Today I have the pleasure of having Jacqueline Paige stop at Rabid Reads for an interview on her virtual book tour for Twice Cursed. So let’s just drive right into it!
Jacqueline Paige is a world class multi-tasker. She is a mother to five adventurous and unpredictable children, a cafe manager and a colossal imagination that allows her to step outside of reality into a world of paranormal romance with just a touch of suspense. Her first book was published in 2009 and since then has published six, with the most recent being the first in her Hidden.
Carmel: A fellow coffee addict! What’s your standard order?
Jacqueline: First thing in the morning – just good ‘ol coffee please. After lunch I step it up to a Soya Chai Latte (it has more caffeine) by evening I downgrade the kick to a coffee with lots of cream … a girls gotta get her dairy in there somewhere. 🙂
Carmel: Where’s your favorite place to write?
Jacqueline: I don’t think I have a favourite exactly. I’m totally portable with a laptop as well as a netbook, so if I want to lie in the tub and write—I can do that too!
Carmel: What are some of the challenges that you face as a Canadian author?
Jacqueline: Part of the Canadian drawback is that most of the gatherings and conventions are on the other side of the invisible line. It takes a lot more that just hopping in the car and heading into the next state — there’s planning, passports, money exchange…
And a new one I discovered recently is that Canadians can’t buy some of my books through some of the big distributors because we live in Canada.
Carmel: What’s your favorite part about participating in blog tours for your books?
Jacqueline: Meeting new people and the blog owners, it’s an added bonus to hear from readers as well. I love the feedback!
Carmel: You’re a successful author, mother of 5 and cafe manager; what’s your secret?
Jacqueline:My secret to the insanity? I just keep going. I did learn the hard way to not take on too many contracts, edits and tours all at the same time, because I end up not knowing where I am supposed to be or who did what with whom in my own stories—it was insane! Someday I completely expect it to catch up to me, but for now I run full speed ahead (and laugh like a madwoman some days).
Carmel: What’s your coping strategy for dealing with writer’s block?
Jacqueline: Thus far I haven’t had a lot of problem with it (fingers crossed), a few times I’ve stumbled a bit but it was mostly due to a story line not behaving or thinking too far ahead and being overwhelmed. In those cases I grab pen and paper and do it the old fashioned way and it always works out.
Carmel: If you could have one witch-y power what would it be?
Jacqueline: Right at this very second the thing that comes to mind is the power to either mute noise or soundproof my room (I have loud music and giggling teenage girls downstairs) … but any other time I would definitely say to manipulate things, you know like the laundry, dishes and all that ‘stuff’ I’d love to see done—without my help.
Carmel: Do you believe in curses like the one in your novel?
Jacqueline: I believe anything is possible, which explains writing paranormal. I definitely think there is something to the whole curse idea. This is not the first book I’ve done that has a curse in it. Salvation is about a cursed pirate. While I was writing it I googled ‘famous curses’ and was surprised with the results. Of course I make my curses as interesting as possible and they always have to have a cure or solution.
Carmel: Travelling by tree! What a neat concept; how did you come up with it?
Jacqueline: I wanted my magical community to live within the normal population, so clearly traveling by the typical broom was out of the question (most people would probably notice someone fly past them on a broom!) the idea just came to me while I was figuring out where Maddy lived — with all those trees on her property I thought why not?
Carmel: Which “tall, dark, incredibly lick-able” fictional character would you like to be stuck with if given the choice?
Jacqueline: Oh my, so many choices… I’d pick Eric from True Blood, only he doesn’t fit the ‘dark’ part … nope I’m lost in that thought now and can’t find a male to fill the description now.
Carmel: What’s your favorite fictional boyfriend type: Strong & silent or brute & macho?
Jacqueline: Strong and silent for sure with maybe a wee touch of brute and macho … at the right moments. 😉
Thanks so much for having me here today!!!
Read Excerpt / Buy at Whiskey Creek Press
Maddy is the oldest witchling to ever attend the Hidden Cove Academy, having been cursed as a teen; she’s forced to have a solitary life outside of her own magical community. With her magic so dangerously unpredictable, she rarely takes the chance on mixing with the general public.
From one harmless trip to a museum she finds herself spellbound yet again by an invisible boundary, caused by a three hundred year old curse, dictating that Maddy must stay close to the stunningly sexy Colin.
Being stuck with a tall, dark, incredibly lick-able stranger can’t be all that bad, right? Until they discover if they get too close the spirits bound with the curse will take over their bodies … at the same time if they’re too far from one another the curse will kill them both.
Will the curse’s secrets be unravelled in time or does certain death await them both?
About the Blogger
I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada