Romantic suspense author Jacquie Biggar sits down for a Q&A today. Learn more about her and her books at her website.
When did you realize you wanted to write novels?
Middle school. I wrote a story under the wire and it turned out to be the best in the grade. Was read out over the school loudspeakers to my embarrassment. But, after that I was hooked.
How long did it take you to realize your dream of publication?
I began writing in earnest two years ago and published the fall of 2014.
Are you traditionally published, indie published, or a hybrid author?
I’m indie published. I’d heard so many stories of slush piles and publishers changing author’s titles, even in some cases concept, that I had no interest in taking the traditional route.
Where do you write?
At my kitchen table, gazing out at a beautiful cherry tree.
Is silence golden, or do you need music to write by? What kind?
Silence all the way. I’m not a pat my head, rub my tummy kind of girl.
How much of your plots and characters are drawn from real life? From your life in particular?
It’s a mix I think. The plots are on organized crime, which I thankfully have no experience of, but the settings are reminiscent of my hometown.
Describe your process for naming your character?
This sounds silly, but they name themselves. I just start writing and out it comes.
Real settings or fictional towns?
Fictional towns based on real life versions.
What’s the quirkiest quirk one of your characters has?
In The Rebel’s Redemption Annie has the quirky habit of talking to herself. Sometimes it gets her into trouble.
What’s your quirkiest quirk?
I’d have to say my quirk is the same as Annie’s. I spend a lot of time alone. My DH works away from home, so I find myself talking out loud to the cat and dog. A few times I’ve done it out in public, super embarrassing, lol.
If you could have written any book (one that someone else has already written,) which one would it be? Why?
Black Beauty by Ana Sewell. I love horses. This book was one of the hardest I’ve ever read. I love the fact that it’s written from the horse’s POV. The description carries the reader into the tough life of a work horse. This story is indescribably sad, and yet in the end, uplifting. Unforgettable.
Everyone at some point wishes for a do-over. What’s yours?
I wish I would have finished school. At the time partying seemed like a better plan. I regret that now.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Dishes, I hate them with a passion.
You’re stranded on a deserted island. What are your three must-haves?
An e-reader full of books. A way to the e-reader. An unlimited supply of Diet Coke.
What was the worst job you’ve ever held?
Chambermaid. It’s a thankless job and can be pretty disgusting at times.
What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
I don’t think I can narrow it to one book, but one of my all-time favorite authors is Suzanne Brockmann. All of her stories are re-reads for me.
Ocean or mountains?
Ocean, I’m a Pisces, water is in my blood.
City girl/guy or country girl/guy?
City girl. I like the convenience of high speed Internet and variety of stores.
What’s on the horizon for you?
I’m already semi-retired and living in paradise, what more could I ask for?
Anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself and/or your books?
The Rebel’s Redemption is the second in an on-going series set in the small town of Tidal Falls. I like the familiarity of series books where the reader gets to connect with the people and the area. The characters become much-loved friends and the town somewhere to visit. That’s successful writing.
The Rebel’s Redemption
Annie Campbell's predictable and cozy life gets turned on its side when her son's prodigal father returns to town. Then an old enemy shows up and the outcome will not only place her in danger, but their son as well.
Jared Martin left Tidal Falls a hotheaded youth, and has seen his share of violence in the eight years he’s served Uncle Sam. Floundering, he returns to his hometown to regain his bearings, bitter and disillusioned.
Then he finds out he’s a father.
When an old enemy follows and causes mayhem in the small town, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he’s always loved and the child he never knew, or will it be too late?