Today I’m featuring fellow Sister of Suspense Jacquie Biggar. I’m honored to be part of this talented group. We just released Snippets of Suspense. It is a glance at ten authors and their books. Here’s Jacquie.
Jacquie owned and operated a restaurant in her hometown of Edson, Alberta for thirteen years before moving west to Victoria to take care of her grandson and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She became an active member of Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death—an online suspense group, and her local group, Vancouver Island Romance Authors.
Do you outline your books or wing it? Describe your process.
I’m what’s known as a pantser, in other words I wing it. I get my ideas from current events and from there I build my character’s world.
How do you decide on setting?
The setting was the easy part. I love the west coast and small towns, so I made that an integral part of my story.
What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I’ve always loved romance and dreamed of one day writing for Harlequin—still working on that—and suspense books keep me turning the pages, so it was a natural fit.
What is your favorite part of writing?
When you get that scene in your head and everything flows from the fingers to the keyboard, almost without thought. Love that.
What is your least favorite part of writing?
I’d have to say editing. I go over the same words so many times it can be frustrating.
Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?
I edit as I go. I’m compulsive, and can’t seem to leave it alone.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?
Online searches for drug-running and human trafficking in Iraq and Mexico. I expected to be flagged by the DEA at any time.
E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?
For myself I prefer e-books, but I know a lot of people like print so I’ve gone with both for my novel. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like holding a book in your hands that you’ve worked so hard to make into a reality.
Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?
I love social media. It’s an amazing way to make friends with people from all over the globe. That being said, I’ve found since I opened an author page on Facebook, I’m getting lots of strange, “Hi, I’d like to get to know you better,” messages I could do without.
What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?
I read a wide variety within the romance genre. Romantic Suspense-Iris Johansen, Suzanne Brockmann, Comedy-Jennifer Crusie, Paranormal-J.R.Ward, YA-Jodie Esch, Lisa Lange.
For more about Jacquie Biggar check out her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
Here is a blurb from my novel, Tidal Falls, which released Sept 15/14
Sara Reed is on the run from an abusive ex who happens to have ties to a Mexican cartel. Mistakenly thinking her and her daughter would be safer if she had some kind of leverage, she takes a copy of some valuable files, files that make her a target.
Nick Kelley is an ex-marine trying to recuperate now that his career is over due to injuries suffered from an IED. When the two of them meet in the pretty little town of Tidal Falls, the experience is explosive.
Excerpt from Tidal Falls:
“How did you find me?” Sara fell back as Tom pushed his way inside, followed closely by Sam, and then she caught sight of Fiona being led in by two other men. Her friend was cuffed, her arms pulled taut behind her back. Her mouth, covered by a bright red handkerchief tied so tight it cut into her whitened cheeks, highlighted an obscene bruise. Her eyes, one of them black and blue, filled with tears, begging Sara to forgive her.
“GPS, my dear, you’ve heard of that I presume? I traced you from your own phone, that wasn’t very smart of you. So, this is where you’ve been hiding.” He waved the others into the room, locking the door behind them. “What, no kiss for your Husband? You do recall you have one of those, don’t you?”
He looked the same, so tall and handsome standing there in his perfectly pressed suit and tie, not a hair out of place. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. It was so obvious to her now. The narrow, cold eyes, the supercilious attitude, the rigid stance, the not-so-well-hidden-anger, had he always been that way? She didn’t like to think so. How could she have been so wrong about him? He’d pulled the wool over her eyes from the beginning.
Recently a group of suspense writers came together and formed the Sisters of Suspense. We all work to promote each other’s work, share things we’ve learned within the industry, and create an invaluable support network. These ladies are the best!
You can check us out here:
We do a monthly giveaway filled with cash and prizes so be sure to check us out J
We’ve also just launched our first anthology, Snippets of Suspense.
Shaken and Stirred… Spine-tingling suspense with a steamy side of romance, written by ten award winning authors. The Sisters of Suspense Anthology #1 is a collection of snippets from their favorite Romantic Suspense stories. Chilling and thrilling. It’s guaranteed to spark your interest, stir your senses, set your imagination on overdrive and introduce you to new authors you’re going to love. Snippets by: Veronica Forand, Melissa Keir, Jo-Ann Carson, Jacquie Biggar, Marian Lanouette, Jacqui Nelson, Pat Amsden, Marsha R. West, Kathryn Jane and McKenna Sinclair Award Winning Suspense
In celebration of the holidays I’d like to offer one lucky commenter an e-copy of my book, Tidal Falls and a $10 gift card to Amazon.
Happy Holidays to all, J