Author Interview: Jacqueline Paige
Welcome to my blog, Jacqueline. It’s a pleasure to have you here with us.
Jacqueline: Thanks for having me here!
Would you take a moment and introduce yourself to us?
Hi, I’m Jacqueline Paige. I’m a mother to five, a café manager and a paranormal writer. Aka. When I’m hiding from the first two things on my bio, I live in worlds I create with characters that have all the abilities and skills I wished I had!
Both of your books, Dreams and Curses, are short story anthologies. Can you tell us a little more about them?
Dreams is comprised of three connected stories. In Our Dream, From A Dream and After the Dream.
Here are some brief blurbs of the stories inside Dreams:
IN OUR DREAM: She’s a small town cop. He’s an inmate undercover. They meet in a dream.
Jennah Best left the adrenaline packed life of being a cop on the edge for a more peaceful place. She escaped a marriage that almost destroyed her and now lives her life working for a small police station in the town of Ridge. At her age, she’s accepted that it’s too late and too much work to start all over again, until she meets a man in a dream…
While young, Dominic Palmer has always proven he can get the job done. Or at least, that was the case before he accepted a job and agreed to go undercover as an inmate. When months go by and there’s no word from his outside contact he wonders if he’s been left on the inside for good. He’s fighting to stay alive and keep his sanity, but finds himself completely distracted by a mysterious woman he met in a dream…
FROM A DREAM:
Jennah has found happiness. She wasn’t looking for it but isn’t about to give it up now that she has it. Everything she craved for years was now right in front of her–a man that makes her feel cherished, a peaceful life, and a job she enjoys. It all changes when she wakes up in a dark hole, alone, unarmed and unable to connect with the one man she’s grown to need.
Dominic realizes he is one of those men that wants the whole package of marriage and a family, and he’s found the woman to have that with. He’s going stir crazy having to stay hidden until the leader of a criminal organization is caught, but he’s more than willing to stay right here with her.
All of his plans evaporate when a vindictive criminal takes her from him as a hostage. He won’t rest until she’s in his arms again.
AFTER THE DREAM
Feeling less then worthy as a normal man surrounded by a team with special skills, Brody has to wonder why he’s a part of it. If it weren’t for one team mate being there, he’d transfer back to normalcy.
Tess has always felt like a freak, even surrounded by others that are different she still feels like an outsider. Only one of her team mates make her feel like an everyday person.
Curses has two separate stories in it. Behind the Mask and This Ring. Both are about a curse.
Behind the Mask:
In a fit of temper, Gracelyn’s only sister curses her so she’s forgotten the moment anyone turns away from her. Only one thing, at an exact moment, can break the curse. After years of failed attempts, she is forced to accept living her life completely alone. Her world becomes calm and predictable
—until one Halloween night …
one costume party …
and one masquerading man change everything.
Devastated Emma flees to a cabin on an isolated lake to attempt putting her life back together. How she’s going to accomplish this she has no idea— the only thing she knows is she can’t go back and will never be able to trust again.
Bryce spent forty years trying to figure out how he ended up in the strange situation of not being alive or visible—it’s when he stops trying to find the answer he discovers the reason. Feeling that deep in your soul connection with another was what he was lacking all along. Now if he can convince the woman he feels it for, he may have a chance at living once more.
How did you come up with the idea for both the books?
Honestly, I don’t know. These ideas just come to me. It will either be a scene in particular, leaving me to decipher the rest of the story around it. Or other times it’s a character that appears and tells me part of their story, then I just have to figure out the rest of it.
Was there any research involved before you started putting together each of the anthologies?
For the stories I didn’t have to do much along the lines of research. Finding people that can do what my characters can do in Dreams would have been close to impossible I imagine. The same for Curses.
As far as the publishing aspect, well that was a whole new learning curve for me. I now have a new found respect for my publishers and can appreciate what is involved in setting up a manuscript for the various different formats. And then there’s dealing with an editor, getting a cover made . . . .
I think I’ll start a national publisher’s day so authors can send them chocolate and candy!
How long have you been writing?
I’ve always jotted down short stories and ideas for stories, but it wasn’t until 2006 I started to sit down and write seriously in a more organized fashion. Since 2006 I have finished twelve full length novels and five novellas. I also have eight planned stories waiting to be written. My muse thinks I should sit and write 26 hours a day!
Is this the only genre that you’ve written of? Or have you experimented with others?
All of my writing to this point has paranormal elements in it, whether it’s witches and magic or ghosts and psychic abilities. I’ve even been toying with shifters and a few other paranormal directions recently.
I can also say all of my stories are romance on one level or another. I just like to toss in a little mystery or suspense to keep it all interesting.
I’ve just recently finished my first urban fantasy / survivalist story, so it will be interesting to get some feedback for that once it’s published.
Do you have any current projects lined up that you’d like to share a bit about with us?
I have the first three books in the Magic Seasons series will be coming out in 2012. The first one in From Beltane Magic will be out in January.
Here’s a little more about the series:
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…
I also have the second book in the Hidden Senses trilogy – Dream Visions coming out in 2012. This is my psychic ability trilogy.
Felicity has spent her life alone, moving from one place to another hiding a part of her no one has ever been able to accept, not even her own family.
For as long as she can remember she’s had dreams that lead her to a person that’s somehow connected with her. There are no answers or cures only misery for her when she can’t get anyone to believe her.
When a child reaches out to her, frightened and in the hands of strangers she forgets the reasons why she shouldn’t tell anyone and goes to the police. She finds herself sent for a court ordered psychiatric evaluation.
It’s not the first time, it won’t be the last. She packs up once again, ready to move as soon as she’s done with another so called doctor. From the moment she steps into the office everything changes and she finds nothing she expected.
Can the child be found before it’s too late or is she facing heartache again?
How do you find inspiration when writing?
I’ve been lucky so far with the inspiration department, my characters are usually easy to work with, making me want to write the best possible story for them.
What has influenced you the most?
I have always been a reader as far back as I can remember. I would pick up the latest novel and spend a lot of the time trying to figure out how she did it. Where did they come up with the ideas for all the plot twists? If it weren’t for all of the authors out there that took the story one step further I probably never would have attempted to see what I could come up with.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I have tried the plotting thing, but for some reason I create characters that don’t like to follow guidelines and plans. After too many plots turning into something better then I’d planned, I just grab onto my characters and let them run.
Do you have any recommendations for books to read that you think my readers would enjoy?
It goes without saying that I recommend all of my own. If your looking for a sexy pirate ghost then Salvation is something they’d enjoy. Or a witch with magic that works backwards in my Twice Cursed. LOL.
Presently I have a list with other authors of ‘next in a series’ I’m impatiently waiting for. Even though I know what is in involved in creating and publishing a book from start to finish I still get a little antsy waiting for that next installment. Those authors include Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The Dark Hunter novels, Christine Feehan’s Ghost Walker series and Dark series and J.R. Ward’s Fallen Angels series. That’s a few on my list.
Who/What’s your favorite author/book?
I think I just partially answered that above.
Outside of the paranormal genre I have spent years re-reading Jean Aurel’s Earth’s Children series. These are some serious reads and take more than a few hours to go through.
Do you have any tips, or thoughts, that you would like to offer to the blog’s readers?
Yes. If you read a book you love, tell the author. We may be writing because it’s what we like to do, but without the readers it’s all pointless.
Feedback people! It’s always a good thing.
There you have it, Everyone – a lovely interview Jacqueline Paige, author of the short story anthologies, Dreams and Curses. I hope you’ve all enjoyed this interview very much. I look forward to future releases of your work.
About The Author:
Jacqueline Paige is a world class multi-tasker being a mother to five adventurous and unpredictable children, a cafe manager and having a colossal imagination that allows her to step outside of reality into a world of paranormal romance —with just a touch of suspense. Jacqueline lives in Ontario, Canada and avoids the ever changing weather of the region she lives in by creating other worlds to fall into in her stories of all things paranormal. Her first book was published in 2009 and since then has published eight. She is always writing and currently has more than a dozen stories in one stage or another of the writing process. You can find all of Jacqueline’s releases at: www.jacqpaige.webs.com
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