I hope you all enjoyed your holiday and have made full recoveries from the celebrations, just in time for this weeks interview. I held off this weeks interview by a day so that we could celebrate with Jacqueline Hopkins, author of ‘Wilderness Heart’, who celebrates her 52nd birthday – today! Please take a second to leave her a birthday wish at the end of the interview and don’t miss the 80% off ‘Wilderness Heart’ in honor of her birthday, also at the end of the interview. And now, let’s meet Jacque….
IDI – Let’s start off by giving the readers a little insight into Jacqueline, the writer.
JH – Well, I like to live and experience what I write about first-hand so it is real for the reader. Except that one of the genres I have been working in lately with my research and getting the story in my mind straight is in the thriller/murder type and naturally, I don’t want to experience that first hand ever.
IDI – What do you enjoy when you aren’t writing and how do you fit writing into everyday life?
JH – When I am not writing, I am listening, watching people, reading, learning, researching and working at my day job as an Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper/Research Analyst/Technical Writer/Editor. My husband and I play Texas Hold’em Poker on Friday nights: sometimes on Saturday nights. So I stay busy. I don’t have any children at home anymore so I just have my daughter’s cat to take care of and a husband to fight over the computer with.
IDI – When reading another author, do you find yourself critiquing as you go?
JH – I have a hard time reading books anymore. Not like I used to; I read all the time, but that was before I started writing. Now, because of my day job, I have a real hard time not editing any book I read, be it an independent/self published author or a traditional publisher without editing it. I can’t seem to help myself. I do expect a traditionally published author’s book to be practically error-free since they have the backing of agents, copy editors, proofreader’s, and editors helping them, but alas, nobody is perfect, lol, not even me.
IDI – Are you ever tempted to cross-genre?
JH – I started many different genre books 20 years ago. After publishing my contemporary romance, ‘Wilderness Heart’, I borrowed an external 3.5″ floppy drive (dating myself here) to retrieve all those story ideas from the many floppy disks. I had to see which one I wanted to finish next or if I wanted to start a new one. Write what’s in your head, but study the genre you want to write to make sure you aren’t breaking any publishing rules for that genre. Some authors use pen names for different genres and I may do that with some of my books; it may be necessary, lol.
IDI – In your opinion, what are the biggest misconceptions new writer’s have about the publishing industry?
JH – I think new, whether they be young or older, have the misconception that they are going to make a bunch of money very quickly and that is a far-fetched dream in my humble opinion. Authors who make money quickly at their writing hit a niche that was needed at that time in the market place, but I also think it was just a fluke.
IDI – I love asking people this one because I’ve heard some crazy answers. Do you have any quirks or superstitions often related to ‘the writing life’?
JH – I really don’t have any quirks or superstitions. I can write just about anywhere because my ideas come to me where ever I am, and I need to write them down or I lose them. I am constantly thinking about my ideas and how I am going to write the book. I plot a lot before I start writing the initial book and do a lot of research first, whether by reading, asking questions or experience it first hand to write about it.
IDI – What is the best advice you could give to new/unpublished authors?
JH – Advice I would give to new authors: Don’t stop writing, don’t stop dreaming of publishing your book. I have a niece that has the potential to be a very good writer and she is the one who inspired me to get back to my writing. I had shelved my writing for 20 years because life got in the way; funny how that happens when you really want to do something else. But now, my niece is having a hard time in her life, but I keep telling her to keep going, don’t stop writing.
IDI – I can fully understand your statement about life getting in the way. I call it distracted by life and sadly, I am one who struggles with that. One (or two) last questions, where do you find the time to write and do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you handle it?
JH – Since I like to feel and experience what I write about, I find myself with lots of story ideas, books started and not enough time to finish them. At least not yet. I’m an impatient person when it comes to my writing and want to write them all at once. I do write (or work on) more than one book at a time, because when I get stuck (writer’s block some people call it) I work on a different book until I get stuck on it, if it happens. Actually, that is probably why I have so many books started and not finished other than life getting in my way, lol. Now, since publishing ‘Wilderness heart’ and living in beautiful, picturesque Sitka, two new ideas have been formatting to be set here. I really need to work on them, before and if I move away from here, so that I still have access to first hand research and inspiration. I find the time to write during lunch, before work in the morning and after work.
I would like to thank Jacque for participating in an Ink Drop Interview and wish her a very happy birthday. For those of you reading today, please take a minute to help her celebrate her birthday by dropping a few words into feedback for her.
Jacque is offering 80% off of Wilderness Heart in honor of her birthday, which you can find here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/45556 and enter the coupon code: GT64D
Interested in purchasing a copy of ‘Wilderness Heart’? You can do so by following any of the links below:
Amazon.com for the kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Wilderness-Heart-ebook/dp/B004MYGV3U/ref=pd_rhf_p_img_1
Smashwords for all readers: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/45556
Amazon’s Createspace in paperback:
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See her blog here: http://jacquehopkins.blogspot.com
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