspiration.

Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?
Jacqueline: I’d like to think it’s the dialogue, mostly because I don’t have to pause when doing it.  If my characters could just talk the entire story through, it would save me a lot of painstaking brain strain hours.

Kiki: Please share with ABA readers something I did not think to ask you about.
Jacqueline: Well, I could fill this part with what color of socks I’m wearing (I’m not wearing any) but I’d rather tell the readers more about my writing that I have out there, or coming soon.
Presently I have three Novella’s at Amira Press.  Behind the Mask, In Our Dream and From A Dream.
In addition to the book released last week I have four more books coming out in the next six months.
From Eternal Press in October Salvation. 
From Class Act Books : Harvest Dreams in January and Beltane Magic in March.  From Whiskey Creek Press in February Twice Cursed.

There’s more, but I don’t have definite dates just yet. 

Jacqueline Paige
All things Paranormal

Here’s a bit about the first book in the Hidden Senses Trilogy – Mystic Perceptions

Jacinda keeps to her safe space doing investigative research, avoiding people and places with people.  Her own conscience and morals force her to seek justice for women whose lives were ended.
Tossed into the world of police work and murderers, she tries to help from a distance while protecting her own secrets and sanity.
If she uses her unwanted ability to find the killer, will she have to give up everything again and run one more time?

Jacinda clashes with the very strong, grounded detective, fate has thrown her to.  At some point he begins to matter.

Will he see her as a freak and look at her with abhorrence when she’s through?

She doesn’t investigate people, can’t get that close.  But when someone she did know was murdered how can she not get involved.

If you could see everything just by simply touching someone or something, wouldn’t that be amazing?  Or would it take everything away from you over and over again?

“Because I have this ability to look at something and not see the same thing everyone else does.”

Jacinda Brown wasn’t lying when she said that.  Of course, she also wasn’t going to explain that with just a touch, she could see everyone that had touched an object.  Through her hand she could feel your emotions, your thoughts. 

A gift or a curse?

She had worked too hard this time in having a home, having a life to give it all up again.
She was done suffering through the side affects that often left her ill and weak. She had a normal life now, blending in completely undetected in her lonely existence.

Would you be willing to give up everything, again, to stop a killer?

When a fifth murder happens, Jacinda Brown makes the decision to use her gift to find the killer.  She doesn’t let herself think of how she’s going to suffer afterward, the consequences that will curse her again, just thinks of stopping a killer.

Its the price she’ll willing pay for the ability she doesn’t want.


EXCERPT:
Brent just sat there and looked at her. Reid stifled a sigh. They were pulling his leg right? This was a joke of some kind. When she continued to stand there, without so much as a smirk he frowned over at his partner. Reid shook his head in disbelief.
“It can’t be paper or clothing.” Jac said quietly.
Brent reached into his shirt, pulling out his chain and pendant. Lifting it over his head, he handed it to the crazy woman standing there, patiently holding her hand out at him.
Reid gave her a “you’ve got to be kidding” look when she stepped in front of him. When she continued to stand there, looking at him impatiently, he leaned back and pulled his keys out of his pocket. Working the pendant off the ring, he handed it to her and leaned back again. He knew his blood pressure was going to spike shortly if they didn’t stop screwing around, then he was going to start yelling.
Sandy sat down behind Jac. “Ready?”
“Yeah.” Jac held up her hand, palm up. When the doctor lowered Brent’s chain into it, Jac closed her hand around it and she took a few deep breaths as if she was trying to find some focus.
He knew Brent was waiting for them to say “Gotcha!” too. When he heard Jac laugh softly, he figured it was now.
Jac shook her head. “Really Sandy - next time please specify something they weren’t wearing during sex.” She grinned. “Cute blonde though Brent, love the lady bug tattoo.”

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