First, I’d like to apologize to Jacquie. I’ve had some problems with the website and this post didn’t go off on September 5th as scheduled. My web-guy’s amazing and got the problem solved.
Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?
Don’t let well-meaning criticism stop you from writing your story. Every person has their own ‘voice’; the style that makes you, you. In the early days, I used to get discouraged when my critique partners picked apart my work, often replacing passages with how they felt it should be said. It took time, but I’ve learned to pick through their recommendations and accept those that benefit my story, and discard the rest.
Whatever you do, don’t give up your voice. It’s the one thing that makes you unique and the readers will appreciate you for it. J
What did you want to be when you were a child? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been a reader. When I was eleven or twelve, old enough for babysitting, I enrolled in Harlequin’s book program. You pick out the romantic genre you like and they send six to eight books a month for a small fee. I was in heaven whenever that rectangular box showed up in the mail. I’d admire the covers, read the blurbs, then the teaser inside the front cover, then finally, decide which ones to read first. I used to get in trouble for staying up past bedtime because I couldn’t put the story down.
That’s when the dream to become a Harlequin writer began. I haven’t reached that goal yet, but I’m working on it!
Do you or have you belonged to a writing organization? Which one? Have they helped you with your writing? How?
I belong to three writing organizations and two author groups. The organizations are: Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death, and Vancouver Island Romance Authors. The groups are: The Authors’ Billboard, and The Sisterhood of Suspense.
The former is fantastic for learning about the craft of writing. RWA and KOD host numerous classes for nominal fees and teach everything from basic punctuation to weapons and decomposition (good to know if you write murder mysteries J)
The groups are essential tools for marketing and networking. They also provide a support net whenever you need help. I love my group-mates!
Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
Tempted by Mr. Wrong started out as a contemporary romance. I came across the cover on the Killion Group site—I highly recommend Kim and her team—and immediately fell in love with it. Then, I heard about a Ponzi scheme on the news that had been under investigation for months and involved millions of dollars and I knew what my story was going to be, lol.
I’ve always had a thing for young lovers who end up apart, only to meet up years later and have the same crazy, intense attraction. I based Jason and Tammy-Jo around this premise.
Describe the genre of this particular title, and is the only genre you write in?
This is a romantic suspense story but I also write in a variety of other romance genres. Contemporary, romantic comedy, paranormal suspense, and women’s fiction. I hope you’ll try Tempted by Mr. Wrong and let me know what you think.
Because as I say on my blog, It’s All About the Romance.
Tempted by Mr. Wrong
How can something so wrong, feel so right?
Falling for her step-brother is a mistake T.J. doesn’t want to repeat, but one look into those sapphire blue eyes and she’s ready to give him whatever he wants.
Tammy-Jo Hawthorne’s marriage was floundering, but she never expected her husband to make her the laughing stock of Magnolia.
And she definitely didn’t expect to trip over him in their front yard after he’d been murdered.
Jason McIntyre was forced out of his home and the love of his life by the man who’d haunted his nightmares for ten long years.
Now Jason’s back–and he wants revenge.
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JACQUIE BIGGAR is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love.
She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.
She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.
Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart.
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